Strawberry Nice Cream & Chocolate Quinoa Bircher

Simply blend frozen bananas until smooth and you'll have a lush, creamy and healthy ice cream from nature, called ‘nice cream'
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"If you’re not familiar with frozen banana ice cream yet, it’s about time you were! Simply blend frozen bananas until smooth and in no time you have a lush, creamy and healthy ice cream from nature, called ‘nice cream’. The addition of frozen strawberries and coconut milk makes this nice cream extra fluffy and flavoursome. Here we pair it with a thick chocolate quinoa Bircher that will leave you fuller for longer. Practise your layering skills and you will impress any guest with this dessert. You can, of course, serve either the nice cream or the Bircher on their own if you don’t have time to prepare both." - David Freniel and Luise Vindahl

Recipe excerpted from the cookbook Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies For Every Day by David Freniel and Luise Vindahl. Purchase your own copy here.

1
Servings
1955
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Quinoa Bircher

  • 100 grams (3½ oz/ ½ cup) uncooked white quinoa, rinsed (or 1¼ cups cooked)
  • 250 milliliters (8½ fl oz/1 cup) filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 120 grams (4 oz/½ cup) coconut yoghurt or Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (use 2 tablespoons if you are serving the Bircher on its own)

For the Strawberry Nice Cream

  • 200 g (7 oz/1¾ cups) frozen strawberries (organic if possible)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz/ ¼ cup) full-fat coconut milk
  • fresh strawberries, thinly sliced and whole (organic if possible), to serve
  • dark chocolate, finely chopped and grated, to serve

Directions

For the Chocolate Quinoa Bircher

Put the uncooked quinoa in a saucepan along with the water and salt. Cover and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15–20 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool completely. Add the rest of the Bircher ingredients, mix until well combined and set aside in the fridge while you prepare the strawberry nice cream.

For the Strawberry Nice Cream

Put all of the strawberry nice cream ingredients in a blender and blend on a high speed until completely smooth, thick and creamy like soft-serve ice cream. Depending on the strength of your blender, you may need to wait 5–10 minutes for the ingredients to thaw slightly (alternatively, use an immersion blender).

To assemble, spoon one third of the nice cream into the base of two medium-sized glass jars or a large one (as featured in the photo). For a beautiful artistic look, make messy uneven layers. Cover with half of the Bircher and press some of the sliced strawberries against the sides of each glass jar. Repeat with the rest of the nice cream, Bircher and strawberries, finishing with a thick layer of the nice cream. To create a marbled effect, simply run the back of a teaspoon up and down along the inside of the glass. Be careful not to mix too much or the layers will blend into one. Finish with a few whole strawberries, as well as a sprinkling of dark chocolate shavings and pieces, and serve straight away before it comes running down the glass jar!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
102g
100%
Sugar
61g
68%
Saturated Fat
39g
100%
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Carbohydrate, by difference
178g
100%
Protein
81g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
423µg
60%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
436mg
44%
Choline, total
28mg
7%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
24g
96%
Folate, total
241µg
60%
Iron, Fe
26mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
182mg
57%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
17mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
671mg
96%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
88µg
100%
Sodium, Na
2155mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
408g
15%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Strawberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Strawberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.