I knew I had to make ice-cream before I went to work yesterday. I just HAD to. Dishes and laundry be damned, I needed vanilla creamy goodness to come home to. It’s just like that with me.
Up until now I had desserts in my freezer because I was trying out all these recipes and (fortunately) not eating the whole lot at once. At one stage I had so many desserts going I was having “dessert platters”. So decadent!
Alas, last night the party was over. I had eaten my last platter of pie, cashew cream, and ice-cream cake and realised if I wanted dessert I’d have to make some more supplies.
Knowing I was working late I made the ice-cream so it could freeze and be ready to eat when I got home. But what to have with it? I pondered this at work. And then it came to me. A bolt of inspiration. Not an idea for world peace or a solution to global warming. Chocolate sauce. Chopped nuts. This is my mind!
I found an excellent recipe for raw chocolate sauce http://www.forkandbeans.com/2012/09/11/raw-chocolate-sauce/. There is also a recipe for a full raw banana split – if only my last banana hadn’t gone into my smoothie that morning. I’ll be trialling that another day.
It’s also a very funny blog, check out the description of trying to cut open a coconut. Oh yeah, I’ve been there. In fact I’m still there, the bloody coconut is still sitting on the bench after a week – alert but not alarmed by my attempts to crack it.
The thought of this ice-cream oasis awaiting me at home got me through a mountain of work. I assembled my creation. Ice-cream covered with chocolate sauce, chopped nuts and dates. I took a few hurried photos and ate my way through it while watching Under the Dome. (Who loves Stephen King as much as I do, the man can do no wrong – I’m loving that show, crappy acting and all).
After I’d demolished the entire bowl, I checked my photos and thought “oops!”. They were pretty blurry, but I couldn’t reshoot, I’d eaten the props! So I hope you’ll forgive the blurry photo – I must have been trembling in anticipation. I think you’ll get the idea of the level of decadence though. Yummo!
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut nectar
1 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/4 cup water
Blend until smooth and runny
Coconut vanilla spiced ice-cream
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
1 tbsp coconut nectar
1 teaspoon stevia
1 vanilla pod
1 tsp garam marsala
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup water
Soak nuts in water for at least 1 hour and rinse.
Put nuts and all ingredients except water in food processor and blend until ground up.
Add water slowly and blend until smooth.
Freeze for at least 6 hours. Leave out to thaw for 15 minutes before serving.
Serve with chocolate sauce, dried fruit, and nuts or whatever topping you like.