Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream with Whipped Coconut Cream and Honey Cinnamon Walnuts

Pumpkin Ice Cream

  • 4 medium bananas
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend in Vitamix. Pour mixture in a glass container to freeze. Stir every once in while. Take out of freezer 15 minutes before serving. If you would like a smoother more soft serve style, add back to Vitamix with a little almond or coconut milk and blend. Scoop into serving dish, top with whipped coconut cream, and Honey Cinnamon Walnuts.

Whipped Coconut Cream

  • 1 big can coconut cream (not coconut milk) refrigerated overnight
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP raw honey (more or less to taste)

Refrigerate your mixing bowl or your Vitamix container so it is cold when you are ready to whip the cream. Add ingredients into Vitamix. Blend until whipped. Top your pumpkin ice cream with this. It is also delicious on berries.

or this is what I do with the little can. So many variations so make it to suit your taste.


I find coconut cream at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s





Even more special served in my Grandma Irene’s dishes to some amazing friends!


Chopped Broccoli, Kale, and Carrot Salad

I feel like I hit the jackpot at our local farmers market the other day. So much fun, I am like a kid in a candy store.  But buying all of this fresh produce means getting back in the kitchen and creating.


I decided to make a salad spin off of my massaged kale salad.  It is one of my favorites so I replaced the green apple with broccoli and carrots. The results were crunchy, sweet, salty, and delish!


Chopped Broccoli, Kale, And Carrot Salad

  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 3 fresh carrots, chopped or shredded
  • 1 bunch kale, stripped off stem, torn, and massaged with himalayan pink salt
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tsp raw organic honey
  • 1 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened organic dried cranberries

Remove broccoli from stem and pulse in vitamix or food processor. Pulse carrots in Vitamix, food processor, or box shredder.  Strip kale off of stem and tear into small pieces. Massage with the pink salt for about a minute to break it down. Mix the oil, vinegar,and honey. Toss the broccoli, kale, and carrots with the dressing. Top with organic dried cranberries and raw pumpkin seeds.

(when I cook, I just use what I have so rarely measure. Use the amounts of broccoli, carrots, and kale that you want or have and adjust dressing accordingly. I used my vitamix to pulse the broccoli and carrots. I put on Variable 4 and pulsed a couple times.)

IMG_7295Then for dessert, I whipped chilled coconut cream in the vitamix with vanilla, cinnamon, and honey. I topped the fresh raspberries with the delicious whipped coconut cream. Yum!!


Frozen Bananas

My grocery store had a flash sale on Almond yogurt and they were close dated so I decided to make some frozen bananas with them.

I used almond yogurt so these are dairy free and gluten free treats.  You can use whatever yogurt and toppings you would like to.  I will have to keep popsicle sticks on hand for the next time I make these.  Your kids can roll them in whatever toppings they like.


crushed pretzels

raw honey


raw coconut

mini dark chocolate chips

Possibilities are endless

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