Cherry Nice Cream with Creamy Chia-Coconut Pudding

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Soon it’s already July, and time for summer holiday! Even thought I’m self employed and fairly busy (luckily!) I’m quite big fan of taking it easy once in a while – for example on holidays. I’ve been planning taking four weeks off, for travelling and spending time at our summer cottage in the middle of nowhere – can’t almost wait. So, as you can for sure guess, my favorite part of summers are the holidays and time spent with the family and friends. But after that comes of course all the fresh and tasty summer food and ingredients! ūüôā

Around summer it’s so easy to find fresh berries sold around every corner here, and I could eat cherries every day (if only I could find organic ones as well…). As lovely cherries are eaten just like they are, I do love them on baking and making as well. This time fresh cherries ended up being part of lovely dairy free nice cream, served with chia-coconut pudding. Yumm..

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

If you just look at the ingredients, this lovely nice cream / pudding could actually be a breakfast as well Рonly nice and feel good Рingredients here. So if you have more time on your hands on mornings, this recipe could be a very, very nice brekkie as well. (But not here, as our mornings are everything else than peaceful: after making the breakfast for my little girl I quite often end up having and apple and a carrot or a really quick smoothie myself before rushing her to day care.. No nice cream puddings over here, haha!)

Luckily I do have more time after work (I mean like 15 minutes that this recipe demands, hah, if you only have frozen bananas at hand), so at our place nice cream and puddings are usually served as desserts, and eaten quite regularly – this time with lovely cherries!

Tuulia <3

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

for two

pudding:
4 Tbsp chia seeds
1 dl creamy coconut milk
1 dl oat / coconut yogurt

Nice cream:
2 frozen bananas
handfull or two of fresh cherries

couple of fresh cherries for decoration

1. Prepare the pudding: mix all the ingredients and set aside for 15 minutes of so.

2. When the pudding is ready, spoon it to jars or bowls. Then prepare the nice cream: pit the dates, and add them to blender with frozen bananas. Mix until you have lovely, sweet and pink nice cream.

3. Spoon the nice cream on top of the pudding, decorate and serve instantly.

Cherry Nice Cream with Chia-coconut Pudding (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

Lucuma chickpea blondies w/ licorice and ginger

Lucuma chickpea blondies w/ licorice and ginger

Hi again, lovely! I hope you’re doing great.

One of my favourite moments about being a recipe creator is of course when someone else tries my recipes and loves them. But what is even better than that is having someone re-create your recipe by changing it a bit, and telling you about it so you can try it yourself!

This is what happened with my friend Maija and Wille, who are hosting Helsinki’s coolest pop up brunch. They’re both real foodies and Wille is amazing cook, and for their brunch they decided to serve a version of my Lucuma Chickpea Blondies, but with fresh ginger and licorice.. Amazing. When I heard about this I instantly knew I must try them out! I couldn’t join their first pop up brunch, and the next one is held on 18th of June, so I needed to make them myself first: I couldn’t possibly wait that long!

Lucuma chickpea blondies w/ licorice and ginger

So, I asked for the recipe, and started baking. And luckily I did, I can tell you, because the result was even better than the original, if possible! I love licorice in every form, and together with lucuma and ginger it turned out to be heavenly.. My recipe got upgraded for sure!

Soo, if you love licorice and ginger as well, you should totally try this Wille’s version out! This time I served it with banana nice cream, that is like the easiest summer treat ever – just throw some frozen bananas into a blender and mix until you have smooth and soft ice cream – divene!

tuulia

Lucuma chickpea blondies w/ licorice and ginger

Chickpea Blondies with licorice and ginger (gluten free, dairy free, vegan) 

(serves from 6 to 8)

wet:
about 300 g packet of ready to eat chick peas
about 200 g sweet potato
20 pieces fresh medjool dates
0,75 dl ghee or coconut oil (if vegan)
0,75 dl plant based milk
around 2 Tbsp grated, fresh ginger

dry:
about 3 tsp strong licore powder (not licorice root powder)
0,5 dl durraflour (or other gluten free flour)
0,5 dl lucuma powder
1 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp salt

Banana nice cream:
4-5 frozen, ripe bananas (freeze peeled)

1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Make the pureed sweet potato: peel and boil the sweet potato pieces. When ready and soft, rinse with cold water and add into a blender (a powerful hand blender will do just fine as as well). Rinse the chickpeas well too, and add to blender as well, along with melted oil and plant based milk. Pit the dates and add them to the blender too. Mix until smooth.

3. Mix the dry ingredients and the add the wet ones to them mix smooth.

4. Put a parchment sheet paper into a oven pan, spoon up the dough into it and bake for about 45 minutes or so.

5. Let the treat cool down well (important and the hardest part!).

6. When the treats are cool, make the banana nice cream: mix the bananas in a blender until you have lovely and soft nice cream. (if you need to, you can add 1-2 tbsp coconut cream / plant based yogurt to get even creamier result).

7. Serve the lovely licorice & ginger chickpea blondies with banana nice cream – divine!

Lucuma chickpea blondies w/ licorice and ginger

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Lately I’ve been craving the combination of smoothies and creamy chia puddings. Smoothies are a great¬†way to get a lot of well absorbing nutrients fast, but without nuts and seeds (or some kind of protein powder) they don’t actually keep my hunger away for too long. If you haven’t tried combining chia puddings and smoothies, I urge you: do it now! It’s a perfect way to make s smoothie more filling and more like a proper meal.

Green smoothies are my favorites as well: it’s so easy to hide all kind of veggies into them, and when mixed with mango or bananas, you get a really nice combination of sweet and veggies. This one has strong mint leaves and baby spinach, and a secret ingredient (even thought I revealed it already in the subject, haha!): fresh cauliflower.

Cauliflower has been predicted to be next trend food among us health foodies, and oh boy am I ready for that! I’ve always loved cauliflower, uncooked, cooked, baked, fried, mixed in salads, porridges, desserts – you name it. ¬†Oh yep, and now in smoothies too!

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower really deserves to be among healthy foods: it has a lot of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K and some B-vitamins. It’s good for your heart, and as garlic, cauliflower also has strong antioxidant called allicin. Only if you have problems with thyroid, you should be aware of eating to much of raw cauliflower (and other goitrogens such as broccoli, kale, etc.) every day. When cooked, it’s totally save for everyone.

Cauliflower (thanks to allicin) has strong flavor. Into first batch I added two handfulls of cauliflower, and I was able to taste it from the smoothie – too much. More or less one handfull is great for this recipe. When adding veggies into smoothies, it’s great to add something sweet there too, like mango, bananas, coconut milk.. Like this you (or your kids, for that matter!) wont even taste the veggies!

But why on earth would someone add cauliflower into their smoothie, one might wonder. Well, according new research, eating veggies and fruits up to 800 g a day has health benefits – before everyone thought 500 g a day would be enough, and all that exceeds this amount is nice, but not beneficial in any way. Now we know more, and this motivates to eat even more veggies, every day – also in your smoothies! I know it might sound exotic, but once you tried it you will wonder why you didn’t do it before!

Cheers – for your health!
Tuulia ♥

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

for two

pudding:
4 Tbsp chia seeds
3 dl creamy coconut yogurt

smoothie:
handfull of uncooked cauliflower
handfull of fresh mint
two handfulls of fresh baby spinach
n. 100 g frozen mango (ii use fresh, add couple of ice cubes)
1 ripe banana
juice of half a lemon

For decoration: berries, fresh mint, raw chocolate, bananas – what ever you come up with!

1. Prepare the pudding: mix seeds into the coocnut milk and let be for about 15 minutes.

2. Wash the ingredients, and add into a blender. Mix until smooth and check the flavor – add more bananas or mango if you want the smoothie be sweeter.

3. When pudding is ready, spoon it into bowls, and pour the smoothie on top. Cheers!

 

Cauliflower Green Smoothie & Chia Coconut Pudding

Summer’s first nice cream (with raspberry and licorice!)

During last weeks we have finally got some spring vibes and sunny days as well – but it still snowed couple of weeks ago, can you imagine? I know, me neither, but unfortunately we had to experience it a while ago, ha.

Luckily that is over now (hopefully) and we can start enjoying spring for real. At least I started enjoying it with nice creams, that I deeply love but as I’m cold sensitive, I rarely eat nice creams before it gets a but warmer (and here in Finland it seems it can take a while…), so when spring comes the first nice cream feels quite special.

As I’m quite¬†impatient I usually make fast nice creams, with blender, without ice cream maker (that I don’t even actually even own). I always keep frozen bananas in my freezer, and as a berry lover, I have tons of self picked berries still from last summer as well. Our whole family loves these kind of ice creams, and to be honest, my daughter has never even tasted anything else, and there’s no need for it either!

Nice creams came to Finland couple of years ago, when my friend (and namesake)¬†Tuulia¬†and¬†Virpi¬†published their super popular Nice Cream book. After this book the blenders around the world has been mixing nice creams after nice creams, since their book was published in six countries all together. I know – wow. ¬†If you don’t know the book yet, you should totally check it out!

But now, let’s continue to this easy, fast and super soft nice cream recipe! There are only a few ingredients, and it’s super delicious – it’s a promise!

Wishing you lovely nice cream moments and spring vibes ♥

Charming Raspberry and Licorice Nice Cream

2 big, frozen (ripe) bananas
2-3 Tbsp coconut cream or plant based yogurt
Handful of two of frozen raspberries
0,5 – 2 Tbsp strong raw licorice powder (licorice powder is stronger than licorice root powder)

1. Put bananas and coconut cream / plant based yogurt into a blender. Mix until smooth and fluffy.
2. Divide the nice cream base into two, and take half of it to bowl. Mix raspberries with other helf in the blender. Mix until smooth, pink and sweet.
3. Mix the licorice powder with the other half – put as much as you want!
4. Serve right away, decorate with frozen / fresh berries and enjoy!

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