Vegan “Nice” Cream – Two Ways

Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day!!

If that doesn’t get you excited – then I’m not sure we should be friends…

(Just kidding! – but honestly…)

I LOVE ice cream – but really try to practice moderation in it’s presence. Lucky for me this ice cream is healthy enough to be consumed at breakfast, lunch and dinner (in my personal opinion)!

I clearly could not decide on just one flavor, so you’re getting two:

Strawberry Coconut Cream
&
PB Banana Chocolate

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Strawberry Coconut Cream
(2 servings)

Ingredients:
– 1 banana, sliced and frozen
– 8 strawberries, quartered and frozen
– 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
– 3 strawberries, finely diced
– 2 tbsp coconut flakes

Instructions:
– Add frozen banana, frozen strawberries, and coconut milk in a food processor and blend until smooth
– Combine ice cream mixture with diced strawberries and coconut flakes in a small bowl
– Freeze ice cream mixture overnight or until solid

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PB Banana Chocolate
(2 servings)

Ingredients:
– 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
– 2 tbsp peanut butter
– 2 tbsp chocolate chips
– 2 tbsp peanuts, chopped

Instructions:
– Add frozen banana and peanut butter in a food processor and blend until smooth
– Combine ice cream mixture with peanuts and chocolate chips in a small bowl
– Freeze ice cream mixture overnight or until solid

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Grilled Pineapple with Aquafaba Whipped Cream and Candied Chickpeas

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but chickpea water (aka aquafaba) is taking over the vegan food world! It works as an egg substitute and you can now make dozens of things vegan, that previously could not be made vegan – or at least not very well. Mayo, meringue, pavlova, mousse, nougat, macarons, and of course whipped cream 🙂 Though I’m not a vegan, I am a chickpea-a-holic and I love the idea of getting to use them in yet another way.

This dessert uses chickpeas two ways – the water is made into whipped cream and the chickpeas are roasted and candied (and seriously addictive!). Load this on top of grilled pineapple and you have the PERFECT summer treat.

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Ingredients:

Grilled Pineapple
– 1 fresh pineapple, peeled and sliced
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1 tbsp brown sugar

Whipped Cream
– the water from 1 can of chickpeas
– 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract
– 5 tbsp powdered sugar

Candied Chickpeas
– 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 1/2 tbsp oil
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1 tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions:

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– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
– Spread chickpeas onto a drying cloth and pat dry with another drying cloth or paper towel.
– Put dried chickpeas onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
– Combine oil, 1 tbsp cinnamon, maple syrup and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
– After 20 minutes, toss the chickpeas into the cinnamon mixture to coat.
– Spread chickpeas back onto the baking sheet and put it back into the oven for 25 minutes.
– Turn off the oven and open the oven door and allow the chickpeas to cool – this makes them nice and crunchy!

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Whipped Cream
– Combine the chickpea water and vanilla in a mixer.
– Mix on high until stiff peaks form.
– Add icing sugar and mix on high until combined.
– Transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

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– Ask your husband to turn on the BBQ (just kidding – but actually…)
– Combine cinnamon, lemon juice, and brown sugar.
– Brush pineapple slices with cinnamon mixture.
– Grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.
– Top pineapple with whipped cream and candied chickpeas.- Dig in!

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