What is summer without ice cream? I think if there was one food I could certainly not live without in some form or fashion, it would probably be ice cream. (…okay and maybe bacon, oh and butter too!) Needless to say, I have a great passion for ice cream. I have developed several ice cream recipes over the past couple of years that I am quite happy with. However, there is one slight problem, I’m currently not tolerating dairy very well.
Since taking on the 30 Day Paleo Challenge, I’ve wondered if there was a way to make an ice cream that is sugar and dairy-free. Well, you know what they say, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’. So I devised a very rich chocolatey ice cream that satisfied my desire for ice cream.
Made with dates as the sweetener, and rich coconut milk as the base this ice cream is very satiating. A little goes a long way. Since dates are rather high in sugar and carbohydrates this ice cream is best eaten in small servings. I think you’ll find you can only handle a little dish at any one given sitting anyhow. I’d say the recipe below makes about 3-4 servings, which is 2 dates or less per serving. If you are following the Paleo challenge that would be your fruit for the day for sure. Despite dates higher sugar content, they have quite an amazing nutrient profile.
Do not fear the date, just don’t go hog wild. Dates contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, b vitamins and vitamin K. They are little powerhouses of nutrition for sure. So not only is this ice cream allergy free, it’s super nutritious to boot!
- 1 can Native Forest Organic Full Fat coconut milk (or two cups coconut milk)
- 3 tablespoons organic Fair Trade cocoa powder
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup or 6 pitted dates, chopped
- Hot water
- 2-4 pastured egg yolks (optional or add in 2 Tbsp. cold soluble gelatin)
- In the base of your blender, place the dates and a splash of hot water.
- Blend together, adding more hot water to make a paste.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
- Pour into the base of your ice cream maker and follow the instructions of your manufacturer's booklet.
This is a very rich and nourishing ice cream that can be served as a special treat while on healing diets like GAPS and the paleo challenge. Need an ice cream maker recommendation? This is the one I use and love – Cusinart Pure Indulgence-2 Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Maker– it makes 2 quarts of ice cream at a time and takes 20 minutes max.
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