It’s starting feel like summer around here, which I absolutely love. This consistently hot weather has been putting me in a great mood and I can feel my stress levels drop. If you didn’t guess already, I’m one of those peeps who always prefers scorching hot weather over freezing cold. It’s one of the main reasons I moved to California. As much as I still love NYC, the brutal winters were unbearable (I know, I’m such a wuss).
And when the weather starts getting hot, I start craving cold foods like salads, fruits, and ICE CREAM. I wasn’t really into ice cream for a while because I wasn’t able to eat it after finding out about my dairy sensitivity, so I sort of forgot how delicious it is for the past 4-5 years (You’ll be amazed at the things you’ll forget the taste of that you think you “can’t live without” once you give them up for a while). It’s only recently when I started finding some amazing coconut milk ice cream on the market that I started falling in love again.
One thing about good quality dairy-free ice cream without additives and thickeners is that they are ridiculously expensive. As delicious as they are, I’m not about to drop $8 for a pint of ice cream. I’ll make it at home, thankyouverymuch.
I was actually nervous about how this recipe would turn out because I don’t own an ice cream maker. I try not to buy too many kitchen gadgets if I can help it, because we might be moving at the end of the year so I’m trying to keep things minimal around here. So my blender came to the rescue, and it turned out surprisingly creamy which I’m super psyched about.
I used molasses to sweeten this ice cream because blackstrap molasses is chock full of nutrients and minerals. It’s also on the lower end of the glycemic index than other sweeteners, which means it it won’t spike up your blood sugar as much. Of course, if you do have blood sugar issues, I advise you to keep it regulated and use caution when consuming anything sweet. After deciding on using blackstrap molasses, I had to add in some ginger and cinnamon because that’s one of my favorite combos! Feel free to customize this recipe and replace the add-ins to flavor it to your liking. It’s healthier and better tasting than the store-bought kind!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love any good excuse to feast on Mexican food, my favorite cuisine, and that’s what this day is for me. Back in college, it also meant getting copiously wasted on shots of tequila and endless amount of margaritas. These days, it’s mostly about the food… but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little bit of a spiked cocktail now and then, right?
I first tried horchata when I used to live in New York City. My friends and I went to a Mexican restaurant and I saw it for the first time on the menu, and decided to try it out. This was before I found out about my dairy sensitivity, and while I truly joined how creamy and sweet it was (it was like a delicious, cinnamon-y milkshake!), my stomach did not at all later that night. Needless to say, I haven’t tried it again since.
Well, I thought it was time to introduce horchata back into my life without the dairy part. Because 1) it’s Cinco de Mayo and 2) I think a rum-spiked creamy cocktail that won’t make me sick is a good thing to add to my life. Them’s the facts. This paleo horchata feels so decadent but it’s made with all clean, healthy ingredients, and sweetened with a touch of honey. You can even make it for the entire family and add the alcohol at the end for the adults. I highly encourage you make this and enjoy it with a side of tacos, guacamole, and sombreros!