Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream!

Well I am officially back from the SEEK 2019 conference, presented by FOCUS, and my goodness, what an experience.

But I’m going to be honest, one of the first things I did when I got home, was literally run to my food processor, and make this nice cream.

You see, obviously, I love to cook. And given the therapeutic Specific Carb Diet that I follow (which has kept my Ulcerative Colitis in remission for 8 years and counting, medication free!) the truth is, living out of a hotel room is tough, because I need a kitchen. It can be done, but I love me some home cooked meals!

So whenever I get home from a trip, I am always super pumped to cook myself a beautiful meal.

So what did I cook when I first got home from SEEK?

Well…I made my new favorite Nice Cream recipe!


Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

I shared a Christmas version of this earlier in December: My Peppermint Mocha Nice Cream, (which by the way, has gotten over 8,000 shares on Pinterest, thanks to my not-so-secret new favorite social media helper, Tailwind.) And you can get a free trial of it by clicking here.)

But nice cream — as a refresher, is ice cream made from frozen bananas! And its clever name comes from: Banana (or ‘Nana”) + Ice Cream = Nice Cream!

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

It’s a gluten free, vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly AND Paleo treat that just so happens to be what I look forward to eating juuuust about every day!

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

Here’s What You Need: (Serves one very hungry person)

2 large, extra ripe bananas (read: with lots of brown spots) —  peeled, sliced, and frozen
1.5 cups of frozen, dark sweet cherries, pitted (I buy the private selection label from Kroger – they’re super sweet!
1 frozen strawberry
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen mango
15 grapes (not frozen)
1 Tbsp agave or honey (or French Vanilla liquid stevia)

Food processor (here’s the one I use and love) 
zip top bags

Peel and slice two very ripe bananas into coins and place in a ziptop bag. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours. Preferably overnight. (PRO TIP: I buy bananas in bulk, let them get extra ripe and covered in brown spots, and then slice & freeze a bunch of them in individual baggies. That way, they’re ready to go when I want to make smoothies or nice cream!)

Add the frozen fruit to the food processor, and blitz until they form little pebbles. (Warning — this makes a LOUD noise, and shakes the food processor, so be ready!)

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

99% of the time, the chopped up fruit pebbles will stick to the side of the food processor, and the blade will have nothing to chop up. It is at this magic point, that you add the grapes to the food processor, and let the food processor pulverize those to grape juice at the bottom.

Then, stop the food processor, and scrape down the sizes, and then keep processing until it comes together and forms a creamy, soft-serve consistency. You’ll need to repeat that step 2 or 3 times, to help the food processor out.

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

Lastly, drizzle in your sweetener of choice, and process for 30 seconds, to fully incorporate throughout. (Or simply eat as is, it’s certainly sweet enough!)

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

Dish up this beautiful black cherry vanilla nice cream, sprinkle with your topping of choice (such as granola, raisins, shaved coconut, chocolate chips, honey etc.) and DIG IN!

Friends, there are NO. WORDS. to describe the utterly outrageous flavor party that explodes in your mouth.

I mean, I make a mean bowl of nice cream, on the reg…but BLACK CHERRY?! This was next level delicious!

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

We’re talking – eyes roll to the back of your head scrumptious!

The consistency is just like the old fashioned creamy, whippy dip ice cream from a scoop shop! It is thick and perfectly creamy.

I love how melty it is, too! You can’t believe it’s made from stinkin’ bananas!!!

Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, by BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #specificcarbohydratediet #nicecream #food

And it’s SO HEALTHY! So many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants packed into one [giant] bowl!

Try this — I DARE you! You’ll thank me later! 🙂

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65 responses to “Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream!”

    • Thanks ryan! Yes! Definitely give it a shot. Super simple and beyond delicious!! Hugs and love xox

    • Hey Tonya! Thanks for the link up! Hope you’re having a great day! Hugs and love xox

    • Haha thanks Alice. Yes, let’s just say I was excited about the cherries! Polished it off, no problem! Haha Hugs and love xox

  1. Glad you had a wonderful time at SEEK Conference! That’s good to hear! That nice cream looks absolutely delicious 😍😍. I’m not much of a cooker or Baker or kitchen person but as I’ve said before you make me want to cook 😀😀. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Lane! Haha oh gosh – this recipe is as easy as throwing some stuff in a blender! You got this! Haha thanks for the kind words! Hugs and love xox

      • Lol! But it requires going to the grocery store and I hate doing that too 🤣😂🤣😂. But I’m likely to try this one though because its simpler than the others, lol! But I really liked the one from a few weeks ago with the cauliflower 😍😍

      • Oh nice! Yes this one just requires a freezer and a blender! Haha glad you liked that one! 🙌🏼

  2. My dear friend

    My stomach screams: me too, for me too… yum, yum…

    I love your cooking recipes as they go along with my taste as well and I fully understand what it means to be in the kitchen and preapare food for ourselves and our loved ones. During my study to become a translator I was working in a restaurant and have learnt to cook hundreds of different meals. At that time I used to be still a meat eater but after it I became a vegetarian and now I can benefit from what I have learnt during this time to be a cook and am I able to cook all food in a vegetarian and vegan style.

    So thanks my dear friend – now I have to go and see what my fridge will offer me to extinguish the burning desire on my tongue… 🙂

    Big hugs from my heart to yours

  3. As we all deal with our little quirks I lust after these photos. I desire to give this a try. Due to the need to watch the intake. This looks like it should not hurt me. Forgive me, but this is almost Culinary Porn. Keep sending us the great stuff.

  4. This looks soooo good. I am pretty excited because I need to catch up from this profile (I usually follow you on another blog) and I get to write down some great recipes for this weekend as I do.

  5. Slightly off topic… I’m starting a Paleo diet that’s autoimmune-focused… trying to avoid lectins and phytates – but I REALLY like peanut butter!! Have you discovered/created an SCD-/AIP-friendly peanut butter analogue that you can recommend? I would be most appreciative!

    • Hi friend! Hmm I am unfamiliar with AIP! But i know that I tend to stay away from peanut butter and will usually substitute raw almond butter. Or even cashew butter – that’s super delicious! I’m sorry, I hope that helps! Hugs and love xox

      • All good! It simply stands for “autoimmune protocol!” Yes, I was thinking of going with sunflower seed butter (I have a sensitivity to almonds) – but any seeds/nuts that can be dicey for AIP… I wonder if one could create cauliflower “butter!”

      • Oooh gotcha. Hmm that’s an interesting thought!! Or perhaps avocado?

    • Oh yes! I think you’re absolutely right about that! They would DEFINITELY love it! Thanks for stopping by, Rachael! Hugs and love xox

    • Oh my gosh yay!!!! That makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for giving it a shot! 🙂 Hugs and love xox

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