Lately, the weather in Portland has not only been warm, but also muggy and humid. Normally, we don’t get much humidity, but this summer has been an exception. Sometimes, I think it feels kinda good, especially in the mornings. This is most likely due to my Midwest upbringing. Growing up in Michigan, I became accustom to a lot of humidity and truthfully, this is nothing compared to the Midwest stickiness. What’s great about Michigan though is that there’s easy access to water, especially in Alpena, where I grew up.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that this sticky weather has left me wanting a cold treat on some evenings. You know, to help me cool off … or something. I don’t like to make many treats and baked goods, and generally turn to berries with melted coconut butter when I want something sweet. Sticking to my same fruit and coconut route, I used some frozen peaches (from a friend’s peach tree that I cut and froze myself) and blended them with coconut milk, coconut butter and vanilla to make a cold and slightly sweet indulgence. It took all but 5 minutes, hence the name 5-minute peach ice cream. It’s so easy and delicious, and can be made with pretty much any frozen fruit. Second to the peach, blueberry is my favorite (we do have a freezer full of them, after all). You can even blend different frozen fruits together to create other flavor varieties as well. There’s many options!
5-Minute Peach Ice Cream
- 1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (I like this brand and this brand)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut butter (I like this one and this one)
- Basil leaves for garnish, optional
- Combine the first three ingredients in a blender or food processor (I used my smallest Ninja container). Blend for 20-30 seconds and then remove lid and scrape down the sides. Blend again and add a bit more coconut milk if needed. Then, add the melted coconut butter and blend again, until smooth.
- Garnish with basil, if desired. Top with anything else you may desire. I like raw sprouted walnut pieces, fresh blackberries or raw unsweetened cacao nibs.
Yields: 1 serving