Vegan Ice Cream

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

Vegan pumpkin spice ice cream

Combining coconut milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and sweet spices, this ice cream is a fall treat, on its own or served over a warm dessert.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. This makes a generous quart. Recipe by Cathe Olson from Lick It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love(Book Publishing Company; reprinted by permission). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. 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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