It’s summer – and time for ice cream! Today’s recipe begins with creamy coconut milk, sweetened only with dates, and for an unusual flavor we add turmeric and four other spices. The flavor combination has an unexpected twist of warmth from the turmeric and spices, combined with the chill of the ice cream. It will set your tastes buds dancing!
Ice cream is such a lovely treat on a hot day. But store-bought ice creams – and most homemade ice creams – can rarely be considered health foods! They tend to be loaded with sugar and dairy. This recipe has neither sugar nor dairy, and is an ice cream that I even recommend as a treat for cancer patients. It is flavored with several spices but, predominantly, turmeric. Turmeric is considered to be the spice superstar for its many health benefits.
The spices included in this recipe are detailed in the table below, along with their health benefits:
*The (brackets) indicate the following: In vivo indicates evidence from in vitro and animal studies; Human indicates evidence from in vitro, animal, and human studies. The strongest evidence for health benefits generally comes from well-conducted human studies.
While these health benefits can be significant, it is also important to remember that food is more than just its components and its potential health benefits. It has many more social and cultural ties, evoking memories, calming, socialization, etc., etc. I want you to enjoy this ice cream – without guilt as it is healthier than others – but also enjoying it because eating ice cream is a great thing to do! It makes us feel good, is a part of summer, and it has many more benefits than solely the ingredients within it. So give it a try!
Some of the spices in this recipe came from tea bags. I used both an organic ginger tea and an organic turmeric tea. You can use whatever brands you like or have, but FYI, my ginger tea was by Traditional Medicinals, and my turmeric tea was Fields of Gold by Numi – which contains chamomile and lemon myrtle in addition to the turmeric.
One of the best parts of this recipe is that I give you an option for a date swirl to go in it. The basic turmeric ice cream is sweetened only with a couple of dates. For many, that is sweet enough and if you are working hard to balance your blood sugars, the ice cream on its own maybe what suits you best. However, if you want a little more sweetness and a contrast of textures, you can add some date swirl. I really enjoyed the two textures together. The idea is that you add it as you serve so it can be individualized to your taste. Maybe try none to start with and add some if you want, swirling the ice cream and date mixture together. I’ve included nutritional analysis for the ice cream and date swirl separately.
Chill out, and give it a try.
Turmeric ice cream nutritional analysis
Date Swirl nutritional analysis