I asked, and you told me... one of the foods that screams “summer” for you is… WATERMELON!
Watermelon is DELICIOUS, and of course, good for you! It’s packed with vitamin C, making it a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and because it’s, as the name suggests, FULL of WATER, it’s also a natural diuretic and helps cleanse the body!
All that health business aside…it’s just yummy to munch on and perfect for a hot summer day!
To the drawing board I went… aka… the Vitamix, lol.
In the vitamix I used my favourite “ice cream” base… coconut milk! Then I tossed in a handful of dates for sweetness, scraped a vanilla bean. and threw in the main ingredient… fresh watermelon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom in the blender… (let’s just pretend it makes that sound..?) and into the freezer it went!
A few hours later when all was frozen nicely, I popped it back in the Vitamix, and blended it to create the perfect creamy consistency!
When I put the first spoonful in my mouth I was SO pleasantly surprised at how well the watermelon flavour shone through!
I was a bit worried it would taste like coconut too much, but the two flavours worked together beautifully and there was NO mistaking that the main ingredient was watermelon… oh and the pretty pink hue helped too!
At 220 calories for 1 whole cup, whaaaaa?! A major win I would say!
Isn’t it so great that all you need is a blender and you can make your own ice cream with barely any effort at all!?
Like apricots? Try it with apricots!
Like blueberries? Try it with blueberries!
Like coffee? Try it with coffee!
Like beer? … ok, maybe THAT wouldn’t work…
But you get my drift… you can make so many varieties of this simple homemade ice cream! Just use the coconut milk, dates, and vanilla as the base and add in whatever you wish!
Today, it’s WATERMELON FOR THE WIN!
- Blend all ingredients in a blender and transfer to a brownie or cake pan.
- Place in the freezer for 3 hours or until hardened.
- Break frozen watermelon mixture into chunks and place back in the blender.
- Blend until a creamy consistency is reached.
- Place back in a container or large bowl and place in the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes.
Have a fantastic Thursday!
Nutritionist in the Kitch