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Chocolate Nice Cream – ice cream healthy enough for breakfast? That’s right! This dairy free treat is packed with protein and healthy ingredients, zero sugar, and made in your food processor!
Ice cream that’s healthy enough for breakfast? You got it! Sometimes, toast or cereal just won’t do. Sometimes, I crave something a little more fun. This Chocolate Nice Cream Breakfast Parfait is loaded with nutritious ingredients, packed with protein and fiber, cool and creamy, and just what you need to start your day off on the right foot. And you definitely don’t need an ice cream maker for this healthy treat! It’s all made with the ease of your food processor. Ready to dig in?
What is Chocolate Nice Cream?
If you haven’t heard of nice cream, it’s time to learn. You will not be disappointed! This vegan ice cream is made from frozen bananas. That’s it, just bananas. You can add all sorts of flavors, but the base is just frozen bananas whirred around in your food processor until smooth. The texture is like soft serve and it’s divine! In this chocolate version, I’ve added cocoa powder, peanut butter and protein powder for some added oomph.
Why Protein Powder?
I have been working out a lot lately. In fact, I’ve even hired a personal trainer and have been working with him twice a week as well as hitting up some group classes on other days. I’ve always been active, but I’ve lifted more weights in the last 4 weeks than I probably have in the last 10 years. Protein is important for muscle recovery. I work out in the mornings and don’t like to eat a lot beforehand. So, I’ve been eating something light and then coming home afterwards and indulging in this little treat. Sure, you could add some protein powder to a smoothie – and while that’s delicious too – this chocolate nice cream feels like a much deserved reward for working so hard.
Who is Sunwarrior?
Sunwarrior is a health-conscious company making protein powders and supplements with the best all natural plant based foods. Their products are always free of GMO’s, gluten, soy, yeast, added sugar, artifical colors, flavors and preservatives.
In this Chocolate Nice Cream Breakfast Parfait recipe I used Sunwarriors’s Classic Plus in Chocolate. In addition to all the goodness mentioned above, this particular blend is also certified organic, raw, sprouted and fermented. It’s made from quinoa, brown rice, peas, amaranth and chia. How’s that for an impressive nutrient profile?
This protein powder is super fine and blends easily and completely. No gritty texture. Besides the chocolate flavor, you can find it in vanilla and natural, as well.
Versatile for Any Time of Day
Not only does this Chocolate Nice Cream Breakfast Parfait make the perfect breakfast or post-workout meal, but it also makes an incredibly delicious dessert that no one would guess is healthy. You can skip the protein powder if you are making it for dessert, or any other time you don’t necessarily need the added protein. Now, having said that, you certainly don’t need to be a working out all the time to enjoy a little protein powder now and then. We don’t all eat perfect diets all the time, so there are many times you might need a protein boost. You know your body best, so listen to it, and always consult a health care professional if you have any concerns.
Of course, my kids won’t let me eat this in peace…they want some too! So, I’ve been doubling the recipe below without the protein powder, scooping some out for them and then adding the protein powder in and processing again for me.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to try some Chocolate Nice Cream for breakfast? You can eat it all by itself if you choose, but since I’ve been using it as my main breakfast, I loaded it up parfait style with fresh banana slices, blueberries, rolled oats and some mini chocolate chips just because.
Chocolate Nice Cream Breakfast Parfait
If you give this recipe a try, please leave me a comment below with your feedback. I’d love to see your amazing pictures too – find me on Instagram and/ or Twitter and be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I don’t miss it. Sunwarrior is also on Instagram, so if you add the protein powder to the Chocolate Nice Cream, tag @sunwarriortribe as well!
- 1 cups frozen banana slices
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free)
- 1 scoops protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Classic Plus in Chocolate) (optional)
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp creamy non-dairy milk (optional for thinning a bit) (I used full fat coconut milk. Cashew or almond would be great too)
- Chocolate Nice Cream
- Sliced fresh bananas
- Mini chocolate chips (I like these)
- Raw rolled oats (certified gluten free if necessary)
- Fresh blueberries
- Place frozen bananas, peanut butter, protein powder, cocoa powder, vanilla and non-dairy milk in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Use it immediately or place in a bowl in the freezer* for 15-20 minutes to harden up just a bit. (I like it best like soft serve, so I eat it right away)
- Layer the chocolate nice cream with fresh banana slices, raw rolled oats, chocolate chips and blueberries (or whatever else your heart desires).
*You can keep the chocolate nice cream in the freezer, but it does get pretty hard. You will probably need to thaw it out a bit and stir before eating.
~Nutrition facts calculated for the Chocolate N'Ice Cream alone, not with any additional toppings.
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