Monday, April 20, 2009

Homemade Ice Cream

The weather is getting hotter (at least sometimes), and ice cream is most definitely called for. Imagine my delight while flipping through old copies of Vegetarian Times* at the library and encountering a feature on homemade vegan ice creams.

But homemade ice cream means nothing to me if it requires an ice cream maker, which my kitchen is not outfitted with. Happily, the first recipe I saw, for a peanut butter coconut ice cream, was free of such demands, although it did call for a blender, which is in my possession.

The ingenious technique used is to first blend all the ingredients together, then pour the mixture into ice cube trays, freeze, and blend again into creamy refreshing indulgence.

You can find the recipe at the Vegetarian Times website here. The article had two other recipes too, which called for the blasted ice cream maker, but I'm wondering if I could apply the same technique for creating other ice creams.

Incidentally, I used a very thick homemade oat milk flavored with vanilla instead of the soy creamer (which I never buy) and the ice cream turned out great, so don't let an absence of soy creamer in your home stop you from making this. And creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy for the same reason.

If you're interested in the subject of ice cream making without a machine (like me), there's an informative post about the subject here at the blog A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise.

*Speaking of Vegetarian Times, I can't in good conscious bring up the magazine without pointing out that they have a fantastic article about nut-based cheeses in this issue, one of which I tried.


Bethany said...

I've been fighting the urge to get an ice cream maker for the longest time. it's a slippery road that leads to appliances being stored in every corner of the house.

Salma said...

very handy tips right there! i think indian cuisine also has vegan ice creams that don't require an ice cream maker.

yasmin said...

Slippery slope is right! It seems like every day I find a new something worth getting. And an ice cream maker, you can't even justify it for health reasons.

yasmin said...

I'll have to research those Indian ice creams too.

Rosiecat said...
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Rosiecat said...

Hot damn, I SAW that article and have wanted to make my own ice cream ever since! I too have no ice cream maker, but I am willing to take a chance here. My friend Ammie and I are planning to each make one of those nut-based cheeses to try them out. Great minds think alike ;-)

Hey, how did you make your oat milk? Maybe you should post your recipe! (I was going to use something like heavy cream instead, which is definitely not vegan. But I haven't enjoyed the soy creamers I've tried.)

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