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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.

EatingWell.com, September 2021, updated May 2022

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Credit: Andrea Mathis

Recipe Summary

total:
10 mins
active:
10 mins
Servings:
4
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Our series, Hormones & Our Health: How What You Eat May Affect How They Work, explores the vast role hormones play in the body and the diet and lifestyle factors that help them function as they should.

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!

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place banana, sweet cherries, tart cherries and almond milk in a food processor (see Tip); process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

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Tip

A food processor is the best choice in this recipe, but if you don't have one, you can use a blender. You will need to add more liquid in order to achieve the desired smooth consistency.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup
73 calories; sodium 9mg; carbohydrates 18g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 1g; sugars 12g; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin a iu 350IU; potassium 264mg.
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