Delicious Mocha Pecan Crunch Nice Cream is a creamy and crunchy chocolate espresso version of frozen banana whip. Enjoy this treat guilt-free all summer!
I really should be packing right now, because when you are reading this, we are probably on the way to Saskatoon – a 6 (to 8 hour) road trip. Experience has taught me that driving with Olivia – or probably any baby for that matter – takes quite a bit longer.
There are feeding breaks, diaper-changing breaks, and breaks so I can quickly jump from the front to the back to entertain her when she gets bored and antsy.
When we went on our first road trip with Olivia to visit my parents 8 hours away, I started packing about a week ahead. Now I know it won’t take me much more than 1/2 an hour to get everything together.
I could boast and say I am wiser, smarter and more experiences now. But honestly, I think a 10-months-old is just a lot less needy than a 5 week old baby. Which is not to say travel will be easier this time.
Sure, Olivia doesn’t require a feeding every couple hours anymore, but she also doesn’t fall asleep in the car as easily as she used to. Instead she gets frustrated with being confined to the car seat and not being able crawl around, practice walking and explore everything – like she does all day long at home.
Wish me luck that I can come up with plenty of entertaining games + songs and that I pack enough distracting toys.
But before I start packing I HAD to share this amazingly delicious, but completely healthy Mocha Pecan Crunch treat with you.
You may remember my simply banana + blueberry whip from 2 years ago. The other night I had an intense chocolate ice cream craving, instead of running to the store I figured there must be a way to make chocolate flavored banana whip.
I call “banana whip” that amazing treat you get, when blending frozen banana in a food processor. It has an amazing texture like ice cream or soft serve, but completely without sugar and dairy. Which makes it vegan, paleo AND gluten-free!
Recently the term Nice Cream seems to have emerged for delicious, healthy treats based on frozen banana.
Back to the time I was craving chocolate ice cream. Simply blending a frozen banana with cocoa powder seemed a little boring, and I doubted that it would taste great.
So I also added a little espresso powder and pecan nuts. And born was Mocha Pecan Crunch Nice Cream!
I’ve been making it many times since because it never fails to satisfy my craving for something sweet, cold, crunchy and creamy. All while actually being quite healthy.
Motivated by the success of this flavor combination, I came up with 4 more delicious flavors – strawberry, peanut butter, pina colada, and chocolate hazelnut (which kind of taste like Nutella).
You can find the full instructions How to Make Healthy Nice Cream + the 5 flavor combination RIGHT HERE!
- 1 frozen banana, in chunks
- ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans or walnuts
- In a food processor blend banana, cocoa and espresso powder until smooth.
- Add chopped nuts and pulse a few times to combine.
- Serve sprinkled with espresso powder and chopped nuts.
If you’d rather make regular churned homemade ice cream, check out my post about the best ice cream maker reviews!