Some of you are PUMPED for this recipe because you are doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox like I did just a couple weeks ago, and some of you are less than thrilled because you don’t give a sh*t about a sugar detox. Both understandable. So I have a solution for those not doing the sugar detox: add honey or maple syrup. PROBLEM SOLVED. You’re welcome. You can thank me by setting me up with your single, good looking brother, or cousin, or friend of a friend of a friend. I would thoroughly appreciate that. Thank you.
This recipe is actually based off of appreciation. I recently received a ice cream maker from an absolutely incredibly kind paleOMG reader. She emailed me to tell me she had mailed me a present to my work. Then I announced that I was doing my 21 Day Sugar Detox and she said it was fine if I re-gifted the present she sent me. When I opened the package to find an ice cream maker, there was no way I was EVER going to re-gift this amazing gift. Margaret told me she just wanted to thank me for my website and how much it has enhanced her family’s life. How awesome is that?! So Margaret, thank YOU for enhancing my life with this amazing ice cream maker so I can create even more recipes for the Paleo community and now the Sugar Detox community. I’ve already made 4 ice creams in it so there will be many more ice cream recipes to come! Maybe even in my cookbook!! Eeeeeek!
So guess what? This weekend was suppose to be an amazingly pain-filled weekend at Front Range CrossFit for their annual Colorado Open CrossFit competition, but I no longer will be participating. Insert sad face. I’ve competed 2 years in a row there, finishing 26th my first time and 2nd my second time around. And this year was going to be real fun because they are splitting the competition into a Pro Division and an Open Division. The pro division is filled with athletes from Regionals so I was super pumped to get my ass whooped by all those women. Alas, I injured my shoulder at my last competition and can’t pick up heavy things. I’m literally doing air squats, box jumps, and running every day. Thrilling. So instead, I will fill my weekend with creating new recipes for my cookbook and then go to Front Range to cheer on all the amazing athletes with food in hand. Hopefully I’ll make new friends if I bring food with me. Friends meaning men. Who am I kidding. All this event will bring is men who are wearing obnoxiously bright clothes and think they are unbelievably cool. Fact.
- 1 medium sweet potato or yam, baked until soft (stop worrying about size, it won't make that big of a difference)*
- 1 (14 oz) canned coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons cinnamon (the more the better. duh.)
- sprinkle of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- more cinnamon
- one more pinch of salt
- First, bake your sweet potato. So poke a crap ton of holes in it using a fork.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place your sweet potato on a baking sweet.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until your sweet potato is soft to the touch. The longer you bake it and the gushy-er it gets, the sweet it will be.
- Let sweet potato cool and remove the skin.
- Place sweet potato in a food processor along with your coconut milk and puree until smooth.
- Then add your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of salt and puree one more time.
- Place in fridge to cool for 30min.-1 hour depending how warm your sweet potato was.
- Add cooled mixture to your ice cream maker and follow the directions.
- While your ice cream churns, pull out a small saucepan, place under medium heat and add your 2 tablespoons of coconut oil along with ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Then add your walnuts and mix around to help the coconut oil coat on all sides.
- Let your walnuts begin to roast. After a minute or so, they will become fragrant and then add your cinnamon and a bit of salt. Keep flipping around your walnuts so they do not burn and they can coat in the cinnamon.
- Add more cinnamon if you want. I did.
- Once your ice cream is done, top with walnuts. I also topped mine with a bit of sunbutter.