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Valentine Vegan Ice Cream

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It will soon be that time of year when our thoughts turn to sweet, treats, hearts and arrows. Valentine's Day is one of America’s most popular holidays, inspiring a flurry of card and gift giving to those we love. It’s also a time of over indulgence. If you’re trying to combine the festive side of Valentine’s Day and trying to stay in the healthy lane, I have an idea for you. Go vegan.

Show your love and appreciation of others through today’s recipe and gift idea. I know you are going to fall in love with this valentine treat. Get your mush on and let your heart speak, while leaving something memorable behind -a Valentine’s Day greeting card that includes a yummy, good-for- you recipe.

I travel a lot. I like to shop – a lot. I love finding artists that create unique items that are not only beautiful , but have a purpose. My favorite artist and chef Nadi Spencer from the delightful art community of Three Rivers, CA (gateway city to the Sequoias) creates a show-stopping set of cards that include recipes.

The Valentine card option comes in three size sizes: Note Card 4" x 5.6", Greeting Card 5" x 7", and the X-Large Greeting Card: 7.8" x 11." Envelope included. Available in your choice of paper finish: matte or glossy. You’ll like the high quality, chlorine and acid free matte paper consisting of 30% post-consumer waste and 50% total recycled fiber. Each card is $3.49. Or go big and get the 20 pack for $39.99. A bargain when compared to today’s drug-store greeting card prices. Purchase it here

This VEGAN VALENTINE Ice Cream recipe is just the ticket to go along with cookies and a café latte. This recipe is easy and fun. Made with cashew nuts, it’s creamy and comfort giving. As Nadi says, “Give it a try. Surprise your someone special and celebrate the love.”

2 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 bag (16 0z.) whole frozen strawberries, thawed.

1. In a food processor, blend cashews. Slowly add water, oil, and milk. Blend and pulse for 3-4 minutes, scraping bowl often, until very creamy.
2. Blend in sugars, vanilla and salt.
3. Pour into a freezer bowl.
4. Add strawberries to processor and blend slightly – you want small chunks. Add strawberries to cream.
5. Cover bowl and freeze.
Makes about 5 cups

You can find out more about Nadi and her delicious art work by visiting this Website

To learn more about the inspiring art community located in Three Rivers California, visit .

Speaking of inspiring cooks. Check out one of the best B & B's I've found in my American travels - the Three Rivers Bed and Breakfast run by amazing hosts Peter and Leah: . Note to self: I need to wheedle some more recipes from Leah!

Looking for a great Valentine book to read or give? Try, "A Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman’s Heart" Look for the link below.

Nadi Spencer
41838 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271



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