1Tbls. of Pumpkin seed oil over 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream = 1 serving.
With Valentine's Day coming up we thought it only appropriate to share with you a delicious dessert recipe that you can share with your sweetheart over the weekend.
This post is going to be less of an actual recipe and more of us just fawning over how great it is, as well as providing a few tips on how to make it work. You see, to us, pumpkin seed oil is known as the finishing oil with no limits. We've seen it successfully make its way into dressings, pasta salads, baked goods, smoothies, and the list goes on... But you'd think the line would at least be drawn at dessert, right...? Wrong.
The key to a successful gourmet dessert is to find a flavor that's both rich and sweet. That's why this particular pairing works so well! Sweet, creamy, vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of rich savory pumpkin seed oil coming together for the perfect flavor combination, like a match made in frozen dessert heaven.
Not to mention, pumpkin seed oil's main flavor profile is a nutty one, and we already know nuts go great with ice cream, which is why we think you'll agree the flavor is comparable if not superior.
Now, if we've convinced you that the pairing of ice cream and oil isn't as weird as it sounds, let me share a couple of tips to help make this recipe work!
Tip #1: Don't skimp on the ice cream!
Make sure you're not buying the cheap stuff on this one... Remember, pumpkin seed oil has a rich gourmet flavor. If you pair it with the bargain brand ice cream that comes in those giant tubs you're going to limit the flavor experience. We recommend using high quality, slow-churned, vanilla bean ice cream. (vanilla bean, as opposed to plain vanilla, has a richer fuller flavor)
Tip #2: Chill out before you dish out!
A helpful trick for maximizing the success of this dessert is to chill your bowls and your pumpkin seed oil beforehand. Pumpkin seed oil, much like coconut oil, will retain a semi-solid state at the right temperature. If you chill it beforehand it will create a delightful "shell" effect when it hits the cold ice cream and prevent the dish from turning into a melty runny mess. You can store your pumpkin seed oil in the fridge overnight or toss it in the freezer along with your bowls a half-hour before serving.
Tip #3: Don't rule out additional toppings!
Although the simple pairing of vanilla and pumpkin seed oil is delicious on its own you don't have to stop there. Fresh fruits or nuts make a delightful addition to the flavor profile. For our dish, we went with some fresh raspberries and blueberries.
That's it! Enjoy!
If you follow these steps we think you'll have a really great dessert experience that's both delicious and unique! Remember, pumpkin seed oil provides a host of nutritional benefits like healthy essential fatty acids and high levels of zinc and Vitamin A. So if you're going to splurge a little you might as well sneak something healthy in while still maintaining a truly indulgent treat.
Thanks for reading! We really hope you enjoyed this recipe!
You might also enjoy this recipe for a healthy homemade salad dressing w/ pumpkin seed oil.
Take care, and remember to always plant good seeds!