Recipe: Creamy Cashew and Almond Ice Cream with Date Pieces

by Michelle on November 6, 2011 · 0 comments

in Dairy Free,Healthy Desserts,Meal,Paleo/Primal,Raw Food,Recipes,Refined Sugar-Free,Season,Summer,Treats/Desserts


Recipe: Creamy Cashew, Almond and Date Ice Cream

Serves: 4-5

Allergen info: This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free and refined sugar-free. It contains almonds and cashews so those with tree nut and seed allergies may wish to avoid this recipe. It contains quite a bit of fat from the cashews and almonds (though mostly unsaturated) and coconut oil, so those who have a poor tolerance for fats may wish to skip this recipe.


  • 350g raw cashews
  • 50g raw almonds (peeled)
  • 10 dates pitted, chopped or 3/4 C. maple syrup (or sweeten to your liking)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or the seeds of 1 scraped vanilla bean)
  • filtered water
  • 2 Tb. coconut oil
  • 1 Tb. lecithin (non-gm soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin granules)
  • filtered water, extra
  • ~5 dates, pitted, chopped into roughly 1cm x 1cm pieces

How to:

  1. Add the cashews, almonds and 10 dates in a bowl  of filtered water to soak for a few hours (or overnight if you want to prepare this earlier)
  2. Blend the coconut oil, lecithin and water until creamy and the lecithin and coconut oil have dissolved.
  3. Add the cashews, almonds, 10 dates and vanilla extract to the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed. Note: it should be the consistency of thin cream or yoghurt.
  4. Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers directions. While it is churning add the chopped and pitted dates.
  5. or
  6. See this post for how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.
  7. Enjoy!

Want some more foodie ideas to beat the heat? Have a look at these recipes:

Quick and Easy Raspberry Ice Cream

Refreshing and Zesty Green Smoothie

Icey Whole Watermelon Juice

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

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