Thursday, February 11, 2016

Healthy Homemade Ice Cream!

You may think ice cream couldn't possibly taste good without being loaded with dairy and sugar. 

Think again. 

Homemade healthy ice cream is my favorite kind of leftovers to have in the freezer! 
Here are two dairy-free, naturally sweetened ice cream recipes that are yummo AND leave you feeling clean and high energy inside! 

Tutti Fruiti Ice Cream (Makes 4 quarts) 

2 cans (13.5 ounces each) coconut milk
2 cups frozen fruit juice concentrate of your choice 
1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon guar gum (optional to make it thicker and creamier)
6 cups rice milk 
2 diced bananas 
3 cups finely diced fruit or berries (I use frozen fruit)

Combine in a blender: coconut milk, fruit juice concentrate, lemon juice, salt, and guar gum. Blend until smooth. Pour that mixture into 4 quart ice cream freezer, adding rice milk and diced fruit. Stir. Freeze according to machine directions. 




These recipes use a 4-quart ice cream freezer, but you can adjust the recipe if yours is a different size. 
Tutti Fruiti Ice Cream. Yum. If I were more patient I would have transferred the soft ice cream to my freezer to thicken more. But I wasn't. And it was great. 


Avocado Ice Cream (Makes 4 quarts) 
This recipe sounded crazy when I first heard it, but it's seriously amazing. I love it.

2 cans (13.5 ounces each) coconut milk
1 cup honey (ideally raw) 
3 medium avocados 
1 teaspoon guar gum (optional to make it thicker and creamier)
dash salt 
2 quarts rice milk  

Combine everything except rice milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into 4 quart ice cream freezer, and add rice milk. Stir. Freeze according to machine directions. 

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make a delicious, creamy ice cream! 



Avocado Ice Cream. It sounded crazy when I first heard it, but it's seriously amazing. I love it.

Note: As with anything sweet, including naturally sweet, for most people it's better on blood sugar, energy, and mood if you eat sweet things after a meal that includes some protein and fiber. Eating them on an empty stomach can lead to a sugar high, then low, which can mean feeling irritable, stressed out, overwhelmed, craving more sweets, and tired. This is one food rule of thumb that can make a big difference in the connection between food and mood. 

Here's another note: With ice cream, the softer it is the sweeter it tastes. The harder it is the less you can taste the sweetness. Interesting, huh?

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