If you are looking for a special treat that fits the Mediterranean Diet, this cherry chocolate chip nice cream fits the bill. With practically no added sugar (the only sugar is from the dark chocolate chips), you are basically eating a bowl of fruit!
I discovered nice cream only recently and wondered where it had been all my life… It’s basically frozen bananas processed through a food processor, with any kind of added flavoring you want. In this case, cherries and chocolate chips.
I strongly caution you against using a blender for this recipe, it will not work to break down the frozen fruit properly. A food processor is the only tool I would recommend.
If you want to keep your added sugar to a minimum, you could use 100% cacao chips. They are on the bitter side, but the bananas and cherries are sweet enough to balance it. I like Ghirardelli’s 60% chocolate chips personally. As you know, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that are good for you!
If you use fresh cherries, pit them first and freeze them along with the bananas. Frozen cherries are very convenient and available year around though.
I love these Tovolo Ice Cream Tubs to store ice cream – if you have any leftovers, that is…
Run to your food processor now! Enjoy!
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Cherry chocolate chip nice cream
- 4 ea Bananas medium size
- 1 cup cherries frozen
- 1/4 cup soymilk or other plant milk
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (60%)
- Peel bananas and slice them about 1/2" thick. Lay the slices on a sheetpan lined with parchment paper and place it in the freezer for at least an hour until they are frozen.
- Place frozen bananas and cherries in a food processor. Do not use a regular smoothie blender, frozen bananas will not blend properly in it.
- Once the fruit is crumbled, add soymilk. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides from time to time. The consistency should be thick like a soft serve ice cream.
- Add chocolate chips and pulse 5 ot 6 times to break them down a bit.
- Eat immediately or transfer to a freezer safe container for future use. If freezing, take it out 15 minutes prior to eating to let it soften.
- Serve with toppings of your choice!
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