This recipe is a go-to favourite for me. Who doesn’t love that classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter?! And when blended up with frozen bananas and a splash of plant milk, it has an incredibly smooth texture just like a ‘soft-serve’ ice cream.
I often have this for breakfast because believe it or not, this nice cream with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas is really healthy, so it’s a perfect, nourishing, meal to have in the mornings! It also makes for a very quick and easy dessert - ready to serve up in just a few minutes - perfect if you have an insatiable sweet craving after dinner. And of course this version, made with the addition of Vega protein powder, means it has that magical post-workout combination of protein and natural sugars to really promote muscle repair and growth.
This nice cream recipe is really simple too - the only ingredients are frozen bananas, cocoa powder, peanut butter, plant milk, and some chocolate Vega protein powder. Plus, no ice cream machines necessary, it's ready instantly just using a blender. The trick is freezing the bananas the night before - when blended with the other ingredients, churning up the high pectin content of the banana creates an incredibly smooth texture. Add some cocoa powder and peanut butter and you have one of the best flavour combinations known to mankind.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Vegan Protein Nice Cream Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2):
2 bananas (ripe with black spots is critical)
4 Tbsp plant mill (I used oat)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop Vega Essentials Chocolate protein powder *optional*
Peel the bananas and pop in the freezer the night before.
In the morning, take out your frozen bananas and chuck in a food processor or chopper container attached to handheld blender (high speed blenders like nutribullets are too fast for this) along with the almond milk.
Pulse a couple of times, until the banana begins to smash up. Scrape down the sides and pulse again - it will look crumby at first, then turn gooey, then after a couple of minutes, magically transform into an amazing soft-serve consistency. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times during the process.
Add the cocoa, peanut butter and vegan protein powder (if using) and pulse a few more times to thoroughly mix and aerate the nice cream.
And that's it! You can eat this straight away, or put back in the freezer for 20 minutes or so until firmed up a bit - but beware, this doesn't keep very well in the freezer, so just make enough for now and eat it up!
Nutrition (per serving with 2 Tbsp granola sprinkled on top):
Protein: 16.4g (Women - 32.8% / Men - 29.8%)
Iron: 3.4mg (Women - 23.0% / Men - 39.1%)
Calories: 295 (Women - 14.8% / Men - 11.8%)
Sugar: 18.6g (Women - 20.7% / Men - 15.5%)
Total Fat: 11.1g (Women - 15.9% / Men - 11.7%)
Saturated Fat: 2.2g (Women - 11.0% / Men - 7.3%)
Salt: 0.3g (Women - 5.0% / Men - 5.0%)
Fibre: 8.6g (Women - 28.7% / Men - 28.7%)
See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.