673.Vegan Mixed Berries Ice Cream
Just the right time to have ice cream
It has been really hot for the past few days in Montreal. Its humid and just the kind of weather all Canadians enjoy. People are out walking, jogging, having picnics, swimming, sailing, lazing in the sun. Hubby and I want to be indoors as the sun is too much for us. My dad is here, his first visit to Canada. He is from London, so he too is enjoying the really sunny hot days. When I run for the shade, he thinks I’m mad. So I had to remind him that I get more than enough sun back home in Mombasa, so I’d rather enjoy the cool or cold weather.
Anyway, its the right theme that Sarah Ellis has chosen for this months Fantastical Food Fight. The theme is Ice Cream. I went through so many options to make the ice cream for this theme, but the abundance of berries just kept on beckoning me. A couple of weeks ago, we saw this documentary on veganism. I’m not totally convinced to give up my dairy products…love cheese and yogurt too much. But the paradox is that my meat eating hubby decides not to became a vegetarian only but also decides to become a vegan!!!!!!!!! Yes, you heard me right; I’m still so so surprised. My chicken loving daughter too is trying out to go the vegan way!
I’m a vegetarian, and now both are trying to convince me to become a vegan. My argument is that if Lord Krishna loved all dairy products right from butter to yogurt… it surely can’t be harmful. However, everyone has the freedom to make their own choice. Now that father and daughter have found a new common passion-vegan– he was complaining that I was not making enough vegan food for him. On a serious note, most of our basic Gujarati food is vegan except that some food may contain yogurt.
Keeping in mind my vegan hubby(and his snide remarks!), I decided against the rich creamy ice creams and decided on a vegan one. I’m glad I tried out this ice cream simply for the reason that its a guilt free and healthy dessert. And I love the beautiful colour that the berries have imparted to this delicious ice cream.
VEGAN MIXED BERRIES ICE CREAM
2 large or 3 medium bananas
2 cups of frozen mixed berries
¼ cup almond milk
2-4 tbsp cane sugar or maple syrup
a pinch of salt
- Peel and slice the bananas. Layer them in an airtight tin.
- Freeze the slices overnight or for 2-3 hours.
- Put the frozen banana slices, milk, frozen berries, salt and sugar or maple syrup in a food processor.
- Process the mixture.
- You may need to push down the fruit with the help of the spatula.
- Process till you get a smooth mixture.
- Scoop out the ice cream into a freezable tin.
- Let the ice cream freeze for 1 hour or so or you may serve the soft ice cream… your choice.
- Add any frozen fruit of your choice.
- I used over ripe bananas so didn’t need to add so much maple syrup.
- Use vegan milk of your choice like any other nut milk or coconut milk.
- Once the ice cream sets, its advisable not to re freeze it as it becomes really hard. So small batches are best. Once you have the frozen ingredients ready, this ice cream is really easy to make.
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