Espresso No Churn Ice Cream

A creamy luscious ice cream with strong aroma of espresso! This one is no churn, and very easy to make. It happens to be very healthy, it’s refined sugar free, gluten free, and vegan!

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I’ve used espresso in a chocolate pudding before, it’s a great way to add strong flavor without adding calories, and fats. For today’s recipe, I think it’s time to talk about espresso in depth.

What is Espresso

It’s a fine ground from of coffee. It can be a one kind of beans, or a blend of some. It comes medium or dark roasted. Mainly espresso refers the way it’s made. The machine force water through the basket of fine beans at very high pressure. I really used to hate it! I could barley have a single shot, until my parents got a machine at home. And my sister encouraged me to join the club. Now I can drink it plain with no milk. I can swear it’s aroma heals the soul, and it’s rich taste instantly improve the mood.

Not all espresso alike, some brands are really bitter and strong! My absolute favorites are Davidoff, and Lavazza . And for a stronger taste try illy. And this is the most wanted machine at home, and it’s the same one my parents have, and I highly recommend it. 

Does espresso has more caffeine than drip coffee ?

If we are comparing ounce to an ounce, espresso has 40 mg caffeine whereas the brewed coffee or drip coffee has 10 mg in an ounce. But then we usually tend to drink more volume of drip coffee than espresso. There is a deceiving feeling that because espresso tastes stronger it does have more caffeine in serving size. 

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 Why do you need to add Espresso into your diet 

  • Can help you with weight loss by reducing hunger, and suppressing appetite, also it increases your calorie burn rate by increasing the body heat’s production.
  • It’s almost zero calorie and zero fat.
  • Also it’s coffee after all, and has great amount of antioxidants, and other benefits, check out here all about coffee .

let’s talk about our recipe now

This recipe is really easy, with available ingredients. It’s packed with healthy fats of coconut milk, mineral and vitamin content of dates and coffee, and don’t forget no refined sugar here!

I wasn’t really fond of ice cream until I got married,  my husband is obsessed with it. I remember once we had an ice cream maker, while it’s do the work for you, you still need the perfect recipe. And since we no longer had it, i thought we can still enjoy a homemade ice cream. My first trial to make it at home when I tested a recipe form fellow food blogger, and it was great success. and i tired other flavors like cherry!

But this recipe is different. It’s a healthier version of homemade ice cream. No eggs, no heavy cream, or condensed milk. And with only four ingredients, this can be your base for many flavors.

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Now, let’s go to the recipe! And enjoy! 

Espresso with chocolate chips no churn ice cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5-6 scoops
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ¾ cups pitted dates
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 double shots
  • Optional:
  • chocolate chips semi sweet ¾ cup
Instructions
  1. pit the dates if it's not pitted already.
  2. Soak the dates in espresso, and leave it aside for 20 minutes.
  3. In a blender mix the espresso date, you want it to be like a paste.
  4. Add coconut milk gradually, and mix.
  5. Whip the coconut cream , and fold in the mixture.
  6. Pour in freezer friendly container, and put it the freezer for an hour, remove and whisk the ice cream again, repeat this step 3 times, one time per an hour.
  7. after the last whisk, add chocolate chips if desired, and fold in the ice cream.
  8. Freeze overnight, and serve cold.
Notes
I whipped coocnut milk using a basic metal mixer. You need to chill out the mixer handle and the bowl an hour before, and keep the coconut cream in the fridge

 

Refreshing Hibiscus, Lemon, and Cloves Drink

A hibiscus lemon drink that is spiced with cloves, and naturally sweetened. This drink will awake your deep desires for living, and maybe fly! It’s armed with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants! It’s refined sugar free!

 

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I know I tend to be personal in some posts, I love talking to you friends,  so this post is one of them! Let me tell you, I don’t drink alcohol, but these frizzy little drinks looks so fresh, interesting, festive, and tempting. And I’m not really bothered by the idea of opening up when you drink, and I couldn’t find a true evidence on that, on the contrary alcohol cause brain. and where there are some studies about it’s health benefits, it has many harmful effects, but I don’t drink for religious reasons.

However, this post is not about my beliefs, but how I’m intrigued by unusual pairings in cocktails. Strong flavors with syrups, herbs, spices, kinds of sugar and that’s what I like! So how to make virgin interesting drink?

Here is my idea for that, A hibiscus drink 

 

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And while I started my post with alcohol note, actually I was preparing this post for Ramadan recipes! Yes, the holy month for Muslims. Because hibiscus is a traditional drink, but I don’t like to keep traditional recipes forever. I mean they are great, and I started an Arabic cuisine series –which very popular on the blog- to document my heritage, but I don’t always stick to traditional food. Because this feels little boring to me. It’s kind of being restricted to rules, which I truly hate.

But enough about me, let’s talk about our star for today,  

Hibiscus

A dried red pretty flowers, with crimson great color. And let me tell you a secret, I’ve never had a glass of hibiscus, but few sips! Because it tasted weird to me, and sugary! That was many moons ago, and I wanted to give it a try myself.

Why do you need to include hibiscus in your diet: 

There are so many claimed health benefits for hibiscus, however, few are truly proved. To mention a few:

  • There are some human and animal studies shown that extract of hibiscus lower blood pressure, and lipid profile. It’s almost effective as Captropirl medicine. 
  • It has anthocyanin, a flavonoid compound with antioxidant activity. There is an association between cardiovascular diseases protection and consuming anthocyanin-rich food.  
  • It’s almost zero calorie on it own, has great amounts of vitamin C and good amount of vitamin A and vitamin B1 
  • It works as diuretic, and helps with constipation too.

Cautions: 

  • Don’t drink hibiscus in the first trimester of pregnancy, it lowers estrogen and prompt menstruation. and consult your doctor first , if you wish to drink it after 1st trimester. 
  • It has many drug interactions, consult your doctor if you take any special drugs. And if you take ant-inflammatory drugs, wait at least two hours then sip your biscuits tea. 

Cloves

It’s a pungent spice of dried flower buds. I use clove pods every time I make a chicken stock, and I add the ground one to many dishes, including spice cake.  And I love that powdered form can sooth any gum problem, because it works like anesthetic, and stops the pain instantly! I will discus more health benefits in future recipes. But for today’s recipe, mixing it with hibiscus balances the sour taste, and add a depth to the flavor.

Lemon 

You might wonder why I did add lemon to a sour drink? I find lemon taste very unique, and it’s sour taste is different form hibiscus one. Combining together makes this drink very special. I love lemon because It makes everything fresh and more live, it loads your body with vitamin C that is vital component for body function, and it’s great for skin, and much more! I’ll talk more about it in the future recipes. 

Now let’s go to the recipe, and enjoy!

A fresh hibiscus lemon & cloves drink, that has strong flavors yet it's light! It's packed with nutrients, vitamins & antioxidants! It's refined sugar free!

 

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Refreshing Hibiscus, Lemon, and Cloves Drink
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 5 cloves pods
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tb fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tb honey
  • Ice cubes
  • Utnsils:
  • A strainer
Instructions
  1. Soak hibiscus flowers in one cup of water, add cloves and set aside.
  2. Leave it soaked for 2 hours.
  3. Put the strainer on top of large bowl, and pour the juice. Squeeze the flowers to get any juice left.
  4. Pour juice in 2 small glasses, add ½ Tb oh honey to each of them, and 1 Tb freshly squeezed lemon juice for each of them. and add 3-4 small ice cubes.
  5. Add some cloves pods, lemon wedges for garnishing and extra flavor.
  6. Enjoy it cold!
Notes
If you have any leftovers, remove the cloves and the lemon wedges, and keep it for the rest of the day, it can stay longer, but the taste will be a little different.

This drink is strong, you can add more water, and ice cubes, and double the servings.

Two hours are inactive time, soak and forget it, clean up your fridge, kitchen , and then you can enjoy your drink and relax.

 

Cherry & Apricot Grilled Sandwiches (3 ways)

Crispy grilled sweet cherry and apricots sandwiches, mixed with dark chocolate and cheese giving you the ultimate comfort meals you could ask for! Made with whole grain bread,  bursting with vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers! They are healthy dessert for breakfast!

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How Often Can You Have Treats If You Are Watching Your Weight?

A guest post by Arantxa Mateo

Today I have for you a Guest blogger, Arantxa. She is a biologist, and nutrition specialist, her approach for weight loss and maintaining it, is no dieting! Today she will discus an important topic, I’ll leave you now with her

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Do you love your treats but are always fighting with yourself to avoid them?

It doesn’t need to be this way. In this post, I’ll explain to you how often you can have your treats if you are watching your weight, and how to stick to the deal.

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Is there really such thing as a cheat day?

Many people have asked me about healthy cheat meals or having a cheat day. There is this trend nowadays, where you follow a diet for 6 days a week to eat whatever you want on the seventh, so called “cheat” day.

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My 4th Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

Today is the 4th blog anniversary for Nutrizonia!

Blog Anniversary!

 

I can’t thank you enough my readers for support! YOU what keeps Nutrizonia going and growing!

At the blog anniversary approaches, I look back to see what I have done, and achieved. What I did last year was shifting blogging from a hobby to business. While I can hardly call it a business, but this means how I looked at it, and how I professionally want to serve YOU my readers.  (more…)

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