Hello from Connecticut, everyone! I’ve just gotten back from a few days vacation in Colorado, and I’m seriously missing the mile-high vibes. Denver was the coolest (much cooler than my capital city, by the way), and the surrounding areas we visited were absolutely stunning. I’m going to write a post about ColoRADo (see what I did there) in a little while, but first I just HAVE to share this ice cream recipe with all of you!
1// Ingredients I don’t have
2// An ice cream maker, which I don’t have
3// Time to stir the ice cream at various intervals, which I don’t have
I was having quite a conundrum. As much as I would love to have a ton of medjool dates on hand / an ice cream maker / TIME to make ice cream, I have to be realistic about my summer-dessert-endeavors. So I started thinking of ways I could make ice cream in the most minimalistic way.
The problem, however, with making ice cream without an ice cream maker is the whole freezing part. An ice cream maker works by continually churning the ice cream in a frozen environment, which prevents the mixture from solidifying into a rock, and instead gives ice cream its signature creamy texture. So if you want to make ice cream without a machine, it naturally stands to reason that you have to find a way to get the mixture to be continually moving around, or create a blend that doesn’t freeze through all the way. That’s where dates are helpful – they’re already solid, so when you mix them with any sort of liquid, the dates act as a sort of “buffer” that keeps the mixture from freezing into a huge ice cube.
But now we get to the time / ingredient problem. As much as I would like to make a creamy ice cream, I don’t have the time to take the mixture out and stir it every 4 hours. On the other hand, I try to avoid medjool dates as much as possible because they’re not available everywhere, and are so darn expensive!! For me at least, they’re more of a luxury than something I can regularly use in my cooking.
So how do you make inexpensive, non-time-consuming, but SCRUMPTIOUS ice cream? After much experimentation, I think I’ve found a great recipe that makes deliciously creamy ice cream! The secret is in the strawberries – by freezing them beforehand, you’re kind of imitating the churning process by freezing the ingredients in stages (as opposed to all at once). Because the strawberries are blended with the other ingredients once they’re already frozen, the strawberry ice crystals give the mixture more body (instead of creating a giant strawberry ice cube).
As always, this recipe was taste tested on my non-vegan boyfriend/friends, and they absolutely loved it. To be honest, I was nervous showing this ice cream to them because it doesn’t taste exactly like traditional, dairy ice cream – it’s infinitely more natural and (in my opinion) much more refreshing than its milky counterparts. But I will leave the critiques up to you! I hope you love this ice cream as much as we did :)
No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
- The Milkfat From 2 Cans of Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- 3 Cups Frozen Chopped Strawberries
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Preparation: Chop your strawberries into halves or quarters, and freeze them for 6 hours or (preferably) overnight. In addition, leave the two cans of coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
Once strawberries are completely frozen, you're ready to make your ice cream! Start by scooping out the milkfat that has risen to the top of the cans of chilled coconut milk.
Put milkfat in bowl and separate into smaller pieces using a spoon or fork. Combine just slightly (you don't have to make whipped cream!), and mix in maple syrup and vanilla extract until evenly combined.
In a food processor, combine frozen strawberries and coconut cream mixture until smooth and evenly combined.
Pour ice cream into a bread pan (or similar vessel) and set in the freezer for 6 hours, but preferably overnight.
Once ice cream has set, take out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving so it can defrost.
Scoop and enjoy!
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