Hot day hide-out

by Bonnie Pockley

Whoah. Today we baked. Rather than brave the outdoors at 40 degree +, we opted to stay holed up at home. The kids roamed around with their new headdress and Pappa and I undertook quiet activities of our own, slowing down as the heat rose and sometimes, stopping completely to do nothing. The heroes of the day? Iced cocoa-coffee protein shakes, freshly harvested raspberries (our first of the season) and home-made cashew/ banana/ blueberry ice-cream – delish!

1. Freshly picked raspberries 2. Little Prince 3. Hummingbird sketch 4. Reine 5. Iced cocoa-coffee protein shake (sugar-free) 6. My deer 7. Dinner of quinoa salad with tuna, cabbage, parsley, capsicum, tomato and avocado with ACV, olive oil and satay dressing 8. Vintage rubber stamp-set 9. I scream for ice-cream – raw and dairy free.


So many of you have asked, so here it is – the raw, dairy free, ice-cream recipe. It’s very easy, really, and is sure to become a favourite.


1 cup unsalted cashews

1 1/2 cups blueberries (raw or frozen)

1-2 bananas

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence or 2 teaspoons of ground vanilla pods (I used finely ground vanilla pods)

The tiniest pinch of salt you can possibly pinch. Approx. 1/16th of a teaspoon. Think: TINY! 

Soak 1 cup of cashews for at least an hour in a bowl of water. Pre-freeze the bananas and the blueberries (if not already frozen). Once the cashews have been soaking for more than an hour and are soft all the way through, drain them and blend in a food processor with the tiny bit of salt and the vanilla essence or ground vanilla pod. Add the frozen fruit and blend until the whole mixture has an even texture. Transfer to a bowl and re-freeze for an hour then re-blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediate in a pretty bowl with your favourite spoon. If you want to be a little creative, add fresh dates to sweeten; other fruits; omit the banana if you want it to be lower in sugar; use the cashews as a base and flavour with cinnamon, date, honey and chopped almonds/ pistachios or use mango in the place of the banana. It’s all experimental and loads of fun. I added frozen blue grapes to our recipe for kicks and giggle and it turned out nicely.