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Green Smoothie Ice Cream

Posted Jan 23 2013 11:12am

I'm going for pure shock effect here folks.
We woke up to -39 C wind chill temperatures in the Canadian capital today.  So quite clearly, ice is part of the picture.  Why not run with it.
Insane?  Almost certainly.
But today I've decided to embrace the homeopathic philosophy of meeting like with like.  That's right.  Take a big dose of this frozen ice cream weather man!  Besides, today also happens to be the second year anniversary of this little blog.  It's my party and I'll freeze if I want to!  
If you like the idea of a green smoothie but you (your kids or anyone else you know) do not especially like it in liquid form, this is a great way to transform the ordinary into a creamy delicious concoction that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. The great news is that you will still benefit from all the healthful goodness of a green smoothie only served up in a whole new way.  This is a cream free, egg free, refined sugar free delight that does not require an ice cream maker.
The other neat thing about this recipe is that you don't even have to freeze the smoothie at all.  You can serve it right out of the blender with a spoon in the form of a soft serve ice cream - which is my favourite way to enjoy it - creamy, smooth and oh so yummy!

Green Smoothie Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup pistachio 
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 medium sized ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 large banana (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp or so honey

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Makes about 4 cups of creamy green smoothie mixture

Notes:

Because this green smoothie ice "cream" does not actually contain cream (nor commercial stabilizers/emulsifiers), if you freeze it for more than 1 or 2 hours (depending on the temperature of your freezer), it will freeze like ice and become hard and crystallized and you will be disappointed.  To avoid this situation, you can either enjoy it as a soft serve ice cream directly from the blender or freeze the mixture for a shorter duration, until desired consistency is achieved.

Directions:

Place pistachio in a coffee grinder or small blender and grind until well broken down. (I have to do this because my blender is not effective at this task.  If you have a powerful blender/food processor, you can skip this step).

Place ground pistachio in a blender or food processor along with all other ingredients and blend/process until smooth.

Enjoy directly from the blender/food processor as a soft serve ice cream (my favourite) or transfer mixture to a container and freeze for approximate 1 hour or so - testing for desired texture.











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