Chocolate Ice Cream (dairy-free)

I made this amazing chocolate ice cream recipe today, it was so quick and easy too.  The recipe comes from The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream recipe book that I purchased from https://www.createspace.com/3867959.  The author is Kelly V. Brozyna and I haven’t tried one of her recipes yet that hasn’t been satisfying.  This mom of three is brilliant with her creations of healthy recipes.

The ingredients are relatively easy to find.  The only one I had to purchase that is not usually a staple in my pantry is guar gum.  It is a thickening agent and if you want your ice cream less thick, you can leave it out.  I bought mine at a health food store.  It may have even been found in the organic section of the grocery store.

Ingredients:

In a high power blender (like Vitamix) or food processor, add:

  • 2 cups coconut milk (canned)
  • 10 pitted dates (soak them in water first if they are dry)

Puree until smooth.

Add:

  • 1 cup cashew milk (blend 1/4 cup raw cashews with enough water to make 1 cup, we didn’t have cashews so I improvised by using 1/4 cup of cashew butter with enough water to make 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
  • 5 drops of vanilla liquid stevia (I added this to the original recipe  for added sweetness without the blood sugar spike, I’m sure it would taste great without it as well)

Puree until creamy and smooth.

Freeze this mixture in a container for an hour or until cold.  Add to the ice cream maker until your desired texture is reached.  We put ours in for about 1/2 hour and then it was just right to serve in a cone.

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