Sweet Tooth: Chai Ice Cream

Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? All my weeks zoom right along, and I tend to lose track of time. In fact, on Tuesday I wished a friend a great weekend! Oops!
I'm ramping up to launch the next dessert challenge - the other one was so much fun that I want to do it again! It's got a summer theme... can you guess what it might be? I'll send you a copy of my Just Desserts ebook or Moonie Pie ebook (your choice) if you figure it out. If more than one of you gets it right, I'll randomly pick a winner. Or might you have a suggestion for a future challenge?

It looks like a bit of a moonie exchange has begun in the community. Super cool... a few posts will be out in the coming days, I believe, so keep your eyes peeled on the board. Got a moonie you'd like to exchange, or want to try your online friend's others goodies? I thought it would be cool to get a group swap going. Post a comment below and see who's up for it...

Here are some yummies for a sweet weekend!

Chai Ice Cream

Sprinkle cinnamon and cacao nibs to garnish... 

1 1/4 cup strong chai tea (chilled)
1/2 cup young coconut pulp
3/4 cup cashews
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey 
1 1/2 tablespoons lucuma
1 tablespoon lecithin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon vanilla stevia
(or vanilla extract/more sweetener)

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. 
2. Chill for a few hours in the fridge and then process in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturers instructions. 
3. Alternatively, freeze in ice cube trays. 

As for an oldie, this classic apple dessert comes from a raw food class I taught in October 2007! This is my "go-to" recipe for raw apple pie. When making it recently, I used a spring form pan to shape it. Surprisingly, it held up just fine. I did about 3 layers of crumble and 2 thick layers of filling.

Apple Crumble Pie
Make this is a regular pie with a crust and filling, or add the crumble on top.
2 cups pecans
1 cup walnuts
¾ cup pitted and packed, medjool dates

In a food processor, combine all ingredients until they become crumbly. Press half of the mixture into a 9” pie plate. 

6 medium sized apples, separated
½ cup pitted and packed, medjool dates
¼ cup raisins
2 tsp cinnamon 

1. Peel and core all apples.
2. In a food processor, puree 2 of the apples, and remaining ingredients, until smooth. Pour this mixture into a bowl.
3. Chop the other 4 apples into large chunks and then process into small chunks in a food processor, making sure NOT to puree it into applesauce! Add to the puree.
4. Spread this filling into the pie crust.
5. Top with the remaining pie crust, sprinkling it over the top like crumble.

Have a fabulous weekend! 
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  1. April 23, 2010 at 16:21

    heathy! that apple crumble has me drooling...i will be making that very very soon!<br /><br />is it n'ice cream? not that you would be able to do an exchange with it...but...it's such a summer treat!<br /><br />and don't worry about wishing me a great weekend! it actually made me laugh when i realized you didn't really mean it!!! thanks for the giggles!!!<br /><br />have a BEAUTIFUL weekend lovely!

  2. April 23, 2010 at 16:31

    Hmm, maybe an ice cream cake challenge? Thanks for the chai ice cream recipe. I love chai tea and chai spices. I live in the deep South and it will be broiling hot here in short order. Ice cream days are on the way!

  3. April 23, 2010 at 16:32

    Heathy!<br />This ice cream looks amazing. I tried lavender ice cream as my first homemade ice cream ever about two weeks ago. Divine. So now I want to try this rec-o....but is the lecithin necessary? Or is there a pretty standard substitute? Thank you!

  4. April 23, 2010 at 17:38

    Hi Heathy! I love your blog and all your yummy recipes. I made your Moonie Pie and EVERYONE loves them. I started making them on Saturday and just ran outta time to enter the contest...next time ; )<br />I have thought of a couple ways to tweak it so I would be all over the group recipe swap. <br />When I think of summer desserts, I think of Strawberries! Maybe a fab strawberry tart? Can't wait to find out what the challenge is. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  5. April 23, 2010 at 17:39

    i meant...is the challenge to come up with a n'ice cream flavour...in case you didn't understand what i meant...

  6. April 23, 2010 at 17:50

    Is the challenge a "Raw Popsicle" challenge?

  7. April 23, 2010 at 18:45

    ice cream or ice cream cake?

  8. April 23, 2010 at 19:44

    I love chai tea! I need to get me an ice cream maker soon as summer is just around the corner!<br />PS I think that the next challenge will be we all scream for ICE CREAM!<br />Have great weekend (its Friday, right?) :)

  9. April 23, 2010 at 20:47

    mmm i want some of your ice cream! i was thinking an ice cream challenge too, but then i thought fruit is in abundance in the summer, so maybe it's a fruit cake/pie challenge?<br /><br />whatever it is, i want in this time!=)

  10. April 23, 2010 at 21:01

    it's got to be an ice cream challenge! <br /><br />my husband came over to my blog while i was on your page and he says "let's make that". :-) he's a chai lover too.

  11. April 23, 2010 at 23:03

    i was going to guess ice cream... but just to be different (or suggest something else for a future challenge) im going to say fruit tarts! the bases can always be different, the gooey inside can always be different, the fruit slices, pieces, whole chunks on top can always be different... but always an explosion of flavour in the mouth! mmm

  12. April 24, 2010 at 00:32

    oooh, can't wait to see what the next challenge is!!! an ice cream sundae challenge maybe?? :)

  13. April 24, 2010 at 01:42

    Is it a CHEESECAKE challenge? <br /><br />If not, you should totally have one! <br /><br />Oh and I'm making that chai ice cream tonight! So excited...

  14. April 24, 2010 at 02:42

    Hi Heather!!! that apple crumble just looks amazing. i love apple crumble and make my own, honestly if they are done right, i think i may prefer that to chocolate??! but anyway, thx for your super sweet comment today :)<br /><br />and yes, your choc sauce and my caramels and yoga cups were born courtesy of kelli!<br /><br />:)

  15. April 24, 2010 at 03:58

    so amazingly YUMMMMMM!!! I need to break out the ice cream maker :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. April 24, 2010 at 13:46

    I'm a big chai fan, too. Hey, ice cream is summer themed :-)

  17. April 24, 2010 at 14:01

    Ill guess ice cream for the next challenge.

  18. April 24, 2010 at 14:39

    Good guesses... and good ideas for future challenges. Keep em coming!<br /><br />Louise, you can omit the lecithin if you like.

  19. April 24, 2010 at 16:59

    Chai ice cream sounds amazing! I need to break out my ice cream maker and whip up a batch! Mmmm!! I love apple crumble, thanks for the yummy recipe! Have a great weekend!

  20. April 24, 2010 at 17:13

    AHHHH those desserts!! And I hope you're having a stellar weekend, dear Heather! :)

  21. April 24, 2010 at 17:54

    I'd have to guess that the new challenge will be to re-create the Chocci Caramel Bar from One Lucky Duck?

  22. Tracy
    April 24, 2010 at 18:18

    I was thinking ice cream too!

  23. Tracy
    April 24, 2010 at 18:18

    I was thinking ice cream too!

  24. April 24, 2010 at 22:40

    I am going to guess raw cake as a challenge...since you make some beautiful cakes ; ) <br /><br />We made a stack apple pie once...your pie looks amazing! And that ice cream sounds to die for, thanks for sharing the recipes!!

  25. April 25, 2010 at 14:31

    I love anything chai and that ice cream looks great!<br /><br />xoxo

  26. Erin
    April 27, 2010 at 21:40

    Hi Heather, <br /><br />I was going to say your next challenge might be an ice cream challenge. How summery is that!<br /><br />Your recipes look delicious! Thanks for the posts.

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