Ice cream is, to many, a guilty pleasure. Now, you can have the pleasure without the guilt! This ice cream recipe is vegan, full of nutrients, free of refined sugar, gluten free and dairy free. In a serving of this treat, you can get the benefit of calcium, iron, Vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, protein, and potassium. This is due largely in part to one of the superfood ingredients in the recipe, Moringa powder, which boasts incredible amounts of nutritional value, adding more calcium than a serving of milk, more iron than a serving of spinach, more Vitamin A than a serving of carrots, and so on. All of these nutrients are packed right into this powder, and adding it into the mix gives you ice cream that is both delicious and healthy. Other ingredients include milk from fruits or oats, organic sweetener and baobab powder, and coconut flakes, which can be substituted with other vegan flakes or nuts.
Ingredients for 12 scoops:
- 2 bottles (760 g) organic full-fat coconut milk OR cashew cream OR almond milk
- ½ cup maple syrup, brown rice syrup or Stevia
- 3 teaspoons Moringa
- 1 ½ teaspoons organic baobab powder
- in addition: ½ cup coconut flakes or brittle of oats, chia seeds and/or quinoa
Mix all of the main ingredients together in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
Put the mixture in your ice cream maker. In addition, you can add afterwards flakes or brittle for the special taste. Vary sweeteners as you like it. To put cream on the top, you can use soy or oat cream.
Nutritional Power Pack
With this kind of nutritional power pack, you get plenty of benefits for your body while enjoying a sweet treat. The calcium and iron help keep your bones and muscles healthy, and are especially needed nutrients for women, who often get less than enough calcium and iron. Getting the recommended amount of these nutrients can help women avoid osteoporosis and anemia. Consuming unrefined sugars is a more healthful way to get a sweet fix, as refined sugar can be so demanding of the digestive systems that it actually takes more than it gives to the body. Also, the high amounts of Vitamin A and C can work wonders in preventing eye problems (as vitamin A is needed for eye health) and infections (as vitamin C is a great immune booster).
The dairy-free quality of this recipe can also be great for those who avoid dairy, either for lactose intolerance or for dietary reasons. Having a sweet treat that won’t mean risking digestive issues or going against dietary goals, and gives so many vital nutrients, makes this recipe a must-have.
Try to Substitute Ingredients
Substituting vegan chocolate chips can make this recipe kid-friendly, too, while not sacrificing any of the good nutrients, substituting frozen berries and fruits, can make it more delicious. You can even substitute the Moringa powder and use Acai powder, also rich in antioxidants, omega 3-6-9, magnesium, and potassium.
Altogether, this recipe is a great option for many reasons, including the nutritional benefit, the sweet treat of ice cream, and the fact that it takes few ingredients and is easy to make.