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wVegan Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Yummy Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
vegan-strawberry-ice-cream-recipe-1My husband and I just came back from our babymoon in Hawaii. With my husband being so busy at work, it was wonderful to have a full week of just him and I. Just what I needed before our little baby comes! We enjoyed some beautiful beaches, hot sun, tasty gourmet food and ice cream almost every day! Now that we’re back, all I want is more ice cream! I thought making some homemade ice cream for a blog post would be a great excuse to fulfill my little craving.
Strawberries are in season right now in beautiful Southern California. In the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to get a small carton of strawberries in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box, but I’d devour them before they could make it to the fridge. There was never nearly enough for sharing! Finally my CSA offered them on sale last week so I bought up 24 cartons of these delicious little things. Strawberry ice cream it is then!
14 oz full fat organic coconut milk
2 1/2 cups of fresh organic strawberries
1/2 cup of organic strawberry jam (preferably homemade)
1 vanilla bean (seeds only)
2 tablespoons of agave nectar
1/4 cup of organic hulled hemp seeds (hemp nuts)
1 teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s organic whole kernel coconut oil
Melt coconut oil in a small sauté pan on low. Add hemp seeds and sauté until golden brown. Set aside and allow to cool. 

Meanwhile blend together until smooth the coconut milk, fresh strawberries, jam, vanilla bean seeds and agave nectar. Once the consistency is smooth, add to ice cream maker and allow to process for 15 minutes or until very thick. Add golden hemp seeds the last 5 minutes of processing. Transfer mixture to freezer safe container and store in freezer until ready to enjoy.
Q: Can I substitute Chia Seed?
A: Yes, you can substitute the hemp seeds for chia seeds. In that case I wouldn’t recommend toasting the chia seeds. Just throw them straight into your blender with the other ingredients. Allow the chia seeds to sit at least 5 minutes in the coconut milk to soften them up. You might have to add more coconut milk than as directed since the chia seeds will thicken the mixture up much more than the hemp seeds.
Q: Would this work with honey?
A: Honey would work in replacement to the agave syrup. I just made a strawberry jam using honey as my sweetener and it came out fabulous. Honey and strawberries pair very well together.
~ Erin Bronner
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