When the weather gets warm we like to cool down with a scoop of ice cream, and its so much better when the ie cream is healthy , sugar free and dairy free too!
Tiger nut milk is great for gut health, contains iron, magnesium, and can help lower blood sugar. This version is sweetened with dates which contain B3, B6, b vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and folic acid, and cashew njuts are a great source of copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. There’s not one ingredient in here that doesn’t have a positive impact on your health, which is a beautiful thing!
This ice cream is great with fresh fruit, try it on top of some juicy strawberries. Or maybe with figs and honey for a grown up deserts. We like ours old school, a plain vanilla cone with a chocolate flake . We have included a couple of optional flavours below – so all you need to do is work out what your favourite topping is!
NOTE: For this recipe you need an ice cream maker – we like this one here
475g tiger nut milk (you can use fresh – see recipe here or use our ready made version here )
175g cashew nuts soaked over night
3 Medjool dates, soaked
1 tsp good vanilla powder
1 tsp honey, more to taste
Chocolate – 2 tsp cacao powder
Horchata – 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of cardamon
Mint Choc Chip – 50g fresh mint, blend with the milk – and 150g dark chocolate chips
- Soak the cashews for ~4 hours; soak the dates for 30 minutes.
- Blend the dates and half the tiger nut milk together (blend the mint if using)
- Drain the cashews, and add them to the blender along with the rest of the tiger nut milk, honey, vanilla, and sea salt and any flavourings. Process on high until smooth. Taste and make any desired adjustments.
- Freezing tends to ton the flavours down a bit, so make sure you have good strong flavours before you freeze.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for an hour, or until cool.
- Remove the ice cream bowl from the freezer and set up your ice cream maker. Follow the maker’s directions. Taste again, and adjust if necessary.
- Spoon into a container and place in the freezer for an hour before eating – if you can wait!
- Allow to sit a room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving
Photo courtesy of The Cupboard Blog