Pistachio Vegan Ice Cream is a chip off of the ancient creamed ice and iced cream block. Yes, ancient…surprised?
Before there was ice cream or an ice cream industry…before there was an ice cream truck with carnival music or the “I scream- You Scream-We all scream for ice cream” ode to America’s favorite dessert was pinned…before there were top tier makers like Breyer’s, Blue Bell, Ben and Jerry’s, or the world’s largest ice cream specialty shop franchise, Baskin-Robbins, or the Eskimo Pie and Klondike Bar—which all dared to outdo the others to satisfy America’s frozen milk and cream-delectable dessert craving–there was Vegan Ice Cream.
Now known as Nice Cream, Vegan Ice Cream can be traced as far back as the 2nd century B.C. What makes it nice now, is what made it even nicer then…back during a time when organic fruit, vegetables and nuts were all there was: Plenty of Snow. No Milk. No gluten. No additives like colorings and stabilizers.
Can you even imagine that?
And what about the fact there was no refined sugar nor artificial sugar substitutes, and absolutely no chemical fertilizers to expedite the growth or fruits and vegetables? Well, quite simply, it’s a fact…yes, there really was a time when “Green Food Goodness” (nutritious, organic fruit and vegetables, etc.) was the norm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and for what we now call snacks and desserts.
So, go ahead and brace yourself: there was no chocolate nor caramel to add to the creamed ice concoctions for that “eyes rolled back to the back of the head” effect. And, while we’re at it—lactose intolerance was not a reality because the use of cow’s milk was nonexistent.
No bubble guts. No feelings of tiredness or sleepiness. No fighting the feelings of upchucking…Yes, Chuck could keep it all down!
What the earliest forms of frozen desserts offered were healthy, nutritious, and delicious treats,
that were simple to prepare and fun and exciting to eat…
…this is exactly what you’re being offered with this Pistachio Nice-Cream recipe and you’ll soon be able to offer it to your children…or someone you know who is diabetic or has a health concern that demands a change in diet and lifestyle…you can become an expert Nice Cream maker and be sought after by friends and family for birthday parties, company events and more.
You and others will love this summertime treat 365 days a year! An ancient treat with a full blown modern desire…
Now, interesting enough, many individuals and cultures throughout the world and history, have staked their claim on originating the precursor to ice cream, as well as ice cream itself. Asking who invented ice cream is like asking who invented the desire for dessert… or chewing and swallowing.
Before there was ice cream, froyo (frozen yogart), a milkshakes or sundae…before there were different types of ice cream such as frozen custard, sorbet, gelato and others—there was what now is and will forever be: Nice—Cream.
If you are wondering why I referred to Nice Cream as NYCE Cream in the heading, here is the backstory: New York City is on record as being the first to offer ice cream to the general public in 1777 after years of being the dessert of privileged of the elite. NYC is also my birthplace and where I grew up…the place where I first got my first taste of frozen-creamy heaven…yes, there were ice cream parlors in the Big Apple that served some of the best ice cream on the planet…
…so, to honor the place where I first fell in love with conventional ice cream, and to honor the influence NYC’s cultural food diversity has had on my desire to create foods, meals, desserts and snacks that match the texture, taste, and flavor of popular fast foods and junk foods—but exceed them in nutritional value and health benefits—NYCE Cream is my way of offering you a recipe that combines a touch of my southern heritage with a huge measure of New York City Excellence (NYCE)!
Please check out the video to learn how to make Pistachio Vegan Ice Cream (aka Nice Cream; Chef TR’s NYCE Cream) perfect every time. This recipe is simple and inexpensive to make, and is an excellent alternative to conventional ice cream for those who desire that junk food taste but want a dessert healthy enough for vegans.
So, whether you’re making dietary changes by choice or by force for better health—this Nice Cream favorite is sure to put a smile on your face and help you take inches off your waste…and, will become that healthy treat that children start to scream even louder for. Whoopy!
For fun facts on the history of ice cream and more, please check out these links below:
1925 Version of “I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream”, Song:
I hope you enjot this recipe 🙂
Recipe: Pistachio Vegan Ice Cream
2 cups coconut or almond creamer ( I used the So Delicous brand)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 tbsp sweetener* such as coconut sugar, turbinado sugar, agave or maple syrup
1 cup fresh spinach, lightly packed
2 cups ice cubes (if you do not have a ice cream maker)