Saturday, September 17, 2011

Finally a Real Winner - Maple Pecan Ice Cream

I've tried a lot of recipes in the past few months.  I like most of them as does my husband.  Usually one or two of the kids will like something as well.  But it is really rare that I make something "healthy" that everyone loves.  Even rarer to have them begging for more.

Perhaps I'm just trying the wrong kind of recipes....

Today I made Maple Pecan Ice Cream which was demonstrated at last month's Health for Life Cooking Class.  Usually I try a recipe at the class and love it but when I actually make it at home it doesn't turn out quite as well.  Thankfully I think this recipe is error proof.

Maple Pecan Ice Cream
1 cup raw Pecans
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup white or pinto beans
4 cups ice water
2 Tbsp real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
a pinch of salt (optional)

Seriously looking at those ingredients would you thing this would be any good?  I wouldn't.  I didn't even tell my kids what was in it until they had tried and loved it.

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients in 3 cups of ice water until smooth.  Add remaining water plus more if needed to thin and dilute to desired richness.  Freeze in an ice cream freezer.  Top with chopped pecans if desired.
*Soak nuts and dates in water for 4 hours or more to ease blending.

This is a 5 star recipe!! It only makes about 4 cups of ice cream which is all the Cuisinart Ice Cream Freezer will hold so everyone got 1/2 a cup of ice cream and was begging for more. I just started soaking more dates and pecans so we can make this again tonight!

Earlier this summer I bought a regular ice cream freezer at Wal-Mart but I never opened it. When I saw how easy and fast the Cuisinart Ice Cream Freezer worked I returned my unopened ice cream freezer to Wal-Mart and ordered a Cuisinart Freezer off Amazon.com.



It's been sitting on a shelf for the past month until I finally decided that yes it was something I really wanted and was going to use and keep.

I must admit I also wondered if purchasing my Vitamix was wise decision. I've had it for 2 months and I use it at least once a day. I make green smoothies, tortilla soup, pancake batter, grind up nuts, grains and dates... For the amount of cooking I do it is well worth it!  Costco has the best deal I've found but Amazon.com had a close second.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cooking, cooking and more cooking

How did over a month go by so quickly.  The kids are back in school and I had hoped life would slow down but it didn't.  I've found no time to blog.

I now spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Today I made chicken and rice soup, salad, stir fry and homemade salsa.  Trying to have enough healthy food on hand for the kids to eat is tough but we're doing great most of the time.  There are days when I just want to order pizza for dinner but that's not an option on a gluten free, dairy free diet...