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Peppermint Nice Cream

The presents under the tree may be unwrapped, but if you’re like me you still have a pile of candy canes sitting in your house or on your tree. Rather than continue to eat them for the next week or more, I decided to make a recipe that would use them up in a hurry. Peppermint Nice Cream is a simple 5-ingredient that’s naturally gluten free and dairy free. As a child, I remember eating peppermint ice cream and loving it, so I thought it would be fun to re-create this in a homemade version that’s safe for our family.


To freeze or not to freeze – well, it’s really up to you and how long you want to wait to eat the Peppermint Nice Cream. You can serve it right away and sprinkle the candy canes on top, like you see pictured above. Or, you can transfer the blended nice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze it for one hour so that it scoops like this. Either way, it will taste delicious!

peppermint nice cream scoops

Peppermint Nice Cream

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and peanut free. It makes two servings, so multiply the recipe if you want to make more.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
freezing time (optional) 1 hour
Servings 2
Calories 299 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama


  • 4 large frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 drops peppermint extract
  • 3 candy canes


  1. Unwrap your candy canes and place between two paper towels. This reduces the messy clean up.
  2. Take a mallet or bottom of a glass and crush the candy canes up.
  3. Add the crushed candy canes to a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except for the candy canes and blend until smooth. Start with 1 drop of peppermint and taste it before adding the second drop as a little bit of peppermint extract goes a long way. Tip: It's easier if you slice the bananas before you freeze them, but if you have them whole then it will just take a little bit longer to blend them up.
  5. Serve right away with the left over crushed candy canes sprinkled on top, OR transfer the blended nice cream to a freezer safe container.
  6. If freezing it, mix half of the crushed candy canes into the mixture, using a spatula to combine them.
  7. Freeze for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from freezer, scoop into serving bowls.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Nice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299
% Daily Value*
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 844mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 74g 25%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 44g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 24.9%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


peppermint nice cream