Sugarfree & Vegan Mixed Berry & Coconut Icecream
Summer isn’t over yet, folks! So as long as we can still catch some sunny rays and take our blankets to the park, let’s use the temperature as the perfect excuse to keep on eating ice cream! To be honest, I am not the biggest ice cream fan the world has ever seen and that has a reason: I try not to consume too much dairy and whenever I go to a Gelateria to try their water-based sorbets, the kinds they offer are way too sweet. So sweet in fact that you feel like you need to drink two litres of water or otherwise you will get instant diabetes. Have you ever felt that way? My solution is this: to make my own ice cream that is fruity thanks to the berries, rich thanks to the coconut milk and naturally sweet thanks to the gorgeous Medjool dates! For this recipe you will need a good blender such as a nutribullet, a vitamix or food processor. It is great to whisk the mixture up while leaving a few berry chunks which you will be grateful for when you find a few on your spoon! ♥ Let’s drag the summer season out as long as we can, shall we?
keep on dating (pun intended)
Dates are my absolute favourite item in the pantry! I enjoy their creamy texture, their caramelly aroma, their sweet taste and what I love the most is that fortunately, they happen to be good for me! They grow on date palm trees in Northern Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and provide us with a broad variety of essential nutrients. Not only are they a good source of dietary potassium, but 20% of a ripe date is made up of fiber, protein and trace elements such as copper, magnesium, selenium and zinc. The remaining 80% of dates are made up of sugar which is why they are relatively high in carbohydrates. We also find a selection of antioxidants in dates, including flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, which all contribute to preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. While both fresh and dried dates are delicious, they have a different nutritional profile: fresh dates are lower in sugar and higher in vitamin C, but dried dates are higher in fiber, calcium and iron. Most of the dates that we buy in Western countries have already been dried, which is a great way of conserving them. However, if you’ve never tasted a fresh date and are curious to try them, go ahead and buy them in your local Middle Eastern supermarket. Now chop chop, let’s make this ice cream before it melts!
Total Time: 10 min
Servings: 2 (or 1, of you’re greedy)
For this recipe you will need:
2 cups frozen mixed berries (such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries & blueberries)
3/4 cup whole-fat coconut milk
3 Medjool dates, pitted
pinch of cinnamon
- In your blender or food processor, add the frozen berries, coconut milk, pitted dates and cinnamon.
- Blend on high for ~10 seconds or until you get a smooth ice cream-like texture.
- Check the consistency and see whether you’d like to add a few more berries or a little more coconut milk, depending on how your sorbet turns out. Try a spoonful and decide whether you’re on the sweeter side of life or if you like it the way it is. If you like it a little sweeter, feel free to add another date, it won’t harm ya!
- Serve immediately in small bowls and enjoy the refreshing taste of summer berries and the exotic flavour of coconut milk. Summer will only end when we stop eating ice cream so keep on making this, summer lovers!
- If you want to keep some in the freezer, simply scoop it into a metal container and allow it to defrost ~30 minutes before devouring this lush ice cream! Bon appetit, you beautiful people. ♥