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Vegan chocolate ice cream - from cashews

Posted Aug 06 2008 6:15am

I've done a littleinternetresearch on ice cream makers, and discovered that although users of theDonvierice cream maker that I have are generally satisfied, the "experts" rate it very low. It's very easy to operate, and if you have the freezer space to store the metal canister, ready at a moment's notice. However, the pricier electric machines apparently make a creamier product. In addition, some machines create a product that stays creamy in the freezer during storage, something that theDonvierdoes not. Also, you must refreeze the canister for 7 hours if you want to make a second batch. (And, I can tell you for a fact that this is true.) I don't take ice cream making seriously enough to warrant buying a new machine. You can spend $50-$700 on a machine, but I plan to continue using my $5 garage saleDonvier. You can read an article about ice cream makershere.

This recipe is dairy and soy free and tastes amazing. It is creamy and smooth and maybe a little too sweet. My husband disagreed with me about the sweetness. He thought it was just like ice cream, and what most people expected from a frozen dessert. I found the recipe on a cooking video on you tube, quite by accident. Lilla, the ice cream chef, says in the video that you must use a professional blender to achieve the right level of creaminess. (Hers is an enviable Ktec Champ HP3 that costs $400.) But I used my regular KitchenAid with great success. I blended the mixture for several minutes until there was no trace of grainy texture. She also used an interesting ice cream maker that made the ice cream in the freezer. You can watch the videohere. I will also note that Lilla used raw ingredients including something called really raw chocolate. I used natural cocoa powder. I'm not sure about her maple syrup and chocolate chips. Or the vanilla. Can those be raw? By the way,this ice cream did not get icy in the freezer.After several days, it's hard but still smooth and creamy.

Easy 5-ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream

2 cups cashews soaked in 2 cups water (mine soaked about 4 hours in the refrigerator)

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup agave syrup

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 Tablespoon vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Blend everything except the chocolate chips in a blender until extremely smooth and creamy. Blend, blend, blend! Add the chocolate chips and chill the mix for an hour or overnight. Freeze in your ice cream freezer.
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