1/13/10

Raw Cherry Garcia® Soft Serve



One of the first raw desserts I ever tried was turning frozen bananas into a creamy treat. I first learned of doing this from Living on Live Food (p.516).

Thank you to Alissa Cohen for introducing me to this simply awesome raw dessert.

Of course, the raw food world was forever changed by this post from the lovely Gena of ChoosingRaw:)

Over the last several years, I must have made this hundreds of times, and tried so many different add-ins and flavor combinations.

Here is my favorite:)

You may remember my Halloween version...lol!

For flavor inspiration, I love to check out all the flavors at the Ben and Jerry website. Today I tried a raw Cherry Garcia® soft serve!

The base of the ice cream is of course frozen slices of banana. I used about 4 bananas, and pulsed them in the food processor using the "S" blade to about the size of peas. I added some pitted cherries, about 1/2 a cup, and 1/2 a teaspoon of cherry extract, and continued processing until a soft-serve consistency was reached. I did stop to scrape down the sides several times.

To this mix, I tossed in some raw chocolate chunks, and small handful of chopped cherries. Three or four more pulses mixed it all in. This makes 2 servings for me.

The chocolate was just some leftover Christmas Chocolates:)

This was awesome by itself, but so much better with a little chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of chia seed:)


Since I like to have mostly fruit for breakfast, I must confess this is what I had today. Is chocolate considered a fruit?

I just love raw food:)

23 comments:

Pam said...

Girl oh Girl...wish I was your neighbor for sure....wholly yum!

What kind of food processor do you have? Mine is about ready to retire...lol!

Hugs and thank you!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

It may be too early in the morning for me to be drooling! LOL! Oh my gosh that looks fantastic!

Nikki said...

Beautiful! I'm all about dessert for breakfast, after my green smoothie of course :)

I need to get some nanas in the freezer, stat! Forgot how much I love the nana soft serve.

Audrey said...

I love banana softserve...and this looks divine!

evergreen said...

Hi everyone! I love all your sweet comments:)

~Pam...I have an older Kitchenaid processor. I would get the same brand again, or a Cuisinart:)

There is a "well equipped" label in the sidebar that has the links to most of the actual equipment I use.

p.s. there is a house for sale on the next street, want the address?...hehe!

N said...

Oh, yum. That looks so good!

Sarah said...

This looks AMAZING!!! I may have to make this soon. I have everything but the chocolate...but carob might work.

April said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing with us! Always love your recipes and the beautiful pictures.

evergreen said...

Thank you N, Sarah, and April:)

~Sarah...I bet carob would work very well!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

oh my goodness - YUM!!!! Can't wait to try making this! Thanks :-)

bitt said...

yum! i just so happen to have some cherries in the freezer. no chocolate is ever left over in my house though. never ever.

Raw Goddess said...

Wowsers! That sure looks delish! I have a bunch of moist, dried cherries... Id like to try with those. Thanks for the idea. Love your blog!

Pam said...

Alright!....as I'm singing from The Jefferson's show....long time ago...he he!...."Moving on up...Moving on up"....To NY from Ohio....get our doorstep cleaned off! lol!!!

Thanks for the FP info. Evergreen!

Hugs and Enjoy!

evergreen said...

~barefoot and frolicking...hope you like it if you do:)

~bitt...guess you will just have to make more chocolate!!!

~Raw Goddess...welcome, and thank you for the sweet comment. Moist dried cherries sound wonderful:)

~Pam...well, you will at least be movin' on up in altitude...hehe (don't forget your snow pants)

Melissa said...

Evergreen that looks so yummy! That is a perk of raw foods, dessert can be breakfast too:)

evergreen said...

Hi Melissa! I think that is my favorite thing about eating raw:)

Julia said...

My mouth watered at the first picture before even reading! Do you need a food processor to make this or would a Vita-mix work?

P.S. I love that this was your breakfast!

evergreen said...

Hi Julia:) Sure, you can make it in a high-speed blender like Vita-mix or Blendtec. I would put everything in at once, with the cherries on the bottom:)

Isle Dance said...

I just ((love)) that you love sharing ((this)) raw food! Smooches!

La Mama Naturale' said...

Oh you lucky girl! That looks soooo good! *drool* ;p your carrot cake below is looking pretty yummo too! I wish I had these talents. Mmmm!!!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

OK, so cacao is a bean, which is like a nut, and nuts, technically, are fruit ... YES chocolate IS a fruit!

evergreen said...

Yay! Thanks for letting me know, Lisa:)

Kitchens said...

This looks AMAZING!!! I may must make this soon. I have everything but the chocolate but carob might work.

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