Friday, April 23, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Chai Ice Cream

Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? All my weeks zoom right along, and I tend to lose track of time. In fact, on Tuesday I wished a friend a great weekend! Oops!
I'm ramping up to launch the next dessert challenge - the other one was so much fun that I want to do it again! It's got a summer theme... can you guess what it might be? I'll send you a copy of my Just Desserts ebook or Moonie Pie ebook (your choice) if you figure it out. If more than one of you gets it right, I'll randomly pick a winner. Or might you have a suggestion for a future challenge?

It looks like a bit of a moonie exchange has begun in the community. Super cool... a few posts will be out in the coming days, I believe, so keep your eyes peeled on the board. Got a moonie you'd like to exchange, or want to try your online friend's others goodies? I thought it would be cool to get a group swap going. Post a comment below and see who's up for it...

Here are some yummies for a sweet weekend!

Chai Ice Cream
Sprinkle cinnamon and cacao nibs to garnish... 

1 1/4 cup strong chai tea (chilled)
1/2 cup young coconut pulp
3/4 cup cashews
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey 
1 1/2 tablespoons lucuma
1 tablespoon lecithin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon vanilla stevia
(or vanilla extract/more sweetener)

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
2. Chill for a few hours in the fridge and then process in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturers instructions. 
3. Alternatively, freeze in ice cube trays. 

As for an oldie, this classic apple dessert comes from a raw food class I taught in October 2007! This is my "go-to" recipe for raw apple pie. When making it recently, I used a spring form pan to shape it. Surprisingly, it held up just fine. I did about 3 layers of crumble and 2 thick layers of filling.

Apple Crumble Pie
Make this is a regular pie with a crust and filling, or add the crumble on top.
2 cups pecans
1 cup walnuts
¾ cup pitted and packed, medjool dates

In a food processor, combine all ingredients until they become crumbly. Press half of the mixture into a 9” pie plate. 

6 medium sized apples, separated
½ cup pitted and packed, medjool dates
¼ cup raisins
2 tsp cinnamon 

1. Peel and core all apples.
2. In a food processor, puree 2 of the apples, and remaining ingredients, until smooth. Pour this mixture into a bowl.
3. Chop the other 4 apples into large chunks and then process into small chunks in a food processor, making sure NOT to puree it into applesauce! Add to the puree.
4. Spread this filling into the pie crust.
5. Top with the remaining pie crust, sprinkling it over the top like crumble.

Have a fabulous weekend! 


Nelly said...

heathy! that apple crumble has me drooling...i will be making that very very soon!

is it n'ice cream? not that you would be able to do an exchange with's such a summer treat!

and don't worry about wishing me a great weekend! it actually made me laugh when i realized you didn't really mean it!!! thanks for the giggles!!!

have a BEAUTIFUL weekend lovely!

Mindy said...

Hmm, maybe an ice cream cake challenge? Thanks for the chai ice cream recipe. I love chai tea and chai spices. I live in the deep South and it will be broiling hot here in short order. Ice cream days are on the way!

LOUISE said...

This ice cream looks amazing. I tried lavender ice cream as my first homemade ice cream ever about two weeks ago. Divine. So now I want to try this rec-o....but is the lecithin necessary? Or is there a pretty standard substitute? Thank you!

Gilian said...

Hi Heathy! I love your blog and all your yummy recipes. I made your Moonie Pie and EVERYONE loves them. I started making them on Saturday and just ran outta time to enter the time ; )
I have thought of a couple ways to tweak it so I would be all over the group recipe swap.
When I think of summer desserts, I think of Strawberries! Maybe a fab strawberry tart? Can't wait to find out what the challenge is. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

Nelly said...

i the challenge to come up with a n'ice cream case you didn't understand what i meant...

Brooke said...

Is the challenge a "Raw Popsicle" challenge?

Recover said...

ice cream or ice cream cake?

Melissa said...

I love chai tea! I need to get me an ice cream maker soon as summer is just around the corner!
PS I think that the next challenge will be we all scream for ICE CREAM!
Have great weekend (its Friday, right?) :)

kelli said...

mmm i want some of your ice cream! i was thinking an ice cream challenge too, but then i thought fruit is in abundance in the summer, so maybe it's a fruit cake/pie challenge?

whatever it is, i want in this time!=)

bitt of raw said...

it's got to be an ice cream challenge!

my husband came over to my blog while i was on your page and he says "let's make that". :-) he's a chai lover too.

christie said...

i was going to guess ice cream... but just to be different (or suggest something else for a future challenge) im going to say fruit tarts! the bases can always be different, the gooey inside can always be different, the fruit slices, pieces, whole chunks on top can always be different... but always an explosion of flavour in the mouth! mmm

guavablossom said...

oooh, can't wait to see what the next challenge is!!! an ice cream sundae challenge maybe?? :)

H.H. said...

Is it a CHEESECAKE challenge?

If not, you should totally have one!

Oh and I'm making that chai ice cream tonight! So excited...

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Hi Heather!!! that apple crumble just looks amazing. i love apple crumble and make my own, honestly if they are done right, i think i may prefer that to chocolate??! but anyway, thx for your super sweet comment today :)

and yes, your choc sauce and my caramels and yoga cups were born courtesy of kelli!


Marlie Centawer said...

so amazingly YUMMMMMM!!! I need to break out the ice cream maker :) Thanks for sharing!

shannonmarie said...

I'm a big chai fan, too. Hey, ice cream is summer themed :-)

malilies said...

Ill guess ice cream for the next challenge.

Heather Pace said...

Good guesses... and good ideas for future challenges. Keep em coming!

Louise, you can omit the lecithin if you like.

Lauren said...

Chai ice cream sounds amazing! I need to break out my ice cream maker and whip up a batch! Mmmm!! I love apple crumble, thanks for the yummy recipe! Have a great weekend!

VeggieGirl said...

AHHHH those desserts!! And I hope you're having a stellar weekend, dear Heather! :)

Newly Raw / Bragg said...

I'd have to guess that the new challenge will be to re-create the Chocci Caramel Bar from One Lucky Duck?

Tracy said...

I was thinking ice cream too!

Tracy said...

I was thinking ice cream too!

Pure2raw twins said...

I am going to guess raw cake as a challenge...since you make some beautiful cakes ; )

We made a stack apple pie once...your pie looks amazing! And that ice cream sounds to die for, thanks for sharing the recipes!!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

If it's an ice cream challenge, I'm in!

The chai ice cream and apple pie look delicious (especially together!)

Pam said...

I love anything chai and that ice cream looks great!


Heather Pace said...

A few of you were right.... :)

Erin said...

Hi Heather,

I was going to say your next challenge might be an ice cream challenge. How summery is that!

Your recipes look delicious! Thanks for the posts.