I ate the whole batch of this ice cream in two days. After this shot was taken, I enjoyed it for breakfast. No shame here, this dairy-free, soy-free recipe uses clean, natural ingredients and it is sweetened simply with only Medjool dates (thanks to them I had incredible energy for a 1 hour workout followed by a 2-mile run).
Bonus: you don’t need an ice cream maker to enjoy it.
Lately, I am taking my plant-based eatin’ to the next level by only consuming sugars in their whole food state (versus concentrated like agave). I was craving a frozen treat and remembered my recent 5-Minute Vanilla Almond Milk recipe. I wondered what I’d get if I added cacao powder, some of this, some of that, and ran it through the ice cream maker? You’ll have to try it and see for yourself, but let me tell you, I gave some to my sweetheart and he said “I sure could eat a whole boatload of that stuff.”
Ice cream maker (optional: you can always freeze without it…the texture will just be less aerated)
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
7-10 Medjool dates, pitted (here’s how)
2 cups pure water (I bet coconut water makes it extra tasty)
1 tsp organic vanilla extract, or seeds from one vanilla bean (be sure to look for gluten-free if you have a sensitivity)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (can use cocoa)
2 tbsp raw, organic almond butter
Let’s do this.
Place all ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.
If using an ice cream maker, chill your liquid ice cream mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes, or cool in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. Then, process according to manufacturer’s instructions. No ice cream maker? No problem, just pour into an airtight glass container and place in the freezer until solid.
Be sure to thaw about 10 minutes before serving to achieve a scoopable consistency.
1. Try adding some vegan chocolate chips to the ice cream maker.
2. Add fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, etc.) to the ice cream maker.
3. Toasted walnuts, pecans and/or almonds would be good, too.
4. Or fresh, chopped mint added to the blender.
5. Make it boozy with rum and raisins.
6. Make it Mexican with a dash of cayenne and cinnamon.
Just share with us what you come up with!
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