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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 14th August 2018

Recipe: Hip Pop

Missing out on summertime treats due to dairy intolerance? Well now there’s no need to with Nice Cream – a healthy and delicious banana-based alternative to ice cream that’s amazingly good for you.

Makes about 6

You'll Need

For the cherry nice cream

• 5 bananas, peeled and frozen
• 125ml coconut milk, chilled (thick part only)
• 1 x 380g jar black cherries, drained

For the dark chocolate shell

• 350g dark chocolate chips
• 100g coconut oil

For the white chocolate vanilla magic shell

• 200g white chocolate chips
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped, or
• 2 tsp vanilla extract

For topping

Freeze-dried raspberries

1. For the cherry Nice Cream, put the bananas and coconut milk into a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds. Add the cherries and blend again to combine. Pour into popsicle moulds, pop a stick in the middle of each and put into the freezer for 2-3 hours to set.

2. To make the dark chocolate shell, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until smooth and then set aside. Make the white chocolate shell in the same way, adding in the vanilla and heating only until just melted. Leave to cool.

3. Once the pops are frozen, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Run the moulds under warm water – don’t use hot water or the pops will melt and won’t hold their shape! Firmly pull up on the sticks and carefully remove the pops from the mould. Dip each pop in the melted dark chocolate (it will set straightaway) and then spoon over the melted white chocolate and sprinkle with freeze-dried raspberries. Place the pops on the lined tray and freeze for 30 minutes to firm up.

4. To store, place each pop between pieces of parchment paper and freeze for up to 3 weeks.
Our recipe is taken from Guilt-Free Nice Cream by chef and food blogger Margie Broadhead (published by Hardie Grant, £12.99, with photography by Jacqui Melville), a collection of more than 70 exciting dairy-free ice creams – and you don’t need to be a pro in the kitchen or own an ice cream maker to make Nice Cream.

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