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Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato

November 15, 2015

Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato is creamy and dreamy cardamom, ginger and cinnamon butternut ice cream dunked into a vanilla cardamom espresso shot.Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato / htttp://bamskitchen.com

No need to serve your guests coffee with their dessert when they can have it all in one delicious little package. After all, of those heavy holiday meals you want a lighter dessert and this dessert is so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast.

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Have you ever tried an Affogato? In Italy, it is common to get a dollop of ice-cold vanilla gelato topped with a steamy hot-shot of espresso on top. The creaminess of the ice cream blends with the strong espresso for a delightful sweet ending to any meal.

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The Italians had a brilliant idea and I wanted to take that concept one step further and make a dessert fall inspired and with a healthy kick.

Roasted butternut squash spiced with cardamom, fresh ginger, cinnamon and a little drizzle of maple syrup is then frozen over night, popped into the food processor with a little chilled coconut milk and wah la.. you have the easiest no churn healthy ice cream ever.

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A couple of years ago I wrote a recipe for a Red, White and Blue Healthy Sorbet using frozen raspberries, lychee and blueberries in a food processor for a delicious sorbet in just 5 minutes. Well today, I give you my fall inspired healthy cardamom Ginger Butternut Sorbet. Same concept of whizzing the food processor on high until the butternut squash becomes like small grains of sand and then adding just a little bit of coconut milk just to pull it all together into a delicious sorbet.

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Cardamom Ginger Butternut Sorbet is seriously delicious and I even crumbled a little sugared and cinnamon pecans on top for a little crunch. You can have this little treat out to your guests in just a few minutes flat. You can serve cardamom Ginger Butternut Sorbet with a delicious shot of espresso on the side or together for a cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato.

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Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato is gluten-free, vegan, dairy free and deliciously cooling and warming at the same time. It is a nice balance between yin and yang. The ginger and cinnamon and butternut are warming spices and foods and cardamom is cooling. Did you also know that cardamom can help detoxify the effects of caffeine, so this is a perfect pairing with the affogato.

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I cut my butternut squash in half and roasted in the oven with a little maple syrup, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon and placed it in the freezer overnight. However, you could also buy frozen puree butternut squash from the market and then chop up with a heavy-duty knife while still frozen and then add your spices and maple syrup and this could cut your time down to less than 15 minutes. I am all about time savers...

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We have a little Nespresso Coffee machine and just the other day we purchased these really delicious limited editions coffees both "vanilla cardamom" and "ciocco ginger"are both really delicious with Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato but just a regular espresso would be lovely too. As always, I like my desserts only slightly sweet so please adjust the maple sugar or sugar alternatives amount to your liking.

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Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

November 15, 2015

Cardamom Ginger Butternut Affogato is creamy and dreamy cardamon, ginger and cinnamon butternut ice cream dunked into a cardamon vanilla espresso shot.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults

Ingredients

butternut squash - 1 small fresh (or buy frozen pureed

water - just enough to cover the bottom of the roasting pan

coconut oil - 1 tablespoon

maple syrup - 2-3 tablespoons or to taste

cardamon - 1 teaspoon ground

ginger - 1 teaspoon freshly grated (or dried ground)

cinnamon - 1 teaspoon ground

coconut milk - 1/4 cup

espresso shots - 4

Directions

11)Roasting butternut squash method- preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). cut your fresh butternut squash in half, remove seeds and turn face down into roasting pan. Place just about 1/2 cup of water in pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until fork tender. Flip the butternut squash so it is face side up and rub the butternut squash with coconut oil, drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with cardamon, ginger and cinnamon and roast for another 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cool, scoop out the flesh of the butternut squash into a sealable freezer baggie or plastic container overnight until firmly frozen. (Or you can by from the grocery store, frozen pureed butternut squash and just add the spices and maple syrup when you add it to the food processor)

22) Chop the frozen roasted butternut squash into small cubes. Place the frozen butternut squash cubes into your food processor. I had to make 2 separate batches as I have a very small food processor. Place the lid on the food processor and whiz the frozen butternut squash cubes until they turn into small little granules. You will have to stop the food processor and scrape down the sides often.

33) Add about 1/4 cup of coconut milk and mix until smooth and creamy. You may need less or more coconut milk as it depends upon the size of butternut squash.

44) Serve the delicious Cardamon Ginger Butternut Sorbet with chopped candied pecans on top or with a shot of espresso for a delicious Cardamon Ginger Butternut Affogato. Enjoy!

5***Candied pecans- on the stove top, add about 1/8 cup coconut sugar and 1/2 cup of pecans, sprinkle of sugar and heat until the sugar melts. Remove from pan and place on a waxed paper lined dish until cools.

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  • What an interesting dessert. Have a safe journey and enjoy your visit.

  • This dessert-and-coffee combo sounds wonderful! Have a great visit to MI and safe travels!

  • kitchenriffs

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Glad you’ll be able to spent it in Michigan. And glad you shared this wonderful dish with us. Squash and spices really play so well together, don’t they? This is excellent — thanks.

  • I never had Affogato before but I need to try this out soon! Gosh the picture looks so delicious! The ice cream looks so creamy and I can’t believe it’s made from squash! Wow! Sharing of course!

  • Just wow on your sorbet, veggie healthy sweet sorbet? Love it. And I have heard Affogato a few times but non I have not had one yet. But craving it so bad will have to try soon.

  • Okay this looks like an absolute dream come true! Affogato is one of my favorite desserts and you’ve made it all health-ified here. Yum! 🙂 Say HI to Michigan from me 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Oh my goodness! This sounds like a delicious end to a nice meal. Actually, I could just enjoy this and be set! I’ve never had Affogato, but from the looks of this I’m going to LOVE it! Save travels, Bobbie. Enjoy your time with family.

  • Wow, this is something else – exactly the type of dairy free treat that my husband would LOVE!!

  • Hi Bam, love how you turn recipes around to make them so healthy. Have a great holiday!

  • Oh I know I would love this!! Although I might have to add a shot of Kaluah 🙂 Looks like the perfect way to end a meal.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  • What an interesting dessert. I drink a lot of espresso in Italy and have a gelato each day, but I’ve never tried affogato 🙂

  • Sounds really interesting, especially for a dessert. Can’t say that it is a combination of flavours I would ever have thought to use.
    Safe travels lovely lady, enjoy being home too! 🙂

  • What a healthy and I’m sure very tasty affogato. Have a wonderful trip.

  • I love affogato and I would love to have a shot at yours – the combination of cardamom, ginger and butternut sounds so delicious! Have a safe flight home and have a wonderful holiday!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jasline! I have to admit this cardamom ginger butternut ice cream is very addicting. I know that you can get the spices where you are but can you get pumpkin, kabocha or butternut squash? I sure hope you can. I am in Narita’s Airport lounge waiting from my next long flight.

  • Cardamom is one of my favorite spices, I can’t even imagine how good this must taste, so I’ll just have to make it and see for myself 🙂

  • Michigan for Thanksgiving? You lucky thing!!! I want you to tell me all about being cold and having to wear a heavy coat and having the ground crunch under your feet.

    I’ll make one of these snappy affogatoish desserts and be hot!

  • Oh, my! This looks divine! And your serving dishes are perfect, as are your photos. Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving! Wish our days in Michigan overlapped…maybe we can plan ahead next time 🙂 Hugs!

  • I only drink 3 coffee types long black, caramel macchiato or affogato, certainly this affogato is something to try for.

  • This is absolutely amazing dessert recipe… very adult yet very creamy.. I’ve never tried affogato before but I am all for it now.

  • I love the aromatic touch of cardamom in this affogato! Shared around!

  • kushigalu

    This sounds so interesting and delicious. Want to try this soon! Bookmarked.

  • What a brilliant idea you had. This sounds almost like butternut chai. Yum!

  • This is a genius recipe and such a beautiful and cozy atmosphere in the photography. Love it, Bobbi! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Nicole. A cherished compliment from a very kind mentor. Wishing you and your family a very safe and happy holiday.

  • I absolutely LOVE this recipe! What a neat idea. And the flavors sound amazing together. I’m going to have to try this. I may try using pumpkin as I have all this leftover pumpkin from some other things I made.

    • HWC Magazine

      Thanks so much Danielle. It is the perfect blend of fall flavors. We hope you give it a try soon.

    • Thanks so much Danielle. It is the perfect blend of fall flavors. We hope you give it a try soon.

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