Friday, June 24, 2011

Lucuma Ice Cream - The Blender Way

This childhood flavor from my country is something I've been craving for a long time now and so when I found organic powdered lucuma at the health food store, I quickly began looking for a good ice cream recipe to make this yummy dessert once again. After trying a few different recipes, I combined a few different ones and changed a few ingredients here and there and came up with something new and original that I love, my kids love and is much easier than making ice cream in the old-fashioned ice cream maker.

1 Cup Lucuma Powder (I used the Navitas Naturals brand).
1 Cup Cashews or blanched Almonds (I prefer cashews for a creamier ice cream, but use almonds for my son who has allergies to cashews).
2 whole vanilla beans or 2 TBSP. vanilla
1/2 Maple syrup
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup Coconut Milk

Throw all ingredients together into the blender and blend until creamy. Then you can do one of two things: 1. Pour into popsicle molds for creamy popsicles. Beware of kids. They may pester you for hours on end to have these before they've actually frozen. 2. Pour into ice cube trays and wait until frozen solid. Then pour a little water or almond milk into the blender with about 6 ice cubes and blend just long enough to make a yummy soft serve ice cream. Or if you want to blend it longer, you could eventually make it like a shake. Which is also yummy. Will definitely suppress the sweet tooth.

My kids love these. New family favorite. Oh and by the way, Lucuma is a fruit from Peru. In case you were wondering.

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