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Coconut Tulsi Ice Cream (#dairyfree, #autoimmune #paleo) //

{Today I would like to give a warm welcome Tyler, author of The Primitive Homemaker. She creates some delicious autoimmune friendly recipes on her site and today, she shares her recipe for this amazing ice cream, made with one of my favorite adaptogens, Holy Basil! ~Jessica}


Spring is finally upon us, and I am so excited to start experimenting with ice-cream recipes.

Actually.. who am I kidding? I was making ice-cream in December!

After beginning my primal journey, I thought I'd never have ice-cream again. But, to my surprise, I found tons of helpful recipes and it was actually a breeze to make. Needless to say, I don't miss “conventional” ice-cream at all and this stuff tastes like the real deal!

If you've never made ice-cream with coconut milk, you are in for a real treat. Coconut milk makes some of the creamiest, richest ice cream ever! And if you like unique, this recipe has you covered.

I combined my love for Tulsi with my love of coconut milk and the end product rocked my taste bud's socks off.  I start every day with a hot cup of Tulsi tea (it is one of my favorite flavors on Earth) and then transformed it into this rich, decadent ice cream.

Tulsi (also referred to as Holy Basil) has been used for hundreds of years in India to treat an array of illnesses. One of the main reasons I drink Holy Basil tea, is because it is an adaptogen and it helps support my body's overall health and function. In today's world, every one is stressed and I am no different. I know my adrenals could use a little help and Tulsi is one way I help them out.

Holy Basil is a great herb for supporting overall health and wellness. Jessica wrote a great post about holy basil that I encourage you to read here.

For more information about adaptogens and how they help our bodies, check out Jessica's great article on Adaptogens: Herbs for Vitality.

Intimidated by the thought of making your own ice cream at home? Don't be! It's so easy and here are 5 Tips for Perfect Homemade Ice Cream.

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Important Note On Gelatin Types 

When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. Just like other animal products, quality is important.

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Perfect Supplements offers a grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen (cold-soluble) right now and has a gelatin (hot-soluble) in the works for 2016. Read my review of their product here or watch the video below. You can order their own products via their own site here or on Amazon here.

Vital Proteins offers two types of gelatin. The green top (Collagen Protein) is what you need for this recipe and for recipes where you are making gummies, “jello”, etc. The blue top (Collagen Peptides) is cold water soluble and does not thicken or gel like gelatin does. Both are very nutritious, but can't be used interchangeably. You can order their own products via their own site here or on Amazon here.

Coconut Tulsi Ice Cream (#dairyfree, #autoimmune #paleo) //

Coconut Tulsi Ice Cream (dairy free, autoimmune paleo)
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To make this ice-cream, you'll need a few kitchen tools: An ice-cream maker A nut milk bag Fine mesh strainer
Serves: 6
  1. NOTE: Begin by making the coconut milk. If you would like to use coconut milk from a can, you won't get the added benefits of the Tulsi, but the recipe will still work fine. To use canned coconut milk, ignore the water and shredded coconut, and just use 2 cans of organic coconut milk instead. You will also skip the first three steps.
  2. In a large pot, heat water and tulsi to a boil. Simmer on medium for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add shredded coconut and (strained) tea to a blender. Blend for about 5 minutes.
  4. Using a nut milk back, or a very fine mesh strainer, strain the coconut milk into a large mixing bowl. You may save your pulp to make coconut flour!
  5. While your milk is cooling, steam dates over boiling water for about 5-7 minutes to dehydrate them- unless your dates are very soft and fresh.
  6. Add coconut milk, softened dates, gelatin, and salt to blender, and blend until completely pureed. If you are choosing to use an alcohol to keep the ice-cream soft in the freezer, you should also add it to the blender as well. If your blender cannot hold 4 cups of liquid, simply blend half of the milk with the other ingredients, and add back to the remaining coconut and combine.
  7. Add mixture to ice-cream maker, and follow the machine's instructions. I use this ice-cream maker, and it only takes about 20 minutes!
  8. Store in the freezer in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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