Finally I can make ‘nice’ cream after I was generously gifted a super high-power blender…
A few months in the height of my busy-ness, the lovely team at Froothie contacted me about their range of high powered blenders. Now, you guys know me, I don’t usually do things like this, but I DID NOT HAVE a blender. That’s right. Up until super-recently (like a few weeks ago), I was a recipe developer with a food processor and a stick blender. No actual blender. I am insane.
Anyway, so needing a blender I went .. ‘actually, yeah!’, and they generously gifted me the blender in return for me sharing some photos and a recipe with them, which having never had an appliance strong enough to make banana nice-cream, I more than happily agreed to.
Enter ‘the other day’ (official measure of time/date, of course), when I spent THE whole day with stacks of frozen bananas I’d been saving for months, perfecting my first ever chocolate nice-cream. I do eat regular ice cream occasionally, but it always leaves me feeling heavy and if I have more than a few spoons, a little unwell (despite how much I love it!), so I was super excited to get going on this.
But first step? Play with my new blender (this is the exact one I received for those playing at home) and make sure it was actually up to the task.
In go some frozen bananas and after a couple of times pulsing and pushing them down to stay on the blades, I understood what I’d been missing out on. You know that thing really-good-health-food-bloggers put on their Insta stories where you can see IN the blender and it makes those 4 perfect corners or swirling as it blends? This blender totally did this. I was happy. I should have Insta-storied that!
You can see by the texture of the nice-cream above that this blender has noooo problem making a perfect cream out of everything. Note there are whole, roasted, unsoaked hazelnuts IN the nice-cream. It took about 4/5ths of zero time for it to become a cream. In fact, on the box, it tells me I can make my own nut butters with this blender. Stay tuned!
But I am getting off topic… the important part, my recipe for Choc-Hazelnut Nice Cream! (I am so, so excited that I’ve finally been able to develop a nice cream and I am SO certain plenty more will come…)
- 700g (approx. 5 large) peeled and frozen bananas.
- 10 dates
- ½ a cup of roasted hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
- ¾ cup of cacao powder
- ¼ cup of coconut yoghurt or cream
- 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup cacao nibs
- ½ cup extra roasted hazelnuts,roughly chopped.
- TO SERVE
- Cacao nibs
- Coconut Flakes
- Crushed Hazelnuts
- Wafer Cones
- Extra Cinnamon
- Pure Maple Syrup
- First, cover the dates in boiling water and allow to soak for 3-5 minutes.
- Drain the dates, reserving ¼ of a cup of the soaking water.
- Add the dates, frozen banana and water to your high powered blender (I used the G2.1 Optimum Platinum Series Vortex Blender found here).
- Blend on high in 20 second batches, pushing down the mixture in between if needed, until smooth.
- Add the cacao, cinnamon, coconut yoghurt, vanilla and hazelnuts. Blend again until smooth.
- Pour into a container.
- Stir through 1 cup of cacao nibs and ½ extra cup of hazelnuts.
- Freeze overnight.
- Prior to serving, place in the fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hour to soften it a little for scooping.
- Serve with your favourite toppings!
Drizzle of maple syrup? Optional but DELICIOUS.
So the main points of this post?
– I was gifted this blender, yes! Because I needed a blender. I wouldn’t say it was good if it wasn’t, and I hope you all know that by now (and can see it in the nice cream anyway).
– Nice cream is the the bomb and going to be on repeat all summer, and probably winter, and perhaps for the rest of my life.
– If you are a recipe developer, or like cooking, you kind of need a blender in your kitchen.
– It took me WAY too long to realise the last point…
So had you heard of Froothie? I honestly hadn’t, but I am impressed!
Do you make nice cream?
What is your favourite flavour?