treats for a recovering sugar addict – date sweetened ice cream

I stopped eating processed sugar – everything! honey, agave, evaporated cane sugar, coconut sugar, anything artificial – a year ago. Because I’m an addict. Truly.

For the most part all my sugar cravings have gone. Fresh fruit usually satisfies. But occasionally, I feel sorry for myself that I’m not eating what everyone else is eating and I want a “treat.”

So, I’ve been experimenting with date and raisin pastes to sweeten things. I recently made a date-sweetened homemade strawberry mango ice cream that was really yummy!

Soak pitted dates in enough warm water and juice from half a lemon to just cover the dates for 20 minutes, then purée in the blender. I substituted the date purée for sugar in my favorite ice cream recipe.

Note: this is a not a low calorie, low fat treat, nor am I claiming that it is particularly healthy. It just doesn’t have sugar. Indulge with discretion. Recipe contains dairy and eggs.

Strawberry Mango Ice Cream

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

2 ripe fresh mangoes, peeled and diced

3/4 cup date purée

juice of 1/2 lemon

Add date purée and juice of lemon to cut fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Process fruit in a food processor to mash slightly (I like chunky ice cream, but not too chunky).

2 large fresh eggs*

3/4 cup date purée

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup whole milk

*raw eggs should not be served to the very old, the very young, or those whose health could be compromised

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the date purée, a little at a time, until completely blended. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend. Add the strawberry and mango purée. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.


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One comment

  1. monika

    This recipe sound awesome, I will definitely try it. My substitute for sugar in ice cream is banana. Cheers, Monika.

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