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Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Ice Cream?



Combining the forces of my vita-mix and ice cream maker, this ice cream came to life.  This ice cream was super easy to prepare and the ice cream was ready to eat within thirty minutes.  I love my counter-top-ice-cream-loving machine.  If I was stuck on a desert island with three kitchen appliances, my ice cream maker would be the first on my list.

Chocolate Ice Cream with Coconut Milk


Chocolate Ice Cream

1 can coconut milk (full fat)
2 cups rice milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sucanat or organic sugar
1/2 cup all natural cocoa powder
Berries and chopped nuts for toppings


Pour coconut milk, rice milk, vanilla, sucanat, and cocoa powder in a vita-mix or high powered blender.  Blend on high until smooth.  Pour ice cream mixture into a Cuisinart Frozen Ice Cream Maker previously frozen freezer bowl.  Secure freezer bowl onto ice cream maker and spin until frozen.

Scoop your ice cream into bowls and top with berries and nuts… or enjoy the ice cream plain.

Either way, you are going to love it.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This recipe is obviously designed for cookies, but I rarely take the time to scoop individual cookies.  Cookies are often prepared as a pie or brownie at my house… blame it on the wild three boys I am in the process of raising.  The other day I was brushing my teeth when I heard a lower pantry door clank followed by a running toddler.  I quickly dropped my toothbrush in the sink and ran to find the toddler chasing his older brothers with my kitchen mixer.

I imagine that individual cookies would be amazing with this recipe if your lifestyle permits.
As for me?  I am sticking with the cookie pie version.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2  teaspoon sea salt
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
1/2  cup organic butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup dark chocolate chips



Combine almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.  In a second bowl, mix together melted butter, vanilla, and maplup/agave nectar.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips.

Pour cookie dough into a well-greased pie pan… or form 1/2 to 1-inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at  350° for 12-18 minutes for a cookie pie and 7-10 minutes for cookies.
Cool and serve.

Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cashew Cream

Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cashew Cream

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Strawberries – trimmed and cut into chunks.
Dried unsweetened coconut
1-2 handfuls raw cashews
1-2 handfuls dates
1 tsp. vanilla
1 -2 teaspoons coconut oils
water to cover cashews


Combine strawberries, blueberries, and coconut in a bowl.  Set aside.

Combine cashews, dates, vanilla, coconut oil, and 1/4 cup water into vitamix.  Slowly turn vitamix to variable ten using the tamper to help blend if necessary.  The final consistency should be similar to yogurt – add additional water to obtain that consistancy as needed.  If you add too much, simply add additional cashews.

Place a scoop or two of cashew cream on top of a bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, and dried coconut.  Stir and enjoy!

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

I am not a morning person… but I am quickly learning to be one.  When I married my husband eight years ago, it never occurred to me that his “morning-ness” would inevitably transfer to our three boys.  Needless to say, this girl-who-loves-to-sleep-in rarely stays in bed past 6:30 am.

Every once in a while, I do stay in bed.  And while I sleep, the little boys have a daddy-date with Lego’s, Car Ramps, and Nerf Guns.  Daddy-date-mornings are incredibly awesome.  Saturday morning I was awoken at 8:30 am by one excited dad who begged me to get out of bed quickly before the destroying-18-month-old had a chance to demolish his latest creations.

Stumbling out of bed, I discovered that my house had been invaded with pirate Lego ships.

Lego ships with pirates and cannons and planks.

Carefully swimming through shark infested oceans (my kitchen floor), I whipped up a batch of my favorite Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie.  When the treasured smoothie was securely poured into cups, I set sail with my boys and landed on a desert island where I enjoyed my breakfast smoothie.  Simple moments like this are the true treasures found in life.

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

1 handful raw cashews
2-3 Tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
1 avocado
1 very ripe banana
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
Dash of salt
1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 handful of spinach
1-2 cups water

1. Remove pit from avocado and scoop fruit from it’s shell.
2.  Place all of the ingredients in your high-powered-blender (I love my Vitamix – it works perfectly in recipes like this).  Blend ingredients until smooth.  Add additional water if needed to create the consistency you desire.


Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Santa made an early visit to our house this year and left us a Cuisinart Frozen Ice Cream Maker.


We have either been really good…

or Santa really wants some homemade frozen yogurt on Christmas Eve.


Make your own homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt
This counter top ice cream machine is by far my favorite kitchen appliance I own… and I own a lot of appliances.

Homemade ice cream has never been so easy, fast, and convenient.  I love that those big bags of ice are no longer necessary due to the convenient removable freezer bowl that now lives in my freezer.  The removable freezer bowl is pure genius and quickly freezes homemade frozen ice cream/yogurt in approximately twenty minutes.  And this machine is quiet too in comparison to others.  Quiet enough that the kids sleep while the machine is working…. date nights now happen multiple times a week thanks to this fun machine.

I have had a lot of fun experimenting with this ice cream maker.  One of the best things about this machine is that I can control what is in the ice cream that I am feeding my family.  Sure, it sounds like I have some kind of ice-cream-controlling-condition that should be monitored by a specialist, but let me explain.

A lot of ice creams are laden with artificial coloring, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and dairy products that I choose to avoid.  Purchasing healthy ice cream at a health food stores can be pricey…. which creates a problem for the pocket book.  This ice maker however decreases the price of healthy ice cream significantly, making ice cream so much more enjoyable.


One of our favorite frozen yogurt recipes is altered from Jessica Seinfeld’s Double Delicious! cookbook  -which is quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks to modify.


For this recipe, you are going to need mint extract.  I always use the Watkins brand for extracts due to its pureness.


Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe


To make this frozen yogurt, you are going to need some pure mint extract, Greek yogurt, organic sugar, chocolate chips, and spinach.


I said spinach.

And yes, we are still making frozen yogurt here.

And trust me.

This frozen yogurt tastes amazing.


Place all of your ingredients (except for you chocolate chips – we are saving those for later) in your vita-mix or high powered blender and spin until smooth.  Pour the frozen yogurt mixture into your already frozen freezer bowl.  Secure the lid on your ice cream maker and turn it on.


Watching the ice cream spin around and around is fabulous entertainment for little boys.

Give the ice cream ten minutes to start freezing and then add your chocolate chips.


After approximately twenty minutes, you ice cream is going to be frozen.  Stop the machine and dish up.


Spinach frozen yogurt


And smile.

Spinach frozen yogurt has never tasted so good.


Homemade Frozen Yogurt


Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

3-4 handfuls of fresh spinach

1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract

3 cups Greek yogurt

1 cup organic sugar

1 cup bittersweet all-natural chocolate chips (variable)


Place all ingredients (saving the chocolate chips for later) in a vita-mix or blender and blend until smooth.  Pour ice cream mixture into a Cuisinart Frozen Ice Cream Maker previously frozen freezer bowl.  Secure freezer bowl onto ice cream maker and spin until frozen.  Add chocolate chips after ten minutes.


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