Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mint Cacao Chip & Berry Nice Cream Jar

*skips in throwing flower petals in every direction* Ladida! Do I know why I'm in a good mood? NO! Does it matter? No! Am I excited to start school? NO! Do I like nice cream? YES! Yay nice cream! It's so fun to make different colored nana ice creams, and then layering them into jars, isn't it? Plus, it always makes it look so fanc-ay and pret-tay. Todays colors are . . . *drum roll* Green and Purple-y Pink-ish!!! What a lovely combination! I would like to say a few words about our friend Mint Cacao Chip Nice Cream over here before we (or rather, you) begin the making process. Ahem. S/he/it (?) tastes like CHILDHOOD! Seriously! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, move over, there's a new nice cream in town! I was never really much of a berry ice cream person as a young 'un, so I can't say much about Berry Nice Cream, besides the fact that it is extremely scrumptious, and that I highly recommend giving it a go. Sorry 'bout that. ^-^  Yup. Oh yeah, would you call layering two different kinds of nice creams a parfait, or a jar? Or maybe something else? I didn't really know. I was going to call it a parfait initially, but don't parfaits usually have like, several different things in them (granola, berries, yogurt, stuff . . . )? So I ended up going with jar instead. Oh well. *shrugs* Whether it's a jar or if it's a parfait, this thing was yumyumyum. :0)

 Mint Cacao Chip & Berry Nice Cream Jar topped with cacao nibs. 

Mint Cacao Chip & Berry Nice Cream Jar
-3 frozen bananas
-milk of choice

For Mint Cacao Chip flavor:
-large handful spinach
-1 tbsp cacao nibs
-1/4-1/2 tsp peppermint extract
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For Berry Nice Cream flavor:
-1/3 c mixed berries of choice (I used blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries)

The day before, peel, chop, and freeze your bananas. Then, the next day or whenever you are ready to make your nice cream, put the frozen bananas and about 3-4 tbsp of your milk of choice in a food processor or a high speed blender. Process until everything is completely smooth (you may need to add more milk), then remove half of your nice cream and transfer it to a bowl, then put the bowl into the freezer, so it doesn't melt. Add your spinach, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract to the remaining nice cream, and process until there are absolutely no chunks of spinach left, then add your cacao nibs and pulse for a few seconds until incorporated. Remove the mint cacao chip ice cream  and transfer it to a bowl, and put the bowl into the freezer. Remove the bowl of plain nice cream, and add it back into the food processor/blender (you don''t need to clean it). Add the berries to the nice cream, and process until smooth. Remove the Mint Cacao Chip Nice Cream from the freezer, and layer it with the Berry Nice Cream in a jar (or you could put them both into a bowl) and add whatever toppings you want.

If you only want to make one flavor:
Take your frozen banana chunks, 3-4 tbsp of your milk of choice, and whatever ingredients are under that particular flavor (except for the cacao nibs in the Mint Cacao Chips. Those get pulsed in at the end.) and process in your food processor or high speed blender until smooth.

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