One of my favorite things about the fall and early winter is persimmons.
If you have never eaten a persimmon, and you’re reading this sometime between October-December, then go to your nearest grocery store, and get some!
The trick with persimmons is to let them ripen. They can take forever.
The two main varieties are fuyu or Japanese persimmon and hachiya. Both are usually sold quite firm.
You need to let them sit on your counter and ripen for up to several weeks. It will be worth the wait; trust me!
Over time they will slowly get very, very soft…to the point you may think they’re rotten. They’re not! That’s when you know they are ripe, and ready to eat!
Since they are so soft and gushy, I prefer to blend them. They are fantastic in baked goods (if you’re not raw), smoothies, raw cookies & pies, and nice cream.
Nice cream is dairy-free “ice cream” made with peeled, ripe, frozen bananas. It will change your life…
When I work from home, I love to go for a run and then eat a big bowl of nice cream for lunch.
Here’s the recipe for my fabulous Snickerdoodle Persimmon Nice Cream!
- 4 frozen bananas, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces, divided in half
- 2 ripe persimmons, quartered
- 1 tbsp raw maca powder
- 1/2 tsp alcohol-free almond extract (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon + extra for dusting
- Place 1 persimmon’s worth of quarters, half of your frozen bananas,* maca, almond extract, and cinnamon into your Vitamix blender.
- Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, using tamper to keep things blending.
- Scrape all that deliciousness into a nice big bowl.
- Add the remaining persimmon and bananas to blender.
- Again, blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, using tamper as needed.
- Scrape the rest into your bowl.
- Stir and swirl to combine. Dust with extra cinnamon.
* You only want to place half of the frozen bananas in at a time, because otherwise, your Vitamix will automatically stop, since the frozen bananas are hard to blend.
Enjoy this delicious autumn and winter treat! It’s best enjoyed in a warm room or cozy blanket or sweater, because it is cold!