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Monday
Apr192010

Dairy-Free Beet & Cherry Creamsicles (gluten free, vegan, ACD)

You may have noticed that Ricki from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs and I are hosting a new event called the SOS Kitchen Challenge.  The even features a key ingredient each time, which you can choose to make sweet or savory.  The event is in the final two days - entries are due by midnight on Tuesday 4/20 - and we are having so much fun watching recipe contributions roll in! i can't wait to share the round-up with all of you;  I am so inspired by the creativity our readers are demonstrating. Amazing! 

Feeling inspired, I decided to add a sweet contribution to the recipe round up as well: Beet-Cherry Creamsicle. Roasted beets, cherries, coconut milk, cardamom, vanilla. Bam. Awesome. Sugar-free popsicles, with vegetables inside? Right on!  These things are rich, sweet, and wonderfully flavored.  I had all I could do to stop eating it right out of the blender.  

They aren't technically proper creamisicles because they don't have cream in the center (I didn't have it in me to figure that one out this time around, but I think I know how to make it happen), they are more like ice creamy popsicles.  I thought about making it into ice cream, but decided popsicles would be more fun.  If you have an ice cream maker, go ahead and throw the "batter" in; I be the ice cream would be fabulous! I'm going to try that after my popsicles are gone.

This makes quite a bit of popsicle batter, and since I only have 6 popsicle molds, I put the rest into ice cube trays and stuck in toothpicks. Brilliant! Now I have mini popsicles for when I have a mini sweet tooth!

I think that it would be fun to use golden beets and golden cherries for lovely yellow-colored popsicles.  Or what about using golden beets and peaches instead of cherries? Or red beets and raspberries? The opportunities are endless.  I think that this general idea tweaked a bit would also make an amazing dessert soup, something that I plan to try later down the line.

Enjoy!  Feeling inspired to participate? Check out my SOS Kitchen Challenge page for all the details, then submit your recipe to soskitchenchallenge@gmail.com by midnight on Tuesday, 4/20.  Hope to see your recipe in our inbox!  Also check out my challenge kick-off post: Caramelized Onion, Rhubarb, and Beet Compote, served with Buckwheat Waffles and Cultured Cashew "Sour Cream". Yum.


Beet & Cherry Creamsicles
Yield:  about 3 1/2 cups "batter", finished popsicle yield varies

1 large beet
1 1/2 cups pitted fresh or frozen cherries
1 can organic coconut milk (2 cups) (if coconut allergic, try using other non-dairy milk)
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla 
1/2 tsp cardamom
10-12 drops stevia liquid, or more to taste (could substitute with green or white stevia extract powder, or another natural sweetener like agave nectar, honey, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup; start with a small quantity and add to your taste preference)

Heat oven to 400º. Scrub beet, trim off greens, and prick a few times. Wrap in foil and put in the oven for 1 hour or until tender. Let cool slightly, then remove skin; it should just slide off easily!  Chop beet coarsely.

Place beet in blender with remaining ingredients and blend until totally smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or into ice cube trays and insert toothpicks for mini popsicles.  Freeze 2-3 hours.  Serve!

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Reader Comments (14)

yummmmm! I'm drooling here! This creamsicle looks so good!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Thank you for your comment on my entry to the SOS Challenge that you and Ricki have going. I think weI can do a once-a-month entry. You have some good health information here and we have added you to our gluten-free blogroll. Now, I need to get me some creamsicle molds - with summertime here I bet they will have some at the grocery store!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Hi! Thanks again for letting me be a part of the SOS Challenge! I can't believe I hadn't seen your blog up until now, I LOVE it! Your recipes are so creative, I've just now started browsing but I have a feeling I'm going to have to spend even more time in the kitchen than I already do. My taste buds are very excited! :)

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

Wow. Wow. Wow!

Those are amazing! You are clearly a super skilled and confident chef to know in advance you have the know-how to pull something off that would never occur to most of us in a million years. The flavor combination sounds incredible, that photo is gorgeous (I love the ring of popsicles with the single bite missing!) - I can't wait to make these. I think I have some popsicle holders somewhere...

Is there something I could sub for stevia? I don't have any. Would agave or another similar sweetener work, do you think?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScrumptious

I'm so behind on my blog reading that I've just gotten to this now--and am in awe! Also, THRILLED that I could eat these, too! The cherry-beet combo sounds sensational. Love your mini sweet tooth ones, too! :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Y'know, I didn't think these sounded that appealing from the title, but now that I've seen the picture, I'm sold. Beautiful photography! This may be a fun way to use our CSA beets (not normally a family favorite)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

"Hello Hero, my name is Aubree."

I really can't even describe how impressive these are. Seriously... epic :D

~Aubree Cherie

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubree Cherie

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! Hooray for beets, new friends, and the SOS Kitchen Challenge! These really are good...I'm actually sucking on one right now... yummy beety cherry goodness! I was a wild experiment that worked : ) Love to all of you. xoxo Kim

April 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

Scrumptious - I just realized I forgot to answer your question! yes, feel free to use agave or any other sweetener you'd like - I should add that to the recipe. It would definitely work! Best of luck :)

April 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

YUM! How cool are these. You are so inspirational!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

OMG, these look amazing! So colorful! I love cardamom, but who would have thought of using beets? I wonder how these will taste with So Delicious Coconut Milk instead of canned coconut milk (for a lower-fat but still coconutty version.) I'm excited to try it!

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

WOWEE!!! Those look amazing!!!
Thanks for the great idea -- these will have to be in my freezer this summer!!!

Kim, These were outstanding! Husband really dug them too! It is brutally humid here in Fl and it's a pleasant cool treat to have on standyby. Thank you. Absolutely wonderful and easy and healthy!!!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergina

That color is BEAUTIFUL!
Where do you find alcohol free vanilla? Does it contain sugar?

Thanks in advance!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoula Reese
Sorry, no comments/questions allowed right now.
Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo