Cinnamon Apples & Vanilla Nice Cream
I have a big sweet tooth and I like to make dessert but am always looking for one that feels like I’m eating a treat but is actually good for you! These cinnamon apples and vanilla nice cream remind me of apple pie and ice cream but have no added sugar, are super easy to make, and have a fraction of the calories!
I usually make a big batch of the cinnamon apples as they can be used as a snack, for dessert, or added to your oatmeal for breakfast. All they are is cooked apples and cinnamon so they are super healthy! It really is amazing how good apples taste when they are cooked. The sweetness really comes alive compared to raw apples. The nice cream is also my new favourite now that I am trying to cut refined sugar. It’s super versatile and can be made into any nice cream flavour without the need for a fancy ice cream maker! Add peanut butter, fruit, nuts, or chocolate and you can enjoy a knock off version of your favourite ice cream in minutes. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how good nice cream is. My kids have no idea it’s not the real thing!!
6 apples (I used 3 Granny Smith and 3 Gala apples. Granny smith apples have the lowest sugar content compared to other apples so you can use all granny smith apples if you are looking to cut back on the amount of natural sugar)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon (add more if you love cinnamon or just a dash if you prefer less cinnamon)
- Peel, core, and slice your apples into thin pieces.
- Place your apples, water, and cinnamon in a pot and simmer on low for 10-15 mins until apples are tender. Add a tbsp more water if the water disappears before the apples are cooked.
- Blend your apples in a blender if you want an applesauce texture or leave as is if you prefer them in slices.
Vanilla Nice Cream
3 frozen ripe bananas cut into pieces
*I peel, cut, and then freeze my bananas when they go ripe and leave them in the freezer in case I have a late night nice cream craving or want to add them to a shake. You will want to use ripe bananas (brown ones) or else you won’t get the same sweet flavour.
1/4 cup coconut milk
*I find the nice cream tastes better and is more creamy when you add coconut milk but you can leave it out if you don’t want the added creaminess or fat.
1/4 tsp vanilla
- Place your frozen bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl if you find the bananas are sticking as you go. Continue to blend until smooth, approx 3 mins. If your bananas are really frozen it sometimes helps to let them sit at room temperature for 5 mins so they thaw slightly before processing.
- Serve immediately if you like soft serve or place the nice cream in an airtight container and place it in the freezer for 30 mins. This will allow it to set and firm up. I tend to double the batch and place the leftovers in the freezer so that I have a healthy treat on hand anytime I’m craving something sweet.
I hope you enjoy!!