November 13, 2008

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy-free, raw and fantastic!)

It's a sign of my true nature that the first recipe I try out of the cookbook Everyday Raw also be one of the most decadent. Alas, since I made this exactly as written in the book I will not be posting the recipe but a glowing review was called for. This stuff blows any other dairy-free ice cream I have ever had out of the water! It's insanely creamy. It doesn't have any beany, grainy or artificial tasting back notes. It's just sweet enough. Best of all, it passed the Alex taste test with flying colors! The only thing he was unsure about were the cacao nibs, which are generally a more adult ingredient. The next time I will make half the batch with chocolate chips for him.

The base is made with young coconut meat, cashews, coconut oil and agave syrup. It was my first time cracking into a young coconut and it wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. I don't own a cleaver but I found that using the heel of a chef's knife worked well. I was careful to keep the other hand well out of the way (behind my back actually.) I plan on playing with the base of the recipe and trying new flavors. Ginger comes to mind as one that would be perfect in this. As soon as I find a new flavor I love I'll write it up the recipe and share it. Until then you'll just have to get the book.


Some Links:
My post on the 2008 Epicurean Classic presentation with Matthew Kenney
Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney
Raw Smores recipe from Matthew Kenney


I'm adding this to Bookmarked Recipes, an event started by Ruth's Kitchen's Experiments. Visit her site for the roundup of other bookmarked and tested recipes. And give some of your saved recipes a try and post about them!

19 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Soy-free, gluten-free, raw ice cream = HEAVEN!!!!!!!

Eunice said...

Oh dear, what can I do to convince you to post this recipe up? Go on my knees? Kiss my dog? Anything!! ..last threads of dignity getting loose on desperation! Hehe, no, but I'm serious about the recipe.

(Maggie, I love your blog. I've been on a dead end on ingredients and straying far from my first love of cooking - the healthy way! Refined foods lured me away, but reading this entry has got me back. I really want to revert back & find healthy new ways to prepare deelumptious stuff!)

mikky said...

great looking ice cream you have there... :)

jenn's an ice cream maker said...

Homemade mint chocolate ice cream is my all-time fav - never made it with coconut though - I'm sure that would taste great!

shellyfish said...

oh how yummy! Now I'm in the mood for ice cream!

Naomi Devlin said...

Wow, it sounds fantastic. I might have to check out the original recipe. I love coconut ice-cream!

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doggybloggy said...

this looks so good, I have tried soy milk ice creams and they come out icy - this is it - the coconut base is the secret....

Marysol said...

That looks great Maggie!

Many years ago, Homemade Brand used to make a grasshopper ice cream that I would've happily stood in line for (on my head) in Hades.
When they stopped making it, I decided to create my own. And it was good. But it was also very rich, so it's not an ice cream I make often, simply because my medical insurance refuses to cover it.

But, I'm intrigued by your description of this healthy, and delicious-looking ice cream. And since I haven't purchased a cookbook in several weeks. I'm certainly due for a fix.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow that looks amazing. Even though it's turning into wintertime, I really want to get out my ice cream maker now!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow that looks amazing. Even though it's turning into wintertime, I really want to get out my ice cream maker now!

miss v said...

nice! mint and chocolate are my favourite flavours!

Katie said...

Yum! Great photos.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks incredible! I think I need to get my hands on this book!
Everything in it looks so good!

Maggie said...

VeggieGirl: I made it to play with new ingredients but was thrilled that it was so good. It is nice to have something dairy-free and decadent that isn't essentially soy plastic.

Eunice: I'm always up for dog kissing! I'm going to get another coconut this week and try a new flavor. If it works out I'll post it. I'm glad you found my site.

mikky: Thanks!

jenn's an ice cream maker: The coconut flavor wasn't noticeable it was more for texture and richness I think. It was good though.

shellyfish: It's bee hard to resist sitting there calling me from the freezer.

Naomi Devlin: I really liked how rich this one was. It turned out like premium dairy ice cream.

doggybloggy: We've had nearly every brand of soy milk ice cream out there and this is way better.

Marysol: Thanks! While I do think this has some nutritional value it is rich.

ChocolateCoveredVegan: It's mint, you can claim it's seasonal for the holidays!

miss v: You'd love this then. Since you have the book you should give it a try!

Katie: Thanks!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen: I really like the way this book makes me think about preparing food in ways I never would have before. Even though I can't ever see myself going all raw, it's fascinating.

Hannah said...

I can't even tell you how much I love mint chocolate chip ice cream... Oh man, what I'd give for a taste of this!

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

Ok, I cannot believe this is a non-dairy ice cream, it looks just like dairy ice cream! Furthermore, I have never made ice cream myself, but when I finally do get around to using the ice cream maker attachment for my mixer, I am hoping that you will have posted a recipe for something like this... wow.

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

P.S. Yes, I know you posted a link to the book where you got the recipe from, but I am a little short on cookbook shelf space these days. :)

Ruth E said...

Your ice cream looks great, I'm drooling at the thought of it

Thanks for sending this into the BR round up

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