Bliss. I just love this word. If you look up the definition of “bliss” you’ll see it means supreme happiness…utter joy…contentment. And that’s exactly how I feel when I have a spoonful of Coconut Bliss. A cold, creamy sweet treat is bliss for me. Call me crazy.
Honestly, I can give up a lot of things in the name of health. Ice cream just happens to not be one of them.
My absolute favorite way to enjoy ice cream these days is to make my own in my Cuisinart® Classic White Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker (which happens to currently be a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com with over 1,800 reviews!) I make all sorts of dreamy and decadent “superfood” dairy-free ice creams sweetened with “whole food” sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, date puree, etc. My homespun ice creams are so healthy you can even eat them for breakfast! In fact, my son’s favorite breakfast these days is my Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.
Sadly, I don’t always have time to make homemade ice cream.
Hello Coconut Bliss
Coconut Bliss is my go-to when it comes to store-bought ice cream.
Although I can’t classify Coconut Bliss as a superfood, it is the healthiest option I have yet to find as far as ice cream is concerned.
Made from coconut milk and other all-natural ingredients, Coconut Bliss is a dairy-free, vegan ice cream that is very similar to a semifreddo, the lushest and creamiest of frozen desserts. You have to taste it to believe it.
You can find Coconut Bliss at your local Whole Foods store and many other natural food stores. The ingredients are organic and top-notch all the way. The coconut milk, for instance, is imported from a certified organic grower in Thailand. So, while the cost may be slightly higher than what you are accustomed to paying for traditional ice cream, you do get what you pay for.
And the flavor options are extensive. Surely you can find something to suit your fancy…maybe an exotic flavor like Lunaberry Swirl, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Ginger Cookie Caramel or Mocha Maca Crunch? Or go more classic and mainstream with something like Naked Almond Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Naked Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Mint Galactica. I’m sure you’ll figure it out…
But Are Coconuts Healthy?
I know a lot of people still worry about eating coconuts primarily because they are known to be rich in fat, particularly saturated fat. However, just like all calories are not created equal (100 calories from carrots is not at all the same as eating 100 calories of pretzels), all fats are not created equal either. Studies show the saturated fat from coconuts and coconut oil is not the same as the saturated fat from animal foods, such as beef.
While its natural richness creates the creamy “full fat” mouth feel and texture people love, the fat in coconut milk is very different from other fats. Unlike other fats, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil do not need to be broken down and can be used immediately by the body as energy. In fact, because MCT’S are smaller in size than other fats and are so easy to digest they are actually given in hospitals to provide nourishment to critically ill people who have trouble digesting fat.
You can conduct your own rudimentary digestion experiment simply by comparing how you feel after eating a serving of Coconut Bliss to how you feel after eating Haagen Dazs. Trust me, you will notice a BIG difference. The Coconut Bliss is 100% satisfying, but it doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down and doesn’t give you that unpleasant food-coma feeling you can get from eating regular ice cream. With Coconut Bliss you can indulge and still maintain your zip, pep and go!
The Best Way to Enjoy Coconut Bliss
These days, instead of digging into a big bowl of ice cream the way I did when I was a kid, I look for ways to boost nutrition while keeping the ice cream portion rather small.
What works for me–and what totally satisfies my ice cream craving—is a mini Coconut Bliss ice cream sundae made with all sorts of fruit and nut combos and “crunchy ice cream toppers”.
I have included one of my favorite recipes for a super delicious, mostly guilt-free Coconut Bliss sundae below…
Coconut Bliss Sundae with “Crunchy Ice Cream Topper”
The crunchy ice cream topper is actually something I make up in big batches because it’s so good and so versatile too—you can put it on ice cream, use it as a topping for fresh fruit or cooked breakfast grains such as millet or oatmeal, or just eat it straight up. Made from dried fruits, raw nuts / seeds and raw cacao nibs (I buy Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao nibs), it’s a great nutrition booster too!
For super antioxidant benefits I like to use dried organic blueberries but it’s also great with dried organic dates, apricots, apples, etc. It’s even good with dried gogi berries (Navitas Naturals is a great source for organic gogi berries too, by the way.)
You can switch the nuts up too and use raw pecans, macadamia nuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.
The cacao nibs are not very sweet but if you need additional sweetness you can add some date sugar (this is unprocessed and made from “whole” dates…so it’s not an empty calorie sugar.)
As for the Coconut Bliss Sundae…you’ll notice in the recipe below I really don’t use much ice cream at all and instead use tons of fruit, so it’s really about as guilt-free a sundae as you can get. Still, it tastes delicious and totally hits the spot. Try it and you’ll see what I mean 😉
Ivy’s Crunchy Ice Cream Topper
- ¼ cup raw walnuts (or pecans, almonds, peanuts, etc.)
- ¼ cup dried organic blueberries (or dates, apricots, raisins, gogi berries, etc.)
- ¼ cup cacao nibs (or dark mini chocolate chips)
Place all ingredients in a mini food processor; process into crumbs. Place crumbs in zip top bag and store in freezer until ready to use.
Coconut Bliss Sundae
- ½ banana, sliced
- ¼ cup Coconut Bliss (any flavor!)
- ½ cup chopped fresh cherries
- 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened organic coconut
Place the banana slices in the bottom of a small bowl (or martini glass.) Scoop the Coconut Bliss on top. Add the cherries and shredded coconut. Sprinkle the crunchy ice cream topper on top. Enjoy!