Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My Frozen Favourites

So, I was "studying" when Cale from The Green Edge tweeted about getting in Smooze ice creams. At which point I remembered that we have some in the freezer, and if we weren't meant to bracket lunch with dessert, why can we?


Admittedly, it's cold today (at least where I am), but before we know it, the hot weather will be here and we'll have no idea what happened.

And apparently ice cream places sell more ice cream in Winter than they do in Summer. I have a feeling that's rubbish, but I also find that I love eating cold things in Winter. No idea why.


My favourite ice cream is Cocoluscious, mainly because it's DELICIOUS. My personal favourite flavours are Mexican Chocolate, Choc-Chip Cookie Dough, and Coffee. All of the flavours all vegan (and thus dairy and egg free), gluten free, and soy free (except for choc-chip flavours (the chocolate chips have soy lecithin in them))! Best of all, unlike many vegan ice creams, it uses all natural ingredients, some of them organic, and you can pronounce all the ingredients! (and it's a small business based on the Gold Coast, so you're supporting a local small business = amazing karma!)

Available flavours Vanilla, Chocolate, Coconut, Raspberry, Blueberry, Mango, Chai, Vanilla Choc-Chip, Peppermint Choc-Chip, Mexican Chocolate, Coffee, Choc-Chip Cookie Dough
Available from The Green Edge Enoggera; Freestyle Tout West End & Fortitude Valley; Flannerys Natural Grocers Taringa, Loganholme, Wynnum, Chermside, Wooloongabba; Wray Organic Newmarket, Indooroopilly. If you don't live in Brisbane, Flannerys and Fundemental (Fundies) in other locations should have Cocoluscious. Otherwise, check the stockists on the Cocoluscious website.

Of course, sometimes you'd rather just have sometimes quick and delicious rather than having to crack open a whole tub (because opening a whole tub usually means finishing a whole tub). Fear not! SMOOZE to the rescue! These are basically little packages of smushy goodness, all made with fresh fruit juices and purees, and coconut milk. They're kosher, halal, vegan, free of artificial preservatives, colours, and flavours, and delicious!

Available from most major supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths), as well as smaller grocery stores (like The Green Edge, etc). If you can't find it, the website even has a "report Smooze missing" link. The website also tells you how you can get smooze into schools (so your kids can choose something delicious that isn't full of artificial colours and bucketloads of sugar).

DIY Totally Natural Ice Cream
But maybe you're stuck at home and just want to make something yourself. In this case, this is one of my favourite desserts. It takes a little preparation, so it's not as quick as either of the others, but it's absolutely delicious and creamy.

You'll just need a couple of bananas and some frozen berries. Cut up the bananas into a container and put in the freezer for a couple of hours (you want them frozen, but it's probably best if they're still a little soft to make it easier on your food processor!). Once they're ready, chuck them in the food processor with about the same amount of frozen berries. Process! It may start out a little grainy, but after a few minutes, it will become smooth. Either scrape out into a glass / bowl and eat right away, or put it in a container and put it back in the freezer to eat later.

Yes, it sounds too simple to be any good, but it's quite amazing. And it's just fruit!

There are many variations on this basic recipe, so have a look around for other recipes (raw food uncookbooks will often have something like this), or just experiment until you find something that works for you.

Well, consider yourself prepared for the hot summer days. We're trying to keep a low profile so everyone can keep up with all the Vegan Mofo posts, but we'll be back in a few days with something new!


  1. It was a bit chilly today. Last night was cold too! I like eating ice cream in the cold weather, though why I could not tell you!


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