Fourth of July

Strawberry Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

August  7, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This rich, dreamy ice cream -- which no one would ever guess is vegan -- benefits from fresh ingredients: seasonal, freshly picked strawberries and fresh vanilla bean. But if you only have vanilla extract, fear not. You're still going to get a supremely delicious dessert. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups (or 2 cans) full fat coconut milk, with 1/2 cup set aside
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (substitute cornstarch or tapioca starch)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split down the center, seeds scraped out (substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons good quality vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice
  • pinch sea salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Add strawberries to a food processor or blender and puree till smooth or nearly smooth (a little texture can be nice). Set aside.
  2. Whisk the arrowroot with 1/2 cup of the coconut milk till no lumps remain. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining coconut milk until it's just developing bubbles on the edges of a medium sized sauce pan. Add the cane juice vanilla, and sea salt. Whisk in the arrowroot mixture slowly. Continue cooking till mixture has the thick texture of a custard. Remove from heat and chill overnight. At this point, prepare your ice cream maker by chilling the bowl overnight as well.
  4. The following day, mix the custard and strawberry puree. Pour into the ice cream maker and let it churn according to manufacturer instructions. Place in a sealed container and keep frozen till ready to serve.

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Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.