On St. Patrick’s Day, our family always has a lot of fun. The naughty leprechaun comes to visit, sometimes he leaves us treats and gold coins, other times he just makes messes all around the house. Someone is always being pinched. We usually eat entirely green in our family for the whole day.
Breakfast might be whole-grain-pioneer-blender-pancakes colored green by adding spinach to the batter with honeydew and green grapes on the side. For lunch a green salad with a green goddess avocado and chive dressing is always in order. For an afternoon snack, I bust out the greenest smoothie you’ve ever seen. Dinner is a whole green affair: an appetizer of celery, cucumber, broccoli and green olives in edamame and avocado hummus. Main course might consist of spinach fettucine with green cashew alfredo (spinach is the star again!) topped with basil chiffonade. This year, we’ll definitely be having THIS very green ice cream for dessert.
Vegan Almond and Pistachio Ice Cream
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1 C. soymilk
- 1/4 C. raw almond butter
- 2 C. packed organic baby spinach
- 2/3 C. raw agave OR pure maple syrup
- 1/3 C. shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
Method: In your blender, blend everything except for the pistachios until fully combined, about one to two minutes. There should be no visible spinach pieces! Pour into prepared ice cream maker and let churn for twenty five to thirty minutes, add pistachios during the last few minutes of churning. You can eat it straight away like soft serve, but for the best texture and flavor, pour ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for two hours or overnight before serving. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can try this method.
Hesitant to try green ice cream using spinach? Prior to going vegan, Pistachio Almond Ice Cream was one of my very favorites. This is a reverse of that flavor, made vegan and health-ified. I don’t use artificial coloring in my home, so spinach makes the ice cream green, while adding iron and calcium. If you don’t tell anyone, they’d never guess it’s in there! This ice cream tastes every bit as rich, creamy and delicious as dairy ice cream, but with much less guilt!
What are your St. Patrick’s Day Traditions?