I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for ICE CREAM!

13 Jun

Use the Vanilla Ice Milk Recipe below as a base for other flavors such as chocolate and strawberries!

I know our whole family thinks I’m pretty alternative where food is concerned but I do think they understand my concerns and reasons.  But sometimes, it still is a little difficult without more support.  Just recently, after dinner, the extended family decided to go for ice cream.  The preschoolers were excited.  The crying and whining suddenly stopped when they heard ‘ice cream’ and they cheerily walked themselves to the ice cream parlor a block away.  

In the ice cream parlor, our Uncle chided me from across the shop: “You may make delicious vegetables, but they [the ice cream parlor] make better ice cream!  Nothing is more American than ice cream!”  I didn’t know how to respond.  I was thinking: WOW.  This is exactly why people have health problems.  We dare not give a child a pack of cigarettes to smoke – but we think that treating a child to an over-sized ice cream on a cone filled with toxins (high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial coloring, genetically modified ingredients, I could go on) is grand.  But what came sheepishly out of my mouth instead was: “Well, I guess I have to make an even better RAW ice cream.”

As the mother of my son, I knew my son could possibly have sensitivities to the ice cream.  As his mother, I knew I wouldn’t sleep well that night because my son would probably not be feeling well.  He would probably feel sick for a few days, if not more.  Do I want my son to have the ice cream everyone else in our party was having?  NO!  I did want to say NO.  But I didn’t.    Would our son want the ice cream?  Probably YES. Would he want it even if we told him he would probably feel sick for the next few days.  YES.  So, I let it be and our son eagerly ordered a vanilla ice cream on a cone and BOY! did he look like a poster boy for an ice cream commercial.  

Our son digging into his Ice Cream Parlor Vanilla Ice Cream
Before we left the shop, our Uncle said, “I know these kids are going to have a good night’s sleep!”  That night, our son woke up 4 times with a cold and runny nose.  The day after, his eyes were watery and he felt sick for most of the day.
“Mama,” he said, “we won’t have that ice cream again.  It makes me feel bad.”
“Yes it does.  I’ll make you some raw ice cream. OK?”
“It won’t make me feel bad?”
“No sweetheart.”
A week later he was still gunky.  

Despite the cold, cough and fever, it was a good thing to let our son make his own choice – because he has learned something.  Instead of us, the parents, dictating constantly, our son was allowed more control over his choices.  This freedom to choose comes with more responsibility for the consequences that result.  And with this comes more knowledge and understanding about his own future choices.

Needless to say, I was motivated to create some yummy and nutritious raw ice cream as soon as we returned home from holiday.  Our son is allergic to cashews and most raw ice creams are cashew based. I first experimented with frozen bananas.  Our son likes them, but the ‘ice cream’ just tasted like banana to me and my husband.  So, I moved on to an almond cream base, sans dates because dates do have a certain taste.  I really just wanted a  solid Vanilla Ice Cream.  This recipe is ultra simple for any Mama without much time on her hands and it tastes wonderful.  It is a hit at our house.  My husband really likes it  and he’s hard to please.  When our son tasted this raw vanilla ice cream for the first time, he said: “Mama! This tastes better than the ice cream from the shop!  Thank you for making it for me…  I love you!”  

I don’t have to tell you that I think I have the best job in the world!!!

Raw Vanilla Ice Milk

Vanilla Ice Milk
The consistency of this ice cream is somewhere between a sorbet and ice cream, which is why I call it Ice Milk. The flavor is light and subtle.

Puree all together in a high speed blender:
2 cups raw organic almonds, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1 vanilla bean, ground in a coffee grinder
2 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups raw organic agave syrup (this product is new to me, produced at temperatures lower than 118F)
Place in a nut bag and squeeze out all the liquid.  Mix with other flavors if desired (1 pint of strawberries or tablespoons of carob to taste, etc).  Pour it in an ice cream maker.  Chill and churn for about 1 hour.

3 Responses to “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for ICE CREAM!”

  1. Linda January 24, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Hi Carissa!

    I am at the moment on a green juice fast (after watching the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”) and I have been reading your webpage every day for the past 10 days or so. It is SO inspiring and I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes!

    I also have young kids and I find it very difficult to find the time to make yummy healthy food at home without it taking too much time off playtime! A healthy diet and lonely kids is not what I want! So I try to balance it all…. as we all do!

    I really appreciate your simple and easy recipes and I’m sure I’ll be using them often :).

    I have a question about this ice cream. I regularly make raw ice cream at home (strawberry, mint, chocolate, vanilla…) but I use dates as sweeteners. I think they are one of the healthiest sweeteners but they do give taste and I would sometimes like to avoid this.

    I see you use agave syrup for this recipe but you later found out about the “bad” side of agave, is that right? If you wanted to avoid agave and instead use another sweetener for this ice cream, what would it be? Would you use honey? Do you always use raw honey? My kids don’t seem to like it very much.

    Thank you for your time!

    • Mama In The Kitchen January 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi Linda!

      Thank you first of all for reading.

      Yes! I am all for saving time and being with the family… I love being with my family, but I want them to be healthy too… So I try to find a balance… Quick recipes that are healthy that they will like.

      As for sweeteners… My family much prefers raw honey over others. I feel torn because my son is allergic to maple syrup, my hubby doesn’t enjoy a lot of date taste, then agave has shown many unfavorable qualities, bees are given white sugar (if it is bad for us…) in the winter…. But honey has a lot of medical benefits. We use Sucanat too, but raw honey is our main sweetener… Although I am using more agave because I feel bad for the bees.

      I really don’t know how to answer your question better Linda. But I am sure we are not alone in our predicament!

      Let me know if you do have anymore questions. And thank you again for commenting!

      • Linda January 28, 2012 at 6:12 am #

        Thanks for your message, Carissa!

        It’s sometimes hard to find a balance but so rewarding when you do! When your family really enjoys a specific dish and asks for it over and over again… that’s just the best!

        I have decided I really have to eat the dishes myself for my kids to show an interest… I sometimes don’t. I make “sweets” for them and expect them to eat them when I don’t! I think acting as a model is always best, especially if you’re feeding them food that is different to the norm.

        Thanks for the info on the sweeteners! I feel bad for the bees too… but I like the idea of avoiding allergies if we eat local honey. I had never thought about that! But how can honey REALLY be organic?

        Anyway, thanks again for everything!


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