Did someone say ice cream? Heck yeah. In under 5 minutes? Hells yes! I mean, this is why I bought the Vitamix. You too, right? So many drool-worthy flavors. FIG! PUMPKIN! GINGERSNAP! PEACH! Don’t get stuck in the banana rut of clean eating vegan ice cream. Just because we can’t have dairy doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy everything the seasons have to offer. Am I right?
I recently had the pleasure of working with my girl, Talia, a fellow nutrition nut and beach body coach at Your Fit Journey to discuss healthy ways to cheat our minds, but not our bodies. A how to video featuring my peach ice cream is also featured on her site along with an interview I did of my health journey. Hop on over to her site to for some fitness and nutritional motivation and me trying to be as cool as a cucumber in front of a camera.
Check out the one trick I’ve used to vary my Vitamix ice cream flavors and keep me eating clean.
Easy enough, right? Plus, it’s healthy, too!
Follow these basic steps to make your ice cream:
1) Choose your base. Cashews, coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk*, almonds, avocado, fruit? Trick: If using coconut cream or milk, freeze it beforehand in ice cube trays for easy access. Chop fruit or avocado and freeze beforehand.
2) Pick your sweetener. Dates and honey are my go-to sweeteners, but I find that when I do fruit based ice creams that the fruit handles this one for me.
3) Choose your add-ins. What kind of spices, fresh fruits, extracts, nuts, nut butters, flavors do you want your ice cream to have? Experiment a little. Almond extract has a very strong almond flavor, whereas vanilla is a little bit more subtle and will add a bit more sweetness. Think outside the box. Peppermint? Hazelnut?
4) Add a FEW ice cubes. I never do more than 2-3 depending on the size of the batch. It adds a bit of volume to the mix, but you want this to be creamy, not icy.
5) Toppings and fold-ins. Could it use a crunch with some nuts? Healthy chocolate chips? How about some brownie batter chunks? Fresh fruit also adds sweetness.
6) Choose your consistency. The best thing about Vitamix ice cream is that it is instant, but it’s usually a soft serve consistency. However, if you want a bit of a harder ice cream, scoop your mix into your serving bowls and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
Note: If you happen to over blend, don’t freak out! Your ice cream can be resuscitated. Just pour mixture into a container and stick in the freezer, stirring every 30 minutes until either soft serve or scoop consistency.
*I have used light coconut milk in some recipes and the consistency is just not as creamy as when using full fat coconut milk or cream. You can also scoop out the cream from the can of coconut milk into ice cube trays to freeze and save the liquid for a smoothie.
Check out some of my other ice cream recipes and start to experiment with some of your own ideas.
Have any favorite flavors you’d like to see healthified or veganified? Leave a comment below.