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I use cooked carrots in this recipe! (So, it is gentle for healing diets, with GAPS cultured and AIP non-dairy variations.) Cooked carrots aren’t that weird in a milkshake or smoothie. Think cooked pumpkin! Pumpkin shakes, pumpkin ice cream, carrot cake… and we make and serve Carrot-Cinnamon frozen yogurt at our ice cream shops, not to mention our Bunny Food Milkshake. In our Bunny Food we use carrot juice; so why didn’t I use fresh carrot juice here?
Cooked carrots are even gentler. They fit on the Intro. Diet of GAPS and some of us need that gentle of nutrition. Additionally, the inspiration for this shake came from the low-FODMAP diet, catered toward those who sometimes can’t eat winter squash (pumpkin) without bloating. And it’s DELICIOUS! This is as close as some of us get to ice cream and it’s a happy nearness.
The strategy is to steam the carrots, then freeze them in bite-size chunks.
Here’s how you do it!
* I use NuNaturals stevia but even with this one brand they have FIVE strengths of sweetness (five products that each vary in their potency), which makes it very hard to use in recipes! If you use stevia regularly, you will have no trouble knowing how much you like. If not, here are the varieties and some guidelines to know how much to use:
- Reb99- This is my favorite. It’s 99% pure with no added dextrose. You only need a few sprinkles to sweeten one serving. So with this recipe, I use 2 sprinkles to start, and one or more sprinkles if needed.
- White powder stevia without dextrose- This is the one we use at our frozen yogurt shops because it isn’t quite as concentrated so we can actually measure a full teaspoon out for big recipes or 1/8 tsp. for a recipe that will serve 4. If you have this variety, start with 1/16 tsp.
- White powder with dextrose- This is the kind that comes in packets and it’s more diluted, not as strong. I don’t use this kind because I don’t like dextrose. But my guess is you’d start with 1/8 tsp.
- Liquid tincture with alcohol base- I do like this option. Start with 10-15 drops and add more if needed.
- Alcohol-free liquid tincture- This version is made with palm-sourced glycerine and may be ideal for those who can’t have any alcohol. Depending on the brand, the glycerin-based stevias vary a lot in their sweetness. With NuNaturals, the sweetness is comparable to the alcohol-based version. But other brands have sweeter or less sweet versions. Definitely taste-test the glycerin versions of stevia before using them to see how much it takes to sweeten 12 ounces of liquid. It may be just 2-3 drops and it may be closer to 10 drops. If you use NuNaturals alcohol-free tincture in this recipe, start with 10 drops; then adjust according to your preference.