Blackberry Nice Cream (Dairy-Free, High Protein)

Dairy-free, high-protein ice cream free of animal products.

Blackberry Banana Nice Cream Vegan

Did you know you can make your own ice cream with only a couple ingredients, none of which contain dairy? I love the texture and temperature of ice cream but would prefer to skip the animal products. This is precisely why I call it “nice” cream: cruelty-free and full of compassion. It was also quite cheap as I picked these blackberries off the side of the road (I love the bountiful berries come summertime in BC!).

Blackberry Banana Nice Cream Vegan

Cow’s milk contains insulin-like growth factor-1 which may increase the risk of breast cancer. It can also spike insulin levels contributing to inflammation and acne, especially in women with PCOS. Plus, studies have shown milk consumption doesn’t actually decrease the risk of osteoporosis and may actually rob our bones of calcium due to its acidity. So give this non-dairy cold dessert (or breakfast) option a try and let me know your thoughts!


  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 10 frozen blackberries (organic)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (organic, non-GMO)
  • ice to thicken
  • toppings of choice

How to:

  1. Peel and chop bananas the day before (or longer) and freeze in tupperware or plastic bags along with the blackberries.
  2. Remove frozen bananas and blackberries from freezer and blend in food processor with protein powder and ice. You can add liquid if it isn’t blending well but limit liquid for a thick consistency.
  3. Add toppings like fruit or nuts and enjoy before your nice cream melts!

Blackberry Protein Nice Cream - Vegan

PCOS Powers:

  • blackberries = high in fiber which may help to manage blood glucose levels, a low glycemic fruit, contains antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin and others which can help fight inflammation, neurological diseases and cancer
  • plant-based protein powder =  may help decrease high cholesterol and manage insulin resistance, helps build lean muscle mass

Blackberry Nice Cream (Vegan, low-glycemic, dairy-free)

Disclaimer: As the sole author of Phruitful Dish, I have based my posts on my own experiences and knowledge obtained through lived experience and during my doctoral degree (PhD). However, I am not a medical doctor. The information in this blog is not intended as medical advice. Nutritional and supplemental choices should be made in consultation with your health care provider. This blog is intended to inspire and encourage readers to educate themselves on how nutrition and lifestyle are important and often overlooked aspects of health. Therefore, please use the information at your own risk. Occasional links may be provided leading to third party websites. The existence of these links does not infer a responsibility or an endorsement of the linked site, its operator, or its contents.

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Author: Dr. Dylan Cutler, Ph.D.

Dr. Dylan Cutler is the founder of Phruitful Dish. She's a holistic health content creator, vegan, athlete, feminist, social activist, and PCOS fighter. She obtained her Ph.D. in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS management using nutrition, movement, and mindfulness. She resides in Victoria, Canada on unceded Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories.

59 thoughts on “Blackberry Nice Cream (Dairy-Free, High Protein)”

  1. That’s great that you can make some ice-cream that doesn’t contain dairy, since a lot of people are lactose intolerant. It looks delicious!

    1. Wonderful! What is the big city you live in? I live in Vancouver with some good vegan options but, of course, they are pricey! Bananas are pretty cheap, and then if you can find berries on the side of the road you have yourself vegan ice cream! 🙂

      1. I’m in Chicago! The vegan ice cream options exist but they’re few and far between and, as you mention, are pricey! I love going to little produce markets and farmers markets to get some great fresh berries. So clearly I’m going to have to do this.

  2. I’m a PCOS gal too. And, yep, no milk for me. I use unsweetened almond milk when I need to. I love how your blog is designed.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, unsw. almond milk is a staple in my fridge! So happy you found my blog! I will be sure to check yours out too. #PCOSfighters unite 😉

  3. That’s amazing presentation D! Love the description and the photos. Makes me long for Pender already!


  4. Banana ice-cream is great but how do you do it so it doesn’t knacker the blender? I’ve burned out two.

    1. Very good point. I use a food processor when I can, and if I must use a blender then I add liquid like almond mylk or water (just enough to get everything moving). I have heard really powerful blenders, like a Vitamix, can do it no problem with no liquid (this is a dream of mine haha).

    1. Thank you! I have heard a lot of people doing the Whole 30. What has your experience been like so far? I just read about it briefly.. seems like this recipe would fit in from my understanding! 🙂

  5. Blackberries are fabulous! What a nice recipe to incorporate them into a nice cold summer treat.

  6. I love that – Nice Cream is a great name! And it sounds delicious, too. I think the vegan in my life (who loves blackberries almost too much) will be all over this recipe. 🙂

  7. Yum! I’ve never made “nice cream” but I like to use frozen blackberries & bananas in my smoothie bowls, and then the texture is very similar. Makes me feel like I’m eating ice cream for breakfast 😉

    1. Hehe, exactly! For me, nice cream and smoothie bowls are the same thing 😛 … thick, creamy frozen fruit that gives the illusion of a delicious frozen treat. Yum is right! 🙂

  8. DEAD. This looks DELICIOUS! I’ve seen Instagram posts about Nice Cream but haven’t found recipe I liked…this looks right! Plus your photos are amazing. I’d give anything for a bowl of this Nice Cream and the view you have! 😛

  9. Wow this looks so delicious! Its hard to believe its so healthy and easy to make too. Sharing on tweeter & pinning. Visiting from Healthy Living Link up. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  10. This looks delicious! I have tried similar ice creams in the past and they are truly a great treat when you are craving dairy ice cream. I haven’t tried it with pea protein before though and I think I may try your recipe next! 🙂

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