Tiger Nut Horchata Ice Cream
Lesson of the day! Tiger nut.
Tiger nut is a small vegetable in the tuber family. I know, right? Not what the name lends us to believe. This tuber is loaded with prebiotic fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and fat (the good kind). Tiger nuts were once a staple of the human diet and are still grown in many parts of the wold. It’s a main ingredient for Spanish horchata, for example - and when you taste the tiger nut milk, you can really see why it pairs with cinnamon so well.
But, back to the task at hand - ice cream. This ice cream recipe is super simple with minimal ingredients. It’s creamy and the spices really come through. The possibilities are endless: pair it with an apple crisp, place a scoop on top of baked fruit, or make the mixture into popsicles. I’ve topped mine with roasted figs and a little maple syrup. All in all though, this ice cream doesn’t need any pairing, it’s satisfying all on its own.
The final note is that this ice cream is sorta… good for you. It’s sweetened with dates which are a great source of fiber, b vitamins (especially b3 &6), magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and folic acid. Cashews are a great source of copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Cardamom is anti-carcinogenic, supports a healthy cardiovascular system, is thought to have anti-depressant properties, and is used in Ayurveda for gastrointestinal conditions. Cinnamon is a potent anti-inflammatory food, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, supports a healthy heart, promotes optimal insulin sensitivity (helps to regulate blood sugar) and it therefore anti-diabetic, and has a positive impact on neurological health. There’s not one ingredient in here that doesn’t have a positive impact on your health, which is a beautiful thing!
Happy ice cream-making!