This easy vegan tart cherry nice cream—made from only a few simple ingredients—is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and also deliver a boost of melatonin that may help you get a more restful night's sleep.

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Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD, September 2021


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10 mins
10 mins

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Nice cream is a delicious dairy-free dessert made from frozen fruit. Most nice cream recipes include bananas, which helps to add creaminess without the need for cream. (Slice and freeze the banana ahead of time so it's ready when you want to whip up some nice cream.) For this recipe, we used a combination of bananas, sweet cherries and tart cherries, the latter of which happens to have some pretty impressive health benefits when it comes to sleep.

It's no fun trying to function on insufficient sleep. And besides making us feel groggy, consistent poor sleep can impact our immune system, heart health, weight and mental health. Thankfully, certain foods may help improve both sleep quality and duration, like tart cherries, which are naturally rich in the sleep hormone melatonin. Try this no-sugar-added Tart Cherry Nice Cream as an after-dinner treat!


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place bananas, sweet cherries, tart cherries and almond milk in a blender or food processor; process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.


To make ahead

While the nice cream will have the best texture if served immediately, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let soften at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

145 calories; fat 1g; sodium 13mg; carbohydrates 36g; dietary fiber 5g; protein 2g; sugars 23g; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin a iu 685IU; potassium 526mg.