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Saturday, 27 July 2013

We All Scream For Ice Cream


I've done 5 days of the
and I deserve a treat, right?  I want it all;  ice cream, chocolate topping and whip cream!

I promised I would only eat natural foods and I don't want to blow it over ice cream but I have an ace up my sleeve.  Head over to my Pinterest food pin board and get ready to try something new!

I have ice cream made with real milk, from a local dairy, in my freezer.  My favourite topping is Magic Shell chocolate that goes hard when it hits something cold.  If you buy the real thing you are getting more chemicals in one serving than I've ingested in a year!

Let's try the recipe posted by This Chick Cooks.  Remember that dark chocolate I bought half price? It's 72% cocoa and the package says it's chocolaterie quality.  It's shaped in tiny wafers.  I think you could do this with any dark chocolate cut into small pieces.  Dark chocolate is good for my body and good for my soul!

The bonus to this recipe is the second ingredient - coconut oil.  I can have dessert and feed my brain at the same time! ~


I put a couple of inches of water in a pan and brought it to a boil.  In a metal bowl, I put 2 TBSP. of dark chocolate.  You want to use the coconut oil in it's solid form.  If it's warm and has turned to liquid, put it in the fridge until it becomes solid again and measure out 1 TBSP. to add to the chocolate pieces.  This has the chocolate and coconut oil melting at the same rate.  Put the metal bowl, with the two ingredients, over the pan of hot water and stir while they melt.  Pour over ice cream.  

Voila!  It hardens! Total decadence that is really, really good for you! ~


You now have the simplest recipe in the world for health food hard chocolate sauce.  You can store the excess (right, like there was any left when I was done!) in the fridge.  Warm it up to melt and the magic happens all over again.  Your kids are going to love you for this one!

But, this dessert needs something more.  It needs whip cream.  I could use regular whipping cream from the dairy cooler, which I always assumed was just cream.  I looked at the ingredients one day and there were a whole bunch of things in there that I couldn't pronounce.  A comparison with Redi Whip and Cool Whip showed they were all equal in additives.  Check it out yourself the next time you are in the grocery store. Organic whipping cream had one ingredient - cream.  Now, that's more like it.  

Today, I'm trying something really different.  If you are vegan, lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy whipped cream is just an impossible dream.  Or is it?  My youngest granddaughter doesn't handle dairy well and I wanted to find something she could eat in place of whipped cream.

I don't know where I first heard that coconut milk had a cream that would rise to the top when it was chilled and left to sit.  It only seems to come in cans, which I usually avoid because of BPA's leaching into the food, but sometimes you have to pick your battles.  

Put the can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge and chill for several hours.  I left mine overnight.  Don't invert the can or shake it.  When you open it, it looks like this. ~


About half the can was cream and I'll have to find some way to use the skim milk that was left over. Use a spoon to scoop the solid cream off the top and place in a chilled bowl.  

The original recipe called for 2 to 3 TBSP. of confectioners sugar.  I substituted organic cane sugar that I ground to a fine powder in a chopper.  If you are on a sugar reduced diet, you could use whatever natural sweetener you normally substitute. ~


I also added a few drops of my home made vanilla.  To find out how easy it is to make vanilla click here. ~


I added the sugar and vanilla to the coconut cream and whipped it with an immersion blender.  You could do this by hand if you are really patient and hardy.  It took a little longer than whipping cream would to get to the right consistency.

Will you look at this spoonful of loveliness! ~


Now for the taste test. ~


Yum.  No, seriously, yummmmm!  

This one is a KEEPER!

By keeper, I mean the recipes.  The sundae is all gone!  Did I mention it was Yummmm?

I'm sharing this with:  Funky Junk Party Junk