As you can feel it, Spring has sprung, it’s raining cats and dogs, our gardens will soon come alive, and the temperature is starting to fluctuate and it will soon climb high; I am already gearing up for cold treats. I’m not kidding you when I say there is no ice cream machine needed! Just some kind of blender or juicer. Not too salty nor too sweet and made with ingredients you can pronounce. Aren’t you fed up with very expensive ice creams with toxic ingredients? We have to make time to create and make our own foods and desserts free of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism) and toxic food additives! Taking one day at a time to make our favorite foods free of chemicals. So let’s get started by showing you all the ingredients that we are going to use.
AVOCADO ICE CREAM
Blend 3 avocados + zest of 1 lime + juice of 2 limes + 1/2 cup Almond milk+ 3/4 cup condensed milk + 1 tablespoon organic honey, mix thoroughly then stir in coarsely ground pistachio nuts. Transfer to a plastic container and cover with plastic film or Saran wrap on top, put back the cover. Freeze overnight. Thaw out 10-20 minutes before serving.
VANILLA / BANANA ICE CREAM/ SMOOTHIES
Peel 4 bananas and cut into chunks and freeze. Blend these frozen bananas + 2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 1/2 tablespoon organic raw honey in a blender, mixer or Vitamix machine on low then high until smooth and creamy. Mix cacao nibs. Set up and freeze as above. Garnish with Goji berries when serving. When not frozen as above, can be used as a smoothie also.
CHEESE / MANGO ICE CREAM
Puree chunks of 2 large ripe yellow mangoes. Pour in a huge bowl and add 3/4 cup of condensed milk + 2 cups heavy cream + 1 tablespoon organic honey and mix on low speed hand-held mixer until thick and creamy. Increase speed up to high for 10 minutes. Add drops of yellow food coloring while beating until you get the color you want. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of salt+1 cup shredded cheese. Check if the flavor is to your liking. I also added 1/4 – 12 cup of chopped sharp yellow cheese. Set up and freeze as above.
These are the Snapware, empty Talenti Gelato and white plastic containers I used in freezing them.
As always, you will love these naturally home-made ice creams and smoothies.