Loving the BITE: Nutritious Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Just in time for the 4th of July, and triple digit heat, we’re gonna cool down after hot rides with some whole-food, high nutrition “ice cream.” There are a whole lotta options this week, so pick your favorites, sit back, relax, and let the healthy fats, antioxidants, and real food nutrients replenish you.

Recipe of the Week:  Quick and Easy Coconut Milk “Ice-Cream”

Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe, fresh pears (~2 cups)
  • Pinch of  ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 -½ Cup Coconut Milk (use Arroy-D or Native Forest canned coconut milk to avoid BPA in the cans, or make your own)
  • Organic Honey or Pure Maple Syrup (up to 1 Tbsp, optional)

Instructions:

Dice pears into ½” cubes.  Spread in a single layer on foil lined tray or baking sheet.  Pour coconut milk into your blender carafe or into a glass jar or bowl.  Place both the fruit and the coconut milk (both uncovered) in freezer.  Quick-freeze in freezer for about 1 – 1 ½ hours.  Place frozen pear cubes in blender with cinnamon.  Blend quickly, adding thickened coconut milk, a spoonful at a time.  Add a small amount of honey or maple to taste (optional), and finish blending until resembles soft serve custard.  Serve immediately.  Serves 2.

Options:

In place of pears, try:

  • Cherries – Either use fresh, pitted, and freeze, or, use frozen.  Omit cinnamon.
  • Berries – Any type.  No need to cube, simply freeze and use.
  • Bananas – Slice, freeze, and use in recipe same as pears.
  • Cocoa – Use ¼ cup high-quality cocoa instead of fruit (no need to freeze cocoa). Add 1 tsp real vanilla.
  • Or, mix and match fruits & flavors!

To use for Recovery:

Add 1 scoop protein powder (undenatured whey, whey+casein, soy, unflavored pea, etc)

Comments:

Like a broken record, I keep using coconut milk and organic coconut products in these Loving the Bite recipes.   If you’re wondering why, here’s the scoop.  Perfect for cyclists, coconut milk promotes:

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