Strawberry ‘Nice’ Cream Is the Perfect Summer Treat

By Karen Rankin, EatingWell
Karen Rankin, EatingWell
Karen Rankin, EatingWell
July 19, 2021 Updated: July 19, 2021

This luscious strawberry “nice” cream is a wonderful healthy ice cream alternative. It’s all fruit, dairy-free, and vegan, and contains no added sugar, but is bursting with sweet berry flavor. And it takes just minutes to whip up this easy healthy dessert in a food processor if you freeze the fruit ahead.

While you’ll get the best flavor from fresh berries, if you don’t have them on hand, feel free to use store-bought frozen fruit in this recipe. Serve the nice cream on its own or top it with more fresh berries for a refreshing summer treat.

Strawberry Nice Cream

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours, 30 minutes

Serves 4

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold water, as needed

Hull and coarsely chop the strawberries. Peel and coarsely chop the bananas. Spread the strawberries and bananas on separate sides of one baking sheet or on two sheets. Freeze until solid, at least 12 hours.

Let the strawberries thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Transfer to a food processor; pulse until finely chopped, about 10 pulses. Add the frozen bananas and lemon juice; process until smooth, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, adding up to 1/4 cup cold water if needed to achieve desired consistency, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

Serve immediately or, for a firmer texture, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 30 minutes.

Tasty Tip

To make ahead: Freeze fruit, transfer to separate sealable plastic bags, and freeze for up to six months.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 191 Calories, Total Fat: 0 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 3 g, Total Sugars: 13 g, Added Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 1 g, Sodium: 2 mg, Potassium: 388 mg, Iron: 0 mg, Folate: 39 mcg, Calcium: 21 mg, Vitamin A: 51 IU, Vitamin C: 73 mg.

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Karen Rankin, EatingWell
Karen Rankin, EatingWell