Holidays, Recipes
Dairy-Free Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream Bites

Happy 4th of July weekend, sweet friend! Hope it’s a fun-filled weekend with lots of sunshine, relaxing, great food, good company and sweet treats. And speaking of sweet treats, I have the perfect one for you to enjoy with no guilt whatsoever! I know holidays can create some anxiety around staying healthy, but make healthy choices when you can and also treat yourself too (if you want)! Restricting ourselves is never fun, can create stress and can actually cause us to think about whatever food we are trying to restrict way too much. Food is absolutely meant to nourish us, but remember it’s also for us to enjoy. So, over the weekend, make sure to have a healthy breakfast (a protein and fiber-filled smoothie or some eggs with veggies and avocado), drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, make other healthy choices when you can, #treatyoself and have F U N


Went off on a tangent – haha, to make sure and encourage you! – now back to these dairy-free coconut ice cream bites! These are the perfect July 4th healthy summer treats to cool you off and be super festive too! They are easy to make with only 4 ingredients (sticking with the holiday theme of course), so fun for entertaining, and naturally sweetened with strawberries and a few drops of liquid stevia. You can enjoy poolside or as a dessert for a holiday BBQ! They are vegan and made with whole, nourishing ingredients. If you make these (which I hope you do!), please let me know what you think in the comment section below or on my Instagram. I hope you love them!

What you will need:

Blender Star-shaped ice cube tray

Ingredients:

  • ¾ can organic coconut milk

  • 1 large handful organic strawberries

Directions:

  1. Make sure to place coconut milk in fridge overnight so the cream solidifies at the top.

  2. When ready to make your ice cream bites, take coconut milk out of fridge and scoop out all the coconut cream at the top and a little of the liquid milk at the bottom which will help everything blend together nicely. Pour into high-powered blender.

  3. Add stevia and vanilla and blend well.

  4. Pour coconut mixture into bowl. Rinse blender.

  5. Next, take a large handful of strawberries and blend in blender. (You want to blend the strawberries separate from the coconut mix to create a beautiful variety of color for the stars.)

  6. Pour blended strawberries into a separate bowl.

  7. Then take a third bowl and add some of the coconut mix and some of the blended strawberries and mix together. Spoon that mixture into a couple of the star molds.

  8. Repeat steps with varying amounts of the coconut mix and the strawberries, again to give different looks to all of the stars. Play and have fun with this!

  9. Once all of the stars are filled in the tray, place in the freezer overnight.

  10. When you’re ready to eat, take out and enjoy!

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend and holiday!
xoxo signature-silver

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Recipes, Seasonal
I’ve been obsessed with making homemade, healthier ice cream the past several summers, and now with the addition of my new ice cream maker (it’s only $59 too!), it has been even more fun creating unique ice cream flavors. Plus, these hot summer Texas days have me craving ice cream on the regular! What inspired this Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream was a beautiful photo on the cover of Food & Wine Magazine, the June edition. It looked absolutely delicious. I adapted the recipe to be dairy-free, refined sugar free, less ingredients, plus added in the unique flavor of rose water with dried rose petals sprinkled on top. 

Cherries and Roses

If you’re not familiar with rose water, it’s a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, but we really should include it more in our recipes as it adds such a beautiful, floral flavor. Now, I must warn you to not use a lot. A little goes a long way! You really just want a delicate hint. You can find rose water at your local Mediterranean/Middle Eastern markets (I love the one in Plano for those of you who live in the Texas area. It’s called Shandiz Mediterranean Grill & Market, located at Coit & Parker.) You can also try health food stores or natural grocers, and if you don’t find it right away, ask someone to help you locate it if they carry it. Rose water is usually stocked in the “ethnic food” section. You can order online as well.

Cortas Rose Water

I also want to encourage you to still make this recipe regardless if you have an ice cream maker or not. You definitely don’t need one! I explain what to do in the directions if you don’t have one. It does make it a lot faster (and more fun!) with an ice cream maker, but it is not a necessity.

Cherry rose ice cream in glass bowls

Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipe

Makes 5 scoops

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup unsweetened organic coconut cream (1 to 2 cans)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 – 1½ tsp rose water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ – ¾ cup fresh organic pitted & halved cherries
  • 3 tbsp shelled raw pistachios
  • Optional: sprinkle dried edible rose petals on top

Detail photo of Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Directions:

  1. For the coconut cream, you want to choose an organic, full-fat unsweetened coconut milk in the can. Place the can in the fridge and leave for at least 24 hours. One can of coconut milk may provide enough cream for 1 cup. If not, use a second can.
  2. The cream and water will separate in the can, so be sure not to shake the can because you just want the cream that is on top.
  3. Open can gently and scoop out the cream into a measuring cup. Stop when you begin to see the watery liquid.
  4. Blend coconut cream, maple syrup, rose water, vanilla and cinnamon in blender. Blend well.
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl and whisk.
  6. Fold in cherry halves and pistachios.
  7. Scoop mix into ice cream maker and churn for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, that’s fine. You can simply place in the freezer for at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight, and it should still give you a good ice cream consistency. You may have to let it thaw a bit if you leave it in overnight.
  9. Scoop ice cream into bowl or ice cream cone, and enjoy!
  10. Fun option alert: Sprinkle dried edible rose petals on top!
Cherry Rose Ice Cream Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream with flowers and cherries in bowl


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Here’s to delicious homemade cherry rose ice cream and to savoring every last moment of summer! xoxo signature-silver
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Yesterday marked the official first day of summer!  Yay!  In honor of this celebration, I’m so excited to share my Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles featured on my sweet friend + mama blogger, Debora Manusama-Sinaga’s blog, Mozdeb. One of my favorite summer treats is homemade popsicles!  They are the perfect hot summer day or poolside dessert, and what makes them even better is how easy they are to make + the fact that you can actually make them healthy. For these green and minty pops, I snuck in some spinach for an extra dose of healthiness but I promise you can’t taste it!   These have just 6 ingredients, all of which, of course, are healthy and natural.  Including my favorite vegan chocolate chips! 

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicle photo

If you’re a mama, these are also great for the kids!  You’ll see at the end of the video we recorded on how to make these pops, it is definitely kid-approved:) Debora also asked me some great interview questions like what got me into studying nutrition, what my diet looks like, what I tell people who want to eat healthy but don’t know where to start and what my 3 favorite cheat meals are.   I hope you’re encouraged by my answers! Head over to Mozdeb to check out the recipe & my interview! Here’s the video we recorded on how to make these Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles.  Enjoy and let me know if you make these and what you think! https://youtu.be/YnstUp0xutE Cheers to summer!
xoxo signature-silver
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