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It’s been SO hot here I don’t even know what to do with myself. I’ve told you this before. I’m not a hot weather person. So these triple digit days are killing me. I’ve been wanting to perfect an oven recipe for you guys for the last couple of weeks, but honestly, I just can’t bring myself to turn on the oven. The house is hot enough as it is. So I thought I should stick with the no-bake recipes. Even better, I thought I should stick with freezer recipes. So I decided to make a Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream.
Why Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream?
I want to say first that I don’t particularly love the term “nice cream”, but as it’s a much better name than “blended banana with stuff in it”. So I’ll stick with it. But please remember that foods are neither mean nor nice. They aren’t good or bad. It’s just food. And this food happens to be absolutely delicious.
So obviously I started with a banana base. But instead of adding almond milk like I have in the past, I decided to use coconut cream. Adding this higher-fat ingredient gives this Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream some extra richness. And creaminess too, obviously. Then, to give this dish its chocolate flavor, I used raw cacao powder. Raw cacao is great because in retains the minerals and antioxidants that it’s cocoa counterpart does not. But it’s used essentially in the same capacity.
Now you could stop here with delicious chocolate nice cream, but why would you when you could add cherries and dark chocolate chips to the mix? Plus, it wouldn’t be Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream without those things. I used 85% cacao chocolate chips from Pascha to keep the added sugar to a minimum, which still adding that extra chocolatey crunch. I’m also absolutely obsessed with cherries right now, so I knew I wanted to include some in this recipe. They pair perfectly with chocolate and the tartness of the cherries (even sweet cherries) is in perfect harmony with the sweetness of the banana base.
It’s really that simple. No crazy ingredients. Not a ton of sugar. But this dish is the perfectly cold, perfectly sweet treat for any summer day. And if this heat wave keeps up, you’ll have plenty more coming your way soon!