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Raw Tahini “Caramel” and Mulberry Ice Cream

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Raw-Tahini-'Caramel'-and-Mulberry-Ice-Cream5This delightful ice cream is very creamy, rich in a caramel flavor (thanks to the combination of the tahini, dates and mulberries), and very scoop-able.  I attribute that to the dates and lecithin.  It seems that with every batch of the ice cream I create, I find new-to-me discoveries.

Mulberries have a fig-like taste and when they are eaten at room temperature, they have a satisfying firmness and a chewy consistency.  BUT when you freeze them, they become both sweet and crunchy.  I wanted that crunchy texture in my ice cream, that is why I didn’t blend them in with the ice cream base, but instead mixed them in whole.

Mulberries are high in resveratrol, which is supposed to lower blood sugar, and an anti-oxidant, think of them as an uber-healthy alternative to the raisin.  There is no hiding the fact that dried fruits contain natural sugars, some contain 30 to 40 grams of sugar per serving, but dried mulberries contain less than half the amount of sugar found in raisins and significantly less than dried figs, cranberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos and dates.  Even though we can sigh in relief that you are not consuming corn syrup and refined sugars, we need to keep in mind that all forms of sweeteners should be enjoyed in moderation.

Raw-Tahini-'Caramel'-and-Mulberry-Ice-Cream8Ingredients:

Ice cream batter:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 2 + hours
  • 1 cup Medjool dates
  • 14 oz thick coconut milk, raw or canned
  • 1/2  cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut nectar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/8 sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower lecithin, powdered or liquid

Mix in:

Preparation:

  1. Start by soaking the cashews in about 2 cups of water.  They will swell as they soak.  Once they are done soaking, drain and rinse.   At the same time, soak the pitted dates in water to help soften them.  By soaking both ingredients, they will blend together nice and smooth.
  2. To melt the coconut oil, place the container (with the lid on tight) in a bowl or sink filled with hot water.
  3. Into a high-powdered blender combine the cashews, dates, coconut milk, coconut oil, tahini, coconut nectar, water, salt and lecithin.  Blend until creamy smooth.  Depending on the blender, this can take 1-3 minutes.
  4. After blending place the blender jar in the fridge or freezer for 1 hour to chill the mixture.  Proceed with the manufacturer’s directions to complete the process in an ice cream machine.  Add the mulberries during the last 5 minutes of the ice cream machine running or hand mix in.
  5. Let the ice cream rest on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  6. For a fun serving suggestion, check out my waffle bowls and cones.

Freezing Suggestions for Ice Cream:

  1. Use ice cream machine.  Follow manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Freeze in popsicle molds or 3 oz Dixie cups with a popsicle stick inserted.
  3. Freeze the ice cream mixture in ice cube trays. Once frozen press through a Champion Juicer, or place in a high-powered blender or process in food processor until creamy.
  4. Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container and stir occasionally as it freezes.

 

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18 thoughts on “Raw Tahini “Caramel” and Mulberry Ice Cream

  1. sandra says:

    Sounds absolutely delicious Amie Sue, love both tahini & Mulberries so can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you again for your amazing generosity, you never fail to inspire!

  2. This sounds amazing. I adore tahini and the thought of it in a raw ice cream sounds so good.
    Thank you for continually sharing your wonderful recipes with us.

  3. Kate says:

    Hi Amie Sue, you mention that the scoopable texture is attributable to the dates and psyllium but I can’t see psyllium listed in the ingredients. Please could you advise if this is an error as I am very keen to try out the recipe! Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Well for pete’s sake lol I meant to type the word lecithin… they look alike right?! lol oy-vey :)

      • Gina says:

        Ha ha! Except that psyllum will “keep you moving” literally! and lecithin will emulsify fats!

        • amie-sue says:

          Yes psyllium can be helpful if suffering from constipation, but the amount used is small compared to the amount your would get in a serving of ice that it shouldn’t be an issue ;p. amie sue

  4. Rumple says:

    From your ‘petal’ cake to this? I’m afraid my cardiologist and endocrinologist would both drop me if I indulged. Would like to see some BMI results on the ladies who prepare this recipe.

    • amie-sue says:

      Well Rumple, just because I share a recipe (almost daily) doesn’t mean that they are made to eat every single day. Desserts are meant to be eaten in moderation, no matter what the ingredients are. And if a person has health issues, then the diet needs to be tailored to what they can or can’t eat to aid in healing of the body. :) My BMI is spot on and so is my husbands who is in great health and a very health weight. Each person is responsible for what they put into their body. Have a blessed day Rumple! amie sue

  5. afsaneh says:

    Good morning sunshine Amie-Sue, these days every morning when i come to my computer i just think “what masterpiece has she created today? “:) and yes today is an ice-cream!!
    You know in my homeland we loved fresh mulberries white or black so sweet and delicious as honey and in the winters we had them dry with our nuts on table. In EU one could hardly find them, s least i did not know where to find, but these days we can find dry organic ones. i have them almost always mixed with my soaked dried nuts. ..and now the idea with ice-cream! It looks gorgeous..Finally we have a new self freeze ice machine and this weekend i will try this one as i have all ingredients at home… Ah and the waffle bowls look beautiful Amie… :) how do you make all these goodies my Lady..?? :) Many Blessings,

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Afsaneh,

      Oh you get them fresh?! How wonderful. I haven’t ever experienced them fresh… what a treat for you. :) I hope you enjoy as much as we did. Do keep me posted. If you scroll to the bottom of the preparation list, I provided a link on the waffle bowls. I am just passionate about healthy eating so I am forever in recipe dream-land. hehe Have a glorious day! amie sue

      • afsaneh says:

        thanks!! Yes Amie-Sue, the fresh mulberry is divine fruit and tree. The white ones are very sweet and juicy. When they are ripe they smell so good and are very fragile like raspberries. The black ones are first red and after a while turn into darker red and then into black and are very sweet yet less than the white ones…Thank you for reminding me of sweet memories..:) Have A Blessed day all days every day,

        • amie-sue says:

          I am so tickled that I now know somebody who can enjoy them fresh. Thanks for sharing all of that Afsaneh. One day maybe I will be able to enjoy or at least taste them fresh. :) Blessings, amie sue

  6. kate says:

    Amie, did you add the chilled mulberries to the ice cream maker as the ice cream was freezing (I have a Cuisinart)…I would imagine. I am assuming that you didn’t add them to the ice cream mixture when it was liquid and chilling in the fridge…?
    Thanks, kate

  7. Sandy Piergrossi says:

    Amie Sue,

    If you would please, the sauce on top looks awesome, if I am going to get my husband to even try this the topping would be he clincher. Could you please tell me where to find that recipe? Thank you so much.

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