This ice cream may be vegan but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bowl licking amazingly delicious. Who doesn’t like a big bowl of chocolate cherry ice cream that’s good for you too? Really, this ice cream is good for you.
Last fall I did the Clean Detox in preparation for some surgery that I was having. You’ve probably heard of “clean” before because it’s also known as “the Gwyneth Paltrow detox.” I’d be embarrassed to admit that I had anything even remotely in common with that insipid little twit (Gwyneth Paltrow and her condescending Goop-y blog) except I loved the results I got from the detox. Since then I do a few days here and there on it and still follow a few of its tenets.
Blah blah blah…detox, healthy, vegan ice cream, good for you….The proof is in the pudding, err ice cream right? I can honestly say that I saw Craig digging into the bowl of this stuff while I was taking the picture you see above. He had no idea that it was ‘good for you’ ice cream, although he caught on pretty quickly when he saw my smirk (apparently I have a certain face that I make when I sneak a healthy recipe by him – I’ve got to work on my poker face). The other thing that was pretty funny about this is the fact that he doesn’t like cherries in his ice cream (ack – sacrilege!), even though he could see that there were fresh cherries in there. I’m pretty sure the presence of all those chunks of chocolate out weighed the cherries for him.
Speaking of Good for You…I thought I’d put together a list of the Top 10 Signs You’re Too Good For Him/Her (this list is unisex and in no particular order)
- Your friends don’t like him/her – Think of them as a physical manifestation of your inner voice.
- They cling to old fashion trends for dear life – If they have to hang on to an old fashion trend, i.e. mullets; trucker caps; sweat pants with writing on the butt, what other baggage are they hanging on to?
- It takes everything you have to convince them to go out and experience life – Non-stop playing of Madden 2011 and watching HGTV do nothing to improve anyone’s life except for optometrists and sofa manufacturers.
- They are amazed with your financial prowess – Your prowess is that you are able to pay your bills, every month, and not have to worry about utilities being shut off.
- Is a ‘bad boy’ or a ‘bad girl’ – This is cool when you’re in high school. By the time you become a responsible adult it’s not “cool” to call your friends and tell them that you spent Friday/Saturday night with the po po because your significant other just had to teach that guy/girl some respect.
- They firmly believe in the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” – Not environmentally speaking. This person believes that you should take them back because “I’m really serious this time,” “I realized that I really miss you” or “I realized that you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.” (Yep, I am so step off!)
- You become their personal banker – Actually, you’ve become more like their personal ATM.
- They are in their 30’s and still live at home – Because it’s easier and cheaper to live there than to live somewhere else.
- You have to fake everything – interest, emotions, orgasm….
- Too much hair – I’m gonna just leave it at that.
Makes 1 quart
- 1 Pound Fresh Sour Cherries (can use frozen or bottled – but bottled cherries need to be drained first)
- 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar
- 1 Teaspoon Kirsch (a cherry flavored liqueur)**
- 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk (not coconut cream or coconut water – those are all different things)
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
Pit the cherries and tear them into large pieces (halves or quarters). There is no need to be precise.
Place the sour cherries, and any of their juices, in a medium sized bowl and stir in the agave nectar and kirsch.
Let this mixture stand for 1 hour at room temperature.
Add the almond milk and coconut milk to the cherry mixture (make sure to vigorously shake the coconut milk to better distribute any of the solids that are inside) and stir to combine.
Tightly cover the bowl and refrigerate until cold (at least 4 hours).
Pour the chilled mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and process according to the directions on your machine.
If the cherries begin to clump up, use a rubber spatula to keep things moving along.
While the ice cream is churning…
Add the cocoa powder and coconut oil to a small microwavable container.
Place this mixture into the microwave to melt the coconut oil using short 10 second intervals. (You can also do this step on the stove top.)
Once the coconut oil is melted, stir to combine it thoroughly with the chocolate. Make sure that you don’t have any lumps.
Pour the melted mixture slowly into the churning ice cream during the last 2 minutes of processing. The chocolate will harden on impact with the frozen ice cream.
You can serve this as soft serve immediately or place it into the freezer to harden.
Note: this will harden almost solid when left in the freezer because there is a much higher water content in this recipe than in traditional ice cream. The addition of the kirsch helps keep it from getting hard in the mixing bowl while it is processing. This version is very chocolatey. You could easily cut the chocolate and coconut oil quantities in half and have plenty of chocolate. You can also leave out the chocolate entirely if you like (but would you really want to do that? j/k)
**The kirsch is completely optional. Leave it out if you are detoxing or don’t want any alcohol in your food.Welcome to My Man's Belly! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the site or if there's a recipe you'd like to see here. Have a great day.