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.