This has a new name, and it’s called N’ice Cream. The homemade versions are usually based around frozen banana. This recipe at Eat This takes just 5 minutes (the blog is German, so just right-click to translate the recipe into English). Many people eat this for breakfast, as the sweetness of the bananas replaces the need for sugar. It’s important to use a good and powerful blender or food processor, as adding too much water will ruin the recipe. And frozen bananas need a good blender to turn them into ice-cream.
You can now buy vegan soft serve as a powdered mix (vanilla or chocolate) for cafes and ice-cream bars. Free from most major allergens, it’s free from palm oil and you just mix with hot water and pour into your ice-cream machine. At home, you can make it yourself. In the US, Elmhurst 1925 (above) is also selling dairy-free soft serve mix for retail and wholesale, made with oat and chickpea milks.
A Vegan Ice Cream Van!
The future’s looking bright. Already in the US there are several exclusively plant-based ice-cream bars, and they are thriving. In New Zealand, Vice Cream is one of the world’s first-ever vegan ice-cream vans, which sells coconut soft serve, real fruit ice-cream, sorbet and gelato to customers in its friendly colourful van. This small family business launched in months, and already has hundreds of fans, who queue up eagerly.