I am a big advocate for finding healthier versions of comfort food. Everything from cauliflower pizza crust to spaghetti squash noodles – I’ve tried it. Even foods that tend to be my kryptonite – like chocolate chip cookies or ice cream – can sometimes find themselves being replaced by a healthier option.
Ice cream, for one, is a food group that I have a hard time giving up. In fact, when I was growing up, my family loved ice cream so much that it would last maybe a day and half before that gallon of Dreyer’s Cookie Dough was gone – which is why we only got it about once or twice a month.
Now, I try to find healthier options to help balance my indulgences, which is why I went on a quest for Peach “Nice Cream.” I decided to find something that tasted like ice cream, but didn’t contain as much of the bad stuff – like fats, sugars and high sodium levels – all while celebrating peaches, since August is National Peach Month.
All of Stemilt’s peaches are organic and come from our orchards down in south central Washington State. These Artisan Organics™ peaches have beautiful coloring, wonderful texture and the best flavors. Peaches are great for nice cream as they are a little more dense than other fruits, plus they freeze well (a crucial step in making nice cream). Peaches also come with many health benefits, including being a low-calorie flavorful snack with lots of vitamins.
This peach nice cream recipe is great because it doesn’t take much time and is fairly easy to make if you have a food processor or blender. Dice the peaches up first – no worries on being totally precise. They get blended up anyway. After the peaches are diced, add in a couple of dashes of nutmeg, lemon juice (to help with oxidation), ice, and a smidge of honey (if your peaches are still a little ripe and not super sweet). After you have all of these, blend, blend, blend until you get a smooth consistency. Once smooth, pour into a loaf-style pan and cover. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until desired firmness. The result will end up being more sorbet than creamy ice cream, but it tastes just as good and it’s good for the waistline.
If you make this while peaches are in season, let us know how it goes in the comments below! We would love to learn some tips and tricks from our wonderful The Stem blog followers!