Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

For a while I've wanted to feature a weekly recipe on my blog. Enough procrastinating - the time has come! 

My new Sweet Tooth blog will be posted every Friday, and I'll have 2 raw dessert recipes for you - something new, in addition to an old sweet treat from the earlier days of my blog.

Since ice cream is my favorite dessert (besides chocolate), this is what I've chosen to start off with. Here's a yummy nut-free ice cream that is perfect for the warm spring weather that is upon us. I like to drizzle mine with chocolate sauce, but you could top yours with coconut flakes, fresh berries, or nuts. 

Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

2 cups strawberries, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups young coconut water
1 cup young coconut pulp, packed
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4-1/3 cup agave
1/4 cup coconut oil
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon pomegranate powder (optional)

1. Blend all ingredients except the oil, until smooth and creamy. 
2. Now add the oil and blend again to incorporate. 
3. Chill the liquid in the fridge for a few hours. 
4. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions, or freeze in ice cube trays. 

Chocolate Almond Crunch Ice Cream

I pulled this recipe from the old archives when I did a fun post on ice cream. This is super delish! I love the flavor of almond - if you're not as fond, you can omit it and just enjoy this as plain chocolate ice cream. I recommend making the almond crunch first, to allow for enough freezing time, but its totally optional. If time is of the essence, simply stir in chopped almonds/nuts. 

1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts
1/2 cup brazil nuts
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp pure almond extract 
1/4 cup coconut oil

1. Combine all ingredients (except the coconut oil) in a blender until smooth and slightly warm. 
2. Add the oil and blend again to incorporate. 
3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for a few hours. 
4. Process the mixture through an ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions, adding the Sweet Almond Crunch in toward the end of the churning process.  

Alternative: If you're not using an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Place a piece of nut crunch into each cube of liquid and freeze, OR save the crunch as a topping when you are ready to eat the ice cream.

Sweet Almond Crunch

1/4 cup almond butter
1 Tbs agave
1 Tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
1/2-3/4 cup almonds, chopped

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding the almonds in after an initial mix. 
2. Spread the mixture onto a parchment lined tray, or paraflexx lined dehydrator tray. 
3. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or while you make your ice cream. 
4. When ready to fold into the ice cream, peel the nut crunch off the paper and break or chop into pieces. 
5. Add to the ice cream toward the end of the churning process.

I wish you a fabulous weekend... perhaps filled with some raw ice cream treats.  ; )  

(*Cupcake graphic by my best friend, Lauren Toppozini)


barefoot_and_frolicking said...

LOVE it girlie! All the more reason to check out your blog (the weekly recipes):-)

Pam said...

Yay!....does that come with delivery service?...he he!

Thank you Girlie....awesome!


Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

That almond crunch looks fantastic!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Marlie! XO

Pam - LOL< delivery service, that would be cool - imagine, ordering from other people's blogs?!

Heather - thanks, yes the almond crunch could just be eaten on its own! :)

cclove2cook said...

Yummy! I love the Friday recipe idea because already Friday is my reflection day so now I can add some reflection on creating cool treats. I ordered my first gnosis choco bar, should arrive today, is it really good as it is reported to be...I shall see
Your blog looks awesome too, I like the changes, very stylin!

Sheryl-Anne said...

Strawberries?!? Yipee! I love strawberries but never cared for commercial strawberry ice cream. I'll try this come berry season, you can be assured of that! I can now have a raw version of my (not-so) internationally famous "Everything-has-Strawberries-in-it" Day I do each year at the height of strawberry season. Can't wait!!!
Thanks sweetie!
Berry Kisses,
Sheryl-Anne xx

Lauren said...

Oh yum! I love this idea!! Now that I have an ice cream maker, I need to try these out!

HiHoRosie said...

Yum! I gotta try these now that I have an ice cream maker. Mmmm...they're all ones I'd love! Ahem, snarf! :)

Tess said...

Chocolate almond crunch ice cream? Yes please.

health and happiness said...

All your recipes are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!

arlenes said...

Thank you are so gracious in sharing all these recipes. Beautiful new format for the blog. will give better feedback when I get a chance to make these recipes. Blessings to you and yours.


shannonmarie said...

I love ice cream recipes. Good choice. The brittle is the best :-)

Terri said...

I am sooooo glad I have found your blog !!:) You have the most beautiful raw foods. I love your site so much I put it in my favorites. Keep up to rawesome work !! ~ Xo

Terri @ Finding Raw Foods

Ken Leota said...

The Almond Crunch Topping is an amazing idea!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks for the comments on the blog changes, guys! Glad you like!

Have fun making ice cream - even if you don't have a maker. :)

Angelique said...

Great idea - can't wait to check each Friday for sweet inspiration!

Patty said...

These desserts look so so so good! I can't wait to try them ALL out, thanks for posting!

mel said...

Hi Heathy,

I had issues posting on philips site for the giveaway so here is my favorite essential oil as of now: Clove

I love the earthiness of it.

I'm also a subscriber to Philip's newsletter.


Laurel said...

I love your idea of having a new recipe on Fridays! Thanks for your wonderful blog! It is super inspiring!

I made almond crunch today and it is delish! I will make the ice cream tomorrow.

La Mama Naturale' said...

First time commenting! Love the idea of having a weekly sweet tooth post! The almond crunch sounds so yummy and easy to make. mmm!

signum3081 said...

This is SUCH a great post, with the recipes...they all look bodacious! I found you through Philip and love what I've found. :)

Heather Pace said...

Thanks for the comments guys, feel free to leave suggestions for future Sweet Tooth posts! :)