From a far off distance, you hear the sound of music. It’s not a song that you hear on the radio. It’s not live music and you can’t quite recognize the type of instrument that’s being played. It’s something you’ve heard before. It’s getting louder and louder, and as it does, you get a rumble in your stomach. Could it be? Is that what I think it is? Oh YEAH! It’s the ice cream truck! Rolling down the street to deliver the best treat on the planet – ICE CREAM! A truck that delivers ice cream to your home, ice cream. Hallelujah! You run in the house and grab some cash, because the ICE CREAM MAN IS COMING! (Here’s the song that I grew up with you tube.) Kids and adults alike run to the truck for their afternoon treat! It brings back so many memories for me! I can see it coming down the street of my house in Florida.
So what is ice cream exactly? As outlined in wiki pedia: Ice Cream (derived from earlier iced cream or cream ice) is a frozen food, typically eaten as a snack or dessert, usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavors…The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another. Phrases such as “frozen custard”, “frozen yogurt”, “sorbet”, “gelato” and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles.
Definitions and descriptions aside, you can call it whatever you want. Doesn’t matter to me, cause I just LOVE ice cream. I could eat my weight in it. I love the coldness of it, the texture, the taste, the smell – really everything about it I love. It’s in milkshakes, atop an apple pie, packed ever so nicely in a cup or perched on a cone. It’s quite possibly the perfect treat. So many wonderful memories of eating ice cream poolside while growing. My mom would put a scoop of chocolate chip from Farm Stores on top of a sugar cone and I’d eat it so it didn’t melt and drip in the pool. While we were in Italy, I have wonderful memories sitting outside gelato parlors on warm afternoons. Pistachio is my favorite, in a cup with that square plastic spoon. I can almost taste them both now!!!
There is nothing wrong with ice cream in my book. Well…I guess there’s a little something called fat and calories. Oh that! Why does all the good stuff have to be so bad for you? We know the main problem is MODERATION. If you eat anything in moderation it really isn’t bad for you. But like so many people out there, we struggle with moderation and overeat our beloved treat. And so, in comes all the altered ice cream. Manufacturers now over-process it to get a product that consumers think they want: Low-Fat, Fat Free, Low-Sugar, Sugar Free, Dairy-Free, and so on. That just takes the fun out of it. Plus, think about all of the ingredients in the altered treat that you cannot pronounce. In a typical low-fat ice cream you can find acacia gum, guar gum, carrageenan and propylene glycol. That doesn’t sound very tasty to me, how about you??? Here’s a basic rule for healthful eating: if you cannot pronounce and an ingredient or have no clue what it actually is…don’t eat it!!!
If I really want some ice cream, I go out and get the real stuff. It’s a treat and it isn’t something that happens very often, maybe once a year. But how do I satisfy that craving during these hot summer months when I hear that ice cream truck song in the background and all the screaming kids running to it??!! Homemade Dairy Free, Sugar Free Ice Cream. That’s right. You can make your ice cream and eat it too!!! And without the additives.
It’s so easy to make. All you need is a high-speed blender. (I prefer a vitamix. They last forever and can blend almost everything.)
Today, I’ll share with you two of my favorite recipes. Both take under 5 minutes to prepare. They are easy, healthful and DELICIOUS! Remember MODERATION here. These two recipes can easily become addictive during the hot summer months. But having once a week is perfectly fine! Chunky Monkey Soft Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Popsicles will soon become house hold staples!!!
Chunky Monkey Soft Serve Ice Cream
Makes 2-3 servings (1 cup per serving)
3-4 peeled bananas, FROZEN
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dark chocolate, shaved or chopped into chunks (85% cocoa or higher)
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
In high-speed blender, add 1/3 cup almond (or coconut) milk, vanilla and almond butter. Mix until smooth.
Add frozen bananas one at a time on a slow speed (if you add all at once it will clump and freeze up your blender).
Blend until a soft serve texture. You may have to add a little bit more almond milk depending on the size of the bananas.
Once smooth in texture, like soft serve, take out of blender. Place in a chilled bowl and add chopped chocolate and walnuts. Mix with a spatula.
Now just serve up and ENJOY!
Makes 6 popsicle (1/2 cup liquid each)
3 large, ripe bananas
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Place all ingredients except cocoa powder into blender (you do not need a high-speed blender for this). Blend together until smooth. Now add the cocoa, blend until all ingredients are smooth.
Place into popsicle mold and place into freezer. For best results, freeze overnight. If you do not have molds, you can use dixie cups and wooden popsicle sticks, however I advise picking up some molds. You can get them at Target for as little as $3. I splurged and got mine from TJMaxx for $9.99! It is the Zoku Classic Popsicle Mold. They are of course on Amazon.
Once frozen run a little warm water over molds to loosen up popsicle from mold. Then ENJOY!
Both recipes super easy and delicious!
So, get out and scream for Ice Cream once again! This time, Dairy and Sugar Free!