Unrecipe of the Week: Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

We have been having a lot of office celebrations lately, prompting discussion of our dream birthday treats. Artisanal ice creams came up and the desire for lactose free or vegan versions struck a cord. There are lots of types of alternative milks, why not use them to make ice cream?
I set out to tackle the challenge. Fresh strawberries and creamy coconut milk provide the base for this luscious ice cream.

strawberries

strawberries

Puree 1½ to 2 pints of strawberries in the blender and chill.

strawberry puree

strawberry puree

Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with ½ cup of coconut milk and whisk until well blended.  Set aside.

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Place 1½ cups of coconut milk into a large pot and cook just until bubbles start to form. Add 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt and about ½ cup of a natural liquid sweetener, such as organic cane juice, agave or Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

Slowly whisk in the coconut milk/cornstarch mixture and cook at a high heat until thickened and custard-like.

Cook until thickened

Cook until thickened

Cool the mixture for several hours or overnight.

Using an ice cream machine or mixer attachment, churn the coconut milk mixture and the strawberry puree together following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Place the ice cream in a container, and freeze until ready to eat.

Enjoy!

This “unrecipe” can be used with any fruit. Try experimenting with different fruits, and different types of milk, such as soy or almond milk. Let us know if you stumble upon a winner!

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One Response to “Unrecipe of the Week: Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream”

  1. Everette B. Mcbride Says:

    This is a merger of several recipes I found while researching for a special Mothers day dinner. Coconut is Mom’s favorite ice cream. This version is easy, not too sweet, smooth, creamy and quite tasty. It might be good with some coconut stirred in at the last. The cook time is freeze time and is variable depending on your machine. Prep time does not include chill time for the coconut milk.

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