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Green Season Discounts & Green Ice Cream!
Green Tea Peach and Avocado Soft Serve
Green Season Discounts & Green Ice Cream!

Green is one of our favorite colors here at Hacienda Del Sol!  And with the lush green season just around the corner, we are excited to once again be offering deep discounts on vacations during this period from June through October.  If you have been thinking about visiting Costa Rica, our “winter” here is a dream; daily showers equal rainforest thick canopies of tropical beauty, and the humid, clean air is filled with life-force and vitality you can truly feel!

Here at HDS we also love to share raw-king recipes by our friends and family.  Today, in keeping with our green theme, and also to help quell the local high-heat, we thought we’d pass along a divine dish from the lovely Gena Hemshaw.  You can check that out below this post!  And also take some time to explore some of the blogs she has shared on her own website as part of her GREEN RECOVERY SERIES, on online space for those recovered from eating disorders to share their story, speak out, and inspire healing!  You can find a post from Hacienda’s own Meg Pearson’s too!

With so many bright and beautiful people out there helping to spread the wellness word around the world, we here at Hacienda Del Sol decided it high time we help share the wealth of health to our readers and guests. Over the next few months, we will be inviting various friends in our online community to post here on the blog.  These guest posts will cover everything from recipe inspiration and nutrition tips, to fitness faqs and how-tos.  We can’t wait to see what our writers share, and hope that you will be excited to see the info too!

Green Tea, Peach, and Avocado Soft Serve

by Gena Hamshaw, “Choosing Raw” (originally published July 2013)

IMG_5583 On Saturday night, I made a batch of banana soft serve for friends. I watched as their eyes widened in amazement as a few cups of brown, frosty banana chunks turned into a pale yellow, super creamy bowl of deliciousness. I listened to them “ooooh” and “aaaah” as they took their first bite of the sweet, refreshing dessert. And of course, to their repeated exclamations of “you’re sure that’s only banana?” I responded, “yes. Yes, it is.”

Banana soft serve is my number one summer dessert. I’ve written about it here (the original post), here (variations), and here (a new version with matcha green tea powder). Every single time I write about it, someone asks me if I have a version one can make without bananas. Until now, I haven’t quite known what to say. This week, I got to experimenting with a banana-less soft serve, and I think I have a good start–this creamy, subtle peach, green tea, and avocado soft serve.

OK, I’ll be honest. This isn’t quite as perfect a replication of soft serve texture as the banana version. But it’s not bad–not bad at all–thanks to the creamy avocado. I’d say it’s someplace in between an ice cream and a thick, fluffy smoothie.

I love the way peach and green tea work together here; that was inspired by one of my favorite summertime iced teas. This ice cream is only subtly sweet, so if you like things on the sweeter side, I’d say you should definitely add the maple syrup that’s offered in the recipe. But if you’re looking for something refreshing with just a hint of sweetness, I think you’ll love this. Banana soft serve is quite sweet indeed, so this is a very nice contrast!

Green Tea Peach and Avocado Soft Serve

  • 2 heaping cups frozen peaches
  • 1 small avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Use a blender or food processor to blend all ingredients till smooth. You may need to move things around in the processor a bit, or to use a tamp attachment with your blender. Add more almond milk as needed.
  2. Makes 2 generous or 4 small servings.

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For me, the Vitamix worked better than the food processor for this recipe, but you can definitely go either way. My next project is going to be a mango version — yum!

 If you’re digging this recipe or my matcha banana soft serve, check out my blueberry ginger ice cream from last summer–it was a big hit, and is still one of my top favorites, ever.

I’ll be back here with a special product review tomorrow (accompanied by a classic vegan lunchtime recipe). Till soon,