Anyway, here is the recipe, and I truly believe that right out of the ice cream maker (Cuisinart ICE-21 at our house - 1 1/2 quart), it tastes and looks exactly like store bought, full of fat and bad sugars, mint chip ice cream. After it froze in the freezer, it was a little less sweet, but was still pretty good.
Mint Chip Ice Cream with Dairy Free Option
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (Silk original for us)
- 1 can of organic full fat coconut milk (we use Thai Kitchen Organic, about 13.66oz)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced (you may be able to use room temp. banana, but I don't know what the results will be)
- 3/4 cup organic heavy cream (we used Horizon Organic) *omit and replace with an extra frozen banana for the dairy free option. We have not tried this yet, so I would love to know how it turns out for you.
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp mint extract
- 1 Tbsp honey (omit and use all agave if you will feed this to any children under 1 year old)
- 2 Tbsp organic raw blue agave nectar *(or your favorite sweetener. I hope to try it with stevia drops. I do not recommend stevia powder for anything as it uses maltodextrin which has the highest glycemic index- 150- of all sugars)
- 10 drops of green food coloring optional (you could also try using spinach to color. I have read you can't even taste it, but my blender doesn't pulverize the spinach, so I am left with flakes that would be less than appetizing in ice cream)
- 3/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips (We use Enjoy Life)
This makes 6 cups of liquid. It didn't all fit in my 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker. I strongly recommend against over-filling your ice cream maker because the ice cream will not freeze well. I may be saying this from experience. ;o) This ice cream is truly best straight from the ice cream maker. It was not rock solid when had frozen in the freezer, but it did require a 30 second thaw in the microwave (another reason bpa free is best).
My husband loved it, and it is even a contender in the running for which homemade ice creams I will be making for Liam's first birthday. :) It is now only 5 months away! hehe.
Do you have any experiences with dairy free ice creams? How do you get them creamy without dairy? What sweeteners do you use?