It’s October! That means I’m already dreaming of delicious pumpkin treats. I can’t wait for the pumpkin breads, muffins, cookies, pies, and pancakes that will soon be coming my way! But before we let go of Summer completely, let me offer a healthy pumpkin-inspired transitional treat that will help you move from short sleeve days to sweater and corduroy days.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! My version is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, far healthier than traditional ice cream, and it doesn’t require an ice cream maker.
Simply mix the ingredients together in a food processor and freeze it in a bread loaf pan lined with waxed paper.
Just before you are ready to serve, leave the pan on the counter to soften slightly. Then scoop it up!
July has come to an end. It seems as if the summer is passing all too quickly. This past month, we had some tremendous recipes full of summer flavor here at The Balanced Platter. In case you were busy having fun in the sun and missed a post or two, here’s what we had from our wonderful contributors in July:
Appetizers & Beverages
- Chocolate Protein “Frosty” (shown above)
- Dip into Summer
- Is Your Non-Dairy Milk Safe?
- Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Bites
- Beat the Heat with 20 Frozen Treats
- Coconut Water and Fruit Popsicles
- Gluten-Free Ice Cream Sandwiches (shown above, photo by Knoxy)
- Raw Cherry Cream Cups
- Blueberry Quinoa Salad (shown above)
- Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad (shown above)
- Southwestern Cauliflower-Rice Salad
Have you tried any of the recipes from TBP this month? Have a favorite?
So it’s been over 90 degrees the past three days in Vermont. That’s not normal. While many of you may be used to a steady summer temp of 100 degrees +, for us Northeasteners it’s hard to beat the heat. Especially since it’s so humid. I think “ugh” is the most common word out of my mouth these days.
When it’s this hot, there’s only one thing (well maybe a few others) that I’m dying for and that’s ice cream. I love ice cream. Every single thing about it is spectacular. It’s cool, creamy, rich and delicious. It’s sweet and brings a smile a smile to my face with every bite. It’s just…yummy.
So instead of sharing just one frozen treat with you today, I’d thought I’d take a moment and bring you a bunch of different recipes that will let you break free of this awful heat wave and stay cool in the July sunshine.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!