Strawberry Cashew Ice Cream – Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free

This dairy-free ice cream is absolutely delicious and it contains only healthy ingredients as you can see below. There are no added sugars but only dates and vanilla powder to add sweetness. You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make this – just a freezer.

My lovely 9-year-old girl told me this is the best ice cream ever, so I feel like a winner already!

Strawberries

Even though strawberries are very sweet they are a low glycemic index food and high in fibre, which helps to regulate blood sugar and keep it stable by avoiding extreme highs and lows. Strawberries contain quercetin (antioxidant) that might help with many health issues such as inflammation, allergies, asthma, hay fever and hives. Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, B5 (pantothenic acid) and manganese. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and fights infections. B5 is essential for the brain and nerves and it controls energy production and fat metabolism. Manganese stabilises blood sugar and it can reduce cell damage.

Cashew nuts

Cashews are high in protein but more importantly, high in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, including oleic and palmitoleic acids. Cashews are also a good source of magnesium, which plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body including the metabolism of food and synthesis of fatty acids and proteins.

Cashews are one of the few food sources that are high in copper. Copper is a mineral which is needed very little, but despite that fact, copper deficiency can cause severe problems such as lower bone mineral density and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Copper is also important for a production of collagen and elastin, which are major structural components of our bodies.

Cashews are also rich in antioxidants and zinc, that can both boost the immune system. Antioxidants sweep through the cell, neutralising free radicals that can cause cellular damage. Some of the most potent antioxidants include vitamins E and K. Cashews contain both of the vitamins, helping your body fight off oxidative damage. Cashew nuts might also help with preventing gallstones.

Cashew and almond milk

Cashew milk contains vitamin K (preventing blood clot and building strong bones), iron and magnesium. Store-bought cashew milk is often fortified with calcium and vitamins A, D and B-12. Almond milk contains healthy fats, calcium and vitamin D for bones, vitamin E for skin health and a set of vitamin B’s for example for muscle growth and healing.  You’ll receive even better protein and healthy fat intake from homemade nut milk!

Coconut oil

This tropical oil is made from the dried fruit (nut) of the palm tree. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These are easily absorbed in the liver for instant and sustained energy, also giving fuel to the brain cells as ketones. Coconut oil can eliminate mental fatigue, help with memory problems, increase the healthy cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. These healthy fats in coconut oil can also improve blood sugar regulation and the capacity to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. For example, lauric acid in coconut oil is known to reduce candida.

Serves 8-10

Strawberry Cashew Ice cream

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 5dl=2cups Cashew nuts, soaked for at least 30 minutes
  • 8dl=3.2c Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2dl=0.4-0.8c Cashew or almond milk
  • 1dl=0.4c Lemon juice, fresh
  • 2dl=0.8c Medjool dates (fresh organic)
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla powder or 0.5 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.25dl=0.5c Virgin Coconut oil (melted)

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashew nuts and dates for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Take about 1dl=0.4cup of strawberries aside and cut them roughly for later use.
  3. Combine the soaked and drained cashew nuts and dates, fresh or slightly melted strawberries, 1dl=0.4c cashew milk, vanilla powder and fresh lemon juice into a blender.
  4. Blend until very smooth. Add more cashew milk if needed for blending. Composition should be like a thick smoothie.
  5. Melt the coconut oil in a microwave (in a microwave safe cup, for about 30 sec) or in a heat safe container in a hot water.
  6. Add melted coconut oil slowly into the mixture, blending mildly to prevent too quick thickening.
  7. Lastly add the strawberries, which you set aside earlier, and mix them into the ice cream with a spoon.
  8. Pour the ice cream mixture into a "serving size" containers and place them into a freezer.
  9. Stir every now and then until frozen enough or just leave in the freezer until later use.
  10. Later use, take the ice cream out from the freezer about half an hour before use, so that it softens enough.
  11. Scoop out some ice cream balls to serve.
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Ingredients: strawberries, cashews, dates, lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla powder, cashew milk.

Add some roughly cut strawberries into the ice cream mixture to add nice chunks.

Pour the ice cream mixture into a “serving size” containers and place them into a freezer.

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