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Aged Balsamic and Strawberry Ice Cream

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Ice cream?  Really, during the winter?  Shame on you for being prejudiced!  Ice cream can and should be enjoyed year round.  :)  Besides, eating ice cream in the winter is a bulletproof excuse to snuggle up in your sweetheart’s arms.  Goosebumps, puppy dog eyes, and a promise to share is always a win!  I lived most of my life in Alaska and trust me, the blistering cold doesn’t slow the locals down from enjoying ice cream.  Been there, done that.  So, go ahead, get that parka on, slip on those mukluks, adorn that head of yours with that hat Great Grandma knitted for you (you know the one with pompoms on it) and get busy making this recipe!  You can read more about balsamic vinegar here if you would like to.

Ingredients: yields 1 quart

  • 3 cups organic strawberries, diced (split into two measurements; 2 cups / 1 cup)
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup raw almond cream / milk ( 1 cup almonds + 1.5 cups water + 2 dates)
  • 2/3 cup raw coconut nectar or agave
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp  sea salt

Preparation:

  1. In the blender combine 1 cup of strawberries along with the balsamic vinegar.  Pour into another container and set aside.  Save 1/2 cup of sauce to drizzle on top when serving.
  2. Combine the cashews, almond milk, agave, and salt in a high-speed blender and blend until the mixture is smooth in texture.  Test the batter by rubbing it between two fingers.  If there is some grit to it, continue blending till this goes away.  This can take up to 5 minutes.  We want a creamy mouth feel as the end result!
  3. Add the strawberries and blend.
  4. Place the blender container in the freezer for 1 hour to chill.
  5. Then finish the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions that comes along with your ice cream machine.
  6. If you don’t have an ice cream machine you can pour the batter into ice-cube trays and freeze that way.  When you are ready to eat it, pop the cubes out into your high-powered blender and blend till creamy.

 

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6 thoughts on “Aged Balsamic and Strawberry Ice Cream

  1. Ronel says:

    Recipe sounds lovely, and so are your photography skills. So I will have to try this once I replenish my cashew supply. Thanks Amie Sue.

  2. Matthew says:

    ooohh yeahhh!!!

  3. Linda says:

    I have to tell you that this recipe was absolutely delicious. It was as good as it looked. It was so creamy and tasty. It could pass for Haagen daz for those who are unaware of how the recipe was put together. My husband and I love it. Thank you so much!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Linda… oh man, passing for Haagen daz?!! Now those are good words to hear. :) My husband has been eating a bowl every night. Thank you for sharing your experience! Have a blessed day. amie sue

  4. CandiceAnn says:

    Amie-Sue, how delicious this is! I just got done making this, the ice cream is in the freezer now. I did use my regular blender since I have yet to get a high speed one, I had to make small batches, I did get it creamy, but I now see a difference a high speed blender could make. :) Still a great recipe. I was a little confused about adding the balsamic vinegar and then it was repeated add vinegar in a subsequent step, so I just added half of the first mixture when it said vinegar. Can’t wait till it’s done!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi CandiceAnn,
      I am so happy that you made this! I can see how I confused you. I fixed it. It will be great no matter what! Have a great evening, amie sue

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