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Banana 'nice cream' sandwiches you don't have to feel too bad about eating

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Ice cream sandwiches aren't just for cheat days anymore when they're made with banana 'nice cream'

If you're a smoothie lover, you probably have a pile of bananas sitting on your counter or in your freezer. Did you know frozen bananas can easily be turned into thick and creamy dairy-free ice cream, also known as "nice cream"?

Well, they can be, and they should be.

Ice cream sandwiches aren't just for cheat days anymore when they're made with banana 'nice cream'
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

I blended frozen bananas with pure vanilla extract for a thick banana ice cream that I stuffed between Ritz crackers for mini "nice cream" sandwiches. Stick them in the freezer, and then, right before serving, give them a little dunk in some melted chocolate (either dark or milk chocolate — your choice).

Kids will love these treats, and they are also perfect for those who can’t consume dairy products. Keep these stored in your freezer for a quick frozen snack you don't have to feel bad about indulging in.

Ice cream sandwiches aren't just for cheat days anymore when they're made with banana 'nice cream'
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Chocolate-dipped banana "nice cream" sandwiches recipe

Yields 12

Prep time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 2 hours | Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large, very ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 24 Ritz or other crackers
  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line a small baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper, and set it aside. Place the sliced bananas in a freezer bag, and freeze for 2 hours or until frozen solid.
  2. To a food processor, add the bananas, vanilla and sea salt.
  3. Blend on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until the bananas become very smooth and creamy. You will have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times to make sure all the bananas are blended.
  4. Lay half the crackers out on the baking sheet, and top with a spoonful of the banana nice cream. Place another cracker on top, and sandwich them together. Repeat until all the sandwiches are made.
  5. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stirring halfway through or until completely melted.
  6. Dip half the sandwiches into the melted chocolate, and return them to the baking sheet.
  7. Place the sandwiches in the freezer to keep them frozen until ready to serve. Store any leftover sandwiches in a freezer bag until ready to serve.

More banana dessert recipes

Gluten-free banana squares
Grilled banana smores
Peanut butter-banana sandwich

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