Raw Vegan Ice Cream: Banana Maple Walnut

Banana Maple Walnut Non Dairy Ice Cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? But with all the sugar, and additives and pasteurized milk, it's not the healthiest of desserts, unless… you make your own non dairy, non soy, raw vegan ice cream. It's healthy, delicious, and it only takes 10 or 15 minutes to make. A great way to deal with ripe bananas is to peel them and freeze them. I just put them into freezer bags, about 4 bananas per bag, tie the end shut and put them in the freezer so they lie flat. When I find bananas on sale I buy lots, or I order a whole box from the organic wholesalers. They will always get ripe faster than I can use them, but as they do, it's easy to freeze them. Then you always have them on hand to use in smoothies or quick non dairy vegan ice cream any time you want. Read more »

Raw Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberries are a superfruit. They are extremely high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which combat oxidative stress and inflammation that many experts believe are involved in all the major killer diseases as well as age-related conditions like arthritis and memory loss. In fact, blueberries are considered the ultimate memory food. Bananas contain potassium and fiber. Avocados are high in good heart-healthy fats, and lutein, an antioxidant that's great for your eyes and skin. All tremendously healthy foods to eat. Blend them together and you've got one of the most delicious and satisfying desserts ever. Well I think so anyway. I ate the whole lot of this myself for dinner. Isn't it every child's dream to eat dessert for dinner? As adults we can do whatever we want, but usually don't because we know it's not healthy for us. Well, go ahead, now you can live the dream and know you're still eating healthy! Read more »

Raw Diet Recipes: Apricot Goji Gelato

I often get sweet cravings at night, when I really shouldn't be eating at all. We were lucky enough to find apricots at a local orchard just a couple days before. So I made this as a way to satisfy my sweet tooth while making sure I wasn't taxing my digestive system before I went to bed. This scrumptious, fruity, slightly tart gelato is so incredibly nutritious you can indulge all you want without feeling guilty. Apricots are very high in beta-carotene, which your body needs in order to produce vitamin A. They are also a good source of vitamin C and vitamins B2, B3, and 5. They provide nutrients that help support your immune system, are a great source of anti-oxidants, as well as fiber. They also provide calcium, iron and zinc. Goji berries are a nutritionally-dense superfood. Among other things they contain more protein than any other fruit. You can read more about the health benefits of goji […] Read more »

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

I was having a sweet craving this evening… actually it was going on all day and I was trying to come up with something I could make with what I had on hand. Finally, the idea for this hit me. And oh did it hit the spot… the tahini adds an extra smoothness to this so it's even more like real ice cream than most frozen banana-based non-dairy ice creams. The vanilla extract and rapadura go so nicely together, creating that sweet, vanilla flavor. Even if you eat dairy, it's worth trying this for it's own sake. Totally guilt-free desserts, I love 'em! Try some of my other raw vegan ice cream recipe too. Read more »

Espresso Non-Dairy Ice Cream

My very favorite ice cream is coffee ice cream, and nothing else even comes close. Not only is it very difficult (read: impossible) to find good coffee ice cream in the shops here in New Zealand, but now that I'm not eating dairy, ice cream is off the menu… or is it? NO! Because there is a healthy, delicious, non-dairy, non-soy alternative. And it takes about as long to make as it takes to get a tub of ice cream from the freezer and serve it up. But the best part is, it's so healthy, it's virtually guilt-free. I love this non-dairy ice cream, in all it's variations, so much I don't think I'd be satisfied going back to eating ice cream made from dairy. Read more »

I was craving something sweet at night, but I wanted to stay on my raw food diet because I feel so much better on it. Fortunately I'd put some bananas in the freezer a couple of days earlier so whipping up this cold, creamy dessert took a matter of minutes and was a big hit. Even the dogs loved licking the bowl! One of the things I love most about a raw food diet is that you get to eat such satisfying desserts and you don't have to feel bad… in mind or body. There are few things that are as simple, quick and easy to make as a raw vegan ice cream recipe, so these are a good way to introduce kids to raw foods and preparing them. Read more »