I scream for (raw vegan) ice cream

With the temperature resting upwards of 40 degrees Celsius in Toronto this week (with the humidex), ice cream has been on my mind. I would hazard a guess that anyone else suffering through the heat wave has also had their brain filled with thoughts of everyone’s favourite frosty summer treat! But when you’re raw vegan, it’s not quite as easy to indulge in an ice cream cone as it is for omnis. Getting one’s raw ice cream fix becomes somewhat more of a task than simply walking to the corner store or the supermarket. Of course, it’s easy and fun to make your own raw ice cream, but what about those times when you just want instant gratification?

Thankfully, raw foodies in Toronto can buy Blue Mountain Organics Cashew Creamery raw vegan ice cream at The Big Carrot on Danforth Avenue! I first saw raw ice cream sold commercially while hanging out in California last summer. In fact, the Whole Foods in Venice sold multiple brands! It was heavenly. I figured it was only a matter of time before raw vegan ice cream was available in my city, so I was excited to hear rumors that The Big Carrot had it in stock. I finally made it to the Carrot last weekend for a little grocery run, so I picked up a pint to try for myself. They had chocolate, strawberry, mango, vanilla & mint cacao chip, but I purchased the cappuccino kind. (I would have chosen mint if left to my own devices, but my boyfriend bizarrely hates chocolate mint, and I figured I should share.)

It was delicious! So cool, sweet and creamy. It’s organic, sweetened with agave nectar and many of their flavours contain yummy superfoods, like maca and lucuma. It does come at a somewhat hefty price – $9.99 – but I feel that this kind of raw deliciousness is well worth the occasional cost. It will be a great once-in-awhile treat for me. I think I’ll go for mango next.

Have a great rest of the week, friends. I’m at home in Prince Edward Island for the weekend — I’m going to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding on Saturday. it is fabulous to get out of the city heat! The temperature is much more bearable here. But the best part so far has been raiding my mom’s ginormous garden. I’ve been eating peas, kale, spinach, strawberries… yum! She also makes her own water kefir. I promise a blog post with some of the awesome raw eats that are found at my mom’s place.

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9 Comments to “I scream for (raw vegan) ice cream”

  1. the mint cacao chip is to die for…i’ll share with you next time i have some…so you can at least try it…

    i love garden fresh peas…

    have fun…wave hello to the ocean for me…
    <3

  2. never tried that ice cream but we have a local kind that is really good called bishop’s best.

    have a fun trip! i’ve always wanted to go to PEI. hope it is cooler there.

  3. I wish we had all the products you guys have over here too! Blue Mountain ice cream looks scrummy!
    Love and hugs x x x

  4. Wow, if I even said, “Water Kefir” to my Mom, she’d be like, “Huh??? Come again?”

    Enjoy your time home on the island!

  5. Yum! I love this ice cream! I actually emailed my Whole Foods begging them to carry it so I could try! So far they only have chocolate and vanilla, but the manager promised they would get more flavors soon! I can’t wait for the mint cacao chip!!!

  6. P.S. $9.99? At my Whole Foods they sell it for $5.99.. still pricey, but I’m not banned from getting it weekly by my hubby! LOL!

  7. Oh how I wish we had that ice cream over here! I’ve been craving ice cream too. Think I may have to make up some soft serve. x

  8. Have you tried Coconut Bliss? On Sale this week @ Organic Garage in Oakville for $$4.97.
    yum!

  9. We have been making some raw ice cream as we cannot get Blue Mountain…one day.

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