Homemade Ice Cream Alternatives
Summer has arrived, temperature is rising (YAY!), and what could be more refreshing than a cold ice cream? Enjoying a cold dessert in the summer heat is a pleasant idea.
This post is dedicated to all ice cream lovers who would also like to adopt healthier alternatives. Here are some ideas to try at home with fun and nutritious ingredients.
For a creamy and protein-rich dessert.
For a vegan choice. Easy to use and rich in protein. Adds a special twist and a smooth texture.
Tofu Mousse with Berries1 (2 servings):
|Silken/soft tofu||3/4 cup||1. Mix the tofu in the blender for about 1 min to get a creamy texture.
2. Add the other ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour into bowls and refrigerate for an hour or more.
4. Garnish with coconut flakes or dark chocolate bites.
|Frozen fruits||3/4 cup|
|Vanilla extract||1 ¼ teaspoon|
|Honey/maple syrup||1 ½ tablespoon|
|Lemon juice, freshly squeezed||2 tablespoons|
1Adopted from SOS Cuisine. 2016. Retrieved July 2016: http://www.soscuisine.com/recipe/tofu-mousse-berries
Peanut Butter Tofu Pudding: 4 ingredients, similar to the previous recipe.
Replace peanut butter with chocolate and/or cocoa powder for a chocolate tofu pudding!
For a healthier fat alternative to the heavy cream that is typically used in commercial ice cream. It’s also full of flavour!
Chocolate and Hazelnut Avocado Mousse 2 (2 servings):
|Avocados, ripe||2||Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and then garnish with your choice of fruits!|
|Cocoa powder||½ cup|
|½ cup hazelnut milk or regular milk||½ cup|
|Maple syrup||¼ cup|
2 Adopted from Rawberry Fields. 2015. Retrieved July 2016: http://rawberryfields.co.uk/2015/11/chocolate-and-hazelnut-avocado-mousse/
For a fruit-based dessert. Gives a sweet taste and moist texture.
Hope you enjoy these homemade ice cream alternatives and have yourselves a fresh summer!
What is your favourite homemade summer dessert?
Joelle Khairallah, P.Dt., M.Sc, nutritionist for Zero Diet
The Zero Diet brand is first and foremost the conviction that healthy eating is a primary factor to attaining a healthy weight and a balanced lifestyle. Thus, we offer nutrition counselling with nutritionists who are members of the OPDQ with our Zero Diet nutrition program in our centers and in companies. We have also developed a healthy frozen food product line that fulfills rigorous nutritional criteria as well as two healthy Zero Diet cookbooks.
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