A healthy alternative to ice cream: Soft ice

Nov 2,2011
You can enjoy this soft ice without “assaulting” your metabolism or physiology.  It’s so healthy that it’s not a matter of whether you can have it occasionally, but rather a matter of why you have not had your portion today.

It is dairy-free, has no added sugar and no eggs. It can be eaten as a dessert or mixed with plain yogurt.

Ingredients
3 cups frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or a mixture)
½ cup grams pitted dried dates
1 banana, peeled
2-3 Tbsp cold-pressed, unrefined flaxseed oil
A sprinkle of vanilla powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Finely grated rind and freshly pressed juice of 1 organic orange or lemon

Directions
Put all the ingredients in the large bowl of a food processor (do not use a blender there is little liquid in soft ice) fitted with a cutting knife and process for a minute or two, until you have soft ice. Consider sprinkling with almonds and raisins turned in pure cocoa powder and cinnamon. This is best eaten right after preparation. But the soft ice will keep for a few hours if refrigerated or in the freezer. But do not freeze it all the way through, or it will crystalize.

Here are some modifications that can be made in the recipe if desired. The dates can be replaced with dried apricots, but other dried fruits will not work. You can leave out the banana or replace it with a mango. You can use any other nut oil instead of flaxseed oil, such as walnut oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil or coconut oil. A high-quality, cold-pressed canola oil will also do, as it has a very nutty flavor.