Those of you who are regulars to my website, will know that I like to keep things as simple as possible. Partly because I do my own washing and cleaning so a one dish recipe makes my life easier on so many levels, but also because I personally don’t like complicated recipes that require fiddly gadgets and techniques.
I do own an ice-cream machine, and yes they make life really easy (assuming I remember to freeze the bowl) but to be honest, freezing the fruit then processing is just as easy and zero ice-cream machine required.
Being summer in the UK berries are abundant and all the markets and stores are just bursting with them, and what better use of these beautiful sweet berries than to enjoy them in a healthy dairy-free ice-cream?!
Just a few quick facts about cherries, they are rich in antioxidants, a great anti-inflammatory, and those of you who suffer from gout can not go wrong with a good dose of cherries. If you battle with sleep, then use sour cherries as they are high in melatonin (a hormone produced naturally as part of our sleep-awake cycle). They are also a fantastic way to balance insulin, so diabetics this is also a winner for you.
The most time consuming part of this is pitting the cherries, but trust me it is worthwhile. Once they are pip free, pop them into a container and freeze overnight or longer (I like to keep a stash in the freezer for emergencies)
Once frozen, separate the cherries with a knife
Transfer them to a food processor or blender and add a tin of coconut milk
Once blended and smooth, add the maple syrup, lime juice and rosewater, mix again
Pour into a freezing container, sprinkle with choc chips
Mix them in gently, then return to the freezer for about and hour….dish, serve and ENJOY
- Remove the pips from the cherries and freeze overnight.
- Break up the frozen cherries, then in a food processor or blender, blitz really well until smooth.
- Add the rosewater, maple syrup and lime juice, mix again.
- Pour into a freezable container, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Freezer for an hour or until firm, dish and serve.
- If you don't like the taste of rosewater, simply leave it out.....(but you don't know what you are missing!)