Summertime! I really love the hot days, long evenings and outdoors activities that summer has to offer. To counterbalance the heat, from time to time it is an excellent idea to give yourself a cold treat. Sure, there is plenty of vegan ice cream on the market. But do you find a whole food version of it, that has no added sugar and is exploding with nutrients? Here you have it: a crunchy chocolate peanut nicecream entirely based on whole foods.
Frozen fruit is the base to any nicecream. Depending on what flavours you like, you can blend anything imaginable. Since this recipe asks for strong chocolate flavor, frozen banana is a good choice to get started for it is less dominant in taste.
To change the texture from a watery sorbet style to something more creamy, the peanut butter comes to play. The fatty contents of PB soften up the whole picture painted on your tongue. And on top of that, you also add a good amount of protein to your ice cream. Protein + Ice cream. Hear that? Nice!
The soul of this nice cream is chocolate. So let’s not forget about it. In this recipe I used pure cocoa powder and nothing else. That’s it. Those 3 ingredients form your base of your nicecream. Here, we are already doing good, but to go to excellent, we should not forget about texture contrast.
Adding the crunchy to the creamy
What could be a better contrast to soft and creamy than crispy? Tossing in a few pieces of chocolate or cookie would fit great here, but lets stay on the whole foods train instead.
To finish the blend, I decided to use cashews and cocoa nibs. Transfer everything into your food processor and start working on the mass slowly. We want to break down the nuts, but without transforming them into a homogeneous mass that is no longer crunchy.
Once done with the blending, that’s basically it. Serve your crunchy chocolate peanut nicecream quickly before it melts away. Decorate with more chocolate and other stuff like cocoa flakes. You know the deal.
Enjoy the summer and have a happy life.
Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Nicecream
- Food Processor
- 2 Medium bananas Super ripe and frozen
- 1 tbsp Peanut butter
- 2 tsp Cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Cashews
- 1 tbsp Cocoa nibs
- Give everything into your food processor and blend it for around 5-10 seconds on slow to medium speed. The idea is to mix and mingle everything, without powderizing all crunchy ingredients. If in doubt, first blend and then add the crunch.