You would never think cauliflower goes well in icecream until you actually try it. Here is a quick, 3-ingredient cauliflower nicecream recipe that will change your mind 🙂
What if I told you that you could eat bananas, cauliflowers and honey in the same bowl? And what if I told you you’d love the odd combination? That’s precisely what we’re doing today, a cauliflower and honey ice cream that’s infinitely tastier than it sounds.
What started as an experiment to get rid of a few extra bags of cauliflower rice in my freezer turned out into a fantastic treat, one I just couldn’t wait to share with you. Let’s face it; we’re not eating enough veggies, especially cauliflower, which is amongst the most unpopular vegs out there, so let’s show some love to the tiny white tree and make some ice cream with it. Why not?
Here are all the reasons why I love this cauliflower & honey icecream
- no churn, made in the food processor or a high-power blender
- only 3 ingredients
- low calorie, low fat, and healthy
Ingredients used to make this healthy Cauliflower and Honey Ice Cream
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- Bananas - best when ripe. The sweetest ones are yellow with brown spots.
- Honey - I used honey for this recipe because I thought it would go perfectly with the neutral, somewhat "vegetal" flavor of cauliflower. But you can also use other liquid sweeteners of choice like maple syrup, agave syrup, or liquid stevia
- Cauliflower - you can use fresh, but I recommend that you use either frozen cauliflower florets or cauliflower rice. Frozen cauliflower rice is what I prefer, though, it blends into the nicecream much better!
For an Even Better (CREAMIER) Cauliflower Ice Cream made with Walnuts & Manuka Honey, check out this post.
More Cauliflower Recipes (HERE)
How to Make
Cauliflower & Honey Ice Cream
Slice and freeze bananas
Blend the frozen bananas and rest of the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender
Transfer to a container
Eat as soft serve or freeze for 5+ hours
Scoop and enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins for Ice cream:
- UPDATE: Here's an Even Better Cauliflower Ice Cream Recipe made creamier with Walnuts & Manuka Honey. This recipe blends soaked walnuts with the nice cream mixture which gives it a creamier mouthfeel and nutty flavor.
- Add antioxidants: Did you know that cinnamon, matcha and cacao powder are all good sources of antioxidants? Dried fruits such as cranberries, blueberries (I like the one with no added sugar) and goji berries are terrific antioxidant (as well as immunity) boosters. Add up to a teaspoon of these superfood powders while blending and up to 2 Tbsp of dried fruits after blending to make this recipe even better!
- Increase fiber: Add a Tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Add a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition to the cake.
How to Make this Healthier
- Make this even healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition before freezing.
- For a small protein boost, you can also add up to 2 Tablespoons of protein powder of your choice when blending. I've tried using an unsweetened plant-based protein powder with good results.
What are some ways you can eat this cauliflower & banana ice cream?
- In a bowl or cup, drizzled with honey, maple syrup, caramel or chocolate syrup
- Stacked on a waffle or sugar cone
How to Store this Ice Cream
- This cauliflower & honey icecream is best eaten within 1-2 days. The longer it is left frozen the harder it'd be to scoop. For best icecream consistency, take container out of the freezer and let sit out at room temperature for 10 mins. If it's in a microwaveable container, you can also microwave it for 15 seconds until softened.
- Use ripened bananas for the best results!
- While a food processor will give you the best consistency for the icecream, you can also use a high-powered blender (such as Vitamix) that comes with a tamper. Use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades of the blender to ensure the best results.
Healthy 3 Ingredient Cauliflower Ice Cream
- 3 medium bananas (about 300 grams)
- 1 scant cup cauliflower rice, frozen
- 3-6 Tbsp honey depending on preference
- Peel and slice the bananas to 1 inch slices
- Spread the banana slices on a parchment paper or inside a 1 gallon ziploc bag and freeze overnight (or until frozen solid)
- In a food processor or high-powered blender* blend frozen banana slices, cauliflower rice and honey together until smooth
- Serve immediately as a soft serve, or pour into a glass (pyrex) or metal loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap or lid and freeze**
- For best icecream consistency, take container out of the freezer and let sit out at room temperature for 10 mins. If it's in a microwaveable container, you can also microwave it for 15 seconds until softened.
I'm so excited to try this. Have you tried using more cauliflower and less banana? I wonder if it would still taste ok since there's honey in the recipe. Thanks!
All Purpose Veggies says
Hey Angela, you can definitely use more cauliflower but the veggie flavor will be stronger. Feel free to experiment with it! If you don't like it you can always blend it with more bananas and fix it.
Is the cauliflower rice frozen as well when you blend it all together?
All Purpose Veggies says
Yes, frozen cauliflower rice works best
Lesley Stubbs says
For this recipe, Is the frozen cauliflower rice cooked?
All Purpose Veggies says
Hi Lesley! From what I understand, frozen cauliflower rice is blanched or par-boiled in water during the manufacturing process. Since the frozen cauliflower rice is already somewhat pre-cooked you can use the frozen rice as is without cooking it further. Hope this helps