No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream (vegan + paleo)

No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream #grainfree #vegan #paleoAlmond flour biscotti with chunks of crisp pecans and sweetened with non GMO fruit. Served with a side of tart berry-cacao ice cream.

The genetic modification in our food supply has come into the spotlight.

5 years ago? It was difficult to find anyone to chat with about the dangers of GMO’s. Now it’s commonplace.

The more we chat about GMO, the more educated we will be and the better decisions we can make for our health and the health of our family.

Not sure what a GMO is? The Non-GMO Project does a fabulous job at explaining it:

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

I try to live a life as natural as possible. The way I see it, eating foods that have been modified away from what nature intended will not benefit my body.

How to find Non-GMO Fruits #nongmo #fruit

There is a lot to think about when it comes to Non-GMO crops – how to find GMO-free foods, which crops are higher risk than others, the list goes on. So, Natural Vitality (a long-time sponsor of Healthful Pursuit and leader in Non-GMO supplements) and I wanted to break apart each of the areas into bite-sized pieces and open up a conversation about all of this Non-GMO stuff.

Today, we start with fruit.

Here are 6 ways you can make sure that your fruit is Non-GMO

  • 100% organic foods are free from GMO – be sure it is labelled as 100% organic
  • Fruit labels beginning with “9” are organic
  • Fruit labels beginning with “8” are genetically modified
  • Products with labels that claim that they are “Organic” can still contain up to 30% GMO
  • Papayas are the fruit that is the most genetically modified
  • Shopping locally will eliminate much of the GMO risks as small farms do not generally have GM crops

How to find Non-GMO Fruits #nongmo #fruit

In addition to fruit being at risk of containing genetically modified organisms, sugar can, too!

You can eat GMO-free by avoiding high-risk GMO ingredients like corn, canola oil and beet sugar. Instead of sugar, these two recipes for  crunchy biscotti and ice cream are sweetened with banana and the organic stevia in Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm—which also provides a dose of magnesium.

No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream #grainfree #vegan #paleo

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Tart Berry–Cacao Ice Cream
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
This ice cream is full of natural, non-genetically modified ingredients - real food for your real body.
  1. Add water, bananas, cashews and Natural Calm to the jug of your high-powered blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  2. Transfer to your ice-cream maker and turn on high. Let it run completely. When it’s about 1 minute from completion, add in mashed blackberries and cacao nibs.
  3. If you do not have an ice-cream maker, transfer liquid to 4 separate bowls. Stir in mashed blackberries and cacao nibs. Transfer to your freezer and freeze. Stir every 45 minutes until transformed into ice cream consistency, about 4 hours.

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No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream #grainfree #vegan #paleo

And, the biscotti!

Last time I made biscotti was at least a year ago. It has a very similar base, but I chose to use banana instead of coconut nectar and pecans instead of dried fruits.

No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream #grainfree #vegan #paleo

The biscotti is crisp, crunchy, lightly sweet, and filled with heart-healthy ingredients.

Not to mention, no GMOs!


Visit Natural Vitality Living for my new Sugar-free Banana Pecan Biscotti recipe. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, vegan & paleo.

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Curious about the nutrition information for this recipe? View nutrition information (once on page, scroll down) here.

No Sugar Biscotti with Tart Ice Cream #grainfree #vegan #paleo

Do you take steps to avoid GMO foods? If so, I would love to hear your tips and tricks!

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  1. Hi,

    your ice cream looks amazing, can I make it without the Natural Calm? Can Natural Calm be given to kids, I don’t know much about it and cannot find much info.

    Thanks, Nathalie

  2. I am salivating here! I was curious, about honey, that turns into sugar which turns into fat? Moderation? I too agree that becoming knowledgeable, and aware about GMO’s and talking about it, is when change can happen.

  3. I love this (and your photos…wow)! The incorporation of Natural Calm is genius. Happy Wedding Day to you!!!

  4. Great ideas, I’d love to make the “ice cream” however my son is allergic to bananas, do you have another suggestion?

  5. Hey Leanne! Thanks for ANOTHER amazing recipe.
    I have a question about the Magnesium.
    The nutrition labels lists DV% for: Vitamin A, C, Calcium, and Iron, but not Magnesium even though it’s being added to the recipe. Do you know what the DV% of Magnesium per serving would be?

    I suppose I could go figure it out on my own…true.

    IN ANY CASE…I also wanted to wish you all the very best on your upcoming wedding.
    SOOOOOOOOO happy for you <3

  6. Oh my gosh Leanne, these photos look divine! I’m all about the banana-based ice creams right now and I love the flavour combos you’ve got going on here. Even though summer still feels far away, I’m SO excited for the farmers markets to start back up again so I can get a bunch of fresh, local produce. For me, local trumps organic any day (especially when you consider that many small farms can’t afford the cost of becoming organic-certified). And you definitely can’t ignore the fact that local just tastes so much better!

    On another note, HAPPY WEDDING DAY!!! I hope it’s absolutely amazing, and everything you’ve ever dreamed of! xo

    • Oh my gosh, I too cannot wait for farmers markets to start up again! Come on summer!!!
      Also, Leanne, thanks for mentioning the “9s” and “8s” trick — that will make spotting the GMOs much easier!
      And I second Angela’s HAPPY WEDDING DAY!!!!!!! So excited to see pictures and read all your thoughts on this very exciting day!!

  7. I would love to make these biscotti ASAP. If I don’t have Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm, what is the substitute? I did just sign up for their newsletter. I plan to buy it online. But for now what substitute can I use? As always thank you for a wonderful email and yummy recipes!

  8. I am all about the non-gmo project and movement! I am a huge advocate and it is one of my biggest concerns when grocery shopping. For my AP Government class we had to write a bill for this Youth leadership conference and I wrote mine on mandatory gmo labeling! Haha, it got approved and now moves on to the “congress” for a vote!