Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I've been on a huge ice cream kick lately. Isn't it great to eat ice cream knowing that you're eating healthy, whole foods?! Sometimes when I serve raw desserts to friends, they're in the mindset that a sweet treat means unhealthy, fattening, and too high in calories. After I go through the ingredient list they start to believe that it IS healthy. Admittedly, I like to eat dessert for dinner occasionally :)
After many batches of my favourite flavor, vanilla, I made strawberry ice cream this weekend. On Saturday a friend and I took a long trek to a strawberry farm to fill up the car with basket upon basket of the delicious gems. This is a yearly ritual and keeps the freezer stocked all year around. Can you imagine, we drove 4 hours there, got 8 big boxes of berries each plus 10 boxes for my parents, and drove 4 hours home. Oh, and we got lost in the Prairies after leaving the farm. It's a maze of farms! Gotta love adventures like that.
Nicole and I planned a beachy day for Sunday. Ice cream sundaes and a long swim were the perfect way to stay cool on the hot sunny day. We topped them with strawberries, cherries, banana, pecans, and my "go to" chocolate sauce.
Nicole's excited to start building her ice cream sundae!
Here's what my bowl looked like... right before I smothered it in chocolate sauce.
We just love days by the lake! So fortunate to have this. Do you like to swim?
Strawberry Ice Cream
Nut free * Vegan * Raw* Gluten Free
Does it get any easier?! 5 ingredients! Nut free, vegan, and can be raw. Make it raw by using fresh coconut milk- blend coconut water and coconut pulp until smooth and creamy. Must be thick.
1 can coconut milk
2 cups diced strawberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
Process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions.
Will be soft serve at this point. Eat this way or transfer to a freezer for 1-2 hours.
Who can resist refreshing healthy ice cream on a hot summer day?
J and I got out on the jet ski later that day. Always fun to fly along the lake.
Have a lovely week!
Part of Wellness Weekend and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Posted by Heather Pace at 2:23 PM