Sundae, Fun Day! Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Drizzled with Caramel

June 24, 2015
by Merce Muse for Thrive Market
Sundae, Fun Day! Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Drizzled with Caramel

Going dairy-free doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to ice cream. Creamy coconut milk makes a dreamy base for a vegan, raw chocolate ice cream, and the subtle sweetness of medjool dates takes the place of refined sugar in a homemade caramel sauce.

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

For the chocolate ice cream:
10 to 12 medjool dates, pitted
2/3 cup cacao powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 14-ounce cans coconut milk

For the caramel sauce:
12 medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the ice cream
Place the bowl of a stand mixer in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.

Place dates in bowl of food processor and process until smooth. Add in cocoa powder, vanilla, almond milk, and salt. Process until smooth.

Open coconut milk cans and scoop out the hardened coconut cream, discarding the clear liquid. Place cream in chilled bowl of mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add in cacao-date mixture and whip until thoroughly combined. Transfer mixture to a parchment-lined, freezer-safe container, and cover with plastic film. Freeze for at least 3 hours.

Make the caramel sauce
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until creamy and smooth.

Take ice cream out of fridge 10 minutes before serving, scoop into cups, and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont



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8 thoughts on “Sundae, Fun Day! Raw Chocolate Ice Cream Drizzled with Caramel”

  • Eloriel

    I haven't been able to find any hardening "cream" in my coconut milk for quite some time -- does this brand have that? And are the cans BPA free?

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    • thrivemarket

      Good question, Eloriel. We're happy to report that Natural Value uses BPA-free packaging.

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    • AngelGabe

      I, too, find some of Thrive Market companies unsettling: for instance: Hain is a company that signed on AGAINST the right to label GMO’s. They gave huge dollar amounts to deny our right to know if GMO’s are in our foods. Annies has recently been bought out by General Mills, another company that would deny our rights, and whose track record regarding ingredients is sketchy, at best. We who are careful about what we serve to our families will have to keep a close eye out for companies and ingredients we do not want to support or consume. Sad. I had higher hopes for Thrive Market, too. I haven’t given up, just hate to have to be so on-guard against things I dislike from a company I should be able to thoroughly trust: ThriveMarket

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    • Michelle A.

      A simple way to avoid certain ingredients, if you have the time, is to make your own at home. Nut/seed milks, nut/seed butters, and lots of other healthy foods can easily be made from scratch right in your own kitchen. It takes a little extra time and effort, but in my opinion it's definitely worth it - especially if you must be careful because of health reasons. I personally enjoy the meditative benefits I get while mindfully making healthy things for myself and my family, so that's just another added benefit. :)

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  • Legend79

    Clear liquid in the coconut milk...????

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    • Michelle A.

      You make a good point there. I only use a food processor and a spice/coffee grinder. I've learned to modify any recipe over the years, but not everyone wants to do that. :)

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  • Michelle A.

    Sounds awesome! I am totally going to try this. Thanks :)

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  • Robin Kish-miller
    Robin Kish-miller June 30, 2016 at 3:22 am

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