I’ve been on a bit of a turmeric kick. After I started making my coconut turmeric bites, and adding turmeric to my bone broth, I decided to branch out and see what else I could add it to. So there I was, standing in front of my fridge trying to find the perfect combination when I saw the frozen mango in my freezer. “Well… they’re the same color…” I thought, “it may work.” Oh, and it did.
Living in Dallas, TX in the summer is… well… it’s a dumb idea. It’s brutally hot here in the summer, so frozen fruit and fruit and veggie popsicles are some of my favorite treats this time of year. Though I love turmeric in broth, and in other warm dishes like cauliflower rice, I was really craving a way to make turn it into a cold treat.
I requested a lot of kitchen appliances and accessories on my wedding registry last year. Like, entirely too many. I had a donut pan on there, gargantuan mixing bowls, and even a foreman grill. One of the appliances that I was especially hopeful for, but sadly didn’t get was an ice-cream maker. What with not being able to have dairy and all, I really wanted to have an ice-cream maker to make my own coconut ice-cream and have it not cost an arm and a leg. But when there’s a will there’s a way! With some patience, a high speed blender, and the right balance of ingredients, this ice-cream can be yours without an actual ice-cream maker!
So, why turmeric?
I mentioned a lot of this in my coconut turmeric bites recipe, but turmeric has great flavor and is known for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities. Turmeric is a member of the same family as a ginger (another great, natural anti-inflammatory ingredient) and has been shown in many studies to reduce pain, and inflammation in those with chronic joint pain, and even RA.
Are treats still okay if you’re dealing with inflammation?
Though this ice-cream may contain turmeric, it’s not a supplement grade ice-cream 😉
That being said, every person has their own threshold. Many people dealing with serious inflammation are best off avoiding sugar, even natural sugar like mango. We’re all bio-individuals and what works for one person may not work for the other, and so forth.
For someone like me who has Hashimoto’s disease and has done tons of gut healing and reduced my antibodies to normal, I do fine with the occasional treat here and there.
How can you have treats that are more balanced?
As always, it’s important to remember that moderation and balance is key. Our modern diets are inundated with processed sugar and refined carbohydrates that result in terrible blood sugar handling.
As a nutritional therapy practitioner, nearly every single one of my clients is dealing with a sugar handling issue when they come to me. Though they may believe that their biggest problem is energy, hormonal acne, or thyroid problems, the root cause is often their blood sugar. Poorly regulated blood sugar is a global problem and far beyond just those who are diabetic. Poor blood sugar regulation can result in hormonal imbalance, increased intestinal permeability, gut bacteria imbalance, digestive issues, mood and energy problems, and you guessed it… inflammation.
However, treats can be part of a balanced diet if we keep the following in mind…
- Eat them in moderation.
- Think outside the box… savory foods can be treats too! Bacon, anyone?
- Use natural sweetener like fresh or frozen fruit, local honey, or maple syrup.
- Add a good fat source to your treats to balance the sugar absorption.
All that being said, that’s why I used full fat coconut cream and milk for this recipe, as well as added in just a bit of coconut oil. The fat from the coconut can help balance the metabolism of the sugar from the mango, as well as make the turmeric more bio-available, and make the ice-cream more satiating!
My favorite coconut products are from tropical traditions. They’re traditionally harvested, and have literally the best flavor that I’ve ever had!
Turmeric Mango Ice Cream
- 3 cups frozen mango
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Optional: 1 tsp coconut flakes for garnish
- In a high speed blender like a vitamix, blend all of the ingredients on med/low speed until combined. If using the vitamix, use the tamper to help make sure it blends evenly.
- Once combined and not chunky, add to a glass tupperware and place in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours. (
- Use an ice-cream scoop to add to a dish, sprinkle with coconut flakes and enjoy!
- TIP: This ice-cream freezes solid if you keep in the freezer for multiple days. I shot these photos about an hour after making it and freezing it, so the consistency will vary by how long you’ve had it in the freezer! 🙂 I like leave it out on the counter for 10-20 minutes or so to melt a bit to make it easier to scoop/eat! You can also throw in in the microwave for a bit to defrost.
Have a sweet summer, friends!