Raw Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream (dairy free)

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This vibrant recipe was inspired from the Lemon-Poppy Seed Ice Cream I had at the Penny Ice Creamery in downtown Santa Cruz. If you are visiting downtown Santa Cruz definitely make a stop at the Penny Creamery to try some of their delicious ice creams. They focus on using local ingredients from the farmers markets. The line gets pretty long in the evening! So I had my first bite of a Lemon-Poppy Seed ice cream…ever…and thought “hello new fav!”

I decided to re-create it with healthier sugars and get creative with a dairy-free version of it by using soaked cashews and coconut oil. I love using cashews because of their creaminess and white versatile color they give, but lately I’ve been wanting to experiment with others foods to use as the base for desserts.

For the fun yellow coloring I used Tumeric and the pretty orange flowers in the picture are dried Candelula herb. Ooo how about this idea? Once you are done with your ice cream, you can brew the Candelula herbs and enjoy them as tea with a touch of stevia for sweetness.

Spice up your health with Tumeric!

It is one of the leading healthy foods one can consume. It is very potent in healing. In ancient Chinese and Indian cultures, Tumeric was used and still is being used as an anti-inflammatory food to treat many illnesses and discomforts such as menstrual pain, flatulence, and chest pain. It has been shown in studies that it treats Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), brings relief for patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis, aids in cancer prevention, protects the colon, strengthens the liver, protects against Alzheimer’s disease, and the curcumin found in Tumeric helps lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol. To get the medicinal benefits of Tumeric, make sure to buy Tumeric instead of “Curry Powder” which has less curcumin concentration. Curcumin is responsible for the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of Tumeric.

The flavors of every ingredient used seep out and all the natural ingredients make it taste so fresh. When you make home made ice cream with natural whole ingredients, you are having the best, fresh, and real food ice cream. How many times have we asked the universe for a guilt-free delicious creamy ice cream? Well…here it is!

Eat this ice cream

because Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

-is anti-inflammatory

-has anti-oxidants

-feeds the brain

-is fat-burning

-energizes

-has healthy saturated fats

-the Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFTs) help the body absorb nutrients

-supports healthy skin

-improves metabolism

because Cashews: (if you are not allergic to them)

-have anti-oxidants

-have been shown to reduce coronary heart disease

-they are a great source of Copper, which improves nutrient absorption. They are also a great source of Magnesium for bone strength.

because Raw Honey:

-provides energy and reduces muscle fatigue

-supports the immune system and aids digestion

-is skin rejuvenating

-is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

-keeps life sweet

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Try it:

-1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours.
-1/2 cup water
-1 tablespoon raw honey
-15 drops Stevia extract
-3 tablespoons raw extra virgin coconut oil, melted.
-1/2 teaspoon Tumeric powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
-2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
-3 tablespoons lemon juice
-1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt

In a high speed blender, add all the ingredients except for the Poppy Seeds and melted Coconut Oil. Blend well to get a smooth thick consistency. Then as the blender is running on slow speed, add slowly your warm melted Coconut Oil. Finally, with the blender stopped, add your Poppy Seeds and press the ‘pulse’ button a couple of times. Then use a spoon to finish mixing them well into the mixture.

If you have an ice cream maker, I’m jealous. Add your mixture to your ice cream maker by following the manufacture’s instructions. If you are like me and don’t have an ice cream maker, you can freeze it for a couple of hours, take it out of the freezer, and let thaw to be able to scoop it out. For better texture resembling the ice cream maker, every half hour or so of being in the freezer you can give it a few stirs until you have achieved your desired consistency.

I hope you love it!

I topped it off with a home-made raw cacao sauce.

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