Friday, June 25, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Pineapple Milkshake


Happy Friday! How's your week been? It's been a whirlwind around here. I've been preparing for a special event on Sunday - I'm having a raw vegan dessert party! This is something I've been wanting to do for years, and is finally happening. I've got a fun, over-the-top menu planned - you know - various chocolates, moonie pies, cake, truffles, balls, bars, pie, ice creams/sorbet with toppings to make sundaes, parfait...I can barely think straight at the moment, but lets just say it should be a mighty fine and scrummalicious time!

OH! And check out a recent video I filmed with Philip and Alex, where we make raw apple raspberry pie! This is one of the items on the dessert menu this weekend. It's quick, easy, and super delicious!

In the midst of the party prep, I found a bag of organic dried, unsulfured pineapple yesterday which had been sitting in the cupboard for a while. Looking a little more than dried, I decided to rehydrate it for a few hours, and voila, it was begging to be used in a recipe! Use this as a guideline... frozen banana would work nicely in here too!


Pineapple Milkshake

2.5 oz dried pineapple (~ 3/4 cup roughly chopped)*
1 cup water (or enough to cover the pineapple, plus a bit extra)
1/3 cup cashews
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups ice cubes

1. Soak the dried pineapple in the water for at least 2 hours, or until is hydrates.
2. Blend the pineapple and soak water with all but the ice cubes, until smooth and creamy.
3. Add the ice and blend again until frothy.
4. Taste, add a bit more sweetener if necessary.

*Or try with fresh pineapple (about 1 cup) and omit the water and use a few more iee cubes.



Oldie??? Blueberry Sorbet from a post in August, 2008, after picking wild blueberries! Since then I've adjusted the recipe slightly.


Blueberry Sorbet

2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

1. Blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
2. Chill the mixture for a few hours.
3. Process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.
4. Alternatively, pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Note: The mixture should seem a little too sweet before freezing it. The freezing mutes the sweetness.


Have a fabulous weekend! I'll report back next week with goodies from the dessert party, including a video! Stay tuned...

14 comments:

mapledreams said...

Pineapple is definitely one of my favourite fruits so this smoothie sounds AND looks so good xx

kelli said...

mmmmmm! so yummy and so pretty!

oh what i wouldn't do to be a guest at one of your dessert parties!

enjoy yourself, you dessert diva you!=)

xoxo

Susie said...

As always, looks simply yummy!

Quick question. What do you use for blending your items? I have a Magic Bullet. Would that work on most of your items?

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

Great video, the raw apple raspberry pie looked delicious! It's looks like a great recipe to whip up fast and impress if you have company coming over :)

I can't wait to see all the yummy pictures of your dessert party! Hope you find some time inbetween moonpies and ice creams to take a breather :)

Lauren said...

That milkshake looks delicious! Sooo creamy!! I hope to go blueberry picking this weekend, thanks for the sorbet recipe!!

Good luck with your dessert party, I am super jealous that I live so far and can't attend! Maybe one day you'll host one in NYC? ;)

bitt said...

Raw vegan dessert party! Awesome! I have actually been to one before--it was amazing.

I love pineapple and this treat looks very good. Pineapple + vanilla is a surprizingly good combo.

I love the glass too.

evergreen said...

Everything looks incredible! Have a great weekend :)

Lauren said...

Dearie the Pineapple milkshake sounds fantastic! I will be making this one next! I might substitute the vanilla extract for coconut to make ULTRA-tropical. Then I can pretend I'm in the dominican! lol

LT

Pure2Raw Twins said...

Yummy! Love the smoothie ideas :) Both sounds perfect on a hot summer day! Have a great weekend girl!

GirlonRaw said...

Aw I can only imagine how crazy busy you must be right now and also how you must be questioning why you got yourself into this - that was exactly what I was saying when I was leading up to my Tasting Night, but your's will definitely go on without a hitch. Go you gorgeous thing! Can't wait to hear more!!

Lovingraw said...

Your pictures just keep getting better and better babers. Beautiful!

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

These shakes sound awesome! I've never thought of rehydrating dried fruit to use in smoothies. Love the apple pie video too :) x

Nelly said...

wish i had been there...wish i had seen this post earlier...weird i missed it...it was a very crazy weekend though.

what a lovely shake...i love pineapple...and how clever are you...? wait, i forgot you are the goddess of everything sweet and amazingly yummy...

hope you had a lovely sunday my friend. i am sure it was a hit...and i CAN'T wait to read all about it...and can't wait to drool over every dessert photo you take...

<3

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Anonymous said...

I made this and added some raw coconut based ice cream, I used fresh pineapple,so it was a little strong, but lovely!