Monday, June 13, 2011

Sugar free Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream using Coconut Milk & Cashews



Coconut is the new darling of the health food Industry. Ignored and tainted suddenly people are reinventing the wheel and you see articles running in news papers on the health benefit of Coconut, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk.  Whatever said and done, these products have been in certain cuisine for centuries and people didn't run into any problem. In between there was no much negativity going about the coconuts and suddenly there is a lot of awakening on including coconuts for skin benefits, for thyroids, to loose weights.



In my every day cooking I use a lot of coconut and coconut oil. But haven't really tried them in making ice creams, until I saw a Coconut Milk Ice cream in one of the health food stores and also came across lot of recipes when I searched in internet on Coconut Milk ice cream. Most of the recipes either used sugar, agave, honey or maple. Even though the latter sweeteners are much better alternate than sugar in terms of dental health, they are high in fructose. So if you are watching your carb and sugars these are not for you. I finally nailed down a recipe using Xylitol and this was absolutely delicious.  So try it out and let me know what you think. This recipe is so simple and you don't need an Ice Cream maker for this.



Ice creams get their smooth texture from the cream and fat, so to get the creamy texture I have added nuts and coconut oil.



Preparation Time - 10 Minutes

Cooking Time - 15 Minutes





Ingredients



Coconut Milk - 2 Cups

Xylitol - 1/2 Cup

Cashews - 1 Cup

Agar Agar Flakes - 2 Tbsp

Vanilla extract - 1/2 Tsp

Coconut Oil - 2 Tbsp



Method



1) Take the agar agar flakes and add it to the coconut milk and let this sit for 10-15 minutes till the flakes soften.



2) Simmer on low to medium heat and add the xylitol and retain it till the agar agar flakes and xylitol both dissolve.



3) Let this cool down for 10-15  minutes, now pour the coconut milk mixture in a blender ( I used Vitamix) add the cashews, coconut oil, vanilla extract and blend till smooth.



4) Pour in a container and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes till the mixture is lukewarm, cover and refrigerate overnight.



5) Scoop out using an ice cream scoop dipped in hot water and enjoy.









35 comments:

Vardhini said...

Simply superb. Love the creaminess .. yummy.

Vardhini
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Perfect looking ice cream. Very healthy as well.

Deepa
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Madhu said...

Looks delicious. Love it that you made it with coconut milk. Thanks for your information on coconut oil. I will try it out.

Vimitha Anand said...

Flavorful and delicious ice cream... I always love the flavor of coconut and that in an ice cream sounds incredible...

Hari Chandana said...

OMG... what a mouth watering recipe.. looks really good and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe :)
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Raji said...

The ice cream looks so delectable...love the flavours of coconut.

Sarah said...

oh boy! i love it!!!! coconut is such an integral part of the everyday food at my home... We use coconut oil and coconut milk in all the traditional day-to-day dishes.. I just love ur coconut ice-cream... this is superb!!!!

Prathibha said...

wow..ice cream looks yummy n delicious...:)

Pushpa said...

Ice cream looks divine and delish.

sharada said...

not finding words to comment...awesome and really cool!

Lavanya Selvaraj said...

Looks yummm... I will definitely try it.

Radhika said...

Ice cream with coconut milk. outstanding. just imagine the flavor and taste.

Prathima Rao said...

Yummy, tempting & low cal!!!! Love it :)
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Sum said...

Interesting... Does it not smell too much of coconut since you've also used coconut oil? or was it ok, because of the vanilla flavor?

Prathima Shivraj said...

Ice cream looks tempting, innovative idea of using coconut milk. Never tasted like this, but i know this tastes fabulous.

San said...

Hi,

Luscious looking ice cream.Thanks for your comments, first time to your blog.Glad to follow a lovely space.

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful and so interesting icecream !! loved it !!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that sounds great and different :)

Ramya Bala said...

looks sooo yum!!!

Priti said...

Ice cream looks very good ...n sugar free it's just so awesome

Mugdha said...

healthy,creamy and superb ice cream..:)

Sobha Shyam said...

superb recipe..lovely ice cream..keep rocking with ur interesting, healthy and lovely recipes..

Priya said...

Seriously feel like finishing that wonderful,guilt free icecream, super tempting and irresistible..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...creamy yummy ice cream...great texture...

Miriam said...

This ice cream is amazing! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Champa said...

Hey, this is cool. I haven't used xylitol. Have heard about it a lot though.

Maria said...

This sounds so so delicious!

thekitchenaffaire said...

This is just what I need on this hot summer day! :) Yummmm

kothiyavunu.com said...

Simply delicious and lipsmacking ice cream..I can just imagine how incredible it wud taste.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Thanks every one for your sweet comments. Sum the coconut oil was little bit visible before freezing but after freezing it wasn't. But the taste of coconut milk will be there because the main ingredient is coconut milk. If you love the flavor of coconut milk this sure will please you.

Swathi said...

Coconut icecream looks dleicious. I love coconut without them life is impossible for me.

SouthIndianHome said...

Yummy icecream.Looks creamy and tempting.Bookmarked
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Sum said...

Ok.... Thanks! Must try it once...

Jay said...

love your healthy presentation n facts..wonderful lipsmacking recipe..:P

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jayasree said...

Ice cream suuuper delicious and loved the ingredients that went into it. Coconut oil being the surprise ingredient.

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