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Mango Mojito “Ice Cream” – Paleo, Dairy Free, Clean Eating Cuban Style

Dairy Free Mango Mojito Ice Cream

Once upon a time, the Godmother weighed over 200 pounds. I was entering my second year at the University, had just gotten out of an awful emotionally abusive relationship with that “what in the world was I thinking” person many of us date at one point in our lives, and somewhere along the way I chose to try and deal with recovery by not paying attention to what I was eating. Not only was it not helpful emotionally, it definitely didn’t help my waistline. I remember being in a fitting room struggling to button a pair of size 16 jeans. I nearly broke down there in that fitting room and I knew something had to change immediately. How could I have let myself get to that point?

Mango cut for paleo ice cream

I signed up for Weight Watchers online because I needed some guidance, but I wanted the privacy, and lost 50 pounds in a little over a semester by watching what I ate, and choosing more constructive ways to heal emotionally and move on – stronger, more confident, and definitely more mature. I knew what I was looking for was more than just a quick fix, I wanted a real change, something I could maintain forever because I couldn’t handle the thought of going through the fitting room situation again.

Dairy Free Mango Mojito Ice Cream Base


But I wasn’t going to do two things: 1. I wasn’t giving up dessert, and 2. No nonfat cheese (gross). I enjoy savoring a good dessert at the end of the day. So when I was on Weight Watchers, I always planned my points to allow for a cookie with a swirl of frozen yogurt on top at the dorm cafeteria.

Making Mango Mint Ice Cream

Nowadays, I am happy to say I have never gotten close to that awful number again, even with Princess A, and still enjoy dessert regularly, even when I am working on losing a few sneaky little pounds that occasionally appear now and then.

Ready to scoop paleo mango ice cream

I consider dessert to be anything sweet, so it could be as simple as some seasonal berries from the farmer’s market, or something as decadent as salted caramel chocolate lava cakes. It’s usually something closer to the former than the latter, so I’m excited to share that today’s ice cream recipe falls closer to the former for me with just a few simple ingredients.

Clean Eating Ice Cream Mango Mojito

Mangoes are already a naturally sweet fruit, so I love that the ice cream requires minimal sweetener, cutting calories, and the fresh mint just adds a perfect unexpected finish. It also has a perfectly creamy mouth-feel, which I think is important if you’re looking for a good substitute for “real” ice cream. I will note that it takes a while to thaw to a scoop-able consistency after hardening in the freezer, so you will want to plan ahead by 10-15 minutes to let the ice cream sit at room temperature so you can scoop it into pretty little containers.

Dairy Free Mango Mojito Ice Cream by Goodie Godmother

Mango Mojito "Ice Cream" - Paleo, Dairy Free, Clean Eating Cuban Style
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Creamy, dreamy, dairy free ice cream brings the tropics to you with fresh mango and mint.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 15 oz fresh mango (about 1 large), cubed
  • ¼ cup fresh, unpacked mint leaves
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 2.5 tbsp local, raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
  1. Using a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients until smooth. Feel free to leave a few bits of mango for texture.
  2. Process according to the instructions on your ice cream maker. I let it run 15 minutes in my Cuisinart.
  3. Serve immediately if you'd like a soft consistency, or transfer to another container and place in the freezer to harden for 1-2 hours for a more firm ice cream texture


Mashed Coconut Boniato (Sweet Potato) – Dairy Free, Vegan

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It’s also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! The photographs in this post were updated May 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! *

Good morning my lovelies! It’s time for our second post in the Clean Eating: Cuban Style series this week.

Clean Eating Mashed BoniatoClean Eating Mashed Sweet Potato

This is AMAZING. Like, I-should-just-make-this-a-meal-and-eat-the-whole-thing amazing and while a blog “mom” probably shouldn’t pick between her “children”, this recipe is one of my personal favorites. I am notorious for being picky about my sweet potatoes. I will not eat sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, sweet potato fries with honey or cinnamon sugar coating, or any other candy/yam concoction. They’re just too sweet for me and I feel like adding sweetness competes with the natural flavor in a sweet potato.

Mashed Boniato with coconut recipe

So you can imagine how happy I was when I realized that the way my in-laws make sweet potatoes requires no added sweetener. At their house, they don’t usually use the orange yam “sweet potato” in anything other than soups, preferring to get their usual sweet potato fix from the white sweet potatoes very common in the Caribbean, called boniato.

Sweet Potato Coconut Mash

On a fun side note, did you know that the sweet potato isn’t actually related to the potato at all? It’s an edible root more closely related to the morning glory flower than anything in the potato family.

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! *

This recipe, in its vegan, dairy free, almost allergy-friendly (unless you are allergic to coconuts), glory is so simple and delicious with only three (yes 3!) ingredients. White sweet potatoes, coconut cream, and a little salt. Tadaaaaaa!

We enjoyed it with the Cuban Slow Cooker Chicken, with homemade grass-fed meatballs last night, and then this morning with an egg – all delicious pairings. How will you enjoy it?

Best Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe Vegan

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! *

Mashed Coconut Boniato (Sweet Potato) - Dairy Free, Vegan
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Another clean eating recipe with a Caribbean twist, enjoy this take on the mashed boniato (white sweet potato) with coconut!
Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetable
Serves: 8
  • 2.5 lbs white sweet potato (boniato)
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ tsp salt (I used a few turns of pink Himalayan)
  • water
  1. Wash the boniato well and place in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and easy to puncture with a fork. Remove from the heat and drain the water.
  3. When the potatoes are just cool enough to handle, remove the peel (it will slip right off), and mash the potato into large chunks.
  4. Add a bit of the coconut cream, mash a little more, and repeat as necessary until all the coconut cream has been incorporated and the potatoes are at the desired consistency.
  5. Add salt. Adjust to taste.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!


Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! *

Clean Eating Cuban-Style: Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken

Cuban Crockpot Chicken

We are heading into our first “real” winter. The Godfather and I have never actually lived somewhere with “seasons” in the traditional sense. We knew rainy season and not so rainy, blistering hot, and the beach at Christmas – not snow. I really don’t want to think about that right now. I want to cling to the last few rays of warm sunshine, revel in the amazing fall colors and crisp apple-picking weather to come, and not think about what’s coming after. It’s still swimsuit season here and we shall eat accordingly.

Cuban Crock Pot Chicken

Kidding. Kind of. But it never hurts to have an easy and healthy tropical-inspired dish to provide a pick-me-up in any weather (even if it is actually still really nice outside right now).

Cuban Chicken Clean Eating

One thing I love about Cuban food is that so many of the recipes rely on using fresh herbs and vegetables for flavor, making it a very easy cuisine to incorporate when eating clean.

Goodie Godmother Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken

This chicken recipe is inspired by the standard grilled chicken you’d get at most Cuban restaurants – lots of citrus, lots of garlic, a little parsley, and onions. I used limes in the recipe because they’re easier to find, BUT, if you can find fresh naranja agria (sour orange), please please PLEASE use this in the same quantities. The flavor is amazing and it’s even more authentic.

GG Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken

Clean Eating Cuban-Style: Slow Cooker Cuban Chicken
Clean eating with Caribbean flair - a Cuban-inspired crockpot chicken
Recipe type: Main Dish, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Cuban
  • 2.5-3 lb organic chicken, gizzards removed
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • juice of 2 limes
  • zest of 1 lime
  • ½ c fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Slice the onion into strips, then toss with the olive oil. Put the onions in your crock pot and set aside.
  2. Smash the 8 cloves of garlic and then using a mortar and pestle, or a food processor, combine the garlic, lime juice, lime zest, parsley, and salt to form a very chunky paste. If you use the food processor, just pulse 2-3 times for about a second.
  3. Rub the garlic mixture all over the chicken, then place the chicken in the crock pot. Pour over any remaining marinade.
  4. Cook the chicken on low 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours until cooked through.
  5. Enjoy!


Tortilla Española

This post updated January 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add better pictures to already delicious recipes.

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Tortilla) is an easy and budget friendly dish that can be served at any meal, or served cubed as part of a tapas spread. 

Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Tortilla - is a classic egg and potato dish with infinite variations served all over Spain and in some parts of the Caribbean. An easy budget meal, tortilla can be served any time of day, or cut into cubes and served as a party appetizer! Recipe and variations on


Wednesday night this week I walked into the house at 9:15 p.m. and I was starving. Since lunch earlier that day, I’d had a nonfat vanilla spice latte, 2 fun size candy bars and two Starburst candies. The Godfather also hadn’t eaten since lunch and he was ready to eat. Now. (more…)

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