Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, and it left me wondering why there’s always a national day for foods that are unhealthy for us. I mean, National French Fry Day was also a few days ago. Why isn’t there a National Carrot Day? Hm…perhaps we all just need/want to make more excuses to eat unhealthy food or something. I did just learn while writing this post, however, that there is a National Broccoli Day on March 22nd. Exciting, right?
Well, in honor of National Ice Cream Day, I have yet another healthy ice cream recipe for you all. It is based off the Roasted Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream recipe, but tastes more similar to the strawberry Haagen Daas ice cream. With all the richness, sweetness, and creaminess of the infamous Haagen Daas ice cream, but without all of the added sugars and unnecessary fats. Hip hip hurray!
Calling for raw cashews, medjool dates, coconut milk, and fresh strawberries, this simple ice cream will not disappoint. And with this triple digit weather, it’ll definitely help you stay cool. It’s an ice cream you can eat every day and won’t hurt your health (just remember portion control please!).
- 1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours or over night and then drained)
- 1 15 oz. can of full fat coconut milk (chilled in the fridge)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 Medjool dates (pitted)
- 7-12 strawberries (diced)
- After the cashews have been soaked and drained and the coconut milk chilled, take out your food processor or a powerful blender and put the dates and cashews into it. Blend until the mixture is all smooth with no chunks.
- Add the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and 5-6 strawberries. Blend until smooth. Taste and see if you'd like to add more dates or strawberries.
- Pour the mixture into a bread loaf pan. Add the rest of the diced strawberries into the mixture and stir it in. You can dice more strawberries and mix them in if you'd like.
- Cover the ice cream with foil and place it in the fridge. Every 30-40 minutes, take it out and stir it. Make sure to scrape down the sides. Do this 3-4 times.
- Once the ice cream is frozen, you may need to wait 10-15 minutes for it to be soft enough to serve.
I seriously can’t get enough of this ice cream. It’s incredibly EASY to make and eat, so if you’re wondering what ice cream you should have for dessert tonight, all fingers are pointing at this one…okay, maybe not all fingers, but all of mine are.