Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Green Smoothie Ice Cream


I'm going for pure shock effect here folks.

We woke up to -39 C wind chill temperatures in the Canadian capital today.  So quite clearly, ice is part of the picture.  Why not run with it.

Insane?  Almost certainly.

But today I've decided to embrace the homeopathic philosophy of meeting like with like.  That's right.  Take a big dose of this frozen ice cream weather man!  Besides, today also happens to be the second year anniversary of this little blog.  It's my party and I'll freeze if I want to!  

If you like the idea of a green smoothie but you (your kids or anyone else you know) do not especially like it in liquid form, this is a great way to transform the ordinary into a creamy delicious concoction that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. The great news is that you will still benefit from all the healthful goodness of a green smoothie only served up in a whole new way.  This is a cream free, egg free, refined sugar free delight that does not require an ice cream maker.

The other neat thing about this recipe is that you don't even have to freeze the smoothie at all.  You can serve it right out of the blender with a spoon in the form of a soft serve ice cream - which is my favourite way to enjoy it - creamy, smooth and oh so yummy!


Green Smoothie Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup pistachio 
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 medium sized ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 large banana (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp or so honey

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Makes about 4 cups of creamy green smoothie mixture

Notes:

Because this green smoothie ice "cream" does not actually contain cream (nor commercial stabilizers/emulsifiers), if you freeze it for more than 1 or 2 hours (depending on the temperature of your freezer), it will freeze like ice and become hard and crystallized and you will be disappointed.  To avoid this situation, you can either enjoy it as a soft serve ice cream directly from the blender or freeze the mixture for a shorter duration, until desired consistency is achieved.

Directions:

Place pistachio in a coffee grinder or small blender and grind until well broken down. (I have to do this because my blender is not effective at this task.  If you have a powerful blender/food processor, you can skip this step).

Place ground pistachio in a blender or food processor along with all other ingredients and blend/process until smooth.

Enjoy directly from the blender/food processor as a soft serve ice cream (my favourite) or transfer mixture to a container and freeze for approximate 1 hour or so - testing for desired texture.











38 comments:

  1. HAPPY 2nd YEAR OF A FANTASTIC BLOG, which I am overly proud to say I followed from the very beginning!

    You can freeze, you can melt, you can do whatever you want, just keep the invitation for dinner over at your place sometime between July and August. I rather play safe, ok? ;-)

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  2. Haha, yes, well you'll be happy to know that it actually does get rather hot here in the summertime Sally. We like to dabble in extremes in the north ;0) Cheers lovely lady! xo

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  3. Happy Blog Anniversary!
    These little green smoothie ice cream scoops are lovely for the celebration. Relax in front of fireplace & enjoy it!

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  4. Congratulations! I had no idea our anniversaries were so close together. Kismet I tell you! We were destined to be friends. :) I love your attitude - meeting like with like. Way to go! Still, that is really stinkin' cold. It was cold here yesterday, but now I'm thinking our temps are almost balmy compared to yours! Love your smoothie ice cream - and that there's no cream. I think it's genius. The color is very fun too. I hear green is the color for the year, so not only are you meeting like with like, you're trendy too. ;) Love the ice cream scooper too. So fancy fun. Here's to many more Kelly!

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  5. ice cream in front of the fireplace - love it!!

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  6. i had no idea that green was the colour of the year... see how much i learn from you?! i love the scooper too. it's an antique from my mom.. ages ago, my parents bought property in the country that housed a little store - this scoop is from that old five and dime.

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  7. Mandy - The Complete Cook BookJanuary 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Happy 2nd Blogoversary - here's to the next wonderful year.
    what an incredibly interesting ice cream - my mom and aunt would love this!
    :-) Mandy xo

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  8. Nice! This looks so yummy...love your photos - beautiful :)
    Happy Anniversary on such a wonderful blog. So well written, complete with helpful nutritional info, delicious recipes, great photos and much welcomed humour! Always puts a smile on my face. Keep up the great work!
    Lynn

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  9. Thank you for dropping by Mandy! I hope your mom & aunt give it a whirl ;0)

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  10. Lynn, thanks so much for all of these kind words... wow, so nice to read... you've really warmed up a cold day! merci beaucoup mon amie ;0).

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  11. Kelly, you always come up with the most inventive recipes! This green smoothie ice cream is brilliant. And the photos are stunning. Happy Anniversary - it's an honor to follow you and your blog. You are a gifted writer and a wit. You crack me up and keep me informed - not an easy combination to achieve. Congrats of your wonderful blog.

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  12. You guys are making me cry here... i generally operate under the assumption that nobody reads my blog ;0) thank you, thank you Elizabeth, it is wonderful and enlivening to read your words.

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  13. Happy Blog-Oversary! You Rockkkk the Food. You are FABulous.

    I cannot believe there is spinich in that icecream. Are you serious?

    Minnesota is COLD ... In fact, we already had 2 days off of school!!

    Loooove Xxxxx

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  14. Whaaaaaaaaat! Kelly you are cray cray with your frozen doggie walks and now ice cream! But it looks so delicious, I can't resist it either! I love the use of pistachios- pistachio ice cream was a fav of mine as a kid!!

    Happy Blog...iversary? Blogiversary? Sure! Let's go with that. Can't wait to see what the next 2 years and beyond holds for Inspired Edibles!!

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  15. Green smoothie ice cream is pure genius :-)

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  16. WOOOOT! Happy Blogiversary Kelly! What a great way to celebrate... I mean, wow, this ice cream looks GRAND! Definitely something I want to try. Look at that gorgeous green color! I'm really curious as to what it might taste like, too!

    Funny you should be making ice cream when it's so cold out. I thought I was out of my mind as I have been having soft serve for breakfast every day for the past 2 weeks now and I'm like, shouldn't I be eating oatmeal or red river cereal instead? I guess our minds have a way that we just don't understand.

    Fight fire with fire... (or is it ice with ice?)

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  17. Spinach indeed all wrapped up in a creamy delicious package. For some reason your comments seem to migrate into my spam file... thank you for the reminder to rescue you ;0)

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  18. Haha, well, you might be relieved to know that I've reduced the walks from 1 hour to 30 minutes (twice a day).... but I do believe that all doggies deserve to be walked no matter where they live! ;0).

    I love pistachio too! xo

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  19. Thank you Mademoiselle! I love this stuff in soft serve form as well... it's the best way to eat it. For breakfast, I do tend to gravitate towards the warming grains though - we ran out of oatmeal yesterday and it felt like a national crisis ;0).

    Fire with Fire...ice with ice... united we stand.

    :0)

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  20. Thanks so much for stopping by Food Stories!

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  21. This sounds intriguing. I wonder if it would work without the nuts or does that create some of the necessary bulk?

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  22. Hi Suzanne, I tossed in the nuts for taste in nutrients but the frozen banana and avocado are great bulkers - I think you could pass up on the nuts if you wanted without it being an issue.

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  23. Hi Suzanne, I added the pistachio for flavour and nutrients but the frozen banana and avocado are great bulkers - you can omit the nuts if you choose without it having much effect.

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  24. Hi Kelly! I'm new to your blog (just discovered it via Koko's Kitchen actually!) but just wanted to say thanks for creating a beautiful, inviting space for people to discover nutrition in a truly delicious way! I've always struggled to consume green smoothies but this ice-cream version looks so appetizing... I'm definitely going to give it a go! One question: living in Perth, Australia, I'm actually struggling with +39 degrees C (the opposite to you!!!) so I'm wondering what your thoughts are on freezing this mixture in a popsicle mold... to be consumed in the heat, with a wide-brimmed hat, holding the popsicle stick with creamy greenness dripping down your hand!! Sounds good to me, haha.

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  25. What a wonderfully healthy snack that feels kinda naughty. I like it. Congrats on your two years. It's hard to believe I've been coming here regularly for that long. I'm glad I found you and I love all the information you provide.

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  26. How wonderful to find you here Laura! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words too... what a delight.

    Being that you are in Australia, this recipe probably makes a lot more sense to you than my North American counterparts who are quite certain I've lost my mind - (but that actually happened long ago ;0). I think you could absolutely use a popsicle mould with this smoothie mixture! The only caution would be the same as the one I mention in the post - don't keep it in the freezer for too long or it will get icy and rock hard (not good) - better to have it somewhat hard (not quite as hard as a conventional popsicle) whilst not breaking a tooth ;o). Cheers Laura - please let me know if you give it a try and I really hope it works for you. Stay cool (I can't believe I actually said that).

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  27. Cheers France! Thanks so much.

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  28. What a fantastic idea! The cold weather has yet to stop me from indulging in some frozen treats and this one is nutritious to boot! Congrats on two delicious years of blogging!

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  29. Cool (literally) idea! This has to be the healthiest ice cream I've ever seen.

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  30. Ah, good tips. Hm, I'll be giving it a go, and if I do I'll advise you of the result! And you're definitely not mad (or we both are)... I went travelling to New Zealand a couple of years ago and I was eating ice-cream, outside, in a beanie and gloves. It was -5 degrees C (not quite as cold as where you are, but darn cold for an Australian!!). In a way though, it's the best way to eat ice-cream... you can be assured that it won't drip til the very last bite ;)

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  31. Happy Blogiversary! 2 years went by so fast! Looks delicious as always, you know I love my green smoothies although I'd never thought to make it into an ice cream!

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  32. Yvonne @ bitter bakerJanuary 25, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Mmm, that looks awesome! And so healthy, too. Love it! I remember those Canadian chills - used to work up in Whistler and man could it get cold there..

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  34. Happy Anniversary, Kelly! Today you have outdone yourself. I don't know what is more shocking here: the 39°C or spinach and pistachio ice-cream! (Or craving ice-cream with such temperatures outside!). My husband has looked over my shoulder and asked if this beautiful ice-cream was with pistachio. I said yes! and with spinach... (Imagine his face!). Your crazy creation looks so gorgeous and convincing, I would love to try it! Maybe when I buy a bigger freezer... and an ice-cream machine...
    PS How do you manage with your dog walking? I remember dog's paws stuck to ice even at minus 20!

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  35. Happy belated year 2 anniversary!!! What a great two years! Definitely looking forward to the next two years. :) Now for the deep freeze - this reminds me of a book I read once where the highway workers were giving an Indian worker a hard time for drinking hot tea with it being 100F outside. So at this point, if your green smoothie ice cream didn't look SO good, I would be giving you a hard time for serving this with sub-zero temps! I'll have to wait on this one until the temps reach at least 60F here! :)

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