Orange Creamsicle Nice Cream Recipe
🔪Prep Time: 10 minutes
👩🍳Cook Time: 10 minutes
4 very ripe bananas, frozen (black spot bananas)
½ cup of cashews, soaked for 8 hours
½ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoon of orange zest
A pinch of fine sea salt
1Soak your cashews by adding them to a jar or a bowl of water. They will need to soak for about 8 hours. Once soaked, drain off the water and rinse them well.
2Peel your very ripe bananas and pop them in the freezer. Freezing the bananas whole prevent them from sticking together. The perfect nice cream banana is past the point where you would want to eat it fresh out of the peel. The skin will be soft and covered all over with dark brown or black spots, indicating that the starches have turned to simple sugars, making them naturally very sweet. Once frozen, cut them into chunks.
3Add your soaked cashews, orange juice and zest and a pinch of salt to a high powered blender. Look for a nice ripe, soft organic orange which yeilds a sweeter juice and less bitter zest. Blend until the nuts and juice mixture are fully incorporated and have turned to cream. This may take a minute or more. I have found that a small blender cup works best for blending this amount of cream. You can use a small blender cup for the cream and then transfer it to a larger container for the nice cream, but it’s not totally necessary.
4Add the bananas to the orange cream mixture. A high-powered blender is really helpful when making nice cream as it powers through the frozen fruit creating a super creamy consistancy. I use a Vitamix which has a tamper that enables you to push the food down and around the blade. If you have a blender without a tamper, you will just need to stop periodically to scrape the sides of the container.
5Blend until the bananas are creamy and look like thick frosting. This takes about a minute. The friction of the blades creates heat which will melt your nice cream, so be carefull not to overblend.
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