Raincoast Books – Guilt-Free Nice Cream!

Ice Cream. Guilty pleasure or sweet treat? In this house, there’s never any guilt! Haha! That could be a problem, hey? We do restrict the amount we eat, as we believe that “everything in moderation” is a better rule to follow than “if it tastes good, spit it out!” Life’s too short to not enjoy our food! However, there are times when it’s nice to find healthier versions of some of our sweet treats! Sometimes the ingredients are questionable and sometimes the quantity of sugar is just too much. Since I’ve started reducing sugar in my diet, I’ve noticed that I’m finding more and more things to be too sweet! That means that it’s a great time start making our own ice cream with reduced sugar. Or to use the “Guilt-Free Nice Cream” cookbook by Margie Broadhead to make fabulous ice cream, many of which are sweetened only with frozen bananas!

I figured I should start with the basics – you know – peanut butter nice cream. After all, our family is crazy about PB! So I made the “Peanut Butter Nice Cream”. I even made it when we had some friends staying with us! Nothing like making guests taste test a new recipe! Haha! However, there was no worries with this recipe as it gobbled up and declared to be delicious! And SO simple! Frozen bananas, PB, and vanilla. That’s it, that’s all. The only caveat is that you have to remember to freeze the bananas first! I had some bananas that were getting a bit too brown so I peeled them all (I had about six!) and tossed them in the freezer on a plate. That way I could easily make a double batch of nice cream.

Now, before I go any further, I should tell you that Margie actually owns a company called “Nana Nice Cream” and this cookbook is the result of a request for a book containing some of her recipes! After all, Nana Nice Cream became pretty popular in the UK! So you see, there’s heaps of success behind this cookbook, so you can be sure that the recipes are going to be scrumptious! If you head over to Margie’s website, “Made by Margie” website you can find a delightful recipe for Strawberry Nana Nice Cream Pancakes that includes the recipe for Strawberry Nice Cream. The ice cream is so hard to make – 2 frozen bananas and 1 handful of strawberries, blend them up in a food processor or blender and you’re done! So you see, it doesn’t get much easier!

Photo courtesy of “Made by Margie”

The beginning of this book includes a quick “Basics” and “Tricks of the Trade” section that advise on how to freeze your bananas, the most effective tools, and gives two of the most basic recipes as a starter. Then it also gives a quick chemistry lesson on what ingredients make for the best nice cream, for example, which sweeteners keep from making your nice cream grainy. Those kind of tips are always handy – might as well start out with more information to avoid disappointments!

Oh, and in case you thought this book was just recipes for nice cream, let me dispel that myth! There’s also a section on Breakfast delights, one for Smoothies and Shakes, another for Pops and Lollies (Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Nice-Cream Lollies, anyone? Man, those sound good!), and yet another for Cookies and Cakes. Then there’s the Pudding section with the Banoffee Nice-Cream Tart. And lastly, there’s Sauces and Toppings, just in case Margie didn’t include enough ideas! I want to make the Maple Coconut Chips – num num!

I appreciate the fact that this cookbook includes ingredients by both weight and volume. I’m hoping eventually we, on this side of the ocean, will start using weights more. It’s such a reliable way of baking, especially for those of us who can’t get a cup of flour to be the same amount no how! The other great thing about this cookbook is that the ingredients are all good ingredients! There’s no corn syrup, but there is a recipe for a Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie with Cinnamon Nice cream that has chickpeas in it! There’s even a recipe for Hot Chocolate that also includes a banana! Oh, and in case you haven’t guessed – all of these recipes are Dairy-Free – which was the reason for the ice cream in the first place! Margie’s body doesn’t like dairy and thus Nana Nice Cream was created!

This is a fabulous cookbook for a dairy-free alternative to ice cream – that you can make at home! Or for those of us who can have dairy, it’s a great alternative to ice cream because it tastes great, it’s easy to make and it’s super speedy for the most part! If you stick to the basic nice creams, you can have them on the table in about 5 minutes, just in time for dessert! My kids keep begging me to make the Cookie Dough Nice Cream, and I gotta say, it looks delish!

Want to “scoop” this “nice” book up for yourself? Head over to Amazon or Chapters or McNally Robinson and get a copy sent your way. Or pop in at your local bookstore – with any luck it’ll be a “nice” day and you be on your way in no time to the store to stock up on bananas! Thanks to Raincoast Books for sharing this cookbook with me – it’s a great addition to my dessert shelf and really – it’s healthy! *smile*

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  1. I love the fact that many of the recipes are sweetened with just fruit. Once you start eating this way it is amazing just how ‘too sweet’ so many foods taste (and too salty).

  2. I like that recipes are Dairy-Free, would be nice to try them for some special occasions!

  3. I’ve never made ice cream or non-dairy ice cream at home, so it would be fun to start!

  4. kathy downey says:

    We love being creative in the kitchen the grandkids would love this !

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I just can’t imagine ice-cream tasting like ice-cream if there is no cream in it!

  6. Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Nice-Cream Lollies sound so good! I would love to try that recipe!

  7. This book sounds like it is packed full of awesome recipes that are healthy.

  8. I have always wanted to try some of these nice creams that you have shared. This books sounds like a great way to do that.

  9. I would love to try the nice cream. I like the reduction of sugar.

  10. Rosanne Robinson says:

    We LOVE ice cream, I’m going to check out these recipes, thx!

  11. Lynda Cook says:

    It’s nice to see a cookbook for those that are dairy free!

  12. kristen visser says:

    I totally want this book! I would love to make my own different types of ice cream! and dairy free as well is amazing

  13. Deb Dorrington says:

    My family loves ice cream and I so want this book. Two of us are lactose intolerant so dairy free recipes sound awesome to me.

  14. kathy downey says:

    This would be a nice book for our family we love ice cream

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