Beet Ice Cream with Marscapone, Orange Zest & Poppy Seeds by Jill Mant

I got so excited when I saw that this week’s power food was beets and with the temperatures here in Colorado still firmly entrenched in the 90′s-100′s, I decided I needed to make a beet ice cream. What better way to ring in the Fourth of July?

Beets rock!! This much maligned root vegetable is both highly nutritious and “cardiovascular health” friendly in addition to being utterly delicious. Certain unique pigment antioxidants present in both the  root, as well as the top greens, and have been found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels in the body and have anti-aging effects. Did you read that? ANTI-AGING EFFECTS!! Could you possibly ask for anything more than this from a vegetable?

Beets are colorful! They can be found in red (or purple), orange-yellow and white varieties.  Both root and top leaves, as well as the stems of beet are used for consumption. Choggia beet or candy cane variety have beautiful alternative red and white concentric swirls.

Beets roots are very low in calories and contain only a small amount of fat. Their nutritional benefits come from fiber, vitamins, minerals, and unique plant derived anti-oxidants. Containing  significant amounts of vitamin-C, one of the powerful natural antioxidants, beets help the body scavenge deleterious free radicals one of the causes for cancers development. The root is also a rich source of niacin, vitamins B-5, B-6 and carotenoids, along with minerals such as iron, manganese, and magnesium. Additionally, the roots are a great source of potassium which lowers your heart rate and regulates metabolism by countering detrimental effects of sodium.

Beet greens are an excellent source of carotenoids, flavonoid anti-oxidants, and vitamin A. The greens  contain far more of these compounds  than that of  the roots.Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural vegetables rich in flavonoids helps to guard against lung and oral cavity cancers.

Can you tell that I am passionate about beets? I love these sweet and hearty roots! I can scarf them down on their own, just roasted with olive oil and sea salt. A beet salad makes a grand luncheon in my world and one of my favorite salads to make with beets includes using the beet greens and stems:

Beet salad with beet root, beet greens and beet stems

I beg you to forgive this less than beautiful photo; this was one of my earliest posts and although it is still not stellar, at least I can see that my photography and plating have improved! Make this salad despite the photo,  I offer a money back guarantee that the outstanding flavors packed into this salad will not disappoint. You can find the recipe here.

The photo for this next recipe I am going to offer you was soooo bad that I can not make myself republish it here! I will tell you to click here if you want to see the recipe for these healthful brownies- YES HEALTHFUL BEET BROWNIES!- made with beet roots and bananas. As ugly as the photo is,  I promise the color of the brownies themselves and the rich, sweet flavor will not disappoint.

Back in February Margo posted this recipe for beet soup or Borscht, which seeing as that is snow on the plate. she served hot. This is a soup that is just as good, and some even say even better, cold.

And again with no photo due to the atrocity of the ones that do exist, I offer you this recipe for Beet Greens braised with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries. The standard money back guarantee applies!

Please check out my fellow bloggers and see what divine, delectable and healthful beet recipes they have cooked up. You will find our fearless leader and promoter of all things healthy, Mireya at My Healthy Eating Habits. She and I are joined by the lovely Alyce and her pups at More Time at the Table, my good friend and phenomenal Indian chef Ansh of Spice Roots, our very own resident Mother Teresa, Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living, weight watcher expert Martha at Simple-Nourished-Living, the very entertaining  Sarah from Everything In the Kitchen Sink and the  innovative and healthful Casey from Bookcase Foodie. The added bonus of visiting their blogs is that you will now have eight fabulous beet recipes without buying the book!!

Now, I will leave you with this song and the recipe for Roasted Beet Ice Cream with Marscapone, Orange Zest and Poppy Seeds.

Week 4 of the 38 Power Foods: Bodacious Beets!
5.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: Desert
Author: Jill Mant-Modified just slightly from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 8
Super beautiful and a great way to boost your anti-oxidants! The combination of the beets and the orange zest is delicious and different and the poppy seeds add just a tad bit of a crunch. Try it, you’ll love it!
  • 2 cups organic 1% milk
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups organic heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp. mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup puréed roasted beets
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  1. In a bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside.
  2. In a 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together remaining milk and the cream, sugar, agave, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add orange zest. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Place mascarpone cheese in a bowl with the egg yolks and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture, a little at a time, so as not to cook the yolks; whisk until smooth.
  5. Whisk in remaining milk mixture; stir in beets.
  6. Pour mixture into a plastic bag; seal, and submerge into a sink or bowl of ice water until chilled.
  7. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; process for 30-40 minutes, adding poppy seeds during the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set.

The cook time does not include the time it takes to roast the beets, but it does include the time it takes to run the ice cream maker.

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  1. 7-5-2012

    So pretty and so good for you!

    • 7-5-2012

      Thanks Cindy; and thanks for visiting! It is pretty, good for you AND delicious! I hope you’ll try it~Jill

  2. 7-5-2012

    I can’t get over beet ice cream. Ice cream has certainly changed since my childhood. I am betting the cheese and beets make a delicious ice cream and the color is just lovely.

    • 7-5-2012

      Ya, it wasn’t exactly a standard when I was growing up either Casey! Jamoca Almond Fudge seemed edgy then!! The cheese actually makes it taste a tad bit like a cheesecake and the beets lend their sweetness and color more than anything else.

  3. 7-6-2012

    How clever – I would never think to make beet ice cream. Love all the different ways you’ve cooked up this healthy power food!

  4. 7-6-2012

    Do you deliver?
    Beautiful dessert for this time of year.

    • 7-6-2012

      I probably could to the Springs!!

  5. 7-6-2012

    You post this and leave town!! How will I get my share ? Looks incredibly delicious!

    • 7-6-2012

      It’s in the freezer and the Brit doesn’t care for it much!! The more for us!!

  6. 7-6-2012

    This looks really good. I would never think of beets and ice cream together! Thanks for joining Foodie Friend’s Friday! Please come back next Friday with another great recipe!

    • 7-6-2012

      Thanks and thank you for hosting such a cool Linky event!

  7. 7-6-2012

    What an interesting idea! It sounds fabulous and the color is beautiful.

    • 7-6-2012

      Thanks Skye. I wish I could claim the idea,but I can’t! It is wonderul though.

  8. 7-8-2012

    What a refreshing and delightful twist on beets! Thank you for sharing…and making me long for a cool summer treat!

    • 7-8-2012

      Thanks for visiting!

  9. 7-8-2012

    Jill, what a clever, creative way to enjoy your beets on the 4th of July! I haven’t thought of jamoca almond fudge ice cream in years, it was a favorite.

  10. 7-10-2012

    Did you say ANTI-AGING?
    I love it, food that helps your face…bring it on!!

  11. 7-11-2012

    I think you just topped the cake. Just when I think I’ve heard of all the flavors of ice-cream someone comes along with a new one, and you certainly did with beet ice-cream. I’d sure like bite of that!
    (I posted earlier in the wrong place).

    • 7-11-2012

      Oh Mireya, you have to try this. It’s yummy!!!

  12. 7-18-2012

    Goodness, this looks fabulous. I’m a beet fan, gotta try this one.

    • 7-18-2012

      Thanks Lea Ann! I loved it; my husband, not so much! I wonder if he might not have liked it better had I not told him what it was!

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