Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Make Chocolate Mint Ice Cream (dairy free, vegan)

It's going to be 80 degrees tomorrow!  If you live somewhere warm like Texas you're like 'so what'? But I live in Minnesota where we talk about the weather and feel like throwing a parade at just seeing the temperature 80 again!  

To kick off the joy of warmer weather, and for the love of chocolate, I've got a new recipe for you all.  


My slightly melty, because I'm taking pics of it, delicious
chocolate mint ice cream!

When we hear ice cream there seems to be a part of our brains that have been trained to say "warning! unhealthy food!".  However, as with all foods, it's healthiness depends almost completely on the quality of ingredients you use to make it, and in this case I've made you healthy ice cream!  Begin the celebration!

I know it sounds crazy, and your brain is fighting the thought, so just keep repeating the words to yourself over and over again until it sinks in.  "Healthy ice cream, healthy ice cream, healthy ice cream."  Are you okay now?  Need a little more info?  Okay.


So here are just a few of the reasons that you can breathe easy, and enjoy guilt-free spoonfuls of ice cream!


Coconut Milk

Used for centuries by island dwellers, this natural beverage has helped keep island residents both healthy and trim.  Coconut milk boosts your immune system, helps prevent heart disease, can aid weight loss, and can improve skin and hair health.  (source)


Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar has a low glycemic index of 35 making it safe for diabetics.  For those who aren't diabetic it means that it won't spike your blood sugar, so it won't cause you to crave even more sweets like regular sugar does.

It's  also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids like glutamine.  Glutamine is very important for metabolic function and "can also be effective for healing of wounds and injuries, building up the immune system, treating inflammatory bowel syndrome, helping with HIV/AIDS patients and possibly aid in the treatment of cancer."  (source)



Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the green stuff that makes plants and vegetables green.  In this recipe we are using it in a liquid form.  Chlorophyll can help to detox your body of heavy metals, have healthier bones, vitamin K which your body needs for healthy blood clotting, has antioxidants, maintain a normal blood pressure, and have strong muscles.


Cacao (ka-cow)

Cacao is the raw unprocessed version of cocoa.  It tastes the same but is way healthier for you.  Cacao is loaded with antioxidants (even more than wine) which fight off free radicals from damaging your cells, and it's a great source of magnesium which many people are deficient in.  The flavonoids can help your body process nitric oxide which can improve blood flow, can help improve heart health and lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow to the brain.


Here's the delicious and healthy recipe...

Equipement

Blender
Ice Cream Maker


Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

2 Cans of full fat Coconut Milk  (I like the Native Forest brand because it's BPA free)
3/4 to 1 cup of Coconut Sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
Dash of Salt
1 tsp. Peppermint Extract
1 Tbls. of liquid Chlorophyll
3 Tbls. of cacao or cocoa
*2 Tbls of Corn Starch, preferably GMO free
Coconut flakes (optional)

Place all ingredients, except the corn starch, into a blender and blend just until well mixed. Add the corn starch into the blender and again blend just until well mixed.

Pour it all into and ice cream maker, and your done!  For additional yum factor serve the ice cream with a sprinkle of coconut flakes.

*The corn starch is optional.  It gives the ice cream more of a thick, creamy texture, but adds a very small difference in taste.  You can play with it and see which way you like it best.



Did I forget to mention how easy it is to make this amazing and healthy ice cream?  Yup super easy, which makes even more to love!



I hope you enjoy your food, I know your body will.  Happy eating!



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