I now rarely eat sugar, or dairy products, but that doesn’t stop me from eating ice cream. How you may ask? Well, it’s easy peasy – I make my own version!
Maybe the term ice ‘cream’ is a bit misleading, seeing as no cream is involved. What you need instead is coconut milk, some frozen fruit, an optional dash of agave syrup, and a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix).
It really is as simple as putting these ingredients in the Vitamix – you do not need to hull the strawberries, I just froze a punnet whole, then emptied it in on top of a can of coconut milk, with a squeeze of Biona Organic Cranberry Agave Syrup.
If using a Vitamix, select Variable Speed 1, turn the machine on, increase speed to 10, then High, using the tamper to push the fruit down into the blades. It only takes 30 seconds or so, then you have ice cream!
It’s soft scoop, so serve immediately, but you can also freeze any left over – but you must remember, like any home-made ice cream, to mash it with a fork during freezing to break up any ice crystals.
This simple way of making a healthy ice cream can be adapted using any frozen fruit. My favourite is Pineapple, Mango and Kiwi, using a bag of Waitrose Tropical Smoothie Mix, with some fresh mint, and plain agave syrup blended with coconut milk. The result is a mix between an ice cream and a sorbet, with a delicate and sherberty taste – very yum!
So giving up dairy and sugar does not mean one has to go without treats. In fact, I think these icy desserts are even more delicious than sugary (and often artificially flavoured) dairy ice-creams. Why not have a go at making some and let me know what you think?