Food Tip When hot-summer-day hankerings for ice cream strike, whip up this decadent, heart-healthy recipe for Chocolate Walnut Gelato.


Filled with heart-healthy cocoa and walnuts, this frozen treat is low in saturated fat and a great dairy-free alternative to ice cream. A one-ounce serving of walnuts provides 2.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids — that’s more than you’ll find in a 4-ounce serving of salmon. Beyond its health benefits, this light dessert will leave you feeling both refreshed and satisfied, and it’s perfect for summer soirees. The not-too-sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of orange zest and the crunch of California walnuts is sure to be a favorite for grown-up tastes.

Chocolate Walnut Gelato

Recipe Courtesy of the California Walnut Board

Yield: 8

3 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Dutch processed, unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup California walnuts, finely chopped and toasted

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water, sugar and cocoa powder to a boil, whisking constantly.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and cocoa is well blended, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Let cool completely.
3. Stir in orange zest and California walnuts. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold, about 4 hours.
4. Spoon chilled chocolate into shallow metal pan; freeze until almost firm, about 3 hours. Break into chunks; puree in food processor. Pack into airtight container and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Alternatively, transfer chilled mixture to ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Chef’s Tip: Use good-quality chocolate to achieve the best results; do not use baking chocolate for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 203 calories, 14g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, 7 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mg sodium: 2mg


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