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!
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…..
Add the sweetener and cocoa powder, and beat until well combined…..
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)
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…..
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…..
Remove ice cream from the freezer and stir together…..
Drizzle the ganache/fudge over the ice cream…..
Swirl fudge with a spoon or knife…..
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.
I’m sure Nathan would approve…..Yummy!
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for People’s Choice Awards)
Our Aries meal up to this point has included…..
Vegan Chocolate Walnut Fudge Ice Cream
|Serves||2 1/2 cups|
|Prep time||4 hours, 20 minutes|
- 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
|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.|
For non-vegan, substitute honey for the coconut nectar or maple syrup.
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