Since I’ve been trying to keep up with Ice Cream Tuesdays, I was particularly excited about reviewing Vegan Ice Cream by Jeff Rogers. I was invited to be in a review group by the publisher and received this book for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.
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Spoiler: I loved the 2 ice creams I made and you can try the Chocolate Pecan for yourself since the publisher granted me permission to print the recipe here, in my post.
The book has beautiful photos and is divided into Basics, Ice Cream, Raw Ice Cream and Sauces. The basics goes over recommended ingredients, nut milks, sweeteners and substitutions.
For the main ice cream chapter, cashews are used in most of the recipes. In the raw section, coconut milk and other nut milks are more the norm.
The main suggested sweeteners are maple syrup and dates. I find it too expensive to use 1 cup of maple syrup, but he gives some suggested substitution amounts (3/4 agave nectar was what I chose to use). I’ve been experimenting with stevia in ice cream but after my last failure I just needed some ice cream in the freezer!
I did make the raw Pecan Pie Ice Cream which uses pecan milk and has minced pecans in it. It was just as delicious as the chocolate pecan and even as easy to blend up.
Instead of making the pecan milk separately, I added the pecans, dates and water in the blender and let it soak for the afternoon. Then I added in the vanilla and blended it smooth. I did not strain it because I didn’t think it was needed.
The result of both batches was a little soft right after I made them, so I stored them in the freezer for a bit before serving. Both are super-rich from the nut bases and incredibly decadent. Just start with 1 scoop because you may not be able to eat 2 in one sitting. That just leaves more for later!
On my to-make list are Coconut Macaroon, Fresh Lemon, Pumpkin Pie, Fig and Vanilla Hazelnut. If you’ve already made a recipe from the book please leave me your thoughts in a comment.
Serves: 4 servings
- 1 cup chopped organic pecans
- 1½ cups organic cashews or cashew pieces
- 1½ cups purified water
- 1 cup maple syrup (I used ¾ cup agave nectar)
- 2 teaspoons alcohol-free vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon alcohol-free almond flavor
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Place the pecans in a freezer to chill.
- Combine the cashews, water, syrup, vanilla flavor, and almond flavor in a blender. (Note: you can soak this for a few hours to make it blend creamier.)
- Blend on high until silky smooth, at least 1 minute. With the motor running, add the cocoa powder and blend until evenly distributed.
- Place the blender in the freezer for 40 minutes to 1 hour or in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to overnight, until well chilled.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Remove the cover and blade from the ice cream maker and fold in the pecans, distributing evenly.
- Serve immediately or transfer to airtight containers and store in freezer until ready to serve.