Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae


Last year I participated in the Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge hosted by Heather Pace of SweetlyRaw.com. The task was to create an original vegan ice cream sundae that was delicious, vegan, and somewhat simple, and super creative. I believe I submitted about three different recipes. Although I didn't win, I really had a blast making the different desserts for my family and sharing them with the web. I have to say, the competition was really stiff. There were so many super creative and delicious recipes submitted. It would have been hard to choose the best one - they were all super great!


This recipe is one of the entries. I love this recipe because it's actually versatile. You are not limited to the arrangement I made. You could use the different flavors and create other yummy ice cream desserts. Plus it's vegan, and mostly raw. Enjoy!



 Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae
Ice-Cream BaseIngredients. 4 cups cashews ground 1 cup raw agave nectar 1 cup coconut water ½ cup coconut oil 2 T non-alcoholic organic vanilla extract 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Preparation. Combine all ingredients together in a high speed blender, excluding coconut oil, and mix well. Add the coconut oil and blend again until smooth. Divide into three parts and place in tightly sealed containers. Store in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Add flavorings and place in freezer for at least two hours until firm.




Coco-Carob Ice Cream
Ingredients.
1/3 prepared Ice-Cream Base (prior to freezing)
2-3 full T cacao powder
2 full T carob powder
1 full T mesquite powder
½ cup coconut water


Preparation.
Place Ice-Cream Base in blender and remaining ingredients. Mix on high until super smooth. Pour into tightly sealed container and freeze until firm (about 2 hours).




Strawberry Ice Cream
Ingredients.
1-1 ½ cups fresh strawberries (stemmed)
½ cup coconut water
drizzle raw agave nectar
1 cup sliced strawberries


Preparation.
Place Ice-Cream Base in blender, and add the first cup of strawberries, agave nectar, and coconut water. Blend on high until smooth. Place cup of sliced strawberries into a container. Pour ice cream mixture over strawberries and lightly stir with a spoon. Use a tightly fitting lid and seal container. Place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours).


Super-Berry Ice Cream
Ingredients.
1-1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
½ cup coconut water
drizzle agave nectar
3 full T goji berries
2 full T cacao nibs
1 cup fresh blueberries


Preparation. Place Ice-Cream Base in blender with first cup of blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, agave nectar, and coconut water. Blend until smooth with speckles. Place additional cup of blueberries into a container. Pour ice cream mixture over blueberries and lightly stir with a spoon. Use a tightly fitting lid and seal container. Place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours).


Strawberry Sauce
Ingredients.
1 cup strawberries (stemmed)
½ cup dates (about 10 pitted dates soaked)
¼ cup raw agave nectar
1-2 T chia seeds


Preparation.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The sauce should keep for up to 5 days.


Coco-Carob Sauce
Ingredients. 1/3 cup to ½ cup raw cacao powder ¼ cup to 1/3 cup raw carob powder 2 T raw mesquite powder 1 cup maple syrup 1-2 T cold pressed olive oil 1-2 T raw agave nectar


Preparation.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until super smooth. Store in a tightly sealed container, in the pantry for up to two weeks.




Putting it all together.
Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae
Ingredients.

1 large scoop Coco-Carob Ice Cream
1 large scoop Strawberry Ice Cream
1 large scoop Super-Berry Ice Cream
2-3 T Strawberry Sauce
2-3 T Coco-Carob Sauce
1 T cacao nibs
1 T goji berries
¼ cup fresh blueberries
large dollop of your favorite vegan whip topping
1 cherry

Preparation.
Place ice cream scoops into a serving dish drizzle sauces generously over ice cream. Top with nibs and berries. Add dollop of whip topping and finish with a cherry. This sundae is ready to enjoy! Bon App├ętit!

Preparation.