Thursday, September 8, 2016

Raw Basil Honey Ice Cream (vegan)

Green. Bright. Herbaceous with a delicious hint of licorice. Derived from the Greek word for king, Basil definitely rules the roost in summer. A perfect way to wrap up and say goodbye to summer! Best enjoyed fresh, this herb is my dinner's (or any meal for that matter) constant companion.
For instance, try my Blueberry Basil Smoothie.
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Basil is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. The zesty flavor signifies a bounty of antioxidants and the bright color a warehouse of nutrients. Incorporating fresh basil in your diet certainly treats your body to the royal treatment.

I dreamed up this ice cream long ago... my sister tells me I concoct the weirdest flavor combos yet my ideas produce some tasty treats. So here's another weird yet tasty one for the book...

Basil Honey Ice Cream
1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours or overnight
1 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
2 cups packed basil
Splash of lemon juice
5 TB raw local honey

Blend all ingredients in high speed blender. Freeze according to your ice cream machine maker.
This can also be made granita -style if you don't have ice cream machine.

To enjoy a delicious sundae, pair with dairy-free vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Top with blackberries, blueberries and extra basil. Enjoy!

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