On my last post I talked about my efforts on eating less sugars and not eating past 9pm. So far it’s going great; I’m eating pretty healthy and clean, making sure my meal timing is right and that my foods contain as little sugar as possible. However, I still get a random craving here and there for something sweet. When this happens, it’s usually in the afternoon, around 5pm. This is totally normal; we do live in a “Sugar Nation”, where we find ourselves surrounded by ads and influences that direct us to all sorts of yummy looking treats. Plus, I am always food creeping on FoodGawker.com or Tastespotting.com for inspiration, and there are a ton of delicious dessert photos one looks at ;).
Thank goodness for sweet potatoes, they usually do the trick for me. In those times when I crave sweets, I’ll end up eating some form of sweet potato: chips, fries, wedges, etc. This vegetable doesn’t only satisfy my taste buds and sugar cravings, but it also provides me with great nutrients…it is a wonderful super food.
Yesterday I wanted to create a new recipe using sweet potatoes. I figured ice cream was perfect for this time of the year (it’s something one can indulge in and calm the heat with) and it would be an interesting one to include sweet potatoes in. This ice cream recipe is sweetened mainly by one sweet potato, but it also has one tablespoon of maple syrup (I added it for extra flavor, but you can try making the recipe without it…I know it will still turn out delicious).
Enjoy this lovely Maple Sweet Potato Ice Cream! Have your kids, husband, or friends help you prepare it…nothing beats creating fun memories with the ones you love!
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and baked
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- Place ice cream attachment in the freezer overnight.
- Add sweet potato and coconut milk in a food processor, and process until pureed. Add in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and egg yolks. Process until all ingredients are well combined. Pour mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 2+ hours, or overnight.
- Add mixture to ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker instructions.
- Once the mix has reached an ice cream consistency, remove from ice cream maker and serve*. Add on preferred toppings; we recommend glazed pecan pieces.
- Food Processor
- Ice Cream Maker (attachment)
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing bowl
If you want your ice cream to be a bit "harder" (not so soft serve-y), place it in your fridge for about 1 hour.