Date-Sweetened Ice Cream

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Now I’m feeling awkward about publishing a foodless post. How’bout some date-sweetened ice cream?

Date-Sweetened Ice Cream
Date-sweetened ice cream with chopped carob chips.
I had to take new pictures! The ones I showed you before were horrid! :D
Date-Sweetened Vanilla Ice Cream

4 oz pitted dates (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup water
1 14 oz can of full fat coconut milk, cold
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a small pot or sauce pan, combine the dates and the water and bring to a boil.
2. Remove from heat and let the dates soak, covered, for 15 minutes.
3. Pour the coconut milk into your blender, add the vanilla and the dates along with their water. Blend until smooth.
4. Transfer the blended mixture into a bowl (with a spout, you’ll thank me later!) using a fine mesh strainer to catch little bits of date that might have been left unblended. Refrigerate for an hour or until cold.
5. Once cold, use a fine mesh strainer again (I’m really not happy about tiny bits of date in my smooth ice cream) to pour the mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. It takes my awesome Cuisinart about 30 minutes to churn this bad boy.

NOTES:

This is plenty sweet for my taste, but if you like a sweeter ice cream you can always add some maple syrup.

Add some chunky goods when the ice cream maker is done churning! Chocolate or carob chips, nuts, fruit…

I always have a can or two of coconut milk in the fridge, that way if I need to make a quick ice cream or whipped cream I don’t have to wait for the milk to chill. If you’re making this ice cream with room temperature coconut milk, the ice cream mixture will probably need to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours instead of just one.

Keep it in the freezer (O rly?) and take it out a few minutes before serving. It will be way to hard to scoop straight out of the freezer! One of these days I’m going to buy some vodka and I’m going to add a little splash to my ice creams just to see what happens. It shouldn’t freeze so hard if it has some vodka in it, right?

Date-Sweetened Ice Cream
funny pictures
*omnomnomnom* via icanhascheezburger.com

Comments

  1. says

    This is heaven on earth!!!!!!! Made it as stated, added a splash of Vodka to keep it from getting too hard. THANK YOU for this recipe! There are just some times of the month you need a little ice cream and now I can have some and stay Paleo!

  2. says

    I made this a little while ago, and absolutely loved it! I was inspired to make a lighter version, which I am going to work on today. I will be posting my version on my website soon – with a link back to your recipe, of course :). Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. says

    I love the sound of ice cream sweetened with dates. I used to have a muffin recipe (which I am 99% sure was also vegan) that involved making a date puree as a sweetener of sorts and it was delicious so I imagine this would work well. You are always so creative!

  4. says

    I love the sound of ice cream sweetened with dates. I used to have a muffin recipe (which I am 99% sure was also vegan) that involved making a date puree as a sweetener of sorts and it was delicious so I imagine this would work well. You are always so creative!

  5. says

    This is absolutely my kind of dessert! I love using dates as a natural sweetener, and this vegan ice cream sounds delicious. I recently made an “ice cream” using almond milk with a touch of vodka, and it froze noticeably less hard that versions I’ve tried without the alcohol. I definitely recommend that technique for a softer, more scoop-able consistency.

  6. says

    ah ha ha ha! you’re cracking me up, River – i love the kitteh! your date-sweetened ice cream looks amazing! THIS is why i need to convince dan to treat me to an ice cream maker ASAP! :) wahoooooo!

  7. says

    Date ice cream? Free Teaccino? I love you!

    Oh, and I’ve used the lite coconut milk to make ice cream, and it works! I’ve heard that adding alcohol helps with the freeze factor, but my ice cream rarely has that freeze solid problem….maybe because it doesn’t last long enough to freeze?

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