Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dairy & Sugar Free Almond "Ice Cream" Pops

Hi guys!  I hope you are doing well.  I wanted to share my favorite dessert, as of lately.  This one is perfect for those hot summer nights ahead of us, or for those days you are craving a cold dessert but do not want to assault your calorie bank. 

 These are sugar and dairy free but still contain whole nutritious ingredients to help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals.  
Oh, and they are delicious too...

 Ingredients:
one 12 oz container of organic soft tofu (I used Mori-nu)
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup of water
6 pitted dates (make sure no sugar is added)
20 raw almonds (I like to soak them)
1 tsp. of almond extract 
1 tsp. of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
a full dropper of liquid stevia (or any natural sweetener of your choice)

Others:
8 small Dixie cups (or container of your choice)
4 large straws cut in half (to hold your pops)
a blender
Directions:
Drain all the water from your tofu.  Add in all of the ingredients into a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes.  Pour your mixture into your Dixie cups or containers of your choice (if using Dixie cups fill in 3/4 of the way.)  Insert your straws in the center and place in your freezer for about 3 hours or overnight (the mixture is thick, the straws will hold.)  When you are ready to eat them remove the Dixie cup and enjoy them like a Popsicle.  

FYI!  I love to let the almonds soak, but it is not necessary for this recipe.  I prefer to soak them for the taste and also find them easier to digest when soaked.  I soak the almonds by placing them into a jar and adding just enough water to cover them.  I then leave them in the fridge overnight and dispose of the water.  I also soak them when making homemade almond butter and almond milk.
I know that using tofu for a dessert sounds a bit strange, but remember tofu is like a sponge that soaks up flavors.  You can make tofu taste like anything you want, and you are going to love the creamy texture it gives these pops.  I prefer using soft tofu for dessert and firm tofu for stir fry, grilling or for a veggie scramble.  However, you could also use firm tofu for this recipe.

These get the hubby and son's seal of approval.  TRUST me, you are going to want to make these! 

Have a happy healthy day!

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