I have experimented with a few different ice-cream recipes over the last few years, all dairy free and low sugar. The problem I find is that my ice-cream maker sucks! Unless you buy a large, expensive one I’m yet to find one that is up to the job. I literally threw mine in the bin the last time I tried to use it.
This time I thought ahead…with a bit of forward thinking I made a divine vegan mint choc chip ice-cream, no fancy machines required. Even better it has only 4 ingredients.
400ml coconut milk (check labels carefully and make sure no unnecessary nasty additives. you want coconut and water. that’s it)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup (I use organic Grade B syrup)
10 drops peppermint oil (or peppermint extract)
1/2 cup dairy free choc chips (I use these)
1. Freeze coconut milk into ice cube trays and leave to set for min 4 hours (longer is fine but if frozen for longer you may need to let it soften a little before blending or it will become icy…if this happens add a dash of liquid – water or milk alternative)
2. Add coconut milk ice cubes, maple syrup and peppermint oil to food processor or high speed blender and blend on high until all ice cubes are crushed and you have soft serve texture.
3. Taste at this stage and add more maple syrup if taste preference requires.
4. Add choc chips and stir through manually.
It’s ready to eat! Serves 4
It doesn’t freeze well so best to be eaten straight away. It’s a good thing then that you can feel good about what you’re eating.
Coconut milk is anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. The main saturated fat that it contains, lauric acid, is also found in mother’s milk and has been shown to promote brain development and bone health. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. It also contains a significant amount of vitamin C and E. The saturated fat content is high but is mainly made up of short and medium chain fatty acids, which are usually not stored by the body as fats but instead have been found to provide instant energy to the body. Perfect for the energy needs of my growing boys!
Pure maple syrup is high in antioxidants and offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is still a sugar of course and not to be eaten in excess but using it in place of regular refined sugars will cut the sugar content by a third. So not a bad choice in moderation.
Peppermint Oil is used to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as pain relief.
Not sure I have such compelling things to say about my choc chips as they aren’t super high in cacao % terms, but hey, they taste good. And I’m sure there are anti-oxidants and minerals in there too!