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Vegan Turmeric Ginger Ice Cream
Source: Better Vegan  Category: Vegan Desserts
Prep Time: 15 min  Chill time: 1-2 hrs  Churn Time: 20 min   Total Time: 1-2 hrs 35 min  Makes about 5 cups
Vegan I Gluten Free I Refined Sugar Free I Soy Free
Sugar-Free option available (see notes)
About this recipe
Although it has quite an unusual flavor, this ice cream turned out to be our tasters favorite. Even people who don't usually like ginger found it absolutely delicious. A well-balanced combination of ginger, turmeric and lemon zest creates this specific taste that is not overwhelming, but present. Lemon zest adds just a little subtle lemon taste that balances the ginger, and turmeric gives this ice cream nice yellow color, not to mention its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Topping it with crunchy toasted coconut flakes rounds it all up creating a great tropical healthy dessert. Definitely a must-try.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup maple syrup (I use Butternut Mountain Farm, 100% Pure Maple Syrup From Vermont)
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (I use Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt, 5 lbs Fine Grain)
2 cups unsweetened full-fat coconut milk from the can (I use Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
1/2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract (I use McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract)
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 tsp. ground ginger (try Healthworks Ginger Powder Raw Organic)
1 tsp. turmeric powder (I use Organic Turmeric Root Powder (2lb) by Anthony's)
Generous pinch of ground black pepper
Zest of one lemon, finely grated
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Xanthan Gum)
Toasted wide unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish
1. Prepare the ingredients.
2. Place all ingredients except lemon zest and xanthan gum into a medium saucepan and bring to simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and making sure that all ingredients are well-combined. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. Once cool, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard the ginger slices. Put the stained mixture into the blender, add xanthan gum and blend until smooth. The mixture will thicken and will resemble the consistency of thin yogurt.
4. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1-2 hours or overnight.
5. Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the ice cream maker, add lemon zest 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 may freeze pretty hard. If that happens, remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
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. The texture will not be as creamy though as with maple syrup. You can remedy it by adding a bit more xanthan gum (about 1/4 tsp.).
If you prefer a really strong ginger flavor and more heat, use 3-inch piece of fresh ginger and 2 tsp. of ground ginger.
Equipment needed:
Serving suggestion:
Serve topped with toasted coconut flakes.
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