Baobab, Blackcurrant, Cardamom, Coconut Ice-Pops

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Baobab, Blackcurrant, Cardamom, Coconut Ice-Pops

The sun has been shining for more than two days in a row, the temperature has remained in double figures …. It must mean summer is finally here.  What better way to celebrate than these yummy smoothie coconut Ice-Pops.  Any berries would work, but I am a huge fan of blackcurrants and they marry perfectly with baobab and spicy cardamom.  If possible grind your own fresh cardamom from some pods, it really is worth the extra effort.  I picked up these moulds at Flying Tiger for a couple of euros,  they are fairly small and can easily fit into the most compact of freezers.

This is my fourth collaboration recipe for PONA.  Their organic Baobab not only adds a great citrusy flavour to these icy treats, but it also helps thicken the smoothie element.   Baobab is packed with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and B vitamins, not to mention dietary fibre and when combined with blackcurrants, these ice-pops become a nutritional powerhouse. Remember you still have one week to use my exclusive baobab 20 % discount code VEGEBRIT at http://www.pona.fi/shop

Baobab, Blackcurrant, Cardamom, Coconut Ice-pops – makes 6 ice-pops (depending on the size of your moulds)

200 g frozen blackcurrants, defrosted

4 tbsp maple syrup

1 x super ripe banana

1/2 tsp cardamom

3 tsp baobab powder

a squeeze of lime juice

small carton of extra thick coconut milk

Place all the ingredients, except the coconut milk, into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  You are looking for a thickish smoothie consistency, but you can add a little extra water if necessary.

Now the fun part.  Spoon/ pour the smoothie mix into ice-pop moulds.  Top up with the coconut milk.  I like to alternate in layers and stir slightly to create a marbled effect.  However you can also simply freeze just the smoothie or make neater layers, it is totally up to you.

Place in the freezer and allow to freeze solid, preferably overnight.

To remove the ice-pops, dip the moulds in hot water for about  20 seconds and they should come out easily.

 

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Vegan Black Forest Ice cream

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Vegan Black Forest Ice cream

After the success of my Vegan Black Forest Cake, I had to use cherries and chocolate again.  Cherry season is almost here and the prices are dropping, which makes it the perfect time to make this vegan black forest ice-cream.   Once again the humble chickpea comes up trumps and aquafaba, or chickpea juice, is used here as a substitute for the egg filled custard in regular ice cream.  The base of the ice cream is very similar to a cherry smoothie, which is then folded into the whipped aquafaba with added chocolate chips, fresh cherries, a splash of kirsch and a drizzle of sour cherry jam.  The best thing about using aquafaba, is that it does not freeze solid and therefore does not require churning.  It can easily be taken straight out of the freezer and served immediately, perfect now that the weather is finally getting a little warmer.

Vegan Black Forest Ice cream – makes around 2 Litres

80 g cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
Juice of 1 lime
1 small ripe banana, chopped into pieces
400 g fresh cherries, halved (de-stoned weight)
75 g dark chocolate chips, or chocolate cut into chunks
7 tbsp sour cherry jam
2 tbsp Kirschwasser  (cherry brandy)
2 dl of aquafaba/ chickpea juice
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
80 g white sugar

Add the cashews, lime juice, 250 g of the cherries, chopped banana, kirsch, and 2 tbsp of the sour cherry jam to a food processor or blender.  Blend until completely smooth,  this make take a little time, but you want the mixture to be smooth or your ice cream will be grainy.  Set to one side.

Pour the chickpea juice into a spotlessly clean bowl, add the cream of tartar and whisk until you have stiff peaks.  Add the vanilla and then the sugar bit by bit.  It is super important you whisk the aquafaba until super thick or the ice cream will be too runny.  It usually takes 8 – 10 mins on high using my KMix.

Next, carefully fold the cherry mixture into the whisked aquafaba.  Try not to knock too much air out, to keep your ice-cream light and fluffy.  Finally fold in the remaining fresh cherries and chocolate chips.

Pour into your freezing container, I used an IKEA loaf tin measuring 32 cm x 13 cm.  Heat the remaining sour cherry jam just enough so it is a little runny.  Drizzle onto the ice cream and lightly stir to create a marbled effect.

Freeze for at least 8 hours.