On a hot day or a sad day, from the youngest to the oldest, we all sometimes crave the treat loaded with fat and calorie – ice cream! At one time this delicious dessert was only for the elite. Now everyone has access to this creamy marvel. But, it is not designed for everyone’s tummy. After eating ice cream do you ever get that feeling in your stomach?
There are a few reasons one cannot enjoy a bowl of ice cream. Milk and sugar are the main ingredients in store-bought ice cream. This doesn’t work for those who are dairy sensitive, lactose intolerant, or have a need to watch your sugar intake. You no longer have to skip ice cream though. Unlike before, there are other alternatives. Frozen yogurt has been going around as an option for a while now because the ingredient changes from cream to milk. But, it is still dairy-based. So the inexpensive alternative to ice cream is to make your own, starting with a substitute for the main base ingredient, the milk. [Click to Tweet]
The traditional ingredients to make ice cream are milk, vanilla, eggs, cream, and sugar. Now, we have a choice of different milks on the shelves: coconut, almond, cashew or rice milk. Click here to read our blog post about milk substitutes. If you are looking for that creamy texture try blending up a banana or an avocado. [Click to Tweet] I know what you are thinking – avocado isn’t sweet but, once you add a small amount of honey, agave nectar or organic grade B maple syrup, it is. Also, instead of eggs you can use xanthan gum for texture. [Click to Tweet] Flavoring, is like seasoning – you can use cinnamon or vanilla. Instead of chocolate chips or cookie crumbs, try your favorite fruit, almonds, pecans or even cashews. Below are some pretty cool ice cream recipes:
3 cups dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, cashew, sesame, etc.)
1/3-1/2 cup natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.)
Flavoring to taste (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, maca, mint extract, etc.)
Add-ins of choice (fruit, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds, chocolate chunks, etc.) 1
One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (serves 2)
Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients: 2 Ripe Bananas, sliced and frozen
Directions: Add bananas to the food processor and blend.
Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend until smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
Scoop into a bowl and enjoy immediately as a soft serve! For firmer ice cream, place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour.
Check out this website for some other great “ice cream” recipes or this blog article from June 3rd with lots of great desert ideas for diabetics or those following the paleo principle.
Do you have a great alternative ice cream recipe? Please share!
September 9, 2015
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