Food / Vegan

Non-Dairy “Ice Cream”

Can you believe that there is such a thing as no sugar, no dairy, no guilt ice cream? If you have a juicer, there is!

juicer

Note: For those who don’t have a juicer, there is still hope. You can make some good thick smoothies using your blender and the same ingredients. You just have to add liquids (like coconut milk, soy milk, etc.) or don’t freeze all the fruit. At least freeze the bananas. If you want to thicken the smoothie after you blend it, put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before serving.

I love juicing vegetables, but one of the best “surprises” to come with our Champion juicer is that we can make “ice cream” with it too. At first I didn’t know that we could do that, but my husband mentioned it not long after we purchased the juicer. We had been making semi-frozen smoothies in our blender (as thick as the motor could handle), which I really enjoy, but after sending the frozen fruit through the juicer and getting something basically identical to ice cream, I have a hard time going back to smoothies. Even through the cold winter months we have been making ourselves bowls of this “ice cream” … we just have to put on an extra layer of clothing and a blanket as we eat it. The coldness goes right through! We look forward to the summer months when the cold treat will keep us from the hot southern temperatures.

For a vegan it is harder to find non-dairy ice cream. The average grocery store doesn’t offer that option, and it is expensive at the health food store. So, having a way to make a sweet frozen treat is very much enjoyed here at my house.

Here is the way to make it:

Non-dairy “Ice cream”

1. Wash, peel, cut, and freeze your choice of fruits, starting with banana, which will be the base of most recipes. Here is a list of options to get your imagination started. There are many more besides this that you might want to try. I’m sure any fruit will work.

banana (this can be the main ingredient. Freeze them when well ripened, but not black)
mango
pineapple
strawberry
blueberry
raspberry
cherry
grapes (these add sweetness)

2. Put the serving bowl(s) in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes before starting. Also put the juicer blade and strainer cover (blade housing) in the fridge. This keeps the fruit from melting so much at the beginning.

3. Fill a bowl with your favorite frozen fruit.

4. Send frozen fruit pieces through the juicer, alternating the fruits to blend flavors together.

Suggested combinations:

banana (optional), mango, coconut cream

banana, pineapple

banana, strawberry, blueberry, peanuts (optional)

banana, strawberry, red grapes

banana, pecan or peanut, carob powder

banana, orange, lemon, red grapes

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