After reading the title, I know that some of you are probably thinking, “Uhhh. I don’t know about these. I don’t know how much cashews can really taste like cheesecake…” You’d be surprised. I’ve made these bad boys for about a dozen people now, asking […]
So I’m just going to be totally honest here, this doesn’t taste exactly the same as real ice cream, but it’s definitely really good. It settles that intense, ice cream-craving demon inside you and goes nicely on warm pies, brownies, even cookies.
Plus, it’s a lot healthier for you than real ice cream for a few reasons:
- There’s no refined sugar. It uses maple syrup rather than processed white sugar or corn syrup like most store-bought brands use.
- Less sugar overall. Milk and cream also contain their own natural form of sugar known as lactose. Since it doesn’t contain either of these, it decreases the sugar intake.
- Contains more healthy fats. Coconut and cashews both contain a lot of healthy monounsaturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids.
Throw these 6 ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. I chose to use cashews in the recipe to more closely resemble real ice cream. The cashews add creaminess and take away some of the coconut-y taste.
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Vanilla Coconut Cashew Ice Cream
NUTRITION FACTS: (per 1/2 cup serving) Calories: 348 Total Fat: 26.3g Saturated Fat: 10.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0g Cholesterol: 0.0g Sodium: 74mg Potassium: 1.5mg Total Carbohydrate: 21.9g Dietary Fiber: 3g Sugars: 16.6g Protein: 5.5g
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked*
- 1 (15 oz) can full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- * to soak cashews, add water to a bowl and allow to sit for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Step 1 Drain water from cashews and add to a high-powered blender with remainder of ingredients.
- Step 2 Blend until really smooth and creamy. There shouldn’t be any chunks.
- Step 3 Optional: Let cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before transferring to the ice cream maker. I find this step makes it a bit creamier and it doesn’t get so hard in the freezer.
- Step 4 Put in an ice cream maker. Allow to churn for about 20 minutes or until thickened.
- Step 5 Store in the freezer in an airtight container.
- Step 6 When ready to eat, allow to sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes to thaw a bit before serving.
My ice cream maker is the KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment – Excludes 7, 8, and most 6 Quart Models
The number one question I got asked when I announced my retirement from track and field: “What’s next?” I couldn’t answer it because I didn’t know. But three things I did know for certain:
- I could never do something I didn’t love.
- I want the freedom to be able to work from anywhere and make my own schedule.
- I am passionate about healthy food and food education.
During my time as an athlete, I’d have family members and friends call me and say things like:
— “I’m going to Palm Springs in a week and need to lose 10 pounds quick! What should I do?”
— “Uhhh…Is that even possible?”
— “I wish my legs were as toned as yours. What do I do to get those?”
— “Well, I run and workout 6 days a week for hours. Can you quit your job?”
I know these questions seem silly and rhetorical, but this is what our society has come to. Wanting the quick fix without having to change much or do the hard work.
I’m sick of reading about “quick fixes” and other misinformation on food. I’m sick of hearing about and seeing people chronically diet and fail. The reason this happens is because these “diets” are unbalanced and extremely restrictive: no carbohydrates, no sugar or fruit, high protein and high fat, etc.
I fully believe in changing your lifestyle so that your “diet” is one that is easily maintainable, not a struggle. I don’t believe in total restriction. I believe in enjoying real food, understanding where your food comes from, how it makes you feel, and what it actually does from the time you put it in your mouth to the time you eliminate it.
This approach worked for me as a professional athlete and I fully believe that it helped me reach my athletic goals. Now I want to help you change your lifestyle and come up with the best and most balanced diet for you.