This idea of mine to make my own raw ice cream came from a girl I used to work with who is on a completely raw diet. This means that everything she eats is unprocessed and unheated, so her diet consists of raw fruits, vegetables and grains.
You may be thinking to yourself right now: How could anyone live off of not cooking anything...no microwave, oven or toaster!? That was my initial thought too when I was talking with her. However, she seems very happy and healthy with her new diet changes and doesn't seem to have any problems with not finding proper food to suit her needs.
Eating raw is thought to keep all nutrients and enzymes in tact, whereas when you cook foods, some of the nutritional properties are extracted. I always say though, there are many diets out there and the one that is right for you is all dependent on your beliefs and what you want out of the diet (i.e. cleansing, detoxing, losing weight).
So, anyways, my former co-worker and I got talking about some of the recipes that she creates for herself as raw meals. She said that she scours raw ingredient labels at Feel Rite Markets to get ideas on how to cook up her own, cheaper foods.
A recipe that stood out to me the most was her raw banana ice cream. She rambled off a list of ingredients that she usually puts into her ice cream and she got me thinking. I've only ever made ice cream in a churner but I love trying new things, so I thought 'what have I got to lose?' That is where my now regular raw ice cream idea originated.
Using a frozen banana base, like my friend uses, and throwing a few other fun ingredients in the food processor was how my night ended up last night. I stood in front of my pantry and looked around on each shelf to try to think about what could go together and make my ice cream taste great too. My goal was to create something that my younger, picky brothers would actually eat. Well, I am happy to say that my ice cream was a huge hit in my family and was given a double thumbs up.
Here are the simple ingredients that I used in my creation:
- 3-4 frozen bananas
- 2 cups of Vanilla Plus Almond Milk (the Plus is the added protein version but you can use any vanilla flavored mile substitute)
- 1/2 cup of organic, raw coconut shavings
- 2 TBSP of Hershey's Unsweetened, 100% Cocao
- 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter (optional)
- 1/4 cup of raw cacao nibs (optional)
Mix the bananas and almond milk in your food processor first and once they are mashed well then add your remaining ingredients. It turns out like a chocolate soft serve ice cream, my favorite type of ice cream!
Whatever you don't devour right away, put into a plastic container in your freezer and enjoy for up to 3 days!
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