Ice cream is a tasty way to cool off from the inside out during the hot summer weather. You may have childhood memories of taking a turn cranking an ice cream churn on the front porch or picnic table during summer celebrations or family get-togethers. However, ice cream making doesn’t have to be laborious or limited to annual events.
Making your own ice cream is also a luscious way to incorporate the season’s fresh fruit flavors. When you use wholesome, nutritious ingredients, it’s a guilt-free, health enhancing treat, you can enjoy often. My favorite kitchen appliance for making ice cream isn’t an ice cream machine. In an effort to produce a more nutritious ice cream, I tried using several ice cream machines, altering the standard recipes. Not satisfied with the results, I decided to try making ice cream in my high-power kitchen blender. I was so excited with the results that I began developing specialty ice cream recipes. The convenience is another plus. No more freezing an ice cream machine container in advance. Making ice cream in my Vitamix only takes a minute.
The next time your family screams for ice cream, reach for your kitchen blender and give this delightful vanilla and cherry recipe a try. With dairy allergies and sensitivities on the rise I use nondairy milk instead of cream because it is easier to digest. So this isn’t a traditional ice cream recipe or method of making. There might not be any cream or eggs in this recipe, but your taste buds should find a bowl of this soft serve creamy treat ever so sweet.
Fresh cherries are in season. Hooray! Whip out your blender and give this cool, sweet treat a try.
Chunky Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
Classic vanilla goodness loaded with fresh succulent chunks of fresh cherries.
Yield: about 4 cups
¼ cup raw cashews, unsalted
¾ cup almond or coconut milk
¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
¼ teaspoon stevia powder
3 cups ice cubes (1 tray)
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
Add all the ingredients, except the cherries in the order listed above in a Vitamix or other high speed, high power blender. Start on the lowest-variable setting and quickly increase to 10 and then to high speed. Use a tamper to press the ice cubes into the blades. Four mounds will appear in the ice cream when it is frozen. Stop the machine as soon as the ice cream is smooth. Toss in the chopped cherries. Turn the blender on low speed just long enough to stir the fruit into the ice cream without pulverizing it. Serve immediately.
This recipe is excerpted from Deborah Tukua’s book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh-from-the-Blender Recipes.