Raw Chocolate Ice Cream

Who says that rich, delicious ice cream can’t be good without sugar, milk and other unhealthy additives? Certainly not me. And, I can guarantee you that giving this recipe a try will not only please your tastebuds but also your waistline. It is completely raw and through the roof on the YUM factor. This recipe is made from completely natural ingredients and is actually healthy and raw! It includes many valuable nutrients while delivering in the satisfied sweet tooth department.

I first discovered a recipe for raw ice cream at a small raw restaurant I used to go to in Manhattan, Raw Soul, which has since closed. As much as I loved the ingenious creations the chef, Eddie, at Raw Soul prepared, I just could not get my ice cream to come out right.

 

It took much trial and error and lots of scoops of too hard, weird consistency ice cream before I finally got it right. I tweaked and tried and viola!

Here it is:

 

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups raw cashews – soaked for at least a couple of hours
  • 2 cups of young thai coconut meat
  • 1 cup of coconut water (use the water from the young thai coconuts)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a vanilla bean seeds – cut the bean down the middle, open it and scrape the seeds out
  • 1 cup of agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup of melted cacao butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Method:

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until smooth. I have found that using a Vitamix is the best way to get the smooth consistency that is so important when making ice cream.

Pour the ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Alternatively, you can put the mixture in a container and freeze it in the freezer. It seems to come out creamier when an ice cream maker is used.

Enjoy!

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