The Best Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe

The Best Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Banana ice cream is a vegan and plant-based staple. It’s one of those things that everyone universally agrees is bomb, like pizza! The best vegan banana ice cream recipe is so simple and delicious, it’s hard to believe.

What is Banana Nice Cream?

“Nice cream” (also referred to as banana ice cream) is a plant-based take on ice cream. It’s usually made with 1 base ingredient: frozen banana. You can also add in other frozen fruits or flavorings of your choice. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make.

The few ingredients are simply blended together into a creamy and sweet dessert.

Banana nice cream is extremely popular amongst vegans, plant-based enthusiasts, and non-vegans alike – because it’s easy, wholesome, and tasty.

One of the best parts about banana ice cream (or “nice cream”) is that it’s customizable! You can easily flavor it to be chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or any other flavor. And you can throw your favorite toppings on top to make it nutritionally wholesome and flavorful treat.

best vegan banana ice cream recipe
Banana ice cream loaded with toppings (ground flax, nuts, seeds, wild berries, peanut butter, cacao nibs, and cinnamon).

Making Banana Ice Cream: Best Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipe

To make the best vegan banana ice cream recipe, it’s incredibly simple. The trick is to NOT follow a measured recipe but to learn how to “eyeball” it so it turns out perfect every time.

Ingredients:
Bananas
Non-dairy milk (or water)
Optional toppings & add-ins

Directions:

  • Freeze peeled bananas (you can use bananas with the peel on, but the peel is SO hard to remove once frozen, so it’s better to peel them before freezing). Make sure the bananas are frozen solid to get a creamy texture.
  • Take the bananas out of the freezer and let them thaw for ~10 minutes.
  • Throw them into a blender with a dash of non-dairy milk or water (JUST enough to cover the blade, or even a smidge less). If you’re using one banana, use as little liquid as possible to get it to safely blend. If you filled the blender with bananas, then aim to cover the blade.
  • Optional: Add in flavors to your taste preference. (see flavor suggestions below).
  • Pulse the blender a few times to break down the bananas. Then, turn it on low and use the blender tamp to push the bananas into the blade. Note: If your blender doesn’t have a tamp, then use the pulse option and use a fork to push the banana into the blade in between pulses.
  • Once it’s creamy and smooth like ice cream, scoop into dishes and serve with your favorite toppings.

Flavor suggestions:
Chocolate (add ~1 tsp cocoa powder, 1tbsp maple syrup or sweetener).
Vanilla (add ~1 tsp vanilla extra, 1tbsp maple syrup or sweetener).
Peanut Butter Chocolate (add ~1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp PB2 powder, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener).
Topping suggestions:
Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
Berries
Cacao nibs or chocolate chips
Peanut butter
Maple syrup drizzle
Cinnamon (or other spices)

You can make banana ice cream with a blender or a food processor. In a pinch, we’ve even used a fork and knife. We’ll walk you through each method below:

Using A Blender (Recommended).

Making banana ice cream with a blender is the way to go, especially if you’re making it for 1-3 people. A high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, is recommended. However, you can totally use a cheaper blender or even a $30 blender from Wal-Mart or Target. (Fun fact: I used a $30 Wal-Mart blender in college and made banana ice cream in it pretty much daily – it lasted for around 3 months, which isn’t ideal but I REALLY pushed it to the limits.)

Using A Food Processor
Using a food processor to make banana ice cream is less ideal, but it works! Food processors are harder to clean than blenders and the banana tends to get stuck under the blade. However, if you’re making dessert for a larger group (4+ people), then it’s a great way to make it. Larger food processors tend to hold more than the larger blenders, making them perfect for groups.

Fork And Knife Method (If You’re Desperate).
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you want to make banana ice cream but you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can still do it! Once the bananas have thawed for around 10 minutes, use a knife a cut them into TINY pieces. Then, put the pieces in a bowl and use a fork to mash them up into a “creamy” texture. It won’t be as smooth as with a blender, but it still “hits the spot” and comes out pretty close to nice cream.

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People Are Making Vegan Air-Fried Oreos And They Look Delicious

People Are Making Vegan Air-Fried Oreos And They Look Delicious

If you’re vegan, you probably know that Oreos are vegan. They’re one of those “accidental” vegan foods that we’re blessed to have. But even tastier than plain Oreos are air-fried Oreos. People are replicating deep-fried Oreos using their air fryers and the results look delicious.

There are a number of reasons why you may want to use an air fryer over a deep fryer. In this instance, it saves time, cuts back on the number of calories from the oil, and is less messy. The less messy part is key here!

People on TikTok started sharing the hack of making the deep-fried Oreos in an air fryer and it’s honestly hard to tell a difference between the original deep-fried Oreos and the air-fried Oreos.

To make them, start with a sheet of Pillsbury crescent-roll dough (don’t worry, it’s vegan).

Place one Oreo on the triangle-shaped section of the dough and roll/wrap it until it’s covered in dough.

Once that’s been done to all of the Oreos, place them in a light-sprayed air fryer at 325F-350F. Cook them for 5-7 minutes.

Once they’re cooked and the dough is golden and flaky, take all the Oreos out of the fryer and coat them with your favorite vegan toppings.

Some people chose to use powdered sugar, whipped cream, berry sauce, or anything else your heart desires.

It’s so easy and bomb.

Check out the videos below to see the treat being made:
(note: Not all of the examples below are vegan – some are using non-vegan dough or non-vegan toppings. But the heart of the recipe is there and can serve as inspiration for your vegan version!)

What do you think of the air-fried Oreos? Have you tried them before? Let us know!

3-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Cup

3-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Cup

If you’re ever craving a peanut butter cup, you may be tempted to run to the store and grab a Reese’s. And while there are some vegan brands that offer chocolate peanut butter cups, it’s possible to satisfy your craving right from the comfort of home. And the recipe only takes 3 basic ingredients!

TikTok user @bakingenvy shared this 3-ingredient microwave peanut butter cup recipe and people are obsessed. And one of the best parts is that it’s not actually *for* vegans! It’s an “accidental” vegan recipe, which makes it all the sweeter.

All you need to make it, are some chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.

Simply take 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and put it in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave it for 15 seconds. Next, add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and mix it together with the peanut butter. Finally, sprinkle on 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Microwave it all for 90 seconds (1 and a half minutes). Once the time is up, use a spoon to spread the melted chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture and place the whole mug in the freezer for around 15 minutes. Once you pull it out, it’ll be a hard, rich, and creamy peanut butter cup!

Check out the full TikTok tutorital below:

@bakingenvy

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♬ Top Gone – Lil Mosey & Lunay

What do you think of this easy recipe/hack? Let us know if you try it!

10 Vegan Halloween Recipes that Your Non-Veg Friends will Love

10 Vegan Halloween Recipes that Your Non-Veg Friends will Love

Vegans don’t need to shy away from Halloween treats any longer. In fact, there are loads of delicious vegan recipes to choose from that can steal the show of any party! Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or elaborate and spooky, there’s a vegan option for you.

And even if you’re not vegan, if you want to incorporate a vegan option into your Halloween cuisine list, these recipes will be perfect for both vegans and non-vegans alike.

Of course, with COVID-19, Halloween parties may be a little different this year. But you can always make a fun meal for your household or host a social distancing party in the park!

Check out these 10 vegan Halloween recipes:

1. Halloween Pizzas

Photo: Vegan Richa

Pizza is always a crowd favorite. It’s a safe choice for large groups and can be made perfect for Halloween. In fact, all you need are a little decorating skills and you’ll have some spooky pizzas perfect for a party. You can turn your main course into ghosts, pumpkins, mummies, or more.

2. Graveyard Taco Cups

Photo: Forks and Beans

Forks and Beans is the queen of Halloween treats. And she did not disappoint with these Graveyard Taco Cups. They’re the perfect blend of savory, practical, and delicious. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare 4 festive taco cups!

3. Black Widow Spider Cupcakes

Photo: Forks and Beans

Who doesn’t love spider cupcakes? They’re simple to make, easy and fun to decorate, and have that WOW factor that any Halloween dessert should have. They take 38 minutes to make and serve 12.

4. Frankenstein Brown Rice Krispie Treats

Photo: Fork and Beans

These bad boys are naturally gluten-free in addition to being vegan. But beyond that, they’re totally adorable and perfect for any Halloween party! They take 25 minutes to whip up and serve 6.

5. Silly Apple Bites

Photo: Fork and Beans

Kids LOVE these silly and spooky apple bites! They make the perfect treat to add some sweat without going crazy with the sugar. Plus, how fun are they?! They only take 10 minutes to prepare and serve 8.

6. Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Photo: V Nutrition

The strawberry jam provides a sweet and bloody-looking dessert. These may be too creepy to eat, but if you can brave a bite you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the delicious center. They only take 40 minutes to make and serve 16!

7. Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers

Photo: Jesse Lane Wellness

These festive stuffed peppers mimic a jack-O-lantern and will keep you full and satisfied with a balance of millet and spices. They take an hour to prepare and serve 4.

8. Mummy Cupcakes

Photo: Vegan Huggs

Adorable mummy cupcakes are sure to please kids and adults alike. They’re super easy to make and kids will have a blast helping out! They only take 40 minutes to prepare and serve 12.

9. Almond Joys Copycat Recipe

vegan halloween almond joy recipe
Photo: Vegan in the Freezer

This recipe takes a classic Almond Joy, remakes it at home, and adds edible eyes for a fun and spooky effect! They take only 30 minutes to make serve 12.

10. Nakd Graveyard Chocolate Mousse Pots

Photo: Wallflower Kitchen

Though you’d never be able to guess by tasting it, these are actually raw and vegan! The rich flavor and smooth with crunchy texture is absolutely delightful. They take just 23 minutes to prepare make 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings.

What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Let us know!

Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

A lot of dog treats are both unhealthy for your pooch and unnecessarily contribute to animal cruelty (by containing animal products). Thankfully, there’s an easy vegan dog biscuit recipe your dog will love AND it’s healthy for them! Pumpkin dog biscuits are a common homemade dog treat, but often they contain eggs or other animal products. We’ve put together a vegan version of pumpkin dog biscuits to create these delicious and nutritious vegan dog biscuits.

The flax is full of healthy omega-3s that are great for their coat. They’re wonderful as a daily snack, a training treat, or anything else! You can even eat them yourself (though, they don’t have sugar so they may not be to your liking – but add a drizzle of maple syrup and they’re truly not bad!).

So, without further ado, here are vegan dog biscuits your pup will devour!

Image by PourquoiPas from Pixabay

Ingredients
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup of sweet potato flour
2 tbsp potato flour
1 1/4 cups of oats
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/3 cup of pure pumpkin
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water (to form 2 “flax eggs)
1/2 cup peanut butter (without sugar)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixer and mix until thick dough forms.
Press the dough into a thin sheet and cut out the desired shape of your biscuits (you can use cute dog bone cookie cutters or any that you like!).
Lay cookies onto lightly oiled baking sheets and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes, turn off the oven and allow dog biscuits to set for 3-4 hours until hard.
Store in an airtight container and let your pup enjoy!

This particular recipe was adapted from Our Little Homestead. They share a video on making pumpkin dog biscuits. Though the recipe is slightly different than ours, the directions are about the same! If you’re a visual learner, check out their video below!

Dalgona Coffee Recipe (Whipped Coffee)

Dalgona Coffee Recipe (Whipped Coffee)

This easy dalgona coffee recipe creates a rich, whipped espresso with (non-dairy) milk. You’ve probably seen photos and videos of dalgona coffee circulating the internet – it recently went viral on Tik Tok and for good reason! It’s super simple and creates a beverage you might think could only be purchased from a coffee shop.

All you’ll need is instant coffee, granulated sugar, hot water, non-dairy milk, and a whisk or electric beater.

dalgona coffee recipe
Instant Coffee

Granulated Sugar

Water

The directions are super simple. Combine equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Pour over cold or warm milk, take all your Insta photos, and then lightly mix the whipped coffee into the milk so the first few drinks aren’t too strong.

That’s it! It’s easy to customize too. You can add as much sugar, coffee, and water as desired, making it stronger or lighter to your preference. You can even make a giant batch and impress company (once this whole social isolation thing blows over, of course).

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Hot Water
1 Glass Non-dairy milk of choice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and whip/beat until stiff peaks form. If you’re doing this by hand, it takes around 400 whisks and is a bit cumbersome. If it’s not stiffening, just keep beating! It’ll get there. Using an electric mixer/beater is highly recommended. Also note: the water doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot from the tap will do.