Nice cream for breakfast! If you have been around the vegan world for any length of time, I’m sure you know that (n)ice cream is simply frozen bananas blended into a soft-serve consistency kind of like ice cream. WAY back in the day, I posted a tutorial on how to make banana ice cream, which has long been my website’s most popular recipe. People stop me in the street and say, “hey aren’t you that guy who made the banana ice cream tutorial?!” Every day.

Nice cream is a pretty standard dessert, but it also makes a killer breakfast too. And since it’s just banana (and sometimes other fruit), it’s actually as healthy as most other breakfast options. Today, we’re taking that to another level with a sundae-inspired breakfast with a base of vanilla-chia oatmeal, a scoop of raspberry nice cream, some mashed blueberries, and a sprinkling of nuts & seeds. Stack it into a jar (or bowl) and you have breakfast! The flavors are awesome, but my favorite part is the balance of temperatures; the cold nice cream and the warm oats + mashed blueberries feels very much like a hot fudge sundae with cold ice cream.

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 serving stevia (optional)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk + some water
  • 1 cup frozen banana (cut into rounds)
  • 2-3 tablespoons frozen raspberries (or other fruit)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs, for garnish

Prep: You’ll need frozen bananas for the nice cream. Take a few ripe bananas, peel and slice them into thin rounds and freeze overnight in a bag or sealed container.

Step One

Make some oatmeal! Adding vanilla, chia, and stevia can really kick up boring rolled oats… In a saucepan, simply combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla, stevia, and non-dairy milk. Warm over medium heat for about 8 minutes and stir regularly. Add as much water as needed to achieve your ideal oatmeal consistency.

Step Two

While the oatmeal is cooking, make the nice cream. Simply pop a bunch of the frozen banana slices (thin slices are really important) into a food processor with a few frozen raspberries (other frozen fruit like strawberry or pineapple would also work) and pulse repeatedly, scraping down the sides until it’s totally smooth and the consistency of soft serve ice cream.

Step Three

A berry “syrup” really brings this breakfast together. Add a handful or two of fresh or frozen blueberries to a ramekin and microwave for 30-60 seconds (or you can use a saucepan if you prefer). Then, add a teaspoon of chia seeds and stir well. The seeds will thicken the berry’s juices and make a kind of all-natural jam in a minute or two.

Step Four

Bring it all together. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls, add a scoop of the nice cream on top, then a drizzle of the berry syrup, and finally garnish with your favorite superfoods, I used walnuts and cacao nibs. Alternatively, you can do what I did in the photos and layer everything into a mason jar and top with the nice cream.