A young Ballard writer has put together a book of Paleo Diet-inspired ice cream recipes. Ben Hirshberg, 19, grew up in Ballard, and says he based the recipes off the Paleo Diet (also known as the Caveman Diet). “Ever since going Paleo, I ate extremely healthy, but was missing out on my favorite food: ice cream,” Hirshberg writes. “So after a ton of testing, I put together an awesome book of 31 healthy ice cream recipes that are super simple, healthy, and delicious.”
“Even as a cheat food, I didn’t want to fuel myself with chemicals I couldn’t pronounce, reduced fat milk, and copious amounts of sugar,” Hirshberg writes on his website. On his website, he says he stumbled upon Matt Stone’s blog post comparing ice cream to breast milk. “Obviously, one would never want to replace breast milk with ice cream when feeding an infant, but it really got me thinking about the nutrition profile of both foods,” he writes.
With my mind reopened to ice cream, I started testing out different ways to make ice cream healthier than the store bought crap I used to eat. I found that the chemicals could be replaced with egg yolks, milk could be replaced with coconut milk, and sugar could be replaced with smaller amounts of honey. The results were fantastic, tasting even better than the ice cream I got at the local grocery store!
The book, called “Paleo Ice Cream: 31 healthy recipes for the primal sweeth tooth that are so easy a modern caveman can do it,” is available only as an e-book on Amazon.