Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream 🥥 🍍 🍨 • Healthy treats #7

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Summer in Australia can be defined in a single and short word: HOT! ☀

So, why not a yummy healthy treat to help us to deal with these scorching temperatures?
I certainly need that. 🙂

This Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream is super refreshing and the perfect substitute for those sugary things we are told are ice creams… 😜

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (500 grams) of pineapple, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of coconut cream
  • A small piece (6 grams) of fresh ginger
  • 6 leaves of fresh mint
Directions
  1. In a food processor add pineapple, coconut cream, ginger, and mint.
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Pour the pineapple mixture in an ice cream container and let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  4. IT’S DONE! 🎉
    Enjoy your Coconut and Pineapple Ice Cream

Looking for other healthy ice cream options?
I have many other ice cream recipes just for you! 🙂

Idea: if you want to enhance the presentation to impress everyone, you can top it with fresh mint leaves just before serving.

Mango and Raspberry ICE CREAM! • Healthy treats #6

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This mango and raspberry ice cream is simply delicious!

Well, first things first, mangoes and raspberries are a perfect combination, not only in flavour but also in colour!

Watch the video above and look how gorgeous this ice cream looks once it’s ready!

A perfect healthy treat for this summer, that your family and friends will definitely love. ❤

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (600 grams) of mangoes, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of plain yogurt (I used my favourite: Chobani)
  • 2 cups (210 grams) of raspberries, frozen
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Directions
  1. In saucepan, let’s put the raspberries and lemon juice on low heat until you get a jam-like texture.
  2. Let it cool down before using on the assembly step.
  3. Next, in a food processor add mangoes and coconut cream. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  4. Pour the mango mixture and raspberry jam in an ice cream container, alternating layers as you go.
  5. For maximum presentation, use a knife to swirl to create some sort of marble effect.
  6. Let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  7. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Summer is just upon us (at least here in the Southern hemisphere), so nothing better than a healthy ice cream, right?

What is also great about this ice cream is that it is not only delicious, it’s also visually quite nice!
The contrast between the vivid red and the lively yellow are truly mouth-watering!

Banana and peanut butter ice cream • Healthy treats #5

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Looking for a healthy ice cream alternative?

You may already know that frozen banana ice cream is the perfect base for a healthy ice cream, right?

So how about a delicious twist?
That’s why I’ve decided to bring here a combination that I simply LOVE:

Banana and peanut butter ice cream 😍

Ingredients-wise, this healthy treat is basically made only with a combination of overripe bananas and peanut butter.

For the peanut butter, here I used a crunchy version (I like to find pieces of peanut in my ice cream), but you can use the smooth one.
Now for the bananas remember to use overripe ones, as it will be the natural sweetener of our ice cream.

Perfect for those super hot summer days! ☀️

Ingredients
  • 4 (~550 grams) overripe bananas, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup (130g) of peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
Directions
  1. In a food processor add bananas, coconut cream, and peanut butter.
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture in an ice cream container and let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  4. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Another fantastic part of this recipe is that kids will love it.

You know it can be challenging for conscious parents to find a healthy dessert to serve their kids.
With this banana and peanut butter ice cream the problem is solved.

You have just found the perfect healthy ice cream! 🙂

KyoTofu Fujino Cafe | Nishijin District – Kyoto

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KyotoTofu Fujino Cafe entrance.
KyoTofu Fujino Cafe entrance.

Within walking distance from the Kinkaku-ji temple you can treat yourself with delicious soy-based desserts at KyoTofu Fujino Cafe. There is also a restaurant serving traditional tofu meals and soy milk treats, but I only had time to visit the cafe during this occasion.

The place serves different types of desserts, all soy milk based and a yummy and creamy ice cream. Which sounded like heaven after walking the whole morning in a heat of 38C degrees. Geez, it was scorching ☀️ in Kyoto that day.

My order

For a quick stop and to refresh ourselves before the next attraction, we decided to have:

  • Hubby: Soy milk ice cream, with mochi, azuki beans paste, fried gluten, and soy milk cinnamon stick.
  • Mine: Soy milk cheesecake with black sesame seed crust.
Soy milk ice cream.
Soy milk ice cream.
Soy milk cheesecake.
Soy milk cheesecake.
Soy milk cheesecake.
Soy milk cheesecake.

As every Japanese dessert, they were just sweet enough. In case you have a strong sweet tooth, you may find it needed more sugar, but for my taste it was amazing! I got a little bit of the ice cream, it was very creamy and you could definitely taste the soy milk.

About my choice, the cheesecake, it was extremely delicate and light. I could feel some lemon or citrus flavour, what gave a special kick to it. Although the ice cream had a clear soy milk taste, the cheesecake had nothing like that. Definitely, a must go if you are around the area. 🙂

The verdict

They say their soy milk and all soy based products sold in the store are homemade. I really liked the desserts and would go back in case I return to Kyoto one day. Ah! For all vegans out there, I don’t know about the desserts (they are vegetarian for sure), but for the traditional tofu meals, they can adapt everything to be vegan, you just need to book in advance.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate just enough in English.

Bill: 824 yens (A$10) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/EDcM2PjCUaU2

More information: www.kyotofu.co.jp/en/

Out there: Cocowhip | Sydney

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Cocowip original (plain)
Cocowhip original flavour (plain)

Have you heard about Cocowhip? It seems like this is the new healthy trend this summer here in Sydney.
It is vegan, refined sugar-free and according to their website: this refreshing cream is “loaded with bio-fermented freeze dried coconut water powder providing the equivalent of over 10 cups of Yoghurt!“.

Before trying it I did a bit more research on their website and they say in each 100 grams of the original flavour, you will find 16.1g of carbs, 0.1g protein and 3.7g of fat. However, I’ve found the ingredients list a bit disappointing and not that real food-ish as you can see below:

Ingredients:
Coconut Water, Vegan Premix (Cocowhip Coconut Powder, Corn Starch [Non GMO], Natural Sweetener [Xylitol], Coconut Sugar, Inulin, Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum, Vegan Mono-diglycerides), Coconut Probiotic (Bio-fermented Coconut Powder, Freeze Dried Coconut Water, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Plant Arum).

I understand they need some of these ingredients to get the creamy consistency, like corn starch and guar gum. But I don’t know why they decided to use 3 types of sugar?! There is xylitol, coconut sugar, inulin and I’m not even counting the natural sweetness of coconut water.

Anyways, I’ve decided to take the risk and tried some. Below I have the original one with mango swirl, and hubby got also the original version with gluten free caramel slices and chocolate syrup.

Cocowip with mango and Cocowip with gluten free caramel slices
Cocowhip with mango and Cocowhip with gluten free caramel slices

The ice cream is very, very light, and you can feel it’s not as sweet as a regular ice cream (which is great, but why all those sweeteners?). I found it very refreshing as well, and a nice option for any vegan friends out there. However, it’s not something out of this world, of course, better than regular ice cream but maybe it works better as part of a dish as I saw some cafes doing.

As far as I could understand, they sell the ice cream to cafes and restaurants, and then they make their own creations. These two I had at Heart & Soul Organic Chai Cafe, at Cronulla beach. You can check their website for more locations: www.cocowhip.com.au