Here is another dairy-free ice cream recipe that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth!
I mentioned in my post on Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream that I never could make up my mind about which flavor to get whenever we went out for ice cream.
Well, after writing about our trips to Friendly's and the Sampler of four small scoops that I would always get, I remembered that my other favorite flavor had always been Chocolate Almond Chip.
I even checked out Friendly's website and though I couldn't figure out what other flavors I used to get, the Chocolate Almond Chip ice cream is still there.
There's a reason :-).
Now, I've never been one to turn down ice cream in any form (someday I'll share the gorey details of my summers working in an ice cream parlor), but ice cream full of chunks has always been a favorite of mine.
If you feel the same way, then do I have a treat for you.
Chocolate Almond Chip Ice Cream, full (really full) of almonds and chocolate (or carob) chunks.
(And absent of dairy and sugar, for those on special diets :-)!)
This whole dairy-free ice cream adventure started on our recent trip to Chicago. My family always likes to visit Whole Foods and Trader Joe's whenever we visit to grab some food to get us through our trip (since we never go out) and to stock up on a few things.
Well, this time we got the chance to sample some coconut milk, no sugar-added ice cream. And we were hooked.
And wouldn't you know it – it was on sale.
Good thing –the regular price was something horrendous — even on sale it was $3.59 / pint.
Well, though I am not one to spend $3.59 a pint on anything, I splurged on Mint Chip as well as Chocolate flavors and some gluten-free cones. Guess what our breakfast was the next day :-)!
The consensus in our family was that the chocolate was too bitter.
Well, not this version. It was gone-gone-gone in our household in a flash!
Oh, and since you're here, I'm sure that you'd be interested in the other dairy-free ice cream treats on the site. How about…..
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Ice Cream Maker Tips:
I used the Cuisinart Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker to make this, and it turned out great, but you really have to follow the directions with this machine. The bowl needs to be completely chilled in the freezer first, used immediately, and the mixture needs to be chilled. Otherwise, it's “soft serve city” :(.
If you decide to freeze it and it gets too hard to scoop, try this handy anti-freeze ice cream scoop.
- You can use organic carob powder instead of cocoa for AIP.
- Milks: You can, of course, substitute dairy or other milk alternatives as you like. Among the dairy-free alternatives, almond will be one of the better options to promote creaminess of the final product. If you use coconut milk and would prefer to purchase it, here is a good canned organic full-fat coconut milk.
- Sweeteners: Along with xylitol, organic erythritol is a good low-carb sweetener option. Use either maple syrup (here's how to choose a good brand), honey, or 1/2-3/4 tsp powdered stevia (here's a post on how to use it) for paleo — maple syrup, honey, or organic coconut sugar for AIP.
- I am still working on perfecting the creaminess of this ice cream, but using organic arrowroot instead of gelatin certainly helped. If you are on a low-carb plan (like Trim Healthy Mama), use the gelatin, or about ½ the amount of organic glucomannan but add gelatin to the coconut milk first to let it sit for a few minutes before proceeding with the recipe. This makes this recipe qualify as an “S” for THM. Cornstarch is another option if you are not low carb or THM.
- You can use carob chips instead of chocolate chips for AIP. Use my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips for a low-carb option.
- Have the almonds be soaked and dehydrated if possible. Omit for AIP, or use chopped organic tiger nuts.
Chocolate Almond Chip Ice Cream made with Coconut Milk (sugar-free option)
- Add coconut milk, sweetener, cocoa or carob powder, arrowroot, vanilla and salt in blender or food processor. Mix well.
- Add mixture to ice cream maker and process following manufacturer's instructions.
- When mixture starts to thicken, add almonds and chocolate chips.
Let me know how long it lasts (or doesn't) in your house!
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?