3-Ingredient Vanilla Nice Cream

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Yes, I’m serious! This simple Vanilla Nice Cream recipe calls for only 3 ingredients and a blender to make. Not to mention, it has all the flavor of traditional ice cream but none of the fat.

3 blue bowls full of vegan vanilla ice cream made with frozen bananas and topped with chocolate chips with colorful serving spoons.

My first experience with nice cream was a few years ago, and I was shocked at how quick and easy it is to make! It really does take only a few ingredients and a blender. No ice cream churn is required at all.

Since creating this recipe, I have come up with other delicious varieties including mango lime nice cream and our favorite chocolate dairy-free nice cream that you can even add peanut butter to.

You’ll love this recipe because it’s:

  • Creamy and delicious
  • Vegan & gluten-free
  • Requires only 3 ingredients
  • A one-step recipe that can be made in a blender or food processor
  • Kid-friendly

What is nice cream?

The trending name for blender ice cream recipes like this is nice cream.  The basic concept is blending frozen fruit in a blender or food processor until it has the exact texture of soft-serve ice cream.

black dish full of vanilla nice cream topped with vegan chocolate chips and mint leaf

What is vanilla nice cream made of?

The secret ingredient to this one-step Vanilla Nice Cream is frozen bananas. That’s really it! A combination of frozen bananas, plant milk, and vanilla extract in a blender really does make this amazing low-calorie vegan ice cream.

2 glass dessert dishes filled with banana nice cream topped with berries

How to make ice cream with bananas

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

You are going to need to start with frozen bananas which is great because they have so much nutrition packed in them. Many grocery stores actually bag up the overripe or ugly bananas that have brown spots on them and sell them for really cheap. That’s when I like to grab them up.

Bring them home, peel them, place them in a gallon-size freezer bag, and store them in the freezer. Some people slice theirs into circles or chunks, but I’ve never had a need for that, and freezing them whole after peeling works great. We keep them on hand at all times to make this recipe and our vegan chocolate nice cream as well as these other 6 vegan healthy ice cream recipes.

frozen bananas in vitamix blender

When you’re ready to make nice cream, simply place three frozen bananas in your blender or food processor. They can be broken up into chunks before tossing them in, but I tend to leave them whole. If your blender isn’t pretty powerful, breaking them into chunks will help them process.

Add in the plant milk such as almond, soy, or another variety along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

vegan ice cream made with bananas in blender

Blend until smooth or until it gets to the consistency you prefer. Blending should only take 1-minute or less in most cases.

I use a Vitamix blender for all of my recipes because no matter what I’m making, this high-powered blender will produce the exact result I’m looking for.

Serve it as is or top it with some of the great topping ideas below.

Topping ideas

Nice cream pro tips:

  • It will be a soft-serve consistency which is how I like it. However, if you would like for it to be scoopable, simply place it in a freezer-safe container for a couple of hours.
  • I like to add cocoa powder and a teaspoon of vanilla to mine to get a delicious healthy chocolate fix. Blend until nice and smooth.
  • My blender has a tamper to press ingredients down to the blade while blending. If yours doesn’t have that, you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
overhead shot of black oval dish of vanilla nice cream topped with chocolat chips and bright yellow spoon

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3 blue bowls filled with vanilla nice cream
4.37 from 25 votes

3-Ingredient Vanilla Nice Cream

Yes, I’m serious! This simple nice cream recipe calls for only 3 ingredients and a blender to make. Not to mention, it has all the flavor of traditional ice cream but none of the fat.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 .5 cups

Ingredients 

  • 3 medium large FROZEN bananas
  • 1 tablespoon plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place three frozen bananas in your blender or food processor. They can be broken up into chunks before tossing them in, but I tend to leave them whole. If your blender isn’t pretty powerful, breaking them into chunks will help them process.
  • Add in the plant milk such as almond, soy, or another variety along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth or until it gets to the consistency you prefer. Blending should only take 1-minute or less in most cases.
  • I’ve listed some great topping options in the article above, along with in-process photos.

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Notes

Nice cream pro tips:
  • It will be a soft-serve consistency which is how I like it. However, if you would like for it to be scoopable, simply place it in a freezer-safe container for a couple of hours.
  • I like to add cocoa powder and a teaspoon of vanilla to mine to get a delicious healthy chocolate fix. Blend until nice and smooth.
  • My blender has a tamper to press ingredients down to the blade while blending. If yours doesn’t have that, you’ll need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g

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12 Comments

  1. I’m cooking-challenged but this was so easy, even I could do it. Ended up with something more like icy, sugar-free pudding but after freezing: voila! Nice cream. This is going to make a long hot summer easier to take.

  2. I have made many variations but use a mini food processor so base is -one frozen chopped up banana, then options like: 1/4 c raspberries or other fresh fruit, or TBSP Dark cacao and maple syrup.

  3. Got myself a VM and am ready to go! How much cocoa powder would you add to the 3 frozen bananas? How would the VM do with frozen plant milk and frozen banana?

  4. This Nice Cream sounds great but I can’t have bananas. Do you think it would work with applesauce? It’d probably be good, not sure the consistency would be creamy. 🙂

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