August 9, 2015

Fresh Fig Ice Cream

We are huge fans of dried figs, and we get wonderful organic dried figs at our local Costco. I have tried a lot of desserts and energy bars/balls with them. I have also made our favorite figs'n'honey ice cream. I had not tried much with fresh figs though, so this week when I found fresh figs, I was tempted to buy them and try out a fresh fig ice cream. Made with just 3 wholesome ingredients, how can you get better than that? It is vegan as I have used cashews instead of milk cream, and have used honey as the sweetener. The result is a simple and honest taste, so if you haven't tasted fig ice cream yet you definitely have to try it.  So go ahead and enjoy a wholesome vegan ice cream without any guilt.




Ingredients:

  • Figs - 8 
  • Cashew nuts - soaked in filtered water for an hour
  • Raw Honey - 4 Tbs (adjust according to your sweet level)


Directions:

  • Add soaked cashew and figs into a blender jar and process till nice and creamy. Add honey and process for a few minutes more till mixed well.
  • Keep the mixture refrigerated to chill.
  • If using an ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer's instruction to churn the ice cream. Serve immediately for a soft serve. Keep frozen for a couple of hours to serve a 'scoop-able' version.
  • If you don't have an ice cream maker, directly freeze the mixture for an hour. Scoop out and and process once again using blender and keep back in the freezer. Repeat a couple of times more till the ice cream is completely frozen.
  • Scoop and serve with optional chopped fresh figs.
  • This makes about 11/2 cups of ice cream. 
  • Enjoy!! 

Note: If you consider honey as not vegan, please substitute with a vegan-friendly sweetener like coconut palm sugar, agave or maple syrup. Personally I am not a fan of agave or maple syrup as I consider them much more processed when compared to raw honey.

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