Friday, June 1, 2007

notes on vegan ice cream

scroll down for the video!

we made chocolate peanut butter pretzel ice cream. but the recipe is very adjustable.
here is a basic vegan ice cream recipe:

melt together the following ingredients in a sauce pan over medium low heat:

1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 pinch salt

chill until it's almost frozen. this may take a long time, depending on how much crap is in your freezer. if you have room for a shallow pan that allows the ice cream to have a lot of surface area in contact with the cold freezer air (and your freezer doesn't smell bad), well, then you should do that.

now if it just froze like that, it would be a solid chunk of deliciousness, but without the creamy churned ice cream texture. to get that churny churny texture, you have to get the ice cream to freeze while it's in motion. can put it in a can within an ice-and-salt-filled other can as we did in the video, or you can put it in a plastic bag that's not going to break within an ice-and-salt-filled bag that's also not going to break. i don't trust the bags. but you know, maybe you trust the bags. whatever. i'm not going to tell you not to trust the bags, i'm just saying i don't.

to customize this ice cream with a variety of flavors, merely add the flavors and compensate in any necessary way. for example, if you want to add cocoa, you should add about a half a cup of it (and maybe some cinnamon and cayenne, mmm). then you might want to add some more sugar to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate. or maybe not. you can add a few shots of espresso instead of some of the milk. you can use orange juice concentrate instead of sugar. have fun. add peppermint extract. add gummy bears. add rosemary and peach slices. try new things. go forth and multiply. (but don't make babies).


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

mmm, vegan ice cream - I think there's nothing better! Thanks for sharing your secrets.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love that you:
A) made a new vegan cooking show
B) beat down zombies that disparage cooking trivia
C) understand that some of us have freezers so dedicated to veggies that there is no room for ice
D) watch buffy
E) all of the above

John Plummer said...

OK, so I made your ice cream recipe today - with the cocoa and peanut butter like in the video. I am lazy like Matthew and used the boxed almond milk from the store, and an ice cream maker that my mother gave me 15 years ago (which normally does nothing but take up space in the freezer). It was simply ridiculously good. I am definitely going to try the peach and rosemary suggestion, too.

Thanks so much for this - I can't wait for the next episode, and future recipes!

carmichael said...


oh wow, i can't believe someone made the ice cream! horray!

yeah, it's much easier with an ice cream maker. faster, too.

thanks! the next episode will be fun, though we haven't worked out the recipe yet.


Anonymous said...

Your recipe kicks ass. This is an amazing and affordable way to make a healthy alternative to ice cream. I just made a batch of pistachio, which I made by adding in 1/2 cup of pistachios ground fine with some of the sugar from the recipe. I've never enjoyed pistachio ice cream more.

carmichael said...

hey thanks anonymous, that pistachio sounds really good. i've never had pistachio ice cream and i think i'm going to do exactly what you did to make some.
also, i'm sorry someone deleted the video. it was pretty good.