Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Coconut Ice Cream

Yesterday I made Coconut Ice Cream from one of my favorite raw recipe books called Raw Food Real World. The recipe itself called for an ice cream maker as well as a Vitamix, but I just used my Vitamix and it turned out AMAZING!!! It tasted great with strawberries too! I did alter the recipe from the book just a little because of the ingredients I had on hand and it still turned out fantastic!

I used 1 cup of raw, organic coconut meat that I had frozen in a food saver bag a couple of months ago. I also used (from frozen) 1 1/2 cups of raw, organic coconut water, 1/4 cup agave nectar, 2 stevia packets, 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract and 3 tablespoons of coconut butter blended in the Vitamix on high for about 1 1/2 minutes until it was very well blended. I placed the Vitamix pitcher with the mixture into the freezer for about 3 hours and then blended again on low using the tamper until the mixture was smooth and placed back into the freezer for another two hours. It turned out PERFECT!!! Because the consistency of this ice cream is a lot like gelato, you will need to take your storage container out of the freezer about 15-20 minutes before serving so that it will soften a little. Enjoy THIS healthy indulgence!!!

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