Raw Almond Ice Cream – Homemade, Non-Dairy and Delicious
Last night I made my first batch of raw almond ice cream. It satisfies vegans, raw-foodies, superfoodies, and junk-foodies alike! The premise behind this tasty treat is that almonds, when blended with water, make a smooth and creamy milk-like liquid. It’s great in cereal or even in coffee, but also can be used in recipes where dairy products are called for. The trick is to be sure it is completely blended, (unless you like your “milk” chunky.) You can also strain the almond milk through cheesecloth or even a small strainer to eliminate any larger particles.
This delicious almond ice cream gives a fraction of the sugar and fat of real ice cream, contains the healthy omega fatty acids found in raw almonds, and can be flavored and added-to to suit anyone’s tastes. Be sure to send in any creative recipes that have proven a success for your family!
Raw Almond Ice Cream
2 Cups Raw Almonds
4-5 Cups Water
Agave Nectar to taste
A Pinch of Sea Salt
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
Blend together the almonds and the water. More water right be needed to get the best consistency. Blend until there are no large pieces left. I like to leave mine a little chunky, as I enjoy the nuttier texture of the ice cream. For perfectly smooth ice cream, however, strain through a cheesecloth. Set aside half of the almond milk.
Freeze the other half. The easiest way to do this is in ice cube trays, since it will go right back in the blender before eating. If not, freeze the almond milk in any container and just break it up before blending.
After it is frozen, return it to the blender and add the two bananas and vanilla extract. The agave nectar is used as a sweetener, but you can also use maple syrup if you don’t have the nectar. Some people add chopped dates as a sweet alternative. Add a pinch of sea salt (sounds weird, but it really makes it taste better!) As you blend, add some of the almond milk you set aside earlier. Keep adding until you get the ice cream consistency you desire.
You can now add all sorts of fun toppings or additives like fresh fruit, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts. Go easy on sprinkles or chocolate syrup as they are high fat/cal, low nutrient.
Good luck and have fun!