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Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream

This pumpkin spice nice cream, or ice cream, uses frozen bananas to create a delicious soft-serve pumpkin ice cream. The bananas give the recipe for nice cream a natural sweetness, so there doesn't have to be any added sugars!
Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Aimee

Equipment

  • High power blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  • Into a blender, add the sliced, frozen bananas. Blend until they are broken up and starting to get a little creamy. Use a spoon or spatula to scrape down the sides and press the banana down as needed.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of the blender or press down on the ingredients.
  • Once smooth and blended, taste for sweetness. If you need more sweetness, add the maple syrup and blend to combine.
  • Scoop into glasses or bowls and serve immediately, or place in the freezer for 5-15 minutes to firm up.

Notes

Tips for making the nice cream:

  • Slice your bananas before freezing them! That will help them blend so much better.
  • Listen to the tip about blending your bananas first before adding the other ingredients. That also helps make your blender happy and allows all the ingredients to blend together better.
  • Use a high powered blender.┬áIf you don't have a high power blender and yours isn't doing the trick, you can also try using a food processor.
  • If your ice cream isn't blending together in your blender, try stopping and pushing down with the handle of a spoon and blending again. You may need to do this several times. You can also add a tiny splash of milk to help it along if needed. Just add a splash to start!
  • You CAN put it in a dish and stick it in the freezer for a bit to firm up slightly. However, I wouldn't leave it in there more than 15 minutes or so. It hardens a lot, and after it's been in the freezer for a bit, you have to let it thaw again before scooping. That's why I prefer to eat it right after I've made it or within 15 minutes of being in the freezer.
  • If you DO put it in the freezer for too long, you can let it thaw a bit and also throw it back into your blender to try to get it smooth again.