We're discovering the world of dairy-free vegan ice cream over here and CANNOT get enough of it. Remember when we went a little crazy with our banana ice cream discovery and recreated all the flavours in the world? (Okay, just four.) Well, more good news on the "nice cream" front: NUT BUTTER.
Did you know you can make ice cream using nut butter?! All you have to do is blend it with frozen fruit and you've got yet another creamy, delicious and healthy dessert. And this one's packed with protein, healthy fats and dietary fibre.
There are so many incredible store-bought nut butters available but you can easily make a batch at home. You can choose any type of raw nuts or seeds but try to stick to more subtle flavours, such as macadamia nuts or cashews. Blend your nuts or seeds in a food processor until creamy. This might take a while as you have to scrape the sides to help it blend thoroughly, but the result is heavenly.
Here's a video to give you an idea of this magical process:
And since it's peach season in Ontario, it is completely necessary to make peach ice cream. Slice up fresh peaches and freeze them until you're ready to roll.
Once frozen, blend them with your nut butter and you've got the perfect summer treat within minutes. You can either eat it right away as a soft serve, or pour the mixture into an air-tight freezer-safe container for about 1 hour. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!
Dairy-Free Peach Ice Cream
Time: 5 minutes
- 2 Peach (sliced and frozen)
- 1/2 cup Macadamia Nut Butter
- Add frozen peaches and nut butter to food processor and blend. Occasionally scrape down the sides and continue to blend until smooth.
- Scoop into a bowl and enjoy immediately as soft serve. For firmer ice cream, place in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour before scooping.
Homemade - Make your own macadamia nut butter by blending raw macadamia nuts in the food processor for about 5-8 minutes. Occasionally scrape down the sides. 1 cup of nuts will make 1/2 cup of nut butter.
No Macadamia Nut Butter - Use any nut or seed butter
Make it Sweeter - Add 1 tbsp of Honey or Maple Syrup when blending, or drizzle on top before serving