Friday, July 6, 2012

Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With "Caramel" Sauce (dairy free, cane-sugar free, SCD friendly)

One thing I haven't had in years is caramel.  As a child I just loved warm caramel drizzled over ice cream (ahhh).  I've been experimenting with a few different "caramel" sauces, and I think this one is my favorite.  Does it taste just like caramel, no.  Does it taste delicious, yes.  Is it a fun topping on ice cream, yes and yes.  One ingredient that gives it a nice creamy texture is cashew butter.  I always have some of this brand on hand (as I use it to make Danielle's awesome bread).  It's an expensive brand, but it has a creamy texture I've yet to replicate.  It's sweet and delicious and makes the most amazing cashew icings.  

SCD Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 
Ingredients:
-2 cans coconut milk, this brand is SCD friendly
-4 ounces of seeded Medjool dates (7 dates)
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use grade B maple syrup) 
-1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
-Filling from 1 vanilla bean 

How To:
1.  Soak dates with 1 can of the coconut milk for at least 3 hours
2.  Blend above ingredients until well incorporated
3.  Transfer to ice cream maker and churn until thick
4.  Transfer to glass storage and store in freezer for at least 4 hours
5.  Remove 10-15 minutes before serving (depending on the season- summer 10 minutes, cooler weather, give it up to 15)

"Caramel" Sauce 
Ingredients:
-4 ounces of seeded Medjool dates (around 6 or 7) soaked for at least 3 hours
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil 
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans use grade B maple syrup) 
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-2 tablespoons cashew butter (optional, but worth it)

How To:
1.  In food processor, blend above ingredients until well incorporated and creamy
2.  Serve immediately on ice cream
3.  Store in fridge and bring to room temp, or warm slightly, before serving 
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31 comments:

  1. gfe--gluten free easilyJuly 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    You AMAZE me! When do you sleep? Awesome recipe and gorgeous photos, Amber!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

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    • Thanks Shirley. You're too funny. This recipe is so fast and easy, I make it a few times each week. And I live with a family of ice cream lovers, so I make several batches each week. I think this vanilla bean is my new favorite. It makes a delicious chocolate milkshake.

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  2. This looks so DELICIOUS!!!! Then to scroll down and see the berries..ahhh! My mouth is watering! I love finding a tasty alternative to some of my favorite past food loves! I don't think I look for things to be exactly the same, just fill the void a bit and taste yummy!

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    • Thanks Christina...and I can't agree with you more. It took me a while to be okay with not getting a recipe to taste exactly like the original...how could it with completely different ingredients. :-)

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  3. Ohhhh my goodness. This is by FAR my favorite combination ever. THANK YOU for this. :)

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  4. Absolutely awesome Amber! Gorgeous pictures too!

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  5. glutenfreehappytummy.comJuly 7, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    my oh my Amber, that caramel sauce looks absolutely outrageous! i think i could probably bathe in it! haha...jk jk:) such gorgeous photos too -- very artistic:) have a great weekend! Hugs!

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    • I have a hard time not eating this ENTIRE thing. It's so delicious. That cashew butter is a dream. But this "caramel" also tastes great without it. Hope you're having a great weekend too dear.

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  6. Amber, you never cease to amaze me! I just ate breakfast and I already want it to be dessert time to make this amazing treat. I haven't played around with cashew butter before. I guess I better start. A healthy "caramel" sauce to go on top of homemade ice cream-count me in daily! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe dear.

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    • Thanks sweet friend. I thought you might like this one, with you being the ice cream queen and all. :-)

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  7. Heather @Gluten-Free CatJuly 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    That caramel sauce looks magical! I love that you use dates and honey to sweeten it. it must taste incredible on your ice cream. I'm thinking it would be a delicious addition to a breakfast cereal too...hot or cold.

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    • Thanks Heather. It does taste incredible. And I love your idea of putting it on breakfast cereal. Actually, I made some granola bars with this sauce, however they didn't hold (at least not like I like my granola bars to feel). But oh boy are they nummy. Hope you're having a great Sunday.

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  8. I love the simplicity and all of these flavorful natural foods that come together so beautifully. Gorgeous Amber.

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  9. Liese @HighRawOmnivoreJuly 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Oh wow, I'm so glad I found you just for the ice cream recipe, let alone tha caramel sauce! It's just what I've been looking for! *drools*

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  10. Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy QueenJuly 9, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    This looks amazing! I have a huge thing of dates that I keep thinking to use as a sweetener, but I always put it aside. I need to get with it and start using them!

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  11. Allison HoldenJuly 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    I've never tried a caramel sauce made with dates before. Definitely pinning this!

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    • Thanks Allison. Let me know if you give it a try. The cashew butter makes it super creamy, but still a great sauce without. Can't go wrong with honey and dates (oh, and that lovey coconut oil).

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  12. Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.

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  13. Hi Amber. What a delicious looking treat!

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  14. amberbarracloughJuly 17, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    this looks sooo yummy! pinning - can't wait to try it soon!
    found you on show off friday linky party :-)
    amber from ithoughtofitsecond.blogspot.com

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  15. I think you made quite a sensation with this. Certainly, you did at the Recipe Box where this delicious dish is being featured.

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  16. Mmm vanilla ice cream is my fave. I've been making it waaay too much this summer, lol. Your ice cream and caramel has my mouth watering!!!

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  17. So delicious! I could definitely go for this right now!

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  18. this was AMAZING!!

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  19. Jen, thanks for publishing, this is such a lovely recipe! I'm giving it a shout-out on my blog, as an accompaniment to an Apple Cinnamon Cake :)

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