Since the name of this blog does contain the word “Candy”, I figure it’s appropriate to write my first real post on a dessert-type meal. Or two dessert-type meals, actually.
I was craving raw ice cream after dinner on Saturday, so I thumbed through the dessert sections of a few of my favourite raw cookbooks. (As an aside, I’ve never felt completely comfortable calling them “cookbooks”. Is “recipe books” more accurate? Or some other term?) Using some tasty-looking ice cream recipes for inspiration, I came up with banana vanilla ice cream with cacao nibs, and chocolate almond butter cup candy.
Banana Vanilla Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked 2 hours
1 large banana
2 cups water
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Let the mixture chill in the fridge or freezer for a couple of hours, then pour into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
I topped the finished ice cream with a handful of raw cacao nibs, and lots of chocolate almond butter cup pieces. This recipe can be found in Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw, and it involves a layer of almond butter mixture sandwiched between layers of chocolate, chopped into little pieces. The photos below documents the process.
Last night, I felt like something decadent after a long day at the library where I didn’t make much of a dent in my to do list. I had lots of almond butter cup left, but no more ice cream, so I decided to whip up some easy banana soft serve, first made famous on the awesome blog Choosing Raw. It couldn’t be simpler — frozen bananas thrown in the food processor for a few minutes — and I think I actually prefer the banana ice cream to the more decadent cashew-based one. Straight-up frozen bananas are closer to nature, and healthier for you, too. Both versions were incredible, and left my sweet tooth satiated.