Melon Berry Medley

food Jul 26, 2016

Galia melons are at their best at the moment, and I was lucky to by a few of them really cheap the other day because they had just reached their best before date. Of course, for me, reaching the best before date is the best date, as it means the fruit will be beautifully ripe and fragrant.

 

The most obvious thing to do with a really ripe melon is to just cut it open, take a spoon and spoon out the juicy, sweet melon flesh. But with only a few ingredients and a good strong blender, you can create a very impressive dessert for guests or even just a simple vegan ice cream treat for your kids. Note that there is no added sugar in the ice cream, the sweetness simply comes from the melon, so you do really need a very ripe fruit! 
 

Simple & quick vegan, no added sugar, melon ice cream

 

Ingredients (makes 4-5 portions)

1 super ripe Galia melon
100g macadamia nuts (soaked for 30mins in water)
2 tablespoons baobab powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (don't worry if you haven't got any at home... it really isn't essential)
 
How to do it

Cut the melon in half, remove the seeds and scoop out the melon flesh into your blender.
Rinse and drain the macadamia nuts and add them to the blender.
Add the baobab powder, lemon juice and vanilla essence.
Blend for 1 minute on high speed.
Scrape down the lid and sides of your blender jar and blend again for another minute.
Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl (I actually use a glass storage container with a plastic lid) and place it in your freezer.
Set a timer for 1 hour and when the time is up, remove the container from the freezer, stir the mixture well and return to the freezer. (Or if you own an ice cream maker... all the better!).
Repeat step seven after a further hour. 
Remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 or 15 minutes before you want to serve it. 
Or... pour into individual ice cream lolly moulds before serving. 

Turn it into a luxurious, luscious dessert 

In my version above I used 200g red currents, but I frankly can't think of any berry that wouldn't go well in this scenario. Because currents are quite tart, I decided to sweeten them a little with a teaspoon of xylitol (a sweetener made from birch bark which has no impact on your blood sugar - use sparingly! A teaspoon is enough!). I layered the ice cream with the berries and then added a simple dark chocolate sauce. I think my favourite bit is how the chocolate sauce goes solid on the ice cream. 

 

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients (for 4 portions):

1 cup (100g) cacao powder

1/4 cup (60ml) coconut nectar

1/2 cup (125ml) coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp cacao butter, melted

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract 

 

Blend all ingredients into a smooth and silky chocolate sauce.

I hope you will try this delicious dessert. A wonderful way to enjoy a ripe melon and the abundance of berries we have in the summer. Let me know how you liked it and what variations you've tried by leaving a comment on the right or posting your photos on my facebook page

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