Living a life with food restrictions has been on of my greatest challenges, but it has also been great fun. It has required not only stepping outside the box, but sometimes ripping that box to pieces. I have learned to try things that just seem impossible, because they usually work — like flax seed “eggs” and chickpea brownies.
Major life changes, especially for health reasons can be overwhelming. It’s not unusual to get stuck, afraid to move, feeling like food has suddenly become the enemy. Bob and I spent the first 6 months of gluten free life eating a lot of stir fry. We still love stir fry but I have become more adventurous in experimenting with new recipes.
Maybe your kitchen challenge isn’t related to allergies or other medical conditions. Maybe you would just like to get your kids to eat more veggies. This is a great reason to get creative in the kitchen. Play with your food and have fun!
So, do I have a recipe? This recipe is dairy free and naturally gluten free. Adjusting to gluten free was easier for me than dairy free. I do love my cheese and ice cream. We are still working on cheese, but I gone way beyond plain “vanilla” in creating my own dairy free, fruit based ice cream. Bob calls it fruit cream. This is one of my favorites
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
2 cups frozen mashed bananas
½ cup coconut milk beverage (in the carton)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup finely grated carrots (about 1 small)
¼ cup crushed pineapple (drained)
⅛ cup finely chopped walnuts
Add bananas and coconut milk to blender container of a high-speed blender such as a Ninja or a Vita Mix. Pulse a few times then process on high until ingredients are well blended and look like ice cream. If your bananas are frozen very hard, you may have to stop a few times and scrape them down.
Remove blade and stir in remaining ingredients. You may pour the ice cream into a bowl to do this if desired.
The ice cream is now the consistency of soft serve. I suggest putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Want more recipes like this one? Frozen Fun: 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes is available at the Espirational Bookshelf.
July is National Ice Cream Month by Presidential Proclamation 5219, signed by then President Reagan on July 9, 1984. But did you know that today, July 17 is also National Ice Cream Day? Ice cream is certainly one way I enjoy my journey through life.
Let’s think about ways we can celebrate ice cream.
Try a new flavor.
Give homemade a try. There are many different ways and recipes to make homemade ice cream. It is fun. Homemade tastes better than store-bought. Try it.
Create a new recipe either for ice cream or using ice cream as an ingredient.
Can’s eat dairy? No problem! There are non-dairy options made with alternative milks (such as alm0nd, rice or coconut). Some are even made with frozen fruit such as bananas. Try my Carrot Cake Fruit Cream.
Set up a sundae bar. Let the kids help. Don’t forget to include healthy toppings such as fresh fruit and berries.
Get social with your ice cream. I’m not talking about social media here, invite people over for homemade ice cream or a sundae party. Get the neighbors involved and have a block party. It often seems that food divides us, but I believe it can still bring us together.
One year ago today Espirational! began with our first post. Time flies when you’re having fun!
We called Espirational a 10 Minute Vacation for the soul, because our souls needed a vacation. Thank you to everyone who has come along with us. Your follows, comments and general support mean more than you know. If you are new to Espirational, please join us as we continue our journey.
Did somebody say there was a present? You bet! In celebration of my Blogiversary we’ve got ICE CREAM! In my family, summer celebrations have to include ice cream.