I am addicted to this ice cream. I made it on a whim one day when I wanted ice cream, but was too lazy to follow a recipe or do any stove top cooking. I’m also having issues with digesting cream, so I wanted something non-dairy. Luckily, I’ve made enough ice cream in the past to just guess at what would work, so I tossed ingredients into the blender that sounded good and poured it right into the ice cream maker. Upon tasting, I was hooked! So good.
I admit, to get it to a recipe I could share, I had to make it dozens of times. Dozens! It was terrible! (No it wasn’t. It was tasty!) I can’t believe I ate so much ice cream! (Just made more yesterday.) I think I’ve perfected a simple and repeatable recipe to share, and for you to play with and enjoy. I totally suggest messing with the ingredients to your own tastes. Leave out optional ingredients if you want. Add something new. It’s hard to go wrong, and if you do it’s only a quart of ice cream, so make some more.
Because I have food restrictions, I ended up picking up an ice cream maker that has it’s own refrigerant so I can make batches easily (see after recipe). You don’t need anything that fancy. You can instead use a good old school ice cream maker where you freeze the tub in the freezer. Optionally, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you should be able to freeze this in ice cube trays and blend in a blender (one that preferably includes a tamper) with a little milk when you’re ready to eat. It’s all good.
Vegan Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream
- Ice Cream Maker
- High Speed Blender
- 13.5 ounce Coconut Milk
- 13.5 ounce Milk (Cow, Oat, Almond, soy…) (Use the empty coconut milk can to measure.)
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats (Optional. I use it to add extra body)
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 10 Pitted Dates
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 shot 30-40 proof alcohol of choice. I prefer Disaronno Ameretto, Vanilla Vodka, or just plain Vodka (Optional. Softens and flavors ice cream.)
- 1 tsp Liquid Stevia (or favorite sweetener) (Optional. Use to sweeten to taste.)
- 1 tsp Crushed Chipotle Red Pepper Flakes (Optional. Adds a smoky spiciness. I use McCormick brand, so taste test if you use powdered or whole. Double the amount if you like spicy! )
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender except the optional liquid stevia and optional smoked chipotle red pepper. Many ingredients are listed as optional, but I find using them all makes the most addictive ice cream. The small amount of alcohol is added to help keep the ice cream scoopable and can add flavor, but can also be left out if you prefer.
- Blend at a low speed until the dates sound like they have been chopped into small pieces.
- Blend at max speed for a few minutes until all ingredients are fully liquified. At this point you can taste test it and add additional sweetener. Everything is edible without cooking, so taste test and adjust all you want.
- If you like spicy, add the smoked chipotle red pepper. If you like really spicy food, add a second teaspoon! I find it absolutely delicious in this ice cream, but it's also excellent without it. If you need your ice cream smooth you can blend the smoked red pepper until smooth. I sometimes make two batches of this ice cream, one with the pepper and one without and enjoy one scoop of each in a bowl. Yum. When I do this I'll often leave the flakes whole to differenciate the two visually and texturally. Again, you can taste and adjust if you wish.
- Pour into an ice cream maker and let churn until frozen and whipped. I picked up quart sized reusable ice cream containers, which are great if you make ice cream often! (Link below this recipe.) Optionally, if you don't have an ice cream maker, you should be able to freeze this in ice cube trays and blend in the blender later using a tamper with a little milk.
- Freeze for a few hours until a good scooping consistancy. If you left out the alcohol you may need to microwave for 30 to 60 seconds to soften it for scooping.
I sometimes feel bad shopping from Amazon, as they don’t need more money, but I admit that is where I picked up some of the kitchen tools and ingredients I used to make this recipe. I shop locally too! These links are included for ease of reference: