Down here in South Texas, we have an annual strawberry festival in a small town called Poteet. People from San Antonio and the entire South Texas region flock to this tiny festival to indulge in all forms of strawberry concoctions, plus carnival rides, games, and live music. There, you can find strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry pie, etc. Strawberry ice cream is indubitably sold there as well. But you are hard-pressed to find dairy-free strawberry ice cream. So let’s talk about our Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream!
Why do we need a Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream? Well, dairy is the issue. Aside from being high in calories and not too high in nutrition, dairy may be hypoallergenic to many. We know about lactose intolerance, but many are lactose sensitive. And we are not even addressing the possible cancer-causing issues with dairy.
Let’s go back to lactose intolerance. The body creates an enzyme called lactase. Its job is to breakdown the protein enzyme called lactose, found in most dairy products. As we age (or some children are simply born this way), we produce less lactase resulting in a more difficult time breaking down the inordinate amount of dairy we, Americans, consume on an annual basis.
What are the results of lactose intolerance? Most people have abdominal pain, bloating, excessive flatulence, diarrhea, and overall malaise. We don’t like these symptoms! So let’s avoid them the best we can. Moreoever, similar to gluten sensitivity, many Americans are unknowingly sensitive to dairy. They exhibit lactose intolerance symptoms but on a milder form. It would behoove these people to limit their amount of dairy as well.
Quickly on the cancer-causing aspects of dairy. Once of the reasons we embrace this Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream recipe is that another protein enzyme found in dairy is casein. Casein, in some independent studies, has been shown to be tumor-genic, meaning it fuels tumor growth. It’s a possible carcinogen if consumed for many decades. And most Americans consume dairy for many decades.
Before we get to the Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream recipe, let’s talk about other mammal’s milk. Namely goat milk. Milk from goats have much lower levels of lactose and casein. The issue with goat milk is that it is pricey. A half-gallon of it may run close to $8. That is three times the price of a half-gallon of organic cow’s milk.
The other alternative is non-dairy milk alternatives. We have a Holistic Health News (HHN) episode on the Which non-Dairy Milk Alternative Is Best? as well as an article on it. Check it out to see who wins out between soy, almond, coconut, hemp, and other “milks.”
Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream
So let’s get to the Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream. The beauty of this recipe is the use of cauliflower. What, cauliflower?! Some of you might be aware of the cauliflower craze of morphing it into mashed potatoes, rice, or even pizza crust. Some of you might even know of it as an ingredient in ice cream. In fact, we have two recipes on NPE on cauliflower ice cream. Click on the captions below to try them out.
You can understand the allure of cauliflower. You get plant-based nutrition (phytonutrients) plus the loads of fiber. So you take out the allergenic and possible cancer-causing issues of dairy and replace it with a “Paleo God” like cauliflower.
So what about the creaminess texture you are losing by not using dairy milk? A great Paleo substitute is coconut. Coconut is not only high nutrient-dense and full of saturated fats and some fiber, but it brings creaminess. In this Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream recipe we use coconut cream since it is a little denser than coconut milk, but you could opt for the latter if need be.
Let’s focus on the strawberries. Berries, in general are high in fiber and nutrients like Vitamin C but low in sugar, especially blackberries and raspberries. Plus they taste amazing. The problem is that they absorb loads of pesticides. Same for peaches, seen in this recipe. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes the Dirty Dozen list of the produce which absorb the most pesticides. Strawberries and peaches are commonly on this list. So, you should buy ORGANIC strawberries.
We add other ingredients to amplify the nutrient value. Cinnamon is an amazing natural sweetener which also improves heart health and serves as a great anti-microbial agent. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar or insulin as well. Check out this article on the Benefits of Cinnamon.
Chia seeds are added as well. Why? Because they bring added fiber and healthy unsaturated fats. But they don’t bring any carbs. Plus they are great chameleons in that they don’t bring a taste so you can throw them in everything.
This Paleo, Keto Cauliflower Ice Cream recipe is fast and easy to make. Enjoy it! For those of you who like whipped cream, add our keto, dairy-free whipped cream to it.
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Remove frozen bananas from freezer a few minutes before blending. Add all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. You can eat it immediately or place in freezer for 30 minutes to get more of the ice cream texture.
Remove frozen bananas from freezer a few minutes before blending.
Add all ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
You can eat it immediately or place in freezer for 30 minutes to get more of the ice cream texture.