Vegan Ice Cream

Peach Melba Ice Cream

Vegan Peach Melba ice CreamFit for an opera star, the original peach melba kept all components separate: Ice cream melting coldly in one corner of the plate, raspberry sauce congealing somewhere nearby, and peaches slowly losing warmth all by their lonesome. The idea was that the warm fruits would bring up the temperature of the ice cream enough that it wouldn’t threaten the precious vocal chords of Nellie Melba, Australian soprano of the late 19th century, and thus allow her to enjoy a frozen treat. 
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Magical Ice Cream Shell

magic ice cream shell by hannah kaminskyTextural contrast is what keeps a big bowl of ice cream interesting through each and every bite, and precisely why a magical shell topping can be so dangerously addictive. A sauce that pours on as a liquid but instantly solidifies upon hitting a frosty scoop of ice cream, it’s almost as much fun to play with as it is to eat. Chocolate is always the most popular with any crowd, but don’t let the classic limit your creativity! Plenty of other flavors can add a crunch that’s just as sweet and satisfying. Recipe and photo courtesy of Hannah Kaminsky, from Vegan a la Mode.* Reprinted with permission of the author and  Skyhorse Publishing. more→

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Crazy Carrot Pops

carrot and spinach ice popsIce pops made from real fruits and veggies are a win-win — lots of fun for kids to eat, and reassuring for parents to know they’re giving their children a wholesome treat. Recipe adapted from a contribution by the Betty Crocker company. more→

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Banana-Berry Ice Cream (no ice cream machine needed!)

vegan banana-strawberry ice creamContributed by Matthew from Vegan HeartlandI know recipes like this one have been floating around the Vegan blogosphere for a while now, but the first time I heard of “healthy ice cream” was when Dr. Oz dedicated half of his show to the movie Forks Over Knives I thought it was a really great idea and a nice alternative to ice creams that are loaded with refined sugars. I was actually afraid to even call this a recipe since it really takes little effort to make and you really could use any fruit you’d like. I just happened to have frozen strawberries on hand. I can’t wait to try this with other flavors! If you’re looking for a sweet and healthy dessert, this is definitely it!  more→

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Chocolate-Raspberry Ice Cream

chocolate raspberry ice creamRich dark chocolate tinged with fresh red raspberries—a wonderful flavor combination. To make this even more decadent, add a couple of tablespoons of Chambord liqueur. Recipe and photo courtesy of Cathe Olson, from Lick It! Creamy, Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.* more→

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Lavender Ice Cream

vegan lavender ice creamLavender blossoms give this ice cream a unique, delicate flavor. I love it with a mild-flavored cake like pound cake. It’s also delicious topped with berries. This is one of my most-requested recipes. Recipe and photo courtesy of Cathe Olson, from Lick It! Creamy, Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.*
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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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You can cook a fresh pumpkin for this recipe if you like, but canned works just fine. You can also substitute puréed sweet potato or squash for the pumpkin. A Note from Nava: Wouldn’t this ice cream be an amazing companion to most any of the desserts here? Contributed by Cathe Olson from Lick It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love(Book Publishing Company; reprinted by permission). more→

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Fresh Fruit Sorbets (no machine needed!)

Berry sorbet

Icy, refreshing sorbets make a perfect finale to spicy dishes or strong-flavored grilled foods. And they are easy to make with out an ice-cream machine. Generally, recipes for fruit sorbets call for making a sugar-and-water syrup, but for added ease and flavor, I prefer using fruit juice concentrate instead. An added benefit is that if you use fruit-only (and preferably organic) juice concentrate, you can avoid refined sugar altogether. Orange juice, apple juice, and pineapple juice concentrates have no added sugar. more→

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