NOURISHING NELLI | FUNCTIONAL NUTRITIONIST | DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM
If there’s one thing that I missed most after eliminating dairy from my nutrition rotation, it’d have to be ICE CREAM!
There’s something about a bowl full of creamy cold ice cream that fills all my dessert type cravings!
After playing with a few alternatives to make dairy-free versions of cheese like, coconut, avocados, and various nuts and seeds, I’ve also found the perfect blend to a plain vanilla NICE-CREAM base that’s extra nourishing with its nutrient dense ingredients and free of dairy!
Let’s break down the nutrients:
CHIA SEED – an incredibly rich source of omega -3 fats, amino acids and soluble fiber that aids digestion and provides lasting energy.
COCONUT KEFIR – a source of probiotics to help establish and maintain a balanced microbiome. Coconut kefir is known to promote the good bacteria in your gut!
COCONUT MEAT – a super nutrient dense source of medium chain triglycerides that aid immune health, heighten energy, and boost your metabolism!
FIBROUS VEGGIES – YES! Veggies in ice-cream. Fibrous veggies like cauliflower and squash give you a rather thick texture and add minerals like potassium and vitamin-C. Both are bland in flavor and take on anything you combine with it like fresh ginger, peppermint, or any of the NN Approved Sweeteners.
ADJUST IT WITH YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS!
This recipe is super basic and can be a thousand different flavors by simply adding some of your favorite fruit, elixirs, or spices! For more on flavor combinations, grab a copy of Dessert in Disguise; my ebook full of ideas! For more on Dessert in Disguise, click here!
Cacao, Maca, Mint, Ginger, Beet, Carrot and Cinnamon are a few of my favorite items to toss in along with the base!
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 1/3 cup nut based milk
- 1/4 cup coconut meat
- 2 tbsp coconut kefir
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable of choice
- 2 tbsp Flavor of choice (collagen, cacao, maca, peppermint, ginger, beet, fruit flavored greens)
Add the chia seeds and liquid to the base of a single serve blender and allow to soak for about 5 minutes forming a gel consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy (about 2 minutes). Pour into a silicone mold and store in the freezer until time to eat. Simply remove the frozen cubes and toss them back into the blender cup along with any additional elixirs, or ingredients. Blend for a second and enjoy!