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Green Ice Cream GF, DF

Posted Mar 14 2011 7:43am
This week The Nourishing Homemaker is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a recipe extravaganza of green foods.  No artificial dyes here!  Come over Monday-Thursday for a new and exciting recipe that will delight friends and family!

A few days ago my fabulous mom brought me a clipping of several recipes from The Costco Connection.  She said she thought I could adapt them.  (She's so supportive!)

When I saw green ice cream my immediate thought was "St. Patrick's Day!"  When I realized I didn't have some of the ingredients, the rusty cogs in my brain began to slowly turn.  Out of laziness/lack of funds, a recipe is born! (again)

1-1/2 cups raw cashews
2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
5 cups crushed ice
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 Tbsp arrowroot powder
1/8 tsp stevia (pure powder)

Soak cashews in water for at least 4 hours.  Place them in a food processor and blend until smooth.  I stop frequently and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  It usually takes 5 minutes or so.  You can get a super smooth consistency with a high powered blender, but I don't have one of those.  Put cashew paste in a separate bowl and set aside.

Place spinach and crushed ice into food processor and blend until smooth.  Again, I stop and scrape down the sides so that the texture is even.  Dump cashew paste and the rest of the ingredients in with spinach and ice.  Process.

I had some gluten free carob wafers that turned out sub par, so I crumbled some on top of the ice cream.  Chocolate shavings would also be nice or stir in some mini chocolate chips.  You could substitute 1 tsp of peppermint extract for the 1 Tbsp of vanilla for healthy mint chocolate chip.

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Note:  I'm fairly certain I'm allergic to pistachios.  Every time I eat them I get sick.  I also have extreme fatigue, both of which, for me, is how I react to foods that I'm sensitive to.  I haven't had a formal diagnosis, but it doesn't take a doctor for me to see that they don't agree with me.  

When I ate some of this cashew based ice cream, I started exhibiting allergy symptoms.  I checked it out on the internet and cashews and pistachios are related.  What a bummer!

So my warning is that if you are allergic to pistachios there is a chance you are also allergic to cashews.
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