Sunday, December 5, 2010

Raw Holiday Ice Cream Supreme

Today I've got two tasty dessert recipes to share, both of which have the added benefit of the medicial chaga mushroom (although it's optional). I did a post on chaga last year and included a Chaga Maple Frosty recipe in addition to mentioning some of it's benefits. I'm fortunate to live in an area where chaga grows in abundance all year around.

I made this ice cream last week, since a friend was over for dinner and I wanted to do a little something special. What to do with a few young coconuts, some ripe mushy persimmons, fresh ginger, and a bunch of soaked irish moss?! Here's what I came up with. It would also be great with a chocolate sauce, or orange segments in place in place of the persimmon jelly.

Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream with Orange Ginger Crunch and Persimmon Jelly

Cinnamon Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups coconut water
1 1/2 cups young coconut pulp
1/4 cup chaga irish moss gel*
3-4 tablespoons coconut nectar or yacon syrup
8 drops stevia
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mesquite
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the coconut oil until smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend to incorporate.
Chill the mixture in the fridge, about 4-6 hours, or up to over night.
Process the liquid mixture through an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.

Orange Ginger Crunch

1/2 cup coconut shreds
3 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
3 drops orange essential oil
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 drops stevia
2 teaspoons coconut nectar
Pinch of himalayan salt
1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Toss all ingredients together, adding the oil last.
Spread the mixture out on a plate and chill in the fridge or freezer until it firms up.
Break up the chunks.
Serve over the ice cream

Persimmon Jelly

2 ripe persimmons

Remove the pulp from the persimmons.
Finely chop.

*Irish Moss Gel

3/4 cup chaga tea, reishi tea or water
2 oz soaked irish  moss

Rinse a handful of irish moss in cold water until any bits of debris have been removed. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear.
Allow the moss to soak in cold water for 6-12 hours.
Chop the moss and blend it with the tea or water until it warms up and turns into a gel.
Chill the gel in the fridge for 5-7 days, or use immediately.

Fluffy Cinnamon Chaga Mousse

Here's a soft-silky-puffy-fluffy mousse with medicinal chaga which is low glycemic, and nut-free! I wish I had a picture to go with this recipe to tantalize you because it's insanely delicious. Unfortunately it all gotten eaten before I had the chance to do so. No worries if you don't have chaga tea (come on up and harvest all you want for free). You can use reishi or other medicinal tea to make your irish moss gel, or simply use water. Top with coconut flakes and cacao nibs, or whatever else you like. 

3/4 cup packed young coconut pulp
3/4 cup chaga moss gel*
5 tablespoons coconut water
5 drops stevia
3 tablespoons coconut nectar
1 tablespoon yacon syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Pinch of salt

Blend all but the coconut oil, until smooth. 
Add the oil and blend again briefly. 
Chill the mousse for a few hours in ramekins, muffin cups lined with plastic wrap, or bowls.

Chunks of freshly harvested chaga. To make tea, simply chop dried chaga (I dry mine by the fireplace) into small chunks, cutting away the black part. Boil and then simmer in water for a few hours. The chaga can be used many times, until the water doesn't turn color anymore. 

Happy Holidays everyone! 


Maria Petrova said...

WHOW! looks and sounds sublime! much love to you!

Ulyana Michailov said...

Brilliant! Just brilliant! Love the use of medicinals : ) can't wait for this book xoxo

Ela said...

Oh, these both sound delectable! I love using herbs in desserts - and in everything. I've been thinking that chaga probably grows up here in AK - there's lots of birch forest, though none right where we are. Is it easy to find and harvest?

No young cocos up here but that's a fairly easy sub also.

thanks for sharing!

Pure2raw Twins said...

Love both recipes!!! I love that you use tea with your irish moss paste, I would have never thought that LOL Genius! Love ya girl!


Melissa said...

Wow..what a great use of some powerful mushrooms:) yum!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks ladies!

Ela, yes, chaga is abundant in my area and easy to hack off the trees- sometimes my dad even gets it with his bare hands! :)

nina said...

can i come to your house for christmas (LOL!). Really this sound great, i am going to have to try it.

debbiedoesraw aka grass fed momma said...

Heathy I can tell you have been busy creating! and I love the addition of the medicinal mushrooms and other goodies, that is awesome.
love you

kelli said...

YUM! i just made a similar coffee coconut ice cream with irish moss. sooo yummy and creamy.

i still want to make the chaga tea. what a great idea to add it to the moss! you could add green tea to it was well for a nice face-toner mask/sun-burn reliever!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm wondering where you get the Irish moss? And is it fresh?