Vegan Lemonade Ice Cream

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I made ice cream for us today…

But it’s not just any ‘ol ice cream, it’s vegan ice cream with a heavy dose of magnesium. I call it, anti-stress ice cream.

Why?

Magnesium and calcium are fundamental minerals that play a teeter totter game with one another in our bodies. We’ve all been conditioned to focus solely on our calcium levels, but magnesium plays a huge role in helping you fully experience good health.

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Calcium excites nerves, magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract, magnesium makes them relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.

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Like the yin and yang of the mineral world.

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Magnesium deficiency is sometimes caused by a lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, some drugs (diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone), heavy exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and too much calcium in the diet.

The only supplement I’ve found that’s Non-GMO and provides my body with the magnesium it needs to stay in perfect balance is Natural Calm by Natural Vitality. It has successfully restored my magnesium level, balanced my calcium intake, and helped me naturally manage stress, too!

Anti-stress ice cream. Boom!

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Vegan Lemonade Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
 
Vegan lemon ice cream with a healthy dose of magnesium and shaves of fresh lemon zest.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw whole cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Natural Calm
  • 2 tablespoons honey or coconut nectar (to keep vegan)
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest from one lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon)
Instructions
  1. Add the cashews, water and Natural Calm to the jug of your high powered blender. If you do not have a high powered blender, it's best to soak the cashews before using them in this recipe. To soak, add cashews to a bowl and cover with water. Allow to sit in the water for 12 hours before draining, rinsing and using in this recipe.
  2. Blend mixture until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add honey, then lemon juice and continue running for 20 more seconds, until everything is mixed.
  3. Drop in lemon zest, whiz lightly.
  4. Ice cream maker version: transfer mixture into a bowl. Cover and chill for 12 hours. Then, use in your ice cream maker, according to its directions.
  5. Freezer method: separate mixture into 4 bowls and place in the freezer for a total of 3 hours. Remove bowls from the freezer every 30-45 minutes to whisk everything together and prevent the mixture from clumping.
Notes
Candida - make this recipe candida-friendly by replacing the honey/coconut nectar with an equal amount of ground xylitol (grind in a coffee grinder) or ¼ teaspoon stevia.
Natural Calm - if you do not have natural calm, you could use 2 tablespoons of any type of super food powder: lucuma, maca, camu camu, or omit completely. If you do so, you may have to add more lemon zest and juice to pump up the flavor in the ice cream.

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Add the cashews, water and Natural Calm to the jug of your high powered blender. If you do not have a high powered blender, it’s best to soak the cashews before using them in this recipe. To soak, add cashews to a bowl and cover with water. Allow to sit in the water for 12 hours before draining, rinsing and using in this recipe.

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Blend mixture until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add honey, then lemon juice and continue running for 20 more seconds, until everything is mixed.
Drop in lemon zest, whiz lightly.

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Ice cream maker version: transfer mixture into a bowl. Cover and chill for 12 hours. Then, use in your ice cream maker, according to it’s directions.

Freezer method: separate mixture into 4 bowls and place in the freezer for a total of 3 hours. Remove bowls from the freezer every 30-45 minutes to whisk everything together and prevent the mixture from clumping.

And there you have it, 4 servings of anti-stress, health promoting dessert.

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And, if you love Natural Vitality and their Non-GMO products as much as I do, you could win a $1000 prize pack (packed with goodies from Vega, Manitoba Harvest, Natural Vitality and Sambazon) just for developing a recipe for them. you can submit a recipe with any Natural Vitality product as an ingredient. The contest is open until midnight PST on May 31st. Read rules and additional details.

Okay, so everyone is dying to know…

What are the main sources of stress in you life?

How do you manage stress? What steps do you take to overcome it all?

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  1. Sounds AMAZING! My food processor and handblender broke yesterday. I bought a new one straight away but the processor part is shocking…doesn’t even grind oats! :( Do you have a good recommendation for a food processor? I’m willing to invest!

      • Thanks Leanne! If I had the budget for the Cuisinart I’d definitely get one, sounds great! I’ve order a Philips one, 700W from Amazon! Hopefully it’s better than this piece of c**p!

  2. Anti-Stress Vegan Ice Cream?!? Sign. Me. Up! ‘Cause, yeah, stress? Kicked my butt last week… It’s a new week, though, and it’ll be FULL of writing stuff, which is a great stress-reliever for me. YAY!!

    • Writing stuff calms my stress, too. What are you working on? Sorry to hear you had a bunk week, but happy to see your positive attitude!

      • In addition to my inflammation piece we discussed, my BIG piece is a memoir / soul-journey / self-growth piece entitled Permission: GRANTED. It’s very exciting and cathartic and healing to me to be working on something that feels so “BIG”, as in bigger than just lil’ ol’ me. I bet you get what I mean. ;)

  3. So simple and so easy! I love it! And the added Calm packets is a great idea…in fact, now I know what to do with some of my own! Healthy ice-cream. Wow.

  4. Leanne, this sounds amazing! Cashews are soaking as I write. Could I throw in a brazil nut or two with the cashews as a substitute for the Natural Calm? They’re a great source of magnesium.

    • Hi Jo – I may be a bit late in the game… this week has totally escaped me. Did you add a Brazil nut in there? If not, I bet you could for next time!

  5. Brilliant! The hubs bought me an ice cream maker for Christmas, and since I’m DF, I haven’t used it once. I’m so excited to try this. Even my picky eater son said it sounded yummy! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  6. Leanne,
    Just couldn’t wait to try this, and while I call myself the Lazy cook, I think I’m even more of an Impatient cook. I decided that since I’ve got frozen lemon juice (neighbor gifted me with a bag of lemons a few months ago) and frozen parchment paper packets of lemon zest from said lemons, why wouldn’t using crushed ice work? Have the Vitamix, and cashews. Used lemon flavored liquid stevia to sweeten, and enough water to get things going. It worked! Made about 2 cups in all. I’m assuming an ice cream maker would increase the volume? Next time I’ll make cashew butter first, as there is a bit of ground cashew texture going on. But the flavor is fabulous! Thank you thank you!

    I googled how much ice one cup of water would make, and found that hospitals figure 2 cups crushed ice provides about a cup of water! Also wish I’d frozen the lemon juice in an ice cube tray.

    To keep from eating the whole recipe of ice cream myself, I put a couple little containers into the freezer.

    • Wow, brilliant! If you would have left out the cashews and perhaps added banana or avocado (something creamy) you totally would have had a sorbet going on!

      • Allergy to bananas, but avocado! Yay! Just bought more avocados. I assume the cashew butter, plus avocado and the lemon?

  7. Wow, that looks luscious. I tried some samples of the magnesium drink at Texas VegFest. It was really tasty.

  8. I love Natural Calm! I was so excited to see your recipe with it. Now I’m having my son, who has his own seasonal bakery, conjure up a recipe with the Calm and enter it! I will have to try this one on my family. Unfortunately I cannot take Calm due to some gastro problems thought to be from Lyme Disease, so I use Transdermal Mg Oil that I make from pure Mg Chloride flakes from Israel. I carry a small spray bottle around with the Mg Oil and use it throughout the day to keep my Mg levels up, as Lyme Disease can deplete this mineral causing many deficiency symptoms. Thanks for posting!

  9. This sounds deadly good!!

    Sometimes I don’t manage stress well and internalize…not cool!! But lately, I’ve been more “go with the flow” and I think that’s helped!!

  10. Well, cashew based ice cream AND a good source of magnesium? What isn’t to love! I started taking a pill-form magnesium supplement because I’ve heard rumors about it being good at fighting depression–but good to know about a better supplement option! That can be added to ice cream…I don’t think my current honkin’ huge green gel pills would make for such an appealing dessert ;)

  11. Oh my heck this sounds SOOOOO good, I have to try it! I’ve moved so far away from nuts due to my daughter’s allergy that I forget I can have them. Can’t wait to try this, and since we have months off triple digit heat left here in Phoenix, I can use a cool treat.

    • Triple digit heat… ah! That’s insanity (and so is this ice cream… not going to lie!)

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