No Churn Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice CreamOne of the hardest store bought products to find that has clean ingredients is a tasty dairy free ice cream. The sugar content is either astronomical or the ingredients have names I cannot pronounce.Due to the lack of options out there, I REALLY wanted to try making my own ice cream. I refused however to bring one more kitchen appliance into our apartment. I also know I’m not the only person who does not own an ice cream maker so I thought… so wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just make it in a food processor or blender? I remembered all the times I have made ice cream by simply placing frozen fruit (bananas) into my Vitamix. I realized I needed to get the ice cream base frozen without the machine – but how? Well, how else do you get liquids frozen? Ice cube trays!

The only down side I’d say to this process is the wait time for the liquid to freeze. I recommend preparing this ice cream the night or day before you want it because it needs at least 8 hours to freeze. Once processed in the blender, it needs another 2 hours or so to set up again. But- then it lasts in the freezer for weeks and you only need a few ingredients!

I am thrilled to share this recipe with you. It was one of the most exciting recipe accomplishments to date. I will note that it is refreshingly minty from the added fresh mint. You can leave this out, but I find it is what makes it taste almost restaurant quality. I hope you are enjoying your summer and of course, eating lots of ice cream!
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream
Dairy Free Mint Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients:

• 2 cans (400 ml) organic full fat coconut milk
• 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves (optional)
• 1/2 cup honey*
• 1/2-3/4 tsp pure peppermint extract (depending on how minty you like it)
• 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
• 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
• 1/3 chopped 70% dairy free dark chocolate

*a lighter flavoured maple syrup will work too!

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate into a high powered blender. Blend until fresh mint has completely blended.

2. Pour mixture into ice cube trays (I like silicone ones) and freeze until solid (about 6-8 hours).

3. Once frozen solid, blend the cubes in a high powered blender (I use Vitamix) or food processor in batches. Don’t do them all at once. Blend until smooth and creamy and transfer to a loaf pan.

4. Mix your chocolate into the ice cream. Smooth out surface and place back into the freezer for up to 2 hours to re-solidify.

5. Scoop and serve!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Chocolate PB acai bowlThis superfood packed breakfast has healthy fats, carbs, protein, and antioxidants – did I also mention chocolate and peanut butter? For breakfast? I’M IN! I use the frozen sambazon smoothie packs for my acai bowls but I hear the powder works well too! If you follow me on instagram, you’ll notice I have been adding avocado to every single one of my smoothies. It adds the creamiest texture without adding loads of bananas. Hope you love this delicious breakfast bowl.

Ingredients:

• 1 sambazon acai pack
• ½ frozen banana
• 1/2 avocado (optional, but adds extra creaminess)
• 1 1/2tbsp peanut butter (powdered peanut butter would work well too)
• 1 tbsp cacao powder
• 5 frozen strawberries
• 3/4 cup almond milk
• toppings can be anything you like! fresh fruit, granola, cereal, dates, and extra peanut butter works great!

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients and blend in a high powered blender until smooth. I normally blend it at least twice in my Vitamix.

2. Top with your favourite ingredients! Goddess granola, fresh fruit, and coconut flakes is my favourite lately.

Chocolate PB acai bowl

5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark with Salted Caramelized Sesame Seeds

5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark
This insanely addictive Valentines Day recipe was inspired by my new chocolate obsession – the Lindt sesame dark chocolate bar. Literally, I can’t stop eating it, I should have titled this recipe pure CRACK! The combination of the sweet yet nutty sesame seeds and rich dark chocolate is a perfect match. My initial idea was to make these into amazing little peanut butter cups with homemade chocolate. After various failed attempts, I ran out of cacao powder and wax liners and decided to head in a completely different direction. Afterall, chocolate bark has always served me well and is ridiculously easy to make. I will continue to work on making my own chocolate, so stay tuned for that. For now, melting good quality chocolate will do.

I caramelized my toasted sesame seeds in pure maple syrup, and I could have just eaten that on its own. It reminded me of an even better sesame snap (remember those?). The addition of the peanut butter into the dark chocolate really compliments the nuttiness of the sesame seeds. As you all know by now, there is nothing I love more than sweet and savoury, so a sprinkling of course salt is the perfect final component. With only 5 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than this. The final product is made in under 10 minutes, and can even be made in advance and stored in the freezer for days (but your loved ones don’t need to know that!). Giving a homemade treat this Valentines Day, will make it one that’s truly special. Happy Valentines Day to you my loves.

(ps. for those interested, I tried to mix cacao powder, coconut oil and coconut sugar for my own chocolate. I couldnt get the coconut sugar to absorb properly and it just made a mess! Next time, I’ll use a liquid sweetener for better absorption!)
5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (any variety you like, just make sure they are toasted!)
• 2 cups dark chocolate chips (I like 70% dairy free, but choose your favourite chocolate!)
• 5 tbsp all natural peanut butter
• coarse sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare two large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Heat maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add your sesame seeds and cook together with the maple syrup for about 5 minutes or until they seeds are well coated in the syrup.

2. Spread out the sesame seeds onto the parchment lined cookie sheet. It’s ok if there are clusters! Allow to cool.

3. Over a double boiler OR by heating in the microwave in 30 second intervals, melt your chocolate. If you use the microwave make sure to stir really well in between each 30 seconds. You don’t want to burn your chocolate.

4. Spread the chocolate evenly on your remaining parchment lined cookie sheet. The more you spread the chocolate, the thinner your chocolate bark will be.

5. If your peanut butter is hard from the fridge, microwave for 30 seconds so it is spreadable. Then, disperse dollops of peanut butter evenly on the chocolate. Using a toothpick or fork, swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate. Using your hands, break apart the caramelized sesame over the chocolate, then sprinkle with coarse salt. Place in the freezer for at least an hour or until set. Break apart using your hands into desired size. Store in an airtight container (I like keeping it in the freezer).

5 Ingredient Chocolate Bark