From Lauren: Last week, I moved to Seattle and transferred to Bastyr University. While I’m busy settling into my new schedule, I’m excited to host some special guest posts. Today’s post comes from Erin at Pure and Simple Nourishment. Erin is an MD who believes in the healing power of food and is helping spread her knowledge in the medical community!
Hi Empowered Sustenance readers! My name is Erin (Dr. Carter to my patients) and I run the blog Pure and Simple Nourishment. I am thrilled to be posting here today for Lauren. I have been a fan of her blog for years now so you can only imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to share a recipe with you all.
I started eating a whole foods diet a few years ago after struggling for years with diarrhea prone IBS. I tried many different treatments, both from conventional and alternative medicine practices, none of which helped. Through my own research and a lot of trial and error, I have learned how to treat my condition with nutrition.
I recently finished my internal medicine residency and am currently completing my training in rheumatology. I have seen dietary changes make huge differences for the patients I treat, and I firmly believe that nutrition should play a central role in the treatment of any chronic condition. Lauren is an amazing example of how using food can help your body heal. Unfortunately, most physicians still do not realize the impact that nutrition can have as a treatment strategy, and I am hoping that through my blog I can slowly help spread this knowledge throughout the medical community.
Pure and Simple Nourishment is a place where I explore areas related to health and wellness, with a main focus on recipes that follow paleo, SCD and GAPS guidelines. It is my mission to show you that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring! You can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite ice cream recipes with you. I have always loved the flavor combination of orange and chocolate so I decided to create my own ice cream version. This Dark Orange Chocolate Ice Cream is dairy free and safe for the paleo and GAPS diets. It also doesn’t require an ice cream maker so all of you should be able to make it with the kitchen tools you already have at home.
I know that many of you (me included) try to avoid added sweeteners when it comes to recipes, so good news for you, this recipe requires no added sweetener. It is made sweet by the fruits and coconut butter that are in it. I have added the option to include a couple tablespoons of honey if you want this to be slightly sweeter, but I rarely ever include that myself.
Now I realize that winter is just around the corner, so I hope you have time to make this one before it gets too cold for ice cream (although I personally don’t think it is ever too cold for ice cream). I would love to hear what you think of this one. Enjoy, and happy eating everyone!
- 2 large, ripe bananas
- Zest from one orange
- Juice from one orange (1/2 cup)
- ½ cup coconut butter (available here)
- 3 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 tsp organic orange flavor (available here)
- pinch sea salt
- 3 TBSP organic carob powder (for autoimmune option) OR cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP grassfed gelatin (available here)
- Optional: 1-2 TBSP honey
- Place a medium sized pot on the stove and turn the burner to medium heat
- Place all the ingredients except the cocoa powder and gelatin into the pot and allow to melt, stirring occasionally
- Once the ingredients are melted together and smooth add the cocoa powder and mix well
- Turn off the heat and add the gelatin, stirring well until it dissolves
- Pour the mixture into a freezer-proof bowl
- Place the bowl in the freezer and freeze for 60-90 minutes, stirring every 20-30 minutes until it has the texture you desire
- Remove from freezer, serve and enjoy!
I’m Erin: MD by day and paleo blogger by night. Through my own health struggles I have come to realize the healing power of real food. Pure and Simple Nourishment is a place where I share recipes and health information, and hopefully I can show you that healthy doesn’t have to be boring! You can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.