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You may of noticed blood oranges popping up at your local grocery market. If you haven't eaten one before I highly recommend you stop and place a few in your basket, you won't regret it! Unlike traditional oranges, blood oranges are only in season between December through until May depending on the variety.
The flesh of a blood orange is a deep, rich red due to the presence of anthocyanins which is a compound that gives some fruit and vegetables a red, blue and/or purple hue...think blueberries, eggplant, cherries and plums. The richer the colour, the more anthocyanins present.
Anthocyanins have an incredible antioxidant capacity...right up there with blueberries. Antioxidants are molecules that protect our body from free radicals which are unstable molecules that can promote cell damage throughout the body. So what better way to protect our bodies than to eat lots of colourful and vibrant fruits and vegetables....RIGHT?? Makes sense to me. Blood oranges are also charged with loads of vitamin C, fiber, potassium
This frozen desert takes only a few minutes to whip up after the oranges are frozen. It works best with a high powered blender but if you have a regular blender or food processor then let the orange slices thaw for about 10 minutes before blending. The flavours of the blood orange, vanilla and cinnamon create a wonderfully sweet, rich and almost floral flavour.
I sweetened this recipe with stevia but you can use your favourite natural sweetener. If you're familiar with stevia then you might of noticed it's slightly bitter aftertaste. Here's a Pro Tip: Stevia works BEST with citrus flavours. The citrus seems to mask the after taste leaving you with a naturally sweetened dessert that you can feel good about eating; simple, nourishing and delicious!
If you're not eating right away, place it in a bowl and freeze until ready to eat. Thaw about 10-15 minutes to soften before eating.
This serves 4 people.
BLOOD ORANGE FROZEN DESSERT
4 frozen blood oranges, peeled, separated and frozen
1/2 - 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk or cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia or 2-3 tablespoons of favourite sweetener
pinch of unrefined salt
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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