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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Pineapple, Raspberry and Mint Summer Smoothie

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With warm weather approaching, this refreshing smoothie will hydrate and cool you down on the hottest of days! Packed with loads of fiber  and vitamins, this one will keep you full and make your skin glow. Feel free to add protein powder, avocado or nut butter to up your protein and healthy fat intake. Now, go make this and enjoy the warm weather!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

•1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup fresh raspberries (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh makes a world of a difference!)
•½ cup chopped cucumber
•1 tsp chia seeds
•7-8 mint leaves
•1 cup of ice

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth!
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Kale, Broccoli and Minted Pea Detox Soup

Photo 2014-06-25, 3 31 26 AMWith those cold wintery nights behind us, it is nice to finally steer clear or warm oatmeal, pastas and other comforting starchy dishes. Although most people would add hot soup to that list, I on the other hand love a soup in the summer. Of course I’m not making soups loaded with pastas, potatoes and other warming ingredients, rather I am making soups that can be eaten hot, room temperature or even cold. Minestrone loaded with tons of veggies is a great way to go (will be sharing that soon) but these days I have been eating up my kale and broccoli in my soup!

Yup. This kale, broccoli and minted pea soup is insanely detoxifying and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. We know how great those green veggies are, plus I have added apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon, onion, cayenne, garlic, and turmeric for added anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting, antioxidant and cancer prevention benefits.

I have eaten this soup at all temperatures and have been adding a light swig of tasty extra virgin olive oil and my turmeric crunchy chickpeas as croutons for added texture. This soup was so popular amongst friends and family that I have now made 3 batches of this soup and the croutons in this week alone! It is the perfect light summer lunch or appetizer for dinner. If you had a day where you didn’t eat your best, you will feel WONDERFUL about yourself if you make this for dinner! It is incredibly flavourful (a little kick of heat in there) and creamy with perfect crunch from the chickpeas. If chickpeas aren’t your favourite add some dried cranberries or pumpkin seeds on top! As always, this recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free (this one is vegan too) and it is a perfect addition to any detox plan. Bon appetit!

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Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for drizzling
• 1 tsp salt (kosher, himalayan or sea)
• 1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
• 1/2 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 1 yellow onion (chopped)
• 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
• 2 cups raw broccoli (stems trimmed)
• 1 1/2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
• 3 cups kale (packed)
• zest of 1 lemon
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 6 cups or 1 quart vegetable stock (homemade or organic, low sodium)
• leaves from 3 sprigs of fresh mint (or to taste, more for garnish)
roasted chickpeas (for garnish)

Directions:

1. In a big stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.Add chopped onion and a pinch of salt and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Then, stir in garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, freshly ground pepper and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add broccoli and vegetable stock. Then cover and allow to steam for 5-7 minutes or until the broccoli is soft.

3. Add kale and peas and allow to steam until wilted and peas turn bright green (about 2 minutes). Then add, the fresh mint, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.

4.If you have a great blender, you can carefully (its hot!) ladle the soup into your blender in parts. If your blender would have trouble with the broccoli you can blend the soup in two parts. First, use a hand blender or food processor to start the blending process of soup and mint. Second, ladle into your blender and process until smooth and creamy. There should be no chunks in your soup!

5. Taste the soup and make sure to season with more salt or pepper if necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, crunchy chickpeas and some more fresh mint if desired. Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Even Lucy likes it!

Even Lucy likes it!