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Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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How to Make Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 120 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: RAW, PUREE
EAT IN: SUMMER

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
2 c
1/2 c
2 c

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Step 1: Begin the night before by chilling your two bowls and the blender vessel bowls in the freezer overnight, - one bowl for mashing the avocado and the other, preferably lidded, to serve as your ice cream container. Place all ingredients in the fridge as well so they will be as cold as possible the following day. The ingredients should not be frozen, however.

Step 2:Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the seed, use a spoon to scoop the pulp into the frozen bowl. Mash and mix into a smooth consistency.

Step 3: Add mashed avocado, coconut milk and raw sugar or honey into the cold blender. Blend on high forming an emulsion.

Step 4: Pour the blended avocado ice cream into the frozen, lidded bowl and leave in the freezer until the ingredients begin to solidify into ice cream. For best results, stir the ice cream every 15 minutes to break up ice crystals to form a creamier consistency.

Step 5: Once solidified, scoop and serve yourself this homemade delight!

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

I scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

I look back to childhood summers and remember sunny days that stretch on for what seems like forever in a child's mind. Those summer days are punctuated in my memory with exclamation points made of balls of ice cream rolled and stacked neatly upon waffle cones. As an adult, however, I find myself looking for healthier and more wholesome options to satisfy this childhood craving. Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream is the perfect, creamy treat to indulge this hankering; And even though it is a healthier option than traditional ice cream, it is, indeed, indulgent.

A bowl of pale, spring green Avocado & Coconut milk ice cream in your hands cools your palms, and summer's warmth eases a bit, already feeling refreshed by the soft color and chilled ceramic resting gently in your hands. You take your first bite, and it begins to melt into a thick cream, sweet and fresh. You close your eyes as you enjoy the sugars suspended in rich, slightly tropical coconut, blending seamlessly into the buttery green flavor of the avocado. At that moment you think, "life just doesn't get much better than this."

What is Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream?

Creamy avocados are a popular centerpiece for smoothies in Morocco, creating a decadent milkshake-like treat. This Moroccan delicacy is popular during Ramadan as a fast-breaker. It is made by blending avocado with milk and sugar. Oftentimes, dried fruit is added for additional flavor and sweetness. Mixing avocado with coconut milk and raw sugar can play with this traditional Moroccan treat, turning it into a delicious vegan ice cream with a richness and mouth feel that will satisfy any ice cream enthusiast!

Nice Cream to Slow Impulsive Summer Tempers

As summer rolls in, much like the storm clouds that are abundant this time of year, so does an increase in our passions. The humid, heat rests heavily on your skin, and your internal environment heats up as well, lending to a tendency for hot tempers and ungrounded impulsivity. Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice cream, or "nice cream" as these healthier alternatives have been coined, can be just the thing to give you a moment of cool pause to overcome the chaotic energy of summer.

Both coconut milk and avocado are heavy, nourishing foods that cool your body and mind. They draw in and center the excess extroverted energy that is as abundant as the hours of daylight. The sweet and comforting addition of raw sugar entices you to take a break, a sacred pause, from the heat.

As you begin to feel more centered eating this cooling delight, you may notice the edges of your mood rounding out like the gentle clouds hanging in a softening summer sky at twilight, leaving you feeling nicely refreshed. This "nice cream" can act as an exhale, conjuring a feeling within yourself that is more calm and a little nicer in temperament.

A light Heart and A Burdened Liver

Summer is a time of joy and excitement. You may find your mood and activity soars as the sun caresses your skin, increasing the mood enhancing vitamin D3 within your body. However light of heart you may feel, though, this time of year can be burdensome to both your liver and digestive system.

The heat of summer can tax your liver as your heart beat increases, siphoning more blood through the liver and kidneys. This blood is pulled toward your sun warmed skin as your body works to maintain a cooler internal temperature. In the process of your blood flushing toward your extremities, there is less circulating in your digestive system, causing sluggish digestion.

It is advised to eat light and cool this time of year. Though Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream is not particularly light, it is a great option as a summertime treat because it is tonifying and cooling to the system, while satisfying and grounding the soaring, light-hearted nature that wants to enjoy all of the bliss the season has to offer.

For already heavy-natured Kapha folks who would like to partake in this refreshing treat, sweetening it with honey instead of raw sugar will help balance this recipe. The addition of fennel or fresh ginger can make it better suited for this constitution; And in Ayurveda, the name of the game is bringing balance and freedom through moderation and intentional ingredients instead of restriction.

Regardless of your constitution, it is paramount to the flavor (and beautiful color) of this ice cream to use a nice, green avocado as your base. Your avocado should be firm, with a bit of give, but never mushy! Avocados oxidize rapidly when bruised, altering the flavor. It is of note that avocados are naturally high in histamine; A brown, bruised avocado has even higher concentrations of histamines and can cause a reaction in histamine sensitive individuals. So get your avocados, fresh, green, and creamy in consistency for the most decadent flavor and texture for your ice cream.

Summer Sun, Ice Cream Fun!

Ayurvedic ice cream is fun and a healthier option than traditional dairy varieties. This sweet and creamy recipe can satisfy the yearnings of the heart to rekindle memories of hot summer days and a cold scoop of nostalgia. Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream hits the spot to bring in a moment of pause during this busy time of year; And let's be honest, who amongst us couldn't benefit from that!

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Kapha aggravating
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Avocado & Coconut Milk Ice Cream
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Brain Tonic

BRAIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens the brain and thereby enhances memory or other cognitive functions and improves mental stamina or stability.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Demulcent

DEMULCENT

Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Brain-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive

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Coconut Milk has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes

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Avocado

Avocado has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Refreshes-skin, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive

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Hemp Seed

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Makes-you-tired, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Demulcent, Nutritive, Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach

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Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Demulcent, Nutritive, Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes

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Nutritive, Wakes-you-up, Brain-tonic, Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Refrigerant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Wakes-you-up

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Raw Sugar

Raw Sugar has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Demulcent, Nutritive, Makes-jittery, Wakes-you-up

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Demulcent, Nutritive, Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Salmon has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Wakes-you-up

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Brain-tonic

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Shatavari

Shatavari has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Brain-tonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Wakes-you-up

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Cornsilk

Cornsilk has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Demulcent, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive

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Vidari

Vidari has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Demulcent, Diuretic

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes, Demulcent, Nutritive

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relaxes-eyes

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Diuretic

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Asparagus root

Asparagus root has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Slippery Elm has these Actions in Common

Demulcent, Nutritive, Refrigerant

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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That's a great question. It's not the ingredients that make food Ayurvedic but how you use them. If a person has a deficiency disorder, ice cream can help build ojas. If their digestion is too hot, ice cream can cool it...
Do you only use the cream part of the coconut milk, granted you're using canned? Or would a regular homemade coconut milk work?
- Jess, Allen park, MI , 08-18-14 (Reply)
A homemade version would work as well.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 03-10-16 (Reply)

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