This simple and healthy ice cream is dairy free, super low in sugar and takes about 2 minutes to blend up ~ no churner needed. It is completely adaptable to your tastes by adding extras of your choice, chocolate chunk pumpkin ice cream anyone???
This month on Recipe Redux we are talking about Food Memories. It's funny how certain smells and tastes can sometimes have such an amazing affect on us. For me it's roasted, sugared pecans, freshly squeezed lemon aid, home made tapioca pudding and pumpkin. Those foods will always instantly transport me to my childhood.
The winter Holiday's mean different things to different people depending on your life circumstances, where you grew up and what your traditions were. I grew up in the 80's and 90's in a close knit, middle class neighborhood with 2 younger sisters and a brother. No extended family lived nearby so Holidays were usually a small affair except for when we drove up to Salt Lake City to have a huge Thanksgiving at my grandma and grandpa's home. Fond times.
Slightly sweet and very creamy this pumpkin pie ice cream brings fall flavors to the table without having to unbuckle your belt (or put on your mommy yoga pants) afterwards.
What I remember most about our family of six's Thanksgiving is the home made pumpkin pie with freshly whipped cream. The smell is what always got me and while I am not a pumpkin pie lover, the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin is very nostalgic for me.
Wait. Wuuuuut? 'You don't like pumpkin pie?!' you say.
Nope. Or most any pie for that matter except maybe cherry and apple. But I'd rather have it as a cobbler than a pie. As for the pumpkin pie aversion, I think it's a texture thing, too thick and mushy. I do however l.o.v.e. pumpkin. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin eggnog custard, pumpkin granola, pumpkin cinnamon rolls and even pumpkin stew. All of that, but my newest obsession is
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.
Holy raving nostalgic overload with a surprising twist factor.
nostalgia |näˈstaljə, nə-|
a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations
HANDS ON TIME 2 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 4 HOURS YIELDS 4 CUPS
2 cups canned or cooked pumpkin1 can of coconut milk or plain, fat free yogurt3-4 bananas, chopped and frozen1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix1 teaspoon real vanilla (I sometimes use bourbon vanilla ;)1 cup crushed gingersnap cookiesOptional additionschocolate chipsnutscaramel drizzlecrushed graham crackers
In your blender place coconut milk, pumpkin, bananas, spices and vanilla. Blend on your frozen dessert setting (or on high) for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a bread pan and place in freezer. Freeze for 3-5 hours depending on the 'frozeness' of your bananas, your freezer temperature and what size pan you use to freeze it in.