I’ve been having great fun looking through recipes and settling on our Thanksgiving menu. Of course, I can’t help but keep it healthy and clean eating. I’m working from the notion that any of us can create a delicious, healthy and clean eating meal without having to add tons of calories that taste good going down but don’t feel so great when they morph into extra pounds.
This past month I came across a recipe for sweet potato pie ice cream that is so simple and delicious that you’ll hardly believe it! It appears in the current issue of Clean Eating Magazine, one of my favs. It’s only contains a handful of ingredients and uses only natural sweeteners and tastes like, well, sweet potato pie! I made it for my most recent Good Morning Connecticut segment on WTNH earlier this month and it was a hit with Steve and the crew.
I adapted it just a bit after my first go round (it was a bit sweet for me so I reduced the maple syrup). You can have fun with this and make it your own. It’s the perfect way to mix up Thanksgiving with a new twist that’s healthy too. Keep in mind that it takes a little pre-planning as you need sufficient time to freeze the ice cream.
Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream
1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups unsweetened oat milk (available at the health food store)
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sweet potato pieces on a foil lined baking sheet (for easy clean up) and pour maple syrup over sweet potatoes to coat evenly. Bake for 30-60 minutes until tender.
2. Remove from oven and then transfer to refrigerator to let soften further.
3. Put sweet potatoes in food processor and puree until creamy. Then add oat milk, blend a little longer and add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes (I tried this in both the Vitamin and food processor and this is so much easier in the food processor as the Vitamix is too deep).
4. Pour into a square metal cake pan and freeze for 12 hours, until solid.
I found that the ice cream needed a good 10-15 minutes to soften up before serving. Once it isn’t so cold, it’s a whole lot creamier!
Give it a try and let me know what you think about this clean eating treat.