Banana and Raspberry Nice-Cream

Well who wouldn’t want to eat ice-cream for breakfast? The difference is that this version gives you two portions of fruit rather than a sugar and dairy hangover. It’s an ice-cream to feel good about. Although given the option I would happily munch on marmite toast for breakfast, I like to try and get at least a serving of fruit or veg under my belt at the first meal of the day. Start as you mean to go on and all that. Not to mention that I am wildly impatient when hungry and this not only ticks the box of being delicious and healthy, but also takes me less than 5 minutes to make.

I keep bags of banana slices and berries in my freezer at all times, sometimes used for smoothies and milkshakes but mostly for nice-cream. Buying frozen berries often works out much cheaper, especially when they’re not in season, and the bananas that so often used to get overripe sitting in my fruit bowl are now safely preserved in the freezer, ready to be called into action.

Although I do usually eat this for breakfast it’s also great as a post workout meal (you can add in a scoop of protein powder if you use one) if you’re too hungry to cook a proper meal. Sometimes if I workout in the evening I’ll have this after if don’t want to go to bed with a really full stomach. I’ve recently started going to hot yoga and come out boiling hot, totally sweat-drenched and seriously sodium depleted. After a quick shower I whizz up a bowl of this and sprinkle the top with a little salt and I’m telling you at that moment it tastes like the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

 

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Banana and Raspberry Nice-Cream

Serves 1

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana (frozen in chunks)
  • 100g frozen raspberries
  • 100ml non-dairy milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Toppings of your choice: Try nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, chia seeds, nut butters, cocoa nibs, chocolate, sprinkles.. or anything else you fancy.

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients, bar toppings, into a blender or food processor. Start on low and slowly increase the speed. If you have a blender with a tamper you can use it to push the fruit into the blades. If not then you may need to stop to quickly scrape down the sides a few times. If you’re having trouble getting things moving then add more milk to help it to blend. The more milk the easier it will be, but it might be more of a smoothie bowl than nice-cream if you add too much – still delicious but less solid!
  2. Once the mixture is smooth, with no chunks of fruit remaining pour and scrape all the frozen mixture into a bowl and decorate your bowl with toppings.

Variation:

  • You can use pretty much any other frozen fruit alongside your banana. Peach, mango and pineapple all work well. But my other favourite for breakfast is blueberry, as pictured below.

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