Monday, April 4, 2011

O.M.G. Mint Chip Flurry (Vegan, GF)

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!

10 comments:

  1. wow that's really interesting! I've never seen xylitol! I'm a stevia girl myself, but that looks cool!

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  2. Ugh, this looks so unbearably delicious. I pray that my tummy can handle coconut milk one day so that I can try this!
    I purchased some xylitol a few months ago and cooked with it a couple of times, but was concerned after reading this article about how it is processed: http://www.altmedsales.com/index.php?target=pages&page_id=xilitol
    I don't know, what do you think? I've stuck with stevia since reading it, but who knows, maybe the extraction of stevia is equally sketchy...

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  3. ooo i just read through that article, ya I am currently on the fence about xylitol. Perhaps just as an occasionally treat should be the best way to consume it. The reason why I wanted to try it was because I hear alot about it in the health community...And evidently, it makes a superb ice cream!

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  4. Wow, this does look great! Time to break out the ice cream maker...

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  5. "omg" is RIGHT!! It looks beyond delicious!

    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

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  6. You could try some spinach juice for green color next time too.

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  7. Ooh, do you think this could work as a pudding for those of us without an ice cream maker (or the funds to buy one)? Looks swoon-worthy as ice-cream though!

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  8. @Hannah: yes! i imagine you can add chia seeds and reduce the agar to make a pudding!

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  9. This looks amazing! I love all your super creative recipes, keep them coming, please! =)

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