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National Ice Cream Day

Cherry Fruit Cream
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

It’s National Ice Cream Day.  But what do you do if you cannot eat the sugar, dairy or eggs in regular ice cream for health reasons?

No More Ice Cream?  Oh No!!!!

What does an ice cream lover do when forced to give up sugar, dairy and eggs for health reasons?

Well, in my case the first thing I did was cry — a lot.

Then I tried moderation. I really love my ice cream, so cutting back was having it once a week instead of every day. That didn’t work.

So I gave it up. I stopped eating ice cream and I even gave up making the wonderful family recipes developed by my mother.

It took awhile to try the ice cream made with frozen bananas because I was sure there was no way that stuff tasted like ice cream. When I finally decided to try I burned out two blenders before I found a Ninja to help me learn how to do it right. Together we discovered wonderful frozen desserts that are gluten-free, low in fat and sugar and if you use almond milk or another dairy free alternative, vegan.  I call them fruit creams with flavors such as not only the luscious cherry included here, but also chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, cherry chocolate, egg nog,  pumpkin and peanut butter chip.

Cherry Fruit Cream

Delicious fruit cream full of cherry flavor. Of course you may pit and freeze your own cherries, but buying already frozen is easier.  If you want chunks of cherries in your cream you may cut one half cup of the cherries in half and add after you turn off the blender.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mashed banana

1 cup frozen sweet cherries

½ cup almond milk or other milk of your choice

1 teaspoon almond extract Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to blender container.

2. Blend on high speed (# 3 if using a Ninja) until thick and creamy. You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times during processing.

3. Serve now as soft serve or put in a carton and freeze until firm.

Want to have some Frozen Fun?

The best thing about ice cream is that is fun to make and of course fun to eat. I put my love of ice cream and summertime fun into a Kindle book called Frozen Fun.  For more dairy free recipes as well as my mother’s old fashioned recipes with milk, eggs and heavy cream visit the Kindle Store to buy your copy today.

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It’s National Ice Cream Month!

Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

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.

  1. Try a new flavor.
  2. 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.
  3. Create a new recipe either for ice cream or using ice cream as an ingredient.
  4. Do you know the history of ice cream?
  5. Make kick the can ice cream with the kids.
  6. Love chocolate sauce?  Try my Dark Chocolate Sauce.
  7. 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.
  8. Set up a sundae bar.  Let the kids help.  Don’t forget to include healthy toppings such as fresh fruit and berries.
  9. 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.
  10. Finally, be sure to check out the new recipes in my e-book Frozen Fun. We have added a section on smoothies.  Of course we still have the regular ice cream  and fruit cream recipes.   Frozen Fun is available from the Amazon Kindle Store or Espirational Books.

We’re celebrating with a little peach fruit cream I whipped up in the Ninja.  How are you celebrating?

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National Ice Cream Day (Dairy Free Version)

This being National Ice Cream Day I couldn’t resist celebrating with one of my favorite flavors of fruit cream.
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
 Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Remove blade and stir in remaining ingredients. You may pour the ice cream into a bowl to do this if desired.
  3. 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 Espirational Books and Gifts.

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