Better Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
Source: Better Vegan Category: Vegan Desserts
Prep Time: 10 min Chill time: 1-2 hrs Churn Time: 20 min Total Time: 1-2 hrs 30 min Makes about 5 cups
Sugar-Free option available (see notes)
About this recipe
Everybody loves ice cream! However, for vegans this seemingly ubiquitous grocery store item is not that easy to find. You can usually find vegan ice creams in your local natural food store, but most of them are loaded with refined sugars or contain soy. That is why I came up with the recipe below, which is vegan and refined sugar-free. I use maple syrup as a sweetener and also add some xanthan gum, which produces a nice creamy texture and makes the ice cream taste great. Everyone who tried it, including non-vegans, were surprised how close it tastes to real ice cream.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1. Put all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. The mixture will thicken and will resemble the consistency of thin yogurt.
2. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1-2 hours or overnight.
3. Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Follow your ice cream maker's manufacturer instructions for precise timing and process (I use Cuisinart ICE-21).
The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.
When left in freezer overnight, the ice cream will freeze pretty hard. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
You can use any topping you like or add nuts, fruits, etc. at the end of churning.
You can easily make this ice cream sugar-free by substituting maple syrup with stevia. Start with about 20 drops of liquid stevia, then adjust to taste.