One thing that you’ll find out once you go Vegan, is that you will want to experiment with food much more than before, most people agree on this. Your taste buds get “detoxed”, you become curious in the kitchen and you’ll try ingredients you’ve never tried before. In this sense, a Vegan diet is much more varied than a “standard” one. I could give you hundreds of examples, but I’ve never thought I’d make my own version of a Vegan cream cheese (super easy, too, stay tuned for the recipe soon) or my own Vegan ice cream at home. And yet here I am, happily churning away to my husband’s and my heart’s content :D
Fortunately making your own ice cream is easy (just a little time consuming) and satisfying, too, so here’s one of our favorite recipes so far: super creamy and rich Vegan coffee ice cream. It has the richness and flavor of an old-time favorite of mine, that all Italian kids and adults alike know very well: the “Coppa del Nonno“, a very un-glamourous looking ice cream that dates back to 1955, with a very unique coffee flavor.
Don’t like coffee? Switch the powdered coffee with cacao powder for a chocolatey version ;-) And you might prefer to eat it as it is, with its creamy, smooth texture, but of course you can go crazy with it and add nuts, fresh fruits, brownie or cookie crumbles… or add a little more vanilla extract and maybe some chocolate chips! The possibilities are endless.
We’ve also enjoyed it as an ice cream sandwich, simply spreading some within 2 “petit brun” or any other Vegan-friendly biscuit and then letting it set in tin-foil in the freezer:
But enough talking, let’s get to the recipe now!