January 9, 2011

Homemade Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream


It took me a little while to get this one down, but I think I've finally got it! The result is a creamy, sweet, delicious ice cream with only a few simple ingredients. I've never tried making ice cream before, so I went out and bought an ice cream maker. It was pretty unnecessary for this recipe, but I'll think I'll give it another try with a different recipe in the future. So here you go - all you ice cream lovers out there! A simple recipe with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce! I don't know about you, but some of the long lists of ingredients on the store bought vegan ice creams freak me out. So here's my version:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups vegan milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Beverage because that's what I had. You can use any vegan milk that you have on hand. I would definitely use unsweetened though.)
  • 2 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk (you can find this in the Asian foods aisle in your grocery store).
  • 1/2 cup agave (or whatever sweetener you have. Maple syrup or brown rice syrup would work. I try to eat as little refined sugars as I can, but if you don't, use 3/4 cup sugar)
  •  2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (or you could use tapioca starch)
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk together 1/4 cup of the vegan milk with the 2 tablespoons of arrowroot and set aside.

Mix the coconut milk, the rest of the vegan milk, and agave together in a saucepan. When the mixture has just started to boil, take off the heat and stir in the arrowroot mixture. This should immediately cause the liquid to thicken (not a lot, but a noticeable amount. It will be thicker when it cools). Stir in vanilla extract.

So at this point, I put it in my ice cream maker for 15 minutes and it did absolutely nothing. I didn't want my whole mix to go to waste so I put it in a glass storage container and put it in the freezer. I opened it the next night to see what it was like and the texture was beautiful! So delicious and creamy! So I scooped some into a bowl and topped it with an agave cinnamon syrup! I just mixed together 1/4 cup of agave with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and drizzled it over. I never thought of combining cinnamon and coconut together, but believe me it works!

15 comments:

  1. I will def be trying this!!!!

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  2. I'm going to buy an ice cream maker pretty soon, and the first thing on my list was to make a vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream! This looks yummy!

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  3. Let me know how it works out for you guys! I'm definitely going to keep playing with my ice cream maker and try some new recipes!

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  4. Wow, Matthew! That looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing the recipe with our Facebook fans and for helping make dairy-free life so delicious!

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  5. No, Thank you so Delicious! You're one of the (if not THE) best Vegan brands out there! Thank You!!!

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  6. There are 2 possible reasons it didn't work in your ice cream maker. Well, there may be more than that, but I can think of two:
    1. The ingredients were too hot. Next time, after heating everything, cool it in the fridge for 2-3 hours before adding to the ice cream maker. The mixture has to be cold for it to freeze properly;
    2. The freezer tub of the ice cream maker wasn't completely frozen. It needs a good 10 hours in the freezer before using it.
    Anytime I've had an ice cream making glitch, it's been because the freezer tub wasn't frozen solid.

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  7. Such -

    It might have been the first one. I did refrigerate it for a while before I put it in the ice cream maker, but maybe not long enough. I know it wasn't the second one though since I had them in the freezer for a couple of days before I used them. Thanks!

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  8. I can't wait to try this! If you want an even creamier texture, try adding a tablespoon of vodka. You won't taste it, and the alcohol helps lower the freezing point and makes the ice cream less icy and smoother.

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  9. Thanks Christie! I'm definitely going to have to try that the next time I make it! I was actually going to be remaking my mint chocolate chip ice cream soon with spinach juice in it to make it green to see how it went. I'll have to try the vodka trick!!

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  10. Nice! My daughter gave me an ice cream freezer for Mother's Day. I'll have to give this baby a test drive. Sounds seriously good.

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  11. Any chance this would work in a Vitamix. I don't have the new one with the "ice cream" setting. Just on/off and high/low. Wondering if I just mixed it with ice in the Vitamix if it would turn out! Thanks!! Natalie

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  12. Natalie - I'm so jealous! I want a Vitamix! Since I don't have one, sadly I don't know if it would work or not. You could try it and then let me know how it turns out though!

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  13. It's HOT in AZ. This look delicious. I need to get an ice cream maker (and a Vitamix too, I guess :)

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  14. Forgot to mention,our ice cream maker has two bowls, both of which stay in the freezer. The first "session" with bowl number one had minimal results so I poured the contents into bowl number two and within 10 minutes, the mixture was perfect. We added mashed blackberries to the last batch, and it was purple and delicious!

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