Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream

Sep 13 2011 by
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When my family and I decided to live by a clean eating lifestyle we did so because we wanted to be as healthy as we could be and do what was best for our bodies.  As a nutrition enthusiast I am constantly researching what effects different foods have on our bodies.  Lately I’ve been researching what role animal proteins play in our bodies.  After a lot of research and talking it over with my husband we decided to take the steps necessary to become vegan.  This is a personal choice that we made and by no means am I telling people that eating meat is wrong – it’s just what works for us.  That being said I have never been the type of person to ‘give up’ my favorite foods just because I live a healthy lifestyle.  I for one believe you can have your healthy and delicious cake and eat it too!  My husband and kids usually end each meal at dinner with a bowl of ice cream and chocolate chips so it makes sense that the first recipe I googled was ‘vegan vanilla ice cream’ after we made the decision to go vegan.  Going without ice cream was not an option!  We all enjoyed this recipe.  It was good but I personally didn’t think it was great.  My husband and kids really enjoyed it and asked if we could have it again.  I think next time I’ll add in a little peanut butter for a bit of extra flavor.

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (make sure these are plain, unsalted and not roasted)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut crystals/sugar (you can substitute with maple syrup or raw honey)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or half a vanilla bean, paste scraped out, shell discarded)
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Preparation:

  1. In a powerful blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions for your given machine. (If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can place the ingredients in a large bowl, place in the freezer and every 15-20 minutes stir until you have an ice cream consistency.)
  3. Serve with Homemade Chocolate Chips, peanut butter, some fresh berries or just enjoy as is!

Nutritional Info:

Makes approximately 4-5 cups.

Serving size 1 cup.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 219, Cal. from Fat: 140, Total Fat: 15.5g, Sat. Fat: 3g, Carbs: 7g, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 8.5g, Protein: 7.5g, Sodium: 13mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

Save leftover ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a week.

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