BERRY, ACAI SOFT SCOOP ICE CREAM
When it comes to healthy eating, there are always things that people automatically assume can never - not on any accounts - be healthy, or made to become even slightly nutritious. What I have come to realise after research, experimentation and self-teaching in the kitchen is that anything is possible, and that there is an alternative or substitutional ingredient for everything; you just need to know which ingredients to use. Before drastically changing my diet, I didn't know half of the foods that I eat now even existed, let alone the clever little facts that were soon to change my life; like frozen banana being the perfect ingredient for successful, stress-free ice-cream. The fact is, you can make any of your favourite 'guilty pleasures' healthy if you just get to know your ingredients. Ice0cream is difficult to make at the best of times, even using conventional recipes, as these tend to involve an ice-cream machine which, quite frankly, nobody owns. But making healthy versions of your favourite foods isn't about doing it properly, its about doing it, full stop. This recipe doesn't require an ice-cream maker and there are no rules or politics in temperatures or timings. The best way to enjoy this recipe is to eat it instantly, as a soft scoop - creamy and delicious. However, it does keep well in the freezer too. And where does Qnola come into this recipe, you may be thinking? As the perfect topping, and as an entirely acceptable excuse to eat ice-cream for breakfast. That is the beauty of nutritive alternatives; you can eat the most indulgent snacks for breakfast and they are just as nourishing as your daily smoothie, and in most cases even more so. This recipe is brilliant finished with a generous topping of Beetroot, Ginger or Original Qnola. Go Figure.
200g frozen blueberries and raspberries
1/2 Frozen Banana (chop before freezing) or 6 Raw Medjool Dates or 1 Ripe Avocado
2 Tins Coconut Milk (solid part only)
1-2 Tablespoons Filtered Water
Vanilla Seeds from 1 Pod or 1 Teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract
3 Tablespoons Freeze Dried Acai Powder
Handful Fresh Mint
1 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Ginger or 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger (to taste)
1 Tablespoons Organic Aloe Vera Juice
Flesh from 1 Young Thai Coconut
1/2 Cup Soaked Cashews
1 Teaspoon Ginseng
1-2 Teaspoons Maca
1 Teaspoon Baobab (basically as many super foods as you can find - the above three go well together)
Chopped Nuts of choice
Cacao Nibs or Chunks of Homemade Raw Chocolate
Chopped up Bliss Balls or Almond Butter bites
A swirl of Nut Butter or Thick Coconut Milk (to create a ripple effect)
Simply add the frozen berries, banana, dates or avocado, coconut milk solids, vanilla, acai powder, super foods of choice, fresh herbs and spices and a little water to your blender, and set to a medium to high speed. Work rapidly to taste the mixture and add more herbs, spices or super foods as you desire, before blending for a final time until smooth. Stir through any nuts, cacao chunks or chopped/dried fruits quickly before the mixture has time to melt, and then serve instantly, or pour into an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
+ If you store in the freezer to enjoy another time, it helps to stir the mixture after about 35-45 minutes after placing it in the freezer, which helps to break up any sign of icicles.
+ Serve alongside a dessert main or serve with raw cacao sauce or fresh or warm poached fruit
+ This recipe is entirely upgraded with the addition of other raw treats. I love to add homemade nut butter cookie dough balls or raw fudge brownie bites, chopped up and stirred through the mixture.
Recipe by Danielle Copperman.