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Coconut milk ice cream

It tastes great, you can serve it to your lactose intolerant and/or vegan friends, it's easier to make than ice cream because it requires fewer ingredients, and the ingredients will last a long time before you decide to make it. This last one is my primary motivator. I like to make stuff. Food is one of those things, but the mood may strike at any time and I don't want to leave the house to go to the store when it does. Heavy cream or raw eggs will last a week or three in the fridge, but a can of coconut milk will last years, so it is easy to keep on hand.

As a bonus: it has zero cholesterol (if you care about that), 1/2 to 1/3 less fat than regular ice cream (if you care about that), and fewer calories to boot. It is still basically sugar + saturated fat though, so I wouldn't really call it "healthy"…

Surprisingly, it doesn't have much of a coconut flavor at all, so you can be free to flavor how you like.

Amount Ingredient Notes
1 14 oz canregular coconut milknot "lite"
1/3 to 3/4 cupsugarto taste:1/2 cup is usually good
1 teaspoonvanilla extract (real)
1-2 tablespoonsappropriate hard alcohol (ie vodka, flavored vodka, creme de whatever)This is optional*

Then add whatever flavorings you want: cherries, chocolate, chocolate syrup, bananas, mint, cinnamon, extracts, etc. I usually get frozen fruit (like cherries) and use the hand blender to puree everything in step 2 below. Use as much or as little as you want, but 1/2 cup is a good starting point.

  1. Chill everything beforehand: keeps the final product from being too icy and makes the churning part faster too.
  2. Mix/whisk/blend everything together.
  3. Make it in your ice cream maker as usual.
  4. Freeze for at least a few hours (or eat now as soft serve).
    • or eat now as soft serve.
  • If it ends up too icy, try making it with half a banana or 1-2 tablespoons of an appropriate hard alcohol (ie vodka, flavored vodka, creme de whatever, etc). Also, make sure to let it get as thick as possible in the ice cream maker.
2010-03-18 #recipe   #veg