Please welcome Kim, from Cravings of a Lunatic, and her scrumptious vegan coconut ice cream to the table today! She has been an amazing resource for me and I hope to meet her some day in person. Y’all are gonna love her photography and her recipes are amazing! For now…I will continue to stalk her online.
I have to tell you I am such a sucker for ice cream. Coconut ice cream is a serious weakness of mine. Any chance I get to make a recipe that uses coconut is good day in my book.
When Wendy asked me to guest post for her I was thrilled. That feeling was quickly followed by a moment of panic. I’m not vegan, so I started to wonder if I could pull off a vegan ice cream recipe.
The question was quickly answered with a resounding yes when I realized I could use coconut milk for the recipe. I adore coconut milk. I could swim in coconut milk. If it was socially acceptable (and I’m hoping one day it will be) I would bathe in coconut milk.
Okay that last part is a stretch, but only because I’m more of a shower kind of girl.
I make whipped cream with coconut milk all the time. I knew it would give a great flavour and texture to the ice cream. I considered using coconut cream but it’s incredibly difficult to obtain where I live. Coconut cream will give a creamier texture to ice cream, so if it’s available to you it’s great to use.
When I started to develop this recipe I had a bit of a happy accident. I knew I wanted to add toasted coconut to the ice cream. So as I was toasting the coconut in the pan I added some coconut sugar. I do this often with regular sugar as it helps speed up the process a bit. Coconut sugar does not melt like regular sugar does. I discovered that cooking it in a pan with the coconut changed the texture of the sugar. It was forming amazing candy like coconut sugar crumbles as it cooked. I have to admit I was thrilled. Those crumbles taste like coconut candy, and I could not stop popping them in my mouth as I worked on this ice cream.
Make sure you try this out for yourself. It’s such a great recipe and you could adapt to your own dietary needs. I hope you love it as much as we did.
Thanks so much to Wendy for allowing me to sit at her family table for the day. It was a pleasure, and honour to visit.
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