At a cooking class at Weaver’s Orchard on August 4, nutrition coach Tracey Rezapour of Keepin’ It Real shared two vegan, whole food recipes: vegan mint chip “nice” cream and a hearty, healthy vegan peach salsa.
Mint Chip “Nice” Cream with Kiwi Berries
This serves about 2-3 people depending on how big their appetite is. If you make it when everyone is at school and/or work then it may only serve one. It will be our little secret. K? Hope you enjoy your “nice” cream!
- Yield: 2-3 1x
- 3 frozen bananas. Peel and freeze when bananas are starting to brown. Freeze at least 6 hours or keep a ziplock bag in your freezer at all times with frozen bananas.
- 1/2 cup frozen avocado or zucchini chunks
- 1/2 cup frozen peeled kiwifruit or kiwiberries
- 1 cup fresh spinach (about a handful)
- 15–20 mint leaves or 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 pitted date, 1 tablespoon raw honey or 1 kiwi (optional for sweetness)
- Dark chocolate chips
- Take your bananas out of the freezer and let them sit for about 10-15 minutes to thaw slightly. Cut into chunks and add bananas to a high powered blender such as a Vitamix. Add the avocado, kiwi(berries) spinach, mint leaves and a date (if using). Blend on HIGH for about one minute until creamy using the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades. Scoop out into bowls using an ice cream scoop and fold in chocolate chips. Serve immediately. You can freeze the leftovers, but is best eaten right away.
- *Note* This can be made in a Cuisinart food processor or regular blender, but you will need to stop and scrape down the sides frequently. Keep running until you get a consistency of soft serve ice cream. It takes a bit longer, but should work – although I can’t attest to how well the spinach and mint leaves will be broken down. Let me know if you have tried it.
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I used Roma)
- 1/4 red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped (use 1/2 jalapeno for less heat)
- 3 peaches, peeled or not, chopped
- Cilantro to taste, left whole or coarsely chopped. (I love cilantro, so I use 1/4 cup or so)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste (approx 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper)
- Chop all ingredients and throw them into a medium size bowl. Add juice of one lime, salt and pepper and cilantro and mix until combined. For best taste, let the flavors marinate for 1 hour or more before serving. If you can’t wait, eat immediately.