Friday, December 27, 2013

My first legit ice cream!!!!!! (with or without ice cream maker)

Hey everyone!!! Merry Christmas (belated) and happy new year (almost)!

Here's an update on life lately. :)

The other day, I - as well as many others in the town - saw the most amazing sunset!!!! 

Also ordered a whole 10 lb. box of moist, fresh barhi dates from The Date People (order fresh dates online! It's great!)
I've also been rock climbing a lot since Christmas break started. I didn't realize how much I've missed this place!
Oooh.. climbing blisters. >.< 
Making tasty new recipes such as this amazing "chicken" salad sandwich. 


ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!

Yep! I made my very first ice cream in my very first ice cream maker! 

It only takes 30 minutes once you pour the ice cream mixture into the turning freezer bowl, and before you know it you have creamy, delicious ice cream. :)

(Note to reader: I know that not everyone has an ice cream maker so I will provide directions with and without the ice cream maker.)

This is a coconut strawberry honey ice cream. That is literally what it tastes like. It's so delicious, so simple, and perfect for a treat on a hot (or cold) day - trust me, here in southern California, we have a lot of hot days in the winter time. 

If you like coconut and strawberries, you will love this ice cream!

Don't like honey or would rather not use it? No problem! Just pour in extra maple syrup (or another preferred liquid sweetener).

Strawberry Coconut Cream Ice Cream

Serves 8-12 people if you double the recipe.

* 13.5 oz. can of full-fat coconut milk 
* 8-10 strawberries (preferrably cold)
* scant 1/3 cup maple syrup
* 4 Tbsp. honey
* 2 Tbsp. non-dairy yogurt of choice
* pinch of salt (optional)

1a) Combine all ingredients in vitamix blender until smooth and creamy.

2a) Pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions. When ice cream is ready, serve immediately or freeze for 4-8 hours (or longer, but keep in mind that fresh is best!).
2b) Pour liquid mixture into plastic storage container (one that can go in the freezer) and place in freezer for 6-8 hours. Scoop hardened cream into vitamix blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy like ice cream. Serve immediately for best flavor and texture, or store in freezer for later consumption. 

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Of course, the texture of the ice cream using the machine is going to be fluffier than the texture using the vitamix, but either way, this ice cream is very delish. :) 

Enjoy the ice cream and the new year! 

Much love,

~ Natalyn

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