Choose-your-own-adventure, no-churn, vegan ice cream #Recipes#dessert#ice cream#vegan May 21 2014 | Guest post by KateyAte By: Jennifer – CC BY 2.0 When I lived by myself I would spontaneously make dessert a couple of times a week. I found I usually made vegan desserts because I'd have most of the ingredients on hand, and they were things that could happily live in the pantry instead of being perishable — stuff like almond milk, apple cider vinegar and various flours. This is definitely one of my favourite vegan desserts because it's made with stuff from the cupboard, it's quick to put together, and you can easily change it up with different mix-ins. The best part is you don't even need an ice cream machine to make it. Basic, no-churn, vegan ice cream Ingredients: 2 x 270ml cans of coconut cream (I use the stuff that's 100% coconut extract, with no water or emulsifiers added) ¼ cup icing sugar (or powdered sugar) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions: If you have the time, chill the cans of coconut cream in the fridge for a couple of hours. This will make it easier to whip later. Scoop out the coconut cream into a bowl and add the vanilla and icing sugar/powdered sugar. I only use ¼ cup of sugar because I find coconut cream pretty sweet anyway but you can bump it up to half a cup if you like. Beat the mix with electric beaters. You can do this step in a standing mixer if you like, or if you have strong forearms you can do it manually with a whisk. My forearms have all the strength of a malnourished poodle, so I use electric beaters. You need to beat the mix until you have some air in it and it's at the soft peaks stage. In my experience, it won't get to the stiff peaks stage like dairy cream but you'll notice when it's become soft and billowy. I find that beating air into the cream gives it a light, melt-on-your-tongue-immediately-and-disappear quality, otherwise it can tend to harden into an unscoopable rock once it's frozen. Very gently scoop half the mix into a container. Add a layer of your chosen mix-ins and then very gently scoop the rest of the mix on top. I find this mixture doesn't really hold up to having the mix-ins stirred through because you lose too much air in the process, which is why I prefer to put the layer of mix in the middle. Put a lid on and stash it in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm up. Options for mix-ins: This is the choose-your-own-adventure part of the recipe. I'm the kind of person who hates clothes shopping, but offer me the chance to go to the grocery store… I live for that shit. Going to the store to pick out mix-ins is definitely in the adventure category for me. I just went with a simple layer of raspberry jam and it worked really well with the coconut but you could throw in pretty much anything. The vanilla extract takes the coconut taste down a couple of notches so that it doesn't taste as strongly of coconut as you might expect so don't worry too much about picking mix-ins that clash with coconut. Try adding two tablespoons of any (or all?) of the following (some of which aren't vegan): Chocolate chips Chocolate sauce Toasted flaked coconut Jam of your choice Honey Maple syrup Peanut butter chips White chocolate flakes Rainbow sprinkles Frangelico or other liqueur Nutella Gummi Bears Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo KateyAte I'm a '50s dress-wearing, potty-mouthed, feminist kitchen addict who bakes bread every weekend and can't stop myself from talking to people in the supermarket about what they're buying. When I'm not busy dirtying up the kitchen, I'm swearing at my cross-stitch project or lawyer-ing it up at my day job. PREVIOUS How my pink-loving son made me confront my weird gender biases NEXT Offbeat suburbanite: "Selling out my generation" and moving to The Burbs Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] Bookmarking! now i just need to track down some Coconut Cream. Reply I'm pretty sure Trader Joe's sells cans of coconut cream. Reply I want to try this! I love to make desserts, but very few of my favorites are vegan. I will definitely keep it in mind for vegan friends! Thanks. Reply Ooo sounds good! Is coconut "cream" the same as the coconut "milk" that comes in a can (usually in the Thai foods section, not the same as the drinkable coconut milk by the soy milk and such)? Reply If you put those cans in the fridge, then open it what you will have floating on the top is the cream and there will be watery liquid beneath it. I buy the grace brand cans and I find they are inconsistant…some are mostly cream and some are about half and half. I know you can buy just coconut cream on its own but for whatever reason I have yet to find it priced reasonably around my town. Separating cans works well for me though..and you can just reserve the watery bits for smoothies or whatever..its basically coconut water. Reply I hope this link is okay. It has a wayto make vegan powdered sugr since nearly all commercial ones aren't vegan. http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-make-vegan-powdered-sugar Reply how in the world can sugar not be vegan? its… sugar… it comes from a plant. my 10x sugar has is just sugar and an anti-caking agent, usually corn startch. Reply A lot of white sugar is processed using bone char, so some vegans avoid it: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2007issue4/2007_issue4_sugar.php Reply Gah! Why is it always coconut!? I hate coconut. But maybe if I use a really strong flavoring agent (like mint extract) if I can mask the icky coconut flavor. Reply From what I understand, coconut fatty acids are pretty good at mimicking things such as butterfat (which is explained pretty well in http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/fats/vegan-butters/vegan-butter). (Milkfat is another term used for butterfat, especially in the context of ice cream making.) Also, some brief research indicates that coconut cream has a mild taste. You could always try using cocoa butter instead, but I'm not sure of its availability or price. EDIT: Vegan baking does have a recipe that includes cocoa butter as part of a cashew base. http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/frozen-desserts/ice-creams/vanilla-ice-cream Reply You could use a strong flavoring agent or you could find a cashew based recipe. The big advantage to coconut milk is its fat content. In some recipes is stands out, in some it falls into the background. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.