Friday, July 29, 2011

Beat the heat - Sugar free Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream



Most of you must be wondering about so many beverage recipes coming up here lately. But it is summer time and with seasonal fruits in abundance,  it is very easy to live on milk shakes, juices and smoothies during the hot weather. In few places this is the time for summer school break for kids and that means lot of running around and entertaining the kids. So with less time to spend in the kitchen and frequent need to feed small hungry tummies thought that I will share my quick and easy to make recipes with you all. Most of the recipes are so simple, you can involve your kids to make it or if the kids are little older instruct them to make on their own. Healthy, simple home made stuff ready in minutes. This ice cream recipe is so simple to make and tastes great. Not to leave the point, is made without sugar and with protein rich nuts, coconut milk and vitamin c rich strawberries. Now let us get on to this recipe and do try this and let me know your feedback.



Preparation Time - 10 Minutes

Cooking Time - 10 Minutes





Ingredients



Coconut Milk - 4 Cups
Xylitol - 1 1/2 Cups or to taste depending on the taste of strawberries
Cashews - 1 Cup
Agar Agar Flakes - 4 Tbsp
Strawberry - 25 (Pureed and chilled)


Method



1) Soak the cashews in enough water and leave it for 3-4 hours.



2) Soak the agar agar flakes in warm coconut milk and let this soften for 30 minutes.



3) Simmer the coconut milk along with agar agar flakes and xylitol till the agar agar flakes are dissolved.



4) Strain this to filter any undissolved agar agar flakes and let this cool for 30-40 minutes(luke warm)



5) Now grind the cashews into a fine paste adding just enough coconut milk and once it becomes a smooth paste add the rest of the coconut milk and blend for a second.



6) Place the coconut milk and cashew mixture in a refrigerator and let this cool for an hour. Now take it out and blend in a powerful blender like vitamix for few minutes along with the strawberry puree and  transfer the contents to an ice cream maker and process according to its instructions.



Note - In store bought ice creams a variety of stabilizers are used for a better texture and to prevent the ice cream from melting rapidly. Because agar agar is a vegetarian stabilizer and a much healthier choice I went for that. You can also use Corn starch or Arrowroot starch in place of agar agar.





Events



This goes to Healing Foods Berries event hosted by Smitha an event started by Siri.

35 comments:

Priti said...

Delicious .....looks so so gud

sangee vijay said...

wow...my fav flavor...looks simply delicious...i don't have agar agar flakes..any substitution??? or else will try to get..

aipi said...

What a healthy way to indulge ~ love the color ;)
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Vimitha Anand said...

Lovely color... Simple and delectable treat.

Niru said...

thanq for clearing me on xylitol...btw,,who wouldnt love icecream...lovely...

divya said...

looks tempting and colorful....

Suman Singh said...

Mmmm, strawberry ice cream looks delicious..love the pretty pink color..

Vidhya said...

Ice cream looks so good,you are tempting me to buy an ice cream maker.

kankana said...

Love the color .. so pretty purple. Gorgeous :)

Ramya Bala said...

looks very yummy...I am gng to dedicate a day to see all ur low carb recipes...Excellent job :)

jayasree said...

What a lovely color...With coconut milk, it must be a winner.

Vatsala. said...

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Sissi said...

Sadhana, you have a wonderful blog! I also (but only sometimes) cook without sugar, try to lower the carb and calories intake and I see I will find lots of inspiring recipes here!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Prathima Rao said...

Delicious!!!! Coconut milk icecreams are my fav!!! The color is rich & inviting too :)
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Ms.Chitchat said...

Perfect feast for the eyes and the stomach,very nice.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks all for your lovely comments. It really keeps me going.

Wok with Ray said...

That is a refreshing and delicious looking strawberry ice cream, Sadhana! Thank you very much for visiting my site today. It's nice meeting you.

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Miriam said...

This would be a perfect treat for my kids! Thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Ann said...

Delicious - so beautiful and cool.... I love strawberries!

Vardhini said...

Wow .. they look so yummy Sadhana. Perfect for the season.

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Pam said...

Strawberry ice cream is my favorite - it looks refreshing and delicious.

Plateful said...

Don't worry about the drink recipes -- with the temperatures soaring, who wants to work hard in the kitchen?!! So keep them coming. Ice creams are my favorite way to beat the heat and yours look delicious and healthy too.

Joanne said...

I love that this is vegan! Looks so creamy!

hamburgereatsme said...

sugar free? AND vegan? i'm in. :)

Indie.Tea said...

I am sure the coconut milk adds lots of flavor - and the ice cream sounds delicious!

Ramya said...

lovely colour...my daughter loves strawberry ice creams

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Rumana Rawat said...

I love ice cream... makes me tempting:)

lisa is cooking said...

The ground cashews sound great in this, and the color is so pretty!

Priya Sreeram said...

this is an awesome cool recipe - sugar fee it is and it has me hooked !

veena said...

wow..a healthy ice cream .. looks yum

Mother's Secret Home Recipe's said...

They look so refreshing...waiting for summer to try all your yummy recipes..:-)

Mother's Secret Home Recipe's said...

waiting for summer to taste all your yummy recipes

Smitha said...

yumm...what a beautiful click...and looks so delish!
thanks for sending it to my event!
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Anonymous said...

Hi, the photo tempted me to see how to make this icecream for kids, but I do not have Xylitol and Agar Agar. I stay in Pune Maharashtra. I looked at a few known shops like Reliance, food bazzar, local shops, but they do not even know agar-agar. I would like to know the purpose of both items and which brand or shops where I can get these ingredients? Or is there any way I can get them online? Cannot wait to try my hands at this recipe! Thanks.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Instead of Xylitol use Sugar. I don't use refined Sugar at home and substituted Xylitol which is a natural sugar substitute. Agar Agar is china grass and you should be able to get it in grocery store. Agar agar, I used to get a nice consistency and also it doesn't melt that easily when using agar agar. Just skip it, won't harm it.

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