Raw Blueberry Almond Crunch Ice Cream – and Thank YOU!

Before I get into today's recipe, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who shared their experience with iron deficiency and what has worked for you! I appreciate it - you all had such fantastic information. I look forward to keeping you in the loop on my healing journey, and please do let me know if you have any other suggestions on what has worked for you. There are still 2 days to enter the Pranin giveaway.

Summer is in full swing and I LOVE it! I'm a beach bunny at heart and even though I don't live on the lake anymore (I grew up in Northern Ontario with a lake in my back yard), I live 5 minutes from the ocean so I've been at the beach almost every day lately in one form or another: suntanning, swimming, a walk, or a picnic. What's your favourite part of this season?

To me, nothing says summer like creamy cooling ice cream and today I'm sharing a recipe that I love from my e-book, Ice Cream in the Raw. It combines a blueberry almond ice cream with a coconut almond crunch and here I've also topped it with some blueberry sauce. I added a few bananas to half the batch as well to switch it up because I had some ripe ones needing to be used up. Feel free to try this recipe with strawberries as well!

Raw Vegan Blueberry Almond Coconut Crunch Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 cups water or fresh raw almond milk*

1 cup cashew pieces**

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 1/2-2 teaspoons pure almond extract

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until very smooth. Add the oil and blend again to incorporate. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours and then process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. See below if you don't have an ice cream maker.

Notes:

*The the almond milk for a lighter share of purple and also to give a touch more flavour.

**Make sure it's a very full cup.

You can use frozen berries but make sure to measure them and then thaw completely before blending. If they're still cold it will cause the coconut oil to firm and the mixture won't be as smooth.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, simply pour the mixture into a shallow container, place in the freezer. Start checking periodically after 4 hours to get it at the perfect semi-frozen consistency to eat.

Almond Coconut Crunch

This is great sprinkled on any other ice cream, pudding, smoothies, or as a sweet crunchy snack!

1/2 cup dried shredded coconut

1/3 cup chopped almonds

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional

3 tablespoons coconut oil (or coconut butter)

Toss all ingredients together. Spread a thin layer on a parchment paper lined tray and set in the freezer until firm, at least 30 minutes. Break into little chunks and fold into the ice cream at the end of churning it (saving some for the top as well) OR if you just put the mixture into the freezer, sprinkle bits on top before eating.

Blueberry Sauce

Blend some blueberries with a few dates and lemon juice, to taste

For more great raw vegan ice cream/frozen desserts, be sure to check out my e-book, Ice Cream in the Raw. Take a peak HERE to see what it has to offer.

You'll find recipes like:

Raw Orange Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Covered White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Bars

Vanilla Hazelnut Ice Cream

And MUCH more!

Wishing you all a wonderful week xo

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4 Comments
  1. Dana
    July 11, 2017 at 03:13
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    Mmmmmmm! There it is on your blog too! It's all I can say as I want to dive into each and every photo

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:25
      Reply

      hehe thanks Dana!!! xoxo

  2. Laurel Pehrson
    July 18, 2017 at 21:48
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    I had no idea iron tablets cause constipation, and I have dealt with mild constipation for the first time in my life XD. I'm curious to see how the new supplements work for you. I take iron because I do know I don't get enough. :/ I cannot eat a lot of any high protein foods (even beans) do to poor metabolism of protein . . . Which causes schizophrenia. Thankfully I have never dealt with anemia.

    • sweet_raw
      July 21, 2017 at 04:53
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      I'm so glad to hear that you've never dealt with anemia, Laurel!! Yeah the constipation is crappy :((

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