19 Oct 2011

best raw vegan ice cream


Also check out this ice cream recipeor this one.

Leave the So Good, Rice Dream and even Coconut Bliss in the store, boys and girls. True bliss resides in THIS ice cream. It's actually dangerous, it is so good. Even compared to all the dairy ice creams I had before going vegan and raw, this is the best. You must make it for yourself to understand.

Luckily it's pretty affordable and very easy, because you'll be making a lot of it. I usually have at least two pints in the freezer. It's really easy to change up too!

Whether you like it simple, chocolate-y, a mash up of a bunch of things (ex. chocolate swirl, caramel, chunks of nuts, nut butter, or raw cookie dough) or fancy flavors like lavender and basil; this recipe is the perfect base for all types. The flavour shown is vanilla with a chocolate swirl (just chocolate sauce stirred in after the vanilla ice cream thickens up a little.)

raw vegan coconut ice cream: makes about 3-6 servings

2 cups soaked raw cashews 
Coconut meat from 2 young Thai coconuts (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup non-dairy milk
3/4 cup agave/honey/maple syrup
Seeds from 1/2 - 1 vanilla bean (I love vanilla so I use a whole one)
2 T vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 T or so of coconut oil, melted

Blend all ingredients except coconut oil in your blender (Vita-Mix works best!) until lusciously smooth and creamy. Melt coconut oil in a bowl that's sitting in a larger bowl filled with hot water. Add in and blend until mixed. Try it now... Yeah. I know. 

Now try to resist eating it all before it's frozen: if you have an ice cream maker use that. 

But if you're like me and don't have one, put the batter in several small jars or freezable containers (single servings!) and stick them in the freezer. Check back every 30-60 minutes and stir until they are eventually frozen, creamy delights.
If you're adding a chocolate or caramel swirl, or nuts or chunks of banana or WHATEVER you wanna add, mix in your goodies when the ice cream is quite thick but not frozen and they won't sink to the bottom or completely mix into the vanilla ice cream. This is how you get that swirl/ribbon effect. Can you say lovely?!

42 comments:

  1. I will attack this recipe...very very soon. Sounds amazing !!

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    1. Mmm it's so different every time, but always delicious =) Tell me if you like it!

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  2. AnonymousJuly 03, 2012

    Hey, what is the red balls? thanx

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    1. those were dried raspberries. pretty tasty! fresh would be better though.

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  3. What do you use for the 1 cup of non-dairy milk?

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    1. What ever non-dairy milk I have at the time! :) Like hemp, almond, coconut, rice, or soy. The possibilities are endless, thus I leave the specific "milk" to use up to the reader.

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    2. Thanks so much! Can't wait to try it! :)

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  4. Hey, this looks sooo good! Do you have any suggestions an what I could use instead of coconut? I'm fairly allergic to that but I would really like to try this!

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    1. I am sorry for that :(
      It won't end up as creamy but you can use 3/4 more vegan milk, and 1 cup more cashews.

      Cheers! x

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  5. Can this recipe be split in half? Also, any suggestions on how to maybe add some pineapple and lime into it? THANKS!

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    1. Yep! And I'd say - just add them after the blending is done :)

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  6. im licking my spatula as I type. Ohmyfoodgasm!!!! :)
    Thanks so much for your awesome recipe!

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  7. if I am using an ice cream maker, when do I add "whatever" I wanna add? like cocholate, carob caramel, etc? when stops? at the beginning? or stop it and add?.....
    Thank you!

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  8. Hey Em, I just want to tell you..

    THANKX! your blog is just AMAZING and very very inspiring for one that's starting in raw food.

    Thankx for all your explosive recepies and your incredible energy!

    Love,

    elka

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  9. Do you know how many calories are in this yummy ice cream?

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    1. Hmm nope haha... maybe 250 per 1/2 cup serving? It's definitely not more than your regular dairy ice cream, and the all the calories are coming from healthy whole fast :)

      em

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  10. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

    Hi, may i know which ingredient makes the ice cream thick and creamy?..Thank you

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    1. Hey! It's the cashews + coconut meat.

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    2. AnonymousMay 22, 2013

      Hi Emily, I've tried...turns out great...thanks a million.....
      best regards,
      Sara.K (Singapore)

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  11. Can I use walnuts instead of cashews? :)

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  12. Hi,

    I can't get coconut meat! Will coconut cream work?

    Thanks :)

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  13. Hi,

    Can you replace the cashews with almonds? thanks :)

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  14. Is there a nut free alternative? I feel as if it just won't be the same.. but I have an allergy to nuts! :(

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    1. If you like avocados, you can use them instead, and I would suggest adding some cacao powder to make it chocolate :)

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  15. Where would you buy the coconuts for the coconut meat from? Thankyou :)

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    1. Health food store, asian market... most grocery stores around where I live have them ;)

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  16. This looks amazing! I would like to add lime and basil -- any suggestion on how much of each to add?

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  17. @Unknown - Just keep adding in small amounts and then tasting. :)

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  18. @Unknown - Just keep adding in small amounts and then tasting. :)

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  19. Can I swap cashews for anything else? Cashews give me migraines.

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  20. @Lex - yes! Any other nut will work :)

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  21. Looks yummy !... but I'm on a candida diet, so I can't have honey or agave nectar or maple syrup. Any idea what else I could use as a substitution? Apple sauce and stevia maybe ? thx

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  22. @Anonymous - that would work!

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  23. Do you think I could use almonds instead of cashews?

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  24. This looks like the best recipe I've found thank you! Can I substitute canned coconut milk for the flesh?

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  25. No problem leaving behind the store bought ones, this tops them all. thank you.

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  26. Hey, just wondering if i can use coconut cream instead? I cant get fresh coconut where I live :/ its starting to get warm here and Iam totally craving some nice cream :p

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em