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Continuing the green theme–since Saint Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring still charges on in all its budding glory. Here’s a super simple, instant and guilt-free ice”cream.” It’s just a variation of one of my previous posts where I used frozen bananas and berries as the base.

If you’re an ice cream lover, like me, and if you also happen to be lactose intolerant (like me!) or vegan, I think you’ll appreciate the immediate gratification of throwing in a handful of ingredients, flipping the “on” switch and a minute later getting to enjoy a cold, creamy, nutritious “dessert”!



1/2 cup coconut milk (regular NOT lite!)

3/4 cup unsalted, shelled pistachios

1/3 cup unsalted raw cashews

1-2 tbsp raw honey

1/4 tsp almond extract

5-6 ice cubes

*Note: The measurements aren’t exact because coconut milks vary widely in thickness and richness. My favorite is Native Forest. It’s organic and comes in BPA-free cans.


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Put everything into a high-powered blender, such as a VitaMix, and blend until creamy. Adjust the consistency if necessary by adding more cashews. Note: You may need to use the plunger if some of the ingredients stick to the sides.

If you want a thicker, richer version, you can freeze the contents of a can of coconut milk in an ice cube tray and use about half the cubes in place of the liquid coconut milk and regular ice cubes.

Serve immediately.




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Do you like the title of this posting? It contains three of my favorite words!

Seriously, if you live in the U.S., you’re probably experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures right now. Here in Northern California it’s downright blazing hot–at least in my part of the Bay Area just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

We don’t have a swimming pool in our yard, and I’ve been too busy to drive my little ones to the beach to cool off. But I want to appease the little monkeys some way, and this super easy to make, healthy ice-cream (slightly modified from Nom Nom Paleo’s) does the trick. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare (if you have frozen fruit) and they love it. We all love it. What’s more, it’s dairy-free and contains no added sugar!

I also love that it doesn’t “violate” our Sweet Sunday rule, so when my children ask, “Mama, can we have some of that ice cream?” I can feel perfectly good always answering “Yes!”

I’ve made two flavor suggestions here, but obviously you can make whatever flavor or combination of flavors you and your family like. I don’t happen to have any frozen mango, but that will be my next flavor to try.

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1/2 cup coconut milk (I recommend Native Forest)

2-3 frozen bananas (I keep a large stash in the fridge at all times now)

1 cup frozen strawberries (or frozen blueberries or other fruit of your choice)

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract



Place all ingredients in a VitaMix or other high-powered blender. Using the “plunger” tool, blend the ingredients until thick and creamy. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.


Stay cool!

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