Sunday, September 5, 2010

Toasted Almond-Cherry Ice Cream

Since my daughter Heather, her husband and their little girl were coming over to watch football last night, I decided to make some fun ice cream for them. I put several ideas together & came up with one of the tastiest ice creams I have ever had.  It satisfied all the wonderful things you want from ice cream -smooth texture (for a perfect looking scoop), sweet, flavorful, HEALTHY and a toasted nutty crunch!! I used organic coconut milk, Medjool dates, agave, frozen dark & sweet pitted cherries (No sugar added), vanilla & toasted almonds. As you can see by the picture, this was a heavenly treat that everyone loved!  It passed all my taste testers with a 10!  To freeze the mixture I put it in Cuisinarts Ice Cream Maker.  It takes less than 20 minutes to freeze it to soft stage and then an additional hour or two in your regular home freezer. This Ice Cream maker does a great job and is fairly inexpensive to buy.  It doesn't require salt or ice which is really nice. I hope you will give it a try-it's amazing!

Toasted Almond-Cherry Ice Cream
Printable Recipe                   Serves 4-6

3 cups organic unsweetened coconut milk (Cold)
2 Tab. raw agave nectar
7 Medjool dates
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 12 oz. frozen package of dark, sweet pitted cherries
          (save a few cherries & some juice for putting on top of ice cream)
1/2 cup lightly toasted almonds, diced with skins on

To toast almonds:
Dice each almond into about 6 pieces. Leave skins on. Toast almonds in pan with 1/2 tsp. olive oil. Watch and stir carefully so you only lightly toast them. Set aside.

In blender add the 3 cups of coconut milk, agave nectar, Medjool dates & vanilla.  Blend until you can't see the dates very well.  You will still see specks of dates and that is normal.

To the blender add your package of unfrozen cherries.  There will be a little liquid in the bag. You can either add this liquid to the mixture or save to drizzle over the frozen ice cream.  Save a few cherries to sprinkle on top as well. PULSE THE BLENDER A FEW TIMES TO CHOP THE CHERRIES-YOU DO NOT WANT THEM TO BECOME MUSH IN THE ICE CREAM BUT REMAIN IN CHUNKS. (So, just a few pulses)

Fold in toasted almonds and you are ready to place in ice cream freezer.

Put mixture in Ice Cream maker until solid. Mixture will still be a little soft. Transfer to regular home freezer and let sit an additional 1-2 hours. 

Enjoy!!
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8 comments:

  1. Most people would think 'Chips & Salsa' when watching football. This ice cream is too nice!

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  2. This was AMAZINGLY good!!! No one would ever know it was Vegan! I seriously loved it. The toasted almonds were a great addition.

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  3. WOw Mom!!! THis looks beyond heavenly!! Ok, you JUST convinced me to go get an ice cream maker!!!

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  4. Shen, we had the chips & salsa too, along with pizza, veggies and grapes. The ice cream was for my own creative energies while they watched football-hee, hee. Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend.

    Heather, I am so glad you were here to taste this ice cream and give it your stamp of approval. Ryan & your Dad loved it too. Kevin tried it today and said it was sooo....good. So far, everyone is giving it a 10. The Gorp Bars received an 8 from Kevin-Funny:)

    Morgan, you definately need to get an ice cream maker. I loved this ice cream. It was so easy. I had fun creating it.

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  5. WOW!!!!!! hey Debbie!!
    This ice cream looks like really expensive restaurant's Special vegan Ice cream!!
    you always creat make some good stuff.
    AWESOME!! I wanna eat^_^ I would love it!!
    xoxo

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  6. Lay, thank you! You would love this ice cream. When you come visit again, I will make it for you. We miss you!

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  7. I just discovered these blogs related to healthy eating tonight . . . after searching for "bad food day" on Google. Wow . . . so great to read about people's creativity with healthy foods. I am hoping to make some good changes in my diet in the coming months and these blogs are inspiring for sure. And the photos of the delicious meals are stimulating my digestive juices too. thanks for all of the inspiration! ( ;

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