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Ice cream is usually pegged as a summer treat but after living in Alaska for 28 years, I learned that ice cream is meant to be enjoyed year round! :) I love to play around with ice cream bases, whether they are nut based, coconut meat based, milk based…. each one gives the ice cream a different texture. This time around I decided to try coconut butter since it can be much easier to locate than Young Thai Coconuts. The end result… very very thick and creamy ice cream. You can easily cut this recipe in half if you wanted too but is there anything wrong with having a little extra on hand?! I for one find it to be a crime to have less than more. :)
I grew up enjoying malts… not shakes, malts! I remember us buying tall jars of malt powder and adding EXTRA scoops to my shakes. There was never such a thing as to much malt. But those days are looong gone. Well, for “malt” anyway. Today there is a new “malt” in town… MACA! Maca is the new malt. Before I get into the specifics wonders of maca, I want to back up and share with you what malt is normally made of. Malt flavoring is an extract, most commonly from the grain barley, but may be made from other grains. It is made by germinating the barley grains by soaking them in water, then heating them to stop the germination so the plant doesn’t grow. The germination causes the starch in the grains to turn to sugar, with the result being an extract that has many uses. Malt is used in the brewing of beer as food for the yeast, as well as a flavoring that is found in many foods. Malt contains gluten, which is a complex of proteins found in the grain, so it’s not safe for people with Celiac disease or other gluten sensitivity. It’s amazing how gluten has a way of sneaking into foods.
Maca root tastes just like malt flavoring to me and is known to have amazing health benefits. Let me list just a few. If you are intrigued by this, I suggest you do more research on it. You will soon be adding it into you diet! It is knows to balance moods, strengthens the skin, increases energy, increases libido and fertility, helps with sleep, reduces symptoms of PMS and menopause, strengthens hair and reduces hair loss. I am going to stop there so we can get busy making ice cream. But I just had to share what our secret ingredient was in this recipe. Enjoy!
Yields 7 cups batter