i know i’ve been on sort of an ice cream frenzy lately. but once i started, i just couldn’t stop! anyway, given my love for ice cream, it’s always a bummer when, for kosher purposes, i can’t eat it after eating meat. so, i’ve been trying for a while to find a good non-dairy ice cream recipe that would be a good enough substitute for the real thing. most of the non-dairy ice creams that you can buy at the store are full of chemicals, and a lot of the homemade recipes i tried just didn’t get it right – the ice cream was always not creamy enough, or had a weird flavor, or didn’t freeze properly. so getting my hands on a good recipe was quite a challenge… but i think i finally found a winner with this one!
this recipe uses a cashew base, which makes sense, since cashews make a really good substitute for dairy when you soak and then blend them. the result is a completely vegan ice cream that has all the richness and creaminess of the real thing. you could totally fool a die-hard dairy eater with this stuff. and as an added bonus, it’s ridiculously easy to make – you just throw the ingredients into a blender, blend, then freeze everything in an ice cream maker. and, the chocolate flavor here is just plain chocolatey goodness, so this stuff will definitely satisfy any of those chocolate ice cream cravings that really hurt when you can’t (for whatever reason) eat dairy. i can’t wait to play around with more vegan ice cream flavors!
a rich and creamy chocolate ice cream that you'd never guess is completely vegan.
- 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
- 1½ cups almond milk
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- put all of the ingredients in a blender. turn it on to the highest setting and let it blend until the mixture is completely smooth. this could take up to a few minutes - you want to make sure there are no little chunks of cashew.
- freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.