First I started with my basic Vanilla recipe....soooo simple:
--- a few frozen bananas
--- a few Medjool dates, pitted
--- tiny bit of vanilla powder (probably 1/8 teaspoon- I LOVE this brand: http://shop.hempspread.com/Pure-Vanilla-Powder_c44.htm )
--- coconut milk (I use canned coconut milk, not the packaged coconut drink/milk)
I don't measure, but there is a feel for what the correct balance is between frozen fruit and milk after making it a few times....too much milk, and it is too slushy (although still yummy) and not enough and well, the Vitamix will scream at you.
Blend all ingredients well in the Vitamix. I use the plunger continually and aggressively when I am doing this. If you just want Vanilla, you can stop here and serve as is immediately, or put in a container in the freezer for later (it will have to sit out for a few minutes to soften before serving).
For the Cranberry blend, to the above I added:
--- a good amount of fresh cranberries, approximately 1 cup
--- one orange, peeled
--- frozen mango, approx 1/2 cup.
Blend in Vitamix. Serve or freeze.
This was very good and I left it a little bit 'chunky', leaving visible bits of cranberry. I liked the citrus overtones (I may increase the amount of orange or garnish with a few gratings of orange zest) and the tart bits of the cranberry.
Cranberry-Mango-Orange Ice Cream
I haven't been as active on this blog as I thought I might be this year and have many blog posts started but not finished, that cover topics I want to get on here; I hope to spend a bit more time on the blog in the coming months.
What started out as a tentative chronicle of my journey to attempt a path to a healthier me over 4 years ago, now feels like an important aspect of a true and committed way of living. Of these changes, I am very proud. I have many more improvements to make in myself, and of course, no journey of this type ever really ends, but it does feel like a bit of a milestone here in this moment, so I'll celebrate with a bit of ice cream, (followed by some hot tea as it is cold here!)
I hope you are firmly on your chosen paths and enjoying your journeys as well....
Sue, still on the (snow-covered!) path, in Ohio