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  • Makes 6 cups

Frozen blueberries and bananas make the most dramatic-looking nice cream you’ve ever seen. The addition of fresh mint takes the flavor to the next level. For a pretty garnish, top each serving of this frozen treat with a few fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint.

Deep purple blueberry and mint nice cream shown from the side in a clear glass Mason jar, topped with sprigs of mint - vegan ice cream recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen banana pieces (2 large bananas)
  • 4 cups frozen blueberries
  • 4 to 6 fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor combine all ingredients. Pulse on low to medium-low until crumbly, stopping and scraping down sides once or twice. Blend continuously 30 seconds to 1 minute or until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving. Store in the freezer up to 1 week.

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Meghan2 months ago
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Delicious, refreshing, and packed with the best antioxidants! I added more mint because hey, I can.

If you are having trouble blending, let the fruit thaw at room temperature for about fifteen or twenty minutes. (Or like I did, in the food processor halfway through blending…)

Highly recommend!

Denise3 months ago
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This was seriously good. I didn’t have blueberries so I used frozen cherries instead. I doubled the amount of mint leaves.

Antoinette Criscuolo3 months ago
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DOn’t know what I did wrong but my blender could not hack this mix.

Toni3 months ago
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I like it but my blender cannot hack the blending of it. Is an ingredient missing??

Clare Buckley3 months ago
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I’m sitting here enjoying my first serving of Blueberry-Mint Nice Cream – with more in the freezer. This is a fun recipe and good for a summer night!

I added an alternative milk which is not in the recipe. My mini cuisinart couldn’t handle the mixture and make it into a smooth cream, so I made it my version. I also increased the mint leaf. I wanted more than the subtle flavor! This is a hit. Strawberry-Lemonade Nice Cream is sweet and tangy. The Blueberry-Mint is mellow, which is just how I’m feeling tonight! I recommend both. Thanks for the recipe.

An aside. If you do publish this, feel free to lose this editorial paragraph:
* I am amazed by how much water goes into the production of any kind of milk. Dairy milk is the worst. Almond milk is hardly an angel. Both soy and oat milk are better, as are other alternative dairy milk products, though almost all have some negative environmental impact! Bees are enslaved to pollinate almonds for God’s sake. Maybe I’ll try making my own hemp milk.

Louise Dolloff3 months ago
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Is there any nice cream that is not made with banana? I’m allergic to bananas and I would like to see a homemade dairy and egg free ice cream with No banana

Erika3 months ago
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Then you need an ice cream maker to make it thick. Most vegan ice creams are made with full-fat coconut milk chilled. There are some books on Amazon.

Michelle Tabata3 months ago
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Can this be made in the kitchen aid ice cream attachment?

LHinrich3 months ago
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Used this basic recipe to make popsicles, but went a little heavier on the mint. Had to use a little water so it was easier for the mixture to settle into the popsicle molds. It tastes delicious and I’m sure the popsicles will be great.

Glenda Dudley4 months ago
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Easy and delicious

Elisa4 months ago
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The one thing I have missed since beginning my Whole Food Plant Based Diet 11 months ago, is ice cream. My taste buds have changed and eating just a spoonful of my favorite flavor of ice cream a few weeks ago, I found that it tasted horrible to me now. This recipe really hits the spot for me with full blown summer upon us… a wonderfully delicious cold treat that is super healthy! Thank you 🙂

Sheela4 months ago
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Can you use anything else other than frozen bananas to make it creamy?

ian h.4 months ago
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In their beginners guide to nice cream, Forks Over Knives lists some alternative “custardy” fruits like mango, peach, or honeydew. Frozen melon would probably have the most neutral flavor but I do love peach and blueberry together!

Theresa4 months ago
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Maybe to add sweetness to the avocado substitute, you could add a date or a piece of sweet pineapple

Lori Davis4 months ago
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Avacado would work to make it creamy, But not as sweet as banana

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