Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream

Well I finally did it, I dusted off the ice cream maker and I made Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream!!  Last year when everyone was putting together their ice cream roundups, I did not have a single recipe to contribute.  Well not this year, so prepare yourself for the dairy-free ice cream recipes to come! ;)

My brain was still in Paleo mode, so I did not use traditional sugar in this recipe.  Instead, I decided to give raw coconut nectar a try.  It has a low glycemic index, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.Vegan Chocolate Fudge Walnut Ice Cream Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Coconut Nectar has a deep, barely sweet flavor.  If you like super sweet ice cream, stick to honey or maple syrup. ;)

Dark chocolate contain antioxidants that help protect the brain, so I used cocoa powder in the ice cream and dark chocolate chips in the ganache/fudge swirl.

Walnuts are high in Vitamin E, which helps reduce memory loss.  So I guess we could call this ice cream “brain food”, and it should be eaten daily! ;)

Start by whipping the coconut milk until it is light and fluffy…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream coconut Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Add the sweetener and cocoa powder, and beat until well combined…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream cocoa Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Pour chilled mixture into the freezer bowl of an ice cream maker (I use this Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, White)
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Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream mix Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions (about 15 minutes) until mixture thickens.  Pour the chopped walnuts in, and continue processing until walnuts are fully incorporated…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream nuts Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Pour into a freezer safe container, and freeze for one hour.

To make the ganache/fudge swirl, heat chocolate chips, coconut milk, and butter in the microwave in 15 second increments until smooth and melted…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream ganache Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Remove ice cream from the freezer and stir together…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream frozen Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Drizzle the ganache/fudge over the ice cream…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream stripes Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Swirl fudge with a spoon or knife…..

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream swirl Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Return to the freezer for 1 hour for “soft serve”, or 2+ hours for “hard serve” ice cream.  The longer this ice cream is in the freezer, the harder it will get.  You may need to leave on the counter to soften before serving. ;)

Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream Cooking with Astrology Aries by cookingwithcurls.com

I’m sure Nathan would approve…..Yummy!

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Our Aries meal up to this point has included…..

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rosemary and Panko Crusted Salmon Cooking with Astrology Aries cookingwithcurls.com

Rosemary and Panko Crusted Salmon.  Next up is Matcha Pancakes with Pomegranate Acai Syrup.

Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream

Serves 2 1/2 cups
Prep time 4 hours, 20 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Skip the grocery store brands, and make your own Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream at home.

Ingredients

  • For the Ice Cream
  • Two 13.5 ounce cans full-fat coconut milk (shake before opening)
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweeted cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • For the Fudge Swirl
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons full-fat coconut milk (can)
  • 1 Tablespoon non-dairy butter

Directions

Beat the coconut milk with a mixer until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Add the coconut nectar, cocoa powder and beat until well combined.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Pour mixture into the freezer bowl of an ice cream maker, and process as per manufacturer's directions, about 15 minutes for soft serve consistency.
Pour the chopped walnuts into the machine and continue processing until incorporated.
Pour ice cream into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for 1 hour.
Heat the chocolate chips, coconut milk and butter in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir to combine. Continue heating in 15 second increments until melted and smooth. Set aside.
Remove the ice cream from freezer and stir. Drizzle the chocolate ganache/fudge over the top of the ice cream. Gently swirl with a spoon or knife.
Return to the freezer to set, about an hour for soft ice cream or 2 to 3 hours for hard serve ice cream.

Note

For non-vegan, substitute honey for the coconut nectar or maple syrup.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

 

Comments

  1. katerina says

    Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.This is a fantastic recipe.
    can we do this recipe without using an ice-cream machine?
    As a Greek Orthodox we fasten for 40 days before Easter and
    this recipe is perfect .

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Mmmm – thank goodness Phoenix has warmer weather longer than most places! I can’t wait to try this, Lisa!! Pinning!

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