Donna Hay's Guilt-Free Ice-Cream

DONNA HAY'S new edition Fresh + Light, is themed around clean eating and making healthier choices in the kitchen – not that you'd know: this sweet raw cacao ice cream recipe with hazelnut praline is so rich and indulgent you'll likely forget the ingredients are nourishing and guilt free


  2. How Sweet It Is: above, Australian food stylist and author Donna Hay shares a favourite Sunday (guilt-free) treat from her latest issue, Fresh + Light, which puts frozen yogurt to shame.


  2. Ingredients:
  3. ½ cup (50g) raw cacao powder
  4. ⅓ cup (80ml) maple syrup
  5. 2 x 400ml cans coconut cream
  6. 400ml can coconut milk
  7. hazelnut praline
  8. ⅓ cup (45g) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  9. 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Place the cacao, maple syrup, coconut cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into 2 large zip-lock bags, pressing out as much air as possible, and seal. Lay the bags flat on a baking tray and freeze for 2 hours or until just frozen.

  2. To make the hazelnut praline:
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the hazelnut and maple syrup on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and toss to combine. Cook for 6–8 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool and break into small pieces. Set aside. Remove the cacao mixture from the freezer and, using your hands, bend the bags to break up the mixture into small pieces. Place the mixture in a food processor, in batches, and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor. Spoon the ice-cream mixture into a 2-litre-capacity tin and freeze for 3 hours or until just frozen. Sprinkle with the hazelnut praline to serve.  Serves 6–8.

CACAO is a raw, unprocessed chocolate supercharged with magnesium and flavanoids, said to have such high antioxidant levels as to support the cardiovascular and nervous system by preventing free radicals from forming. Cacao also contains the beauty mineral sulfur, which helps to build strong hair and nails, promote healthy skin and help detox the liver.

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