The Almond Eater http://thealmondeater.com Healthy, Wholesome Recipes Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Lemon Ice Cream Pops http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/lemon-ice-cream-pops/ http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/lemon-ice-cream-pops/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:32 +0000 http://thealmondeater.com/?p=8706 These Lemon Ice Cream Pops are made with your favorite lemon ice cream—or any flavor, really—and placed into popsicle molds for an easy, summertime treat.  Ohhhh have I got a treat for you! ICE CREAM POPS, as in, pops made from ice cream, as in they’re only one ingredient as in stupid easy recipe alert!... 

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These Lemon Ice Cream Pops are made with your favorite lemon ice cream—or any flavor, really—and placed into popsicle molds for an easy, summertime treat. 

Lemon Ice Cream Pops | make your own ice cream pops using your favorite flavor of ice cream--a super easy summertime treat!

Ohhhh have I got a treat for you! ICE CREAM POPS, as in, pops made from ice cream, as in they’re only one ingredient as in stupid easy recipe alert! Let’s get to it. 

You may have seen the Instagram story last week of me at the 412 Food Rescue event at Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. I mentioned in this post that I’m working with 412 Food Rescue throughout the year, this event in particular was their volunteer appreciation night where 412 rescue volunteers could stop by, get free ice cream and all just hang out, really. It was a fun, laid back night, and I enjoyed getting to meet more people from the organization. Oh, and I was also stoked that it was at Millie’s because I’m obsessed! 

Millie’s is always serving up the most unique ice cream flavors made with farm-fresh ingredients. On the night of the event, they were featuring a lemon mulberry ice cream, and I learned a few fun facts about the process of creating that flavor. Within the 412 Food Rescue organization, there is a program called Hidden Harvest, where volunteers go to public and private backyards and gardens to rescue excess produce and deliver it to community organizations, where they can put it to good use. In this case, Hidden Harvest rescued a bunch of fresh mulberries, and Millie’s decided to use them in their lemon mulberry ice cream flavor. How cool is that?! 

Lemon Ice Cream Pops - make your own ice cream pops using your favorite flavor of ice cream! SO easy and perfect for summertime | thealmondeater.com

Lemon Ice Cream Pops made with your favorite flavor of ice cream! Since the mulberries were rescued, the lemon mulberry flavor was only available for a few days, but still—if you were one of the lucky ones to try it, then you know how good these ice cream pops were. The good news is that you can basically use any ice cream flavor you want for these ice cream pops! Want to know how? 

1) Grab your favorite ice cream flavor from the store/local ice cream parlor. 2) Wait until the ice cream is soft—you can even melt it in a bit in the microwave if you’re impatient like me, and 3) Fill up your popsicle mold with ice cream and wait at least four hours before removing the ice cream pops from the mold. 

These ice cream pops are a great way to avoid eating an entire pint of ice cream at once! But really. 

To learn more about Hidden Harvest, visit this link

Lemon Ice Cream Pops | thealmondeater.comDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by 412 Food Rescue. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting brands that help run this site. 

Lemon Ice Cream Pops
 
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Serves: 10 pops
Ingredients
  • 2 pints of your favorite ice cream flavor
Instructions
  1. If using hard serve ice cream, wait until ice cream has softened a bit before pouring into your popsicle mold. Feel free to microwave the ice cream for a few seconds to speed up this process.
  2. Place pops into the freezer for at least 4 hours before carefully removing them.
  3. If you used lemon ice cream like I did, they taste really delicious with a bit of honey drizzled over top.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Chipotle Yogurt Dip http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/chipotle-yogurt-dip/ http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/chipotle-yogurt-dip/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:16 +0000 http://thealmondeater.com/?p=8694 This Chipotle Yogurt Dip is made with minimal ingredients like yogurt, shallots and chipotle seasoning, and is a super easy snack for entertaining.  Oh guys, where in the world did this week go?! It absolutely flew by for me, and I’m happy to welcome the weekend with open arms which simultaneously devouring this chipotle yogurt... 

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This Chipotle Yogurt Dip is made with minimal ingredients like yogurt, shallots and chipotle seasoning, and is a super easy snack for entertaining. 

Chipotle yogurt dip made with just FOUR ingredients-- a tasty appetizer for any gathering | thealmondeater.com

Oh guys, where in the world did this week go?! It absolutely flew by for me, and I’m happy to welcome the weekend with open arms which simultaneously devouring this chipotle yogurt dip because—whaddaya know—Miguel doesn’t like shallots, one of the main ingredients in this recipe. OH WELL, MORE FOR ME. 

As a complete and total side note, have you ever gotten a flat tire? I was driving over to my moms house Wednesday when BAM, it happened. I’d never gotten one before, but let me tell you, it’s a pretty distinct sound and feeling. I immediately pulled into a nearby gas station and could actually hear air escaping my tire. Luckily, my moms house was only about a mile or so from the gas station, so I sped there, praying the entire way that my tire wouldn’t go completely flat while driving. I made it to my moms just in time, because as I got out of my car my tire was pretty darn flat. I mean, talk about a scary feeling! I imagine many of you have had this experience before, and I was just fortunate that it happened near my moms and not on the highway and/or in the middle of nowhere. 

Also, thanks technology for providing services like roadside assistance. THANK YOU. Now that it’s Friday, I’m ready to get stuff done all weekend long, but absolutely relax at night, preferably while stuffing my face. 

Chipotle Yogurt Dip is just FOUR ingredients and perfect for any gathering

Chipotle Yogurt Dip | thealmondeater.comI don’t know what it is about chipotle seasoning, but it’s without a doubt one of my go-to spices. It’s a great flavor that pairs perfectly with something kind of flavorless, aka yogurt. Yup, I just said that. Truthfully, this dip couldn’t be easier. It’s basically yogurt, chopped shallots (you don’t even have to cook them!), chipotle seasoning, and some salt and pepper. When I make recipes with five or less ingredients, I sometimes ponder if they’re even worth sharing because they seem too easy, but I know those are the recipes a lot of you tend to make. 

This chipotle yogurt dip requires just FOUR ingredients and is perfect for any gathering | thealmondeater.comHIGH FIVES for minimal ingredient recipes! 

Chipotle Yogurt Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp shallots, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp chipotle seasoning*
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chives for garnish
Notes
*I have both an Adobo chipotle seasoning and a chipotle chili pepper seasoning, and both work great in this recipe! Whatever chipotle seasoning you have on hand and/or you can find will work great

 

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Chocolate Cherry Vegan Espresso Mousse http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/chocolate-cherry-vegan-espresso-mousse/ http://thealmondeater.com/2017/06/chocolate-cherry-vegan-espresso-mousse/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:36 +0000 http://thealmondeater.com/?p=8686 This Vegan Espresso Mousse is made with coconut milk, espresso powder and fresh cherries and is a tasty, dairy free treat!  I know—how dare I combine three of the best foods into ONE. This chocolate cherry espresso mousse is the perfect post-dinner treat. Trust me, I’d know.  Anything mousse-like is my absolute favorite simply because... 

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This Vegan Espresso Mousse is made with coconut milk, espresso powder and fresh cherries and is a tasty, dairy free treat! 

vegan espresso milk made with chocolate, coconut milk and fresh cherries! | #vegan

I know—how dare I combine three of the best foods into ONE. This chocolate cherry espresso mousse is the perfect post-dinner treat. Trust me, I’d know. 

Anything mousse-like is my absolute favorite simply because of the texture—I know you know this, but I can’t stop! Guess what though? This mousse isn’t quite as bad for you because I opted to use coconut milk as a base, rather than anything with dairy in it. Though I’m a fan of cheese, plenty of other dairy products give my stomach issues, so I try to avoid them on a regular basis. Like you know, heavy cream. I love that stuff and have used it in the past when I feel like nothing else will do, but vegan mousse is completely doable and very similar both in taste and texture to regular mousse (or at least I think so!). 

So, vegan mousse it is! 

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vegan espresso mousse made with coconut milk, espresso powder and fresh cherries | thealmondeater.comOk so I love chocolate, I love espresso and I love mousse, but I’m not a huuuuuge cherry person, at least not when compared to other summertime fruits. However, I’ll admit that chocolate+cherry go together pretty freaking well. One tip? Buy a cherry pitter! I told myself I was going to last year, but clearly haven’t. It’s one of those absolutely unnecessary items (like a kitchen torch) until it comes time to pit a bunch of cherries. If anyone wants to buy me one that’d be cool.. 😀 

Ok so for the espresso, I actually used espresso powder (this one, to be exact), but you could also use cold brew coffee. Tip: I don’t recommend using regular brewed coffee because the flavor isn’t as strong as espresso, just my suggestion though! 

As for the base of this mousse, I used canned coconut milk because I like the taste better than coconut cream. If you remember, it works best to refrigerate the can before you open it, that way most of the liquid absorbs into the cream, though I’ll admit I never remember to do this and the mousse still turns out fine. 

chocolate cherry vegan espresso mousse | thealmondeater.comvegan espresso mousse made with coconut milk, espresso powder and fresh cherries | #veganSee the full recipe below for specific instructions on how to make this your new favorite vegan espresso mousse recipe! 

Chocolate Cherry Vegan Espresso Mousse
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate, dairy free for vegan option
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder*
Instructions
  1. Begin by pitting the cherries and then distributing them into jars and/or whatever bowl(s) you'll be serving the mousse in. Don't use up all of them though, because you'll want to save some for the topping!
  2. Next, heat chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate has melted. Alternatively, you can melt them over the stovetop.
  3. Turn the can of coconut milk upside down, open it and drain out any liquid that's sitting at the top, then, pour coconut milk into a large bowl.
  4. Add the melted chocolate and espresso powder, and use an electric mixer to mix everything together until you have a smooth consistency.
  5. Pour mousse over top of cherries in the jars/bowls, and then refrigerate the mousse for at least 4 hours.
  6. Optional: top mousse with vegan whipped cream** and chopped chocolate and enjoy!
Notes
*Alternatively, you can use 2 tbsp cold brew coffee, or more to taste
**For the vegan whipped cream, I used half a can of coconut milk with the liquid drained, and then added I believe 2 cups of powdered sugar. I didn't measure super well--just know that the vegan whipped cream won't be as thick as regular whipped cream, but it has a nice flavor to it that pairs well perfectly with the mousse!

 

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