I love using the Vita-Mix for healthy fruit sorbets, freezes, and “ice cream”! Such a treat. And good for you! No guilt.
Your final product will vary in consistency (from soft serve to hard) based upon the amount of frozen fruits, frozen ingredients, and liquid that you use.
My latest discovery was finding out that roasted cacao nibs (the crushed roasted chocolate bean, much like a coffee bean) tastes like crunchy chocolate chips in the “ice cream”! I find them in bulk at my local organic foods co-op. It hits my chocolate-button every time!
I would like to give credit to Emily Boller, a Dr. Fuhrman success story on drfuhrman.com and his blog Disease Proof, for this delicious dessert! I know she calls it “Blueberry Ice Cream”, but all I can think of when I see it is Purple Ice Cream!
Recipes like this are versatile; you can make them suit your tastes using what you have available. But I always recommend making the recipe as it’s written the first time.
Emily’s Blueberry Ice Cream
- 1 bag of frozen blueberries (I think about 3 cups) [Carol: I used 3 cups]
- 2 ripe bananas (not frozen) [Carol: I used frozen in my VitaMix]
- 2 handfuls of raw sunflower seeds [Carol: I used 1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews]
- enough soy milk to make it just the right thickness [Carol: I used 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk]
- makes 1, 2, 3, or 4 servings!
It makes a beautiful, purple color ice-cream. And it’s yummy! -Emily Boller
- Put all ingredients into Vita-Mix container. On “variable”, turn dial from 1-10, then to “high” to blend. Use tamper to push fruit into blades.
- Shortest blending time = most frozen. Longer blending time = resembles soft serve.
- For Carol’s variation, add 1 TBS. or less of cacao nibs on top (for “crunch” and deep, dark, rich chocolate taste: see picture). You can also add them into the container of finished “ice cream”, and turn dial to “4” for a few seconds to intersperse chips throughout (and they will become smaller).
- I throw speckled (ripe) bananas into the freezer, peel on. When I want to use a frozen banana, I put it in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. It is easy to peel the banana. If any peel is still frozen, I hold it under warm running water in the sink to loosen. (If you would prefer, you can peel your bananas before freezing them. Put them on a flat surface in the freezer. When frozen, you can put them in a plastic freezer bag to store…But I’m lazy! I like to toss them in the freezer.)
- Note: It’s 2012, and now I unpeel my ripe bananas and freeze them, whole, in a gallon Ziplock freezer bag.