Have you ever had those moments when, all of a sudden, you have a huge hankering for ice cream? And you know that there aren’t any ice cream cartons in your fridge, and you don’t want to go out and buy it because you’re trying to cut ice cream out of your diet, anyway. But then you argue with yourself for a while and finally convince yourself that you deserve a dessert, and so you stand up to go to the corner store, only to take a glance at the time: 1:36am. What store is going to be open at this time of night?
Well, the good news is, you can make an easy ice cream at home, with a lot less fat and in a lot less time than traveling to the store and trying to pick a flavor. A while back, we made a post about making an all natural sorbet, purely from frozen fruit. While that is just as tasty of a treat, there are times when I just want something that tastes rich and creamy, just like real ice cream, and this is the perfect recipe.
“Tiny Hiney” Cashew Ice Cream
1/3 cup cashews (roasted works best)
1/4 cup agave
2-3 cups ice
optional flavorings: 1 tbsp baking cocoa / 1 tsp vanilla / 1 tsp mint extract / 1 tsp almond extract / 2 tsp instant coffee / 1 cup frozen fruit and a little lemon juice
Blend on high speed until smooth, but frozen. Use tamper if necessary.
I used our “Tiny Hiney” Cashew Ice Cream recipe as the base, and added in 1 cup of frozen blueberries and a squirt of lemon juice (recipe found below). The cashews help give this dessert a rich, creamy texture, without the cream and, with only a few simple ingredients, you can feel good about knowing exactly what you’re eating, every time.
With the Vitamix, you can make all of your favorite foods, with a “natural” twist – in our ice cream, we replaced 1 cup of heavy creams with 1/3 cup of cashews, and added some fruit for flavor. You can also use yogurt, bananas, avocado, or anything else that has a creamy texture to make a healthier ice cream. The possibilities are absolutely endless – let us know what your favorite homemade ice cream flavors are!
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