Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
The redemption of coconut has been one of the best things to happen to conscious eaters in the last few years. Having a treat we can feel good about recommending is pretty wonderful, too. Recent studies have shown that the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut milk – once demonized for its high saturated-fat content – are actually good for heart health, as well as digestion, skin health and a host of other things. And, of course, creamy coconut milk is just plain delicious, especially when it’s frozen into ice cream. Every bit as luxurious as dairy ice cream, with none of the gritty texture or questionable additives in soy and other nondairy frozen desserts, this truly dense, rich dessert from Coconut Bliss is made from coconut milk and agave syrup. That’s it, save for the various flavorings, which are equally simple and often organic and fair-trade certified. No empty calories and no sugar buzz (agave syrup has one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any sweetener) make this one of your better dessert options. The chocolate hazelnut flavor is particularly divine.
Find them at your local natural market for about $5 a pint, and learn more about the couple who runs this Oregon company at www.coconutbliss.com.