Posts Tagged ‘Ice cream’

Mango-Banana Gelato

08/09/2011 2 comments

First and foremost, let me confess…

The sinfully rich looking creaminess you see above is not really gelato, and it’s not ice cream either.

Guys and Dolls…This is BETTER!

This is a virtually sugar-free, dairy free, healthy dessert that can be made within five minutes and will have your taste buds (and the little voice inside your head…or is that…just me? ;-)) convinced that you are sinning BIG TIME.

As you know from my juicing adventure, Sam and I have committed to eating healthier, which means getting creative and producing alternatives to typical desserts.  After dinner we either skip dessert entirely or have some fresh fruit plain, or with some vanilla yogurt.  Nevertheless, that doesn’t always satiate the craving for a sweet, creamy gelato/ice cream.

I guarantee that if you love gelato and ice cream the way I do, you will L-O-V-E this Mango-Banana (pseudo) Gelato.

It’s basically a mango and banana (already pre-cut and frozen) with just a little vanilla yogurt (I used soy yogurt) and a handful of walnuts pureed in a food processor.

I tell you, the mango and banana combination totally works! As Sam and I indulged last night, we kept commenting on how delicious our “gelato” was and how it easily competes with the real thing (like the one we had not too long ago), without all the extra fat and sugar.  I don’t know about you, but for us, it doesn’t get any better than that.

In the past I’ve pureed frozen bananas (I got the idea from here), which is really good on its own.  But of course, I had to take it to another level and added either mangos or (fresh, not frozen) strawberries to the frozen bananas with a little agave nectar, a few semi-sweet chocolate chips or sprinkled with cocoa powder.  However, this one is by far the best.  I can’t wait to continue experimenting with other fruits and nuts, nut butters, etc. (using the frozen bananas as a base for the “cream” factor).

You owe it to yourself, regardless if you’re trying to eat healthy or not (you can even have it for breakfast), to give this a try, and if you do, please feel free to share your thoughts.

My only concern now is, will my ice-cream maker feel lonely??

Thanks and have a great day!

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”  – La Rochefoucauld

Mango-Banana Gelato

Yields two servings

1 pre-cut frozen mango (skin removed)

1 pre-cut frozen large ripe banana (skin removed)

1/4 cup vanilla soy or greek yogurt

small handful of walnuts (or any nut)

To prepare:

Place first three ingredients into your food processor (or blender) and pulse continuously (scraping down sides as needed) until you start to get a lovely creamy texture, then add nuts and pulse for about 20 seconds.  By the way, the frozen pieces of fruit may clump up, and it’ll feel like it’s not going anywhere, but don’t lose faith.  Just continue to pulse.  I sometimes pulse in 10-20 second increments a few times and then as if by magic, it all comes together beautifully.



Orange Chocolate Almond Gelato

01/04/2011 5 comments


Happy New Year and Blessings to All!

I hope your holidays were surrounded with the love and laughter of your family, friends and most importantly GOOD FOOD ;-).

My goodness, it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted about one of our “Edible Adventures” and let me tell you… there have been a lot.  Unfortunately, I just didn’t get around to  photographing & posting. 

The last couple of weeks our home was filled with lots of great food, which we have done our best to consume before either freezing or God forbid dispose 😦 (I feel so guilty throwing food away).  

Part of that inventory were a few Navel Oranges that were just begging to be devoured…and if I was a good, disciplined woman, I would have peeled those babies and had them for breakfast and lunch.

Instead, I noticed that we were almost out of our homemade vanilla gelato. Now, I don’t know about you, but our freezer must be stocked with either gelato or ice cream at all times.  

In addition,  I was feeling experimental 🙂

Therefore, I decided to make Orange Chocolate Almond Gelato (which Sam refers to as Fruity Pebbles). 

Based on my love of dark chocolate and almonds (any type of nut, really), I customized Martha Stewart’s recipe for Blood Orange Gelato.

Makes about 1 quart


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Zest of 1 blood orange, plus 1 cup freshly squeezed blood-orange juice (about 4 oranges)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream

SamCyn’s additions:

  • Substituted Navel Oranges
  • 4 oz. of Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 cup of toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of Grey Goose Citron Vodka (optional, this keeps the gelato from getting rock hard, thus easier/quicker to scoop out right out the freezer).


  1.  In a medium saucepan, combine milk and orange zest. Bring to a gentle boil, cover, and remove pan from heat. Let steep 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook orange juice over medium-low heat until reduced by three-fourths, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and let orange syrup cool completely.
  3. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream at medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes. Return milk to a simmer.
  4. Add half of warm milk to egg-yolk mixture; whisk until blended. Return new mixture to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat; immediately stir in cream. Pass mixture through a sieve (I purposely left in some of the zest), stir in orange syrup and vodka and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  6. Melt chocolate and spread over toasted almonds on parchment paper.  Place in fridge until chocolate hardens completely. Chop up the chocolate almonds (small enough so that you don’t damage your ice-cream maker).
  7. Freeze in ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, add chocolate almonds towards the last 5 minutes of churning.  Store in an airtight plastic container up to 2 weeks.

 Can you say YUMMY-LICIOUS??

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, there are a lot of steps in making this baby, but I’ve got to tell you… it is SO WORTH IT. 

Sam says it tastes like Fruity Pebbles (I’m glad I made something that brings him back to his childhood), I just love the combination of the sweet tasting oranges, mixed with milk and cream, along with the contrast of bittersweet chocolate and almonds.


Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.  ~Don Kardong
Chocolate is the answer.  Who cares what the question is.  ~Author Unknown