I scream for HEALTHY ice cream! And here it is …
As you might have assumed, I am not a big fan of processed foods. In fact, I try to avoid them at all costs. However, I am a big fan of ice cream, which flies in the face of my first comment. Store-bought ice cream is no longer cream, sugar and eggs like it was back in the day. Today many brands can barely fit the long list of ingredients on the packaging! Fillers, preservatives and coloring are bad enough, but don’t forget about the milk or cream. If it is not certified organic, that means you and your family are also taking in a nice serving of hormones and antibiotics with your dessert. Yuck.
There is hope for those of you who, like me, are serious about maintaining good health but also have a weakness for a delicious dairy treat every now and again.
It was about one year ago when my frustration peaked resulting in my decision to purchase an ice cream maker. After reading many excellent reviews, I pulled the trigger on a nice Cuisinart model (for those of you interested, the ICE-30BC Series). This ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This thing has already paid for itself, as my family makes a fresh batch of ice cream just about every other week. All of our batches are 100% organic, no fillers, no preservatives, and I even experiment with different types of sugar or sugar substitutes (i.e. coconut sugar or stevia, not chemicals) as well as the use of Young Living Pure Essential Oils like Orange or Peppermint!
100% ORGANIC CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM
- 1 cup unsweetened organic cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup organic raw cane sugar
- 1/2 cup organic blonde coconut sugar
- 2 1/4 cups organic heavy cream
- 2 1/2 cups organic half and half
- 1 T pure organic vanilla extract
- 4-6 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil*
Combine the cocoa and sugars in a medium bowl. Add the half and half and whisk until the cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla. Add peppermint oil* to taste (this can be very strong so be sure to do some taste testing!) Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and let mix until thickened, 30 minutes. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container until ready to serve.
*I recommend Young Living Essential Oils due to the fact that they are 100% pure and both their peppermint and orange are safe for ingestion. Please contact the manufacturer prior to ingestion of any other essential oil brand, as many advise against this due to impurity.
Okay, this certainly isn’t a low-calorie recipe, but it is pure and it is delicious! If you and your family are big fans of ice cream, consider making the switch to your own homemade version so that you can better control what your putting into your bodies. Enjoy!!
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