Sunday, March 19, 2017

Variations on a Theme - Ice Cream-ish

I woke up thinking about raspberry, dark chocolate mini-ice cream cakes. But, and that's a big but, what did we actually have in the house? No fresh raspberries. Only one banana and it was ripe - not banana bread worthy. Some frozen fruits. And dark chocolate chips - Yes!

Popped the banana and an 8 oz bag of frozen cherries into the Vita-Mix dry container and blended that until smooth. Blending speed was on the low side - I never got to the halfway mark. This mixture required tamping. This should be easily accomplished in a food processor. If the cherries still had some chunks, I think that would add nicely to the texture.

Gave this a taste - great flavor, sorbet consistency. It would probably make a nice sorbet on its own. Avocado is another good base to play with later for sorbet recipes.

Scraped it into a bowl and stirred that with 1 cup chocolate chips and 2 cups almond meal. Spooned into 24 mini muffin cups. There was a bit leftover - which I ate because this raw dough is one you can safely consume.

They're currently in the dehydrator at 125 degrees and will be there for many hours before I can flip them, pop them out of the molds and keep dehydrating for many more hours. Time from start to dehydrator - about 10 minutes.

Other flavors I want to play with:
Apples and cinnamon - with a banana, applesauce base and chunks of apple, or maybe avocado instead of banana.
Raspberries and dark chocolate - fresh fruit rather than frozen, though frozen has the advantage of hanging around longer and therefore being more readily available when the whim strikes.
Blueberries and spinach - yep, sneaking in vegetables for this one.

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