The blender is our favorite kitchen appliance, especially during the summer. There are so many cold treats to enjoy. With a blender, making ice cream takes only a minute, there's no cooking or freezer required, and best of all, it doesn't heat up the kitchen. The next time you want ice cream, reach for your blender and give this delightful vanilla and cherry recipe a try.
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Chunky Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Classic vanilla goodness loaded with fresh succulent chunks of fresh cherries.
Yield: about 4 cups
¼ cup raw, unsalted cashews
¾ cup almond or coconut milk
¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
¼ teaspoon stevia powder
3 cups ice cubes (1 tray)
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
Add all the ingredients, except the cherries in the order listed above in a Vitamix or other high-power blender. Start on the lowest-variable setting and quickly increase to 10 and then to high speed. Use a tamper to press the ice cubes into the blades. Four mounds will appear in the ice cream when it is frozen. Stop the machine as soon as the ice cream is smooth. Toss in the chopped cherries. Turn the blender on low speed just long enough to stir the fruit into the ice cream without pulverizing it. Or, you can simply toss the chopped cherries in and fold with a large spoon. Serve immediately.
(Recipe is excerpted from Deborah Tukua’s book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats.)
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans.