It might come as a surprise but cashews are really good for your eyes. Nuts are excellent sources of vitamin E and minerals such as zinc that help keep your eyes healthy and decrease your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Why is Vitamin E so important?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect membranes of cells throughout the body against damage caused by free radicals. Some studies suggest that Vitamin E helps to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration (AMD). In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) involving nearly 5,000 people, researchers found a 25 percent lower risk of developing advanced stages of AMD when a nutritional formula including vitamin E was taken.
So in the spirit of keeping your eyes healthy and working on the principle of “sometimes foods” today’s recipe is full of cashews and is a healthy dessert option to the Magnum ice-cream. Thanks again to the Tasty K.
Ice Cream Filling:
- ½ cup cashews (soaked overnight)
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/8 maple syrup
- crushed raw almonds
- shredded coconut
- Place all the ice cream ingredients into the blender and mix until you have a smooth mixture.
- Pour the ice cream mixture into the molds until they are ¾ full (make sure not to fill them up completely so you have some space left for the caramel).
- Add the wooden sticks and place the filled molds into the freezer for about 1 hour (the ice cream should be quite firm already).
- In the meantime prepare the salted caramel filling by placing all ingredients into the blender and mixing them until you get a creamy texture (this will take some patience and you will have to use your blender stick to mash up the dates).
- Once you got the desired texture spread the caramel evenly into the remaining ¼ of the molds.
- Place the molds back into the freezer for 1-2 hours until the caramel has hardened up.
- Combine all the raw chocolate ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a smooth chocolate mixture.
Dip each popsicle into the chocolate, top with crushed almonds if desired and place them on a baking sheet in the freezer to dry. Make sure to let them defrost for about 3-5 minutes at room temperature before eating!
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