Nutritious, versatile, and delicious, avocados have become a kitchen staple in many homes around the world.
While some people refer to avocados as fruits and some people say they’re a vegetable, avocados (Persea americana) are actually considered berries. They’re a member of the Lauraceae plant family, which also includes the cinnamon tree (1).
So… if you like berry icecream, you will LOVE this health first creamy dairy free recipe we have for you today!
It is an inspired time to be in the garden, as the season of abundance begins to wane and we creep, ever so slowly towards the darkening days of winter. There is potency in the cyclic nature of gardening, especially this time of harvest followed by the journey of tending to the soil to restore nourishment. Such a tangible way to experience the dual current of receiving and giving that we are so innately interwoven with.
Harvesting the last of our avocados is bittersweet. It is one of our favourite crops and each year we are enjoying more and more fruit filling the trees. Do you have a cherished fruit at this time of the year? If so, do you, like us, tend to find yourself preparing it in the same old way every time?
It is so easy to get caught in a rhythm with things. After all, we are creatures of habit. It came as a surprise when Chef Toni suggested we do something a little different with our last, treasured basket of avocadoes. In fact, it almost felt a little risky. However, given her success in the Mana kitchen we were both trusting and grateful for the outcome.
This is Toni’s recipe for Creamy Dairy Free Avocado Ice-cream. We suggest you give it a go before you question it.
Creamy Dairy Free Icecream
1 large avocado,
3 Tbsp honey,
250 ml coconut milk (or cream),
1 tsp xantham gum, pinch salt,
1 drop vanilla essence,
1 tsp cardamom.
Blend all together, freeze, stir a few times while freezing, to ensure a smooth consistency. You can add different spices, essences, powders to this mix to create new flavours. Take out of the freezer to sit on the bench for 20 minutes before serving. Makes two servings.
As we celebrate the season of harvest and turn our energies towards cultivating more nutrient dense soil for our winter vegies we are pondering what aspects of our lives are caught in the lilt of habit. Perhaps you may join us in this contemplation; in what ways can I welcome a fresh perspective, experience or routine? What aspects of my life are ready to be composted as fuel for new dreams?