Banana 'nice cream' sandwiches you don't have to feel too bad about eating
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.
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.
Chocolate-dipped banana "nice cream" sandwiches recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 2 hours | Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes
- 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
- 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.
- To a food processor, add the bananas, vanilla and sea salt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stirring halfway through or until completely melted.
- Dip half the sandwiches into the melted chocolate, and return them to the baking sheet.
- 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.