My friend Di recently found a cute little ice cream maker at a thrift store, bought it and promptly went about making super delicious vegan ice cream. It got me wondering if I should get one as I normally just use my blender or food processor and either eat the ice cream right away and have melty ice cream, or put it in the freezer for a bit and it comes out rock hard.
Di’s new but previously loved Donvier half-pint ice cream maker (pictured left) & my trustee vitamix
Di cranking it out
Me adding frozen “ice cream” cubes to the vitamix to attain a better consistency
Di’s on the left, mine on the right
Close up of mine
Close up of Di’s
Although both versions taste pretty well the same, Di’s definitely held up better in the consistency department. And I thought it would require a lot more work and time, but it does not. All in all, it may not be worth it to buy the ice cream maker, unless you absolutely need that real ice-creamy like texture. Her ice cream is also much prettier than mine.
And now you patient bunnies may have your recipe =)
Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl (in tribute to the return of Orange is the New Black) serves 2
1 can of coconut milk (you must put this in the fridge the night before to get a good consistency – it really won’t work otherwise, trust me ;p)
2 frozen bananas (you could just use 2 cans of coconut milk, I could tell you we opted for a healthier version, but in truth – one of the cans didn’t produce proper coconut cream)
1 flax egg (take 1 tbs of ground flax + 3 tbsp of warm water, mix & set aside for a minute)
1 tsp of vanilla
3 tbsp of your favourite liquid sweetener (we used agave)
2-4 tbsp of nutmilk
Process these ingredients and take half and follow the directions of your ice cream maker if you have one. Or simply blend all of these up and put half of them in an ice cube tray to freeze for 30 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of cacao powder to the remaining half and re-blend. Add this to empty areas of your ice cube tray (or continue using your ice cream maker after removing the vanilla portion). If you are using your ice cream maker, once both flavours are done, combine them by layering one on top of the other a few times and mix it up. If you are using a blender, take half of the vanilla cubes, lightly blend, then half of the chocolate and lightly blend. Remove from your blender, put it in a bowl & set a side and do the same with the rest of the cubes.
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