What to do when the weather gets warm? Make ice cream. We've been making "ice cream" quite often lately. Last week the temperature lingered in the low 80's for most of the week. This week has been beautiful too; in the 70's.
Last week my daughter, Lily, concocted her own ice cream using cashews, water, agave nectar, frozen bananas, cherries, and raspberries. She also added a half of an avocado, a few spoonfuls of raw coconut butter, and a splash of vanilla. I wrote the recipe down somewhere. She made it in our Vita-Mix and it was delicious!
Today I wanted to share with you a dairy-free ice cream made in an ice cream maker. I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that works beautifully and won't break the bank. Making ice cream in a Vita-Mix or food processor certainly works, but the end product lacks that creamy, ice dreamy mouth feel of true ice cream.
Last September, Tom made a white nectarine ice cream using the ice cream maker that was so good I wanted to hide the container and eat it all myself! I have that recipe scribbled down somewhere. Maybe later in the summer I will share it. And now, the strawberry ice cream....
Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream
This ice cream needs to be made in an ice cream maker. It can also be made into popsicles. After pouring the liquid into my machine, I still had about a cup that wouldn't fit - so that be came 2 popsicles. Serve ice cream with sliced fresh strawberries and fresh mint leaves for a cooling summer dessert.
2 cans full fat coconut milk 2 to 2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries (about 1 pound) 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon flavoring (optional)
Place all ingredients into a blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy. Immediately pour the liquid into your ice cream maker. I kept mine on for about 25 minutes and then transferred the container to the freezer. It needs to chill for about 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!
And now the winner of the Pumpkin Seed Flour giveaway......
This evening I printed out all of the comments, cut and folded them, and placed them into a box. My 4 year old daughter, Grace, picked a name.
And the winner is...
Here is the comment: "Being from the southern states and having a multitude of food allergies, my menu choices have dramatically changed! I can't wait to use this new flour! I am dreaming of beignets and cannolis and fried green tomatoes and my great-grandmother's applesauce cake! I haven't been able to at or make those (with success) for years! Yay for the great giveaway!"
Could T Watson please email me with your name and address? Thanks everyone for participating! This was fun. I am planning on a few more giveaways in the near future so keep checking back.