Oh My Freaking God. You guys. I cannot believe how good this tastes. :O I'm in total ice cream heaven. Please make this, or if you don't have an ice cream maker, go out and buy one and make it. Omg omg omg! That is all.
1 can full fat coconut milk (good quality such as Thai Kitchen)
1/2 tbsp agar agar flakes dissolved in 1/4 cup water
A few chunks of avocado, for colour (about 1/4 of small one)
1/2 cup xylitol (I used Xyla brand, see below)
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Dissolve agar in water in a small saucepan. Heat coconut milk in another saucepan on medium-low, add xylitol, agar mixture and all other ingredients except for avocado. Take 1/2 cup of mixture, blend with avocado and return it to saucepan. Chill in fridge until cold.
Make a half batch of Carob Chips
Make ice cream according to ice cream maker instructions. Spoon into bowl/cup and enjoy. Or let it freeze for longer in a sealed plastic container in the fridge.
This was our first time trying xylitol. Xyla Xylitol is extracted from North American Hardwood trees. It has a cooling flavour unlike stevia. You just substitute for the same amount you would use of sugar. And it only has a glycemic index of 7, that's less than most vegetables! You also may be surprised to know that xylitol occurs naturally in most living things, including the human body during metabolic processes. And unlike stevia I find it goes better with fruit, mint and cream concoctions. I find stevia goes best with chocolate, tea and cinnamon flavours. I've also found that combining xylitol with coconut milk and agar makes for the PERFECT ice cream consistency, I think I've finally found my magical vegan ice cream formula. If you leave this in the freezer it doesn't become rock solid, it becomes smooth and scoopable. Perfection of detection!