I made this “nice-cream” or vegan ice-cream or whatever you choose to call it because I have been getting mighty bored of the whinging of “Whats for afternoon teeeeeeea?” the whole walk home from school! You could add any supplements you enjoy to pimp the nutrient content.
250g frozen mixed berries
150g coconut yoghurt
100g coconut water
Blend until you reach desired consistency – I use the Thermomix on speed 5 for about 20 seconds
Enjoy immediately or pour into a reusable glass container & pop in the freezer
Here’s a tip, a can of coconut milk can look intimidating & in the past, I’ve avoiding opening one, thinking I won’t be able to finish the whole thing: freeze it into individual ice cubes (in my case, heart shaped).
Following my naturopath visit on Friday, I realised I did need to pump the nutritional value of my smoothies, but am not yet willing to put in a raw egg (although my brother swears by it).
1 x avocado
4 x coconut milk ice cubes
1 x banana
1 big handful of baby spinach
A sprinkle of Heilala vanilla powder
Top with organic strawberries & a sprinkle of chia seeds
Blend all ingredients placing baby spinach in blender first, then vanilla powder, then heavy ingredients on top.
If required, slowly add a bit of water to get your desired consistency. Mine was pretty thick
I bought some beautiful fat beetroots at our local growers markets (Orange Grove in Lilyfield) on Saturday & instantly had grand plans on how to use them. I roasted one last night in a bit of olive oil & ate them simply on a bed of freshly picked watercress & rocket from my Mum’s community garden.
Next up on the list was a beetroot smoothie. I haven’t made one in ages but was confident that my sons would like it due to the colour. This smoothie is so simple & a really delicious start to the day.
2 bananas, frozen overnight
1 medium beetroot, peeled & cut into quarters
1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup coconut water
1 teaspoon vanilla powder (I recommend Heilala brand – it has nothing added & a delicious flavour)
Throw all ingredients into your blender (I use the Omniblend) & blend until you get the desired consistency.
Thanks again to my lovely Instagram followers who requested this recipe. It is PERFECT on a hot day.
1.5 frozen bananas (I always keep a pile in my freezer)
2 pink grapefruits (1 peeled then frozen overnight, 1 at room temperature
1/3 cup coconut water
1 cup baby spinach
1 handful fresh mint
1 tablespoon coconut water (in addition to above)
1. Juice the room temp pink grapefruit – I don’t own a juicer so just use a little hand squeezer & make sure I pour in all the pulp
2. Throw in the blender: 1 banana, 1 frozen grapefruit, juice of 2nd grapefruit & 1/3 cup coconut water. Blend until a thickshake consistency
3. Pour equal amounts into 2 glasses, ensuring space at top of the glass for the green layer
4. Put glasses in the freezer while making green layer – this ensures when you pour the top layer in, they don’t mix in together too much.
5. Rinse out the blender with water then throw in tablespoon coconut water, 1/2 banana, baby spinach & mint in. Blend
6. Pour green layer on the top & serve immediately
I am not a raw-vegan & it is highly unlikely I will ever be one. In saying that, I have found it a fascinating experience preparing many a recipe that is raw vegan, especially in the last 6 months. I have honestly found myself at times having to think about whether an ingredient is raw or not.
The first test to see if someone you know is raw vegan is to open their freezer: if you’re confronted by bags of frozen bananas, the likelihood is they are a raw vegan.
I fell in love immediately with the raw vegan ‘smoothie’ aka ‘nice-cream’.
Quite simply it is bananas, peeled then frozen at least for 12 hours, then thrown in a food processor – with a bit of water, coconut water or really anything at all – cacao, LSA, berries, greens (including the currently trending kale) & other fruits to name a few.
If you’re dubious about trying this version of ice-cream, do yourself a favour & try it. It will more than likely be cheaper than ice-cream, is easy to make, there are infinite flavour combinations & it is delicious.