Friday, July 6, 2012

Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With Raw "Caramel" Sauce (SCD, Paleo, GAPS)

One thing I haven't had in years is caramel.  As a child I just loved warm caramel drizzled over ice cream (ahhh).  I've been experimenting with a few different "caramel" sauces, and I think this one is my favorite.  This has a very caramel taste to it - it's not exact, but very close and a tasty alternative to the sugar laden, traditional stuff.  This is a fun topping on ice cream or sure.  One ingredient that gives it a nice creamy texture is cashew butter.  I like this brand, but it's expensive.  You can also make your own homemade cashew butter.  Cashew butter lends a sweet, delicate and creamy texture to recipes that I just adore.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.    

Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 
Ingredients:
-2 cans coconut milk, this brand is SCD friendly
-4 ounces of seeded Medjool dates, 7 dates
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use grade B maple syrup or coconut nectar) 
-1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
-Filling from 1 vanilla bean 

How To:
1.  Soak dates with 1 can of coconut milk for at least 3 hours
2.  To a blender add the dates with the date soakd coconut milk and blend above ingredients until well incorporated
3.  Transfer to ice cream maker and churn until thick
4.  Transfer to glass storage and store in freezer for at least 4 hours
5.  Remove 10-15 minutes before serving (depending on the season- summer 10 minutes, cooler weather give it up to 15)

Raw "Caramel" Sauce 
Ingredients:
-4 ounces of seeded Medjool dates (7 dates) soaked for 4 hours hours in water
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil 
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans use grade B maple syrup or coconut nectar) 
-3/4 teaspoon vanilla
-Tiny pinch of salt
-2 tablespoons cashew butter 

How To:
1.  Drain the water from the dates.  In food processor, blend the drained dates and the other above ingredients until well incorporated and creamy
2.  Serve immediately on ice cream
3.  Store in fridge and bring to room temp, or warm slightly, before serving 

32 comments:

  1. You AMAZE me! When do you sleep? Awesome recipe and gorgeous photos, Amber!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thanks Shirley. You're too funny. This recipe is so fast and easy, I make it a few times each week. And I live with a family of ice cream lovers, so I make several batches each week. I think this vanilla bean is my new favorite. It makes a delicious chocolate milkshake.

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  2. This looks so DELICIOUS!!!! Then to scroll down and see the berries..ahhh! My mouth is watering! I love finding a tasty alternative to some of my favorite past food loves! I don't think I look for things to be exactly the same, just fill the void a bit and taste yummy!

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    1. Thanks Christina...and I can't agree with you more. It took me a while to be okay with not getting a recipe to taste exactly like the original...how could it with completely different ingredients. :-)

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  3. Ohhhh my goodness. This is by FAR my favorite combination ever. THANK YOU for this. :)

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  4. Absolutely awesome Amber! Gorgeous pictures too!

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  5. my oh my Amber, that caramel sauce looks absolutely outrageous! i think i could probably bathe in it! haha...jk jk:) such gorgeous photos too -- very artistic:) have a great weekend! Hugs!

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    1. I have a hard time not eating this ENTIRE thing. It's so delicious. That cashew butter is a dream. But this "caramel" also tastes great without it. Hope you're having a great weekend too dear.

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  6. Amber, you never cease to amaze me! I just ate breakfast and I already want it to be dessert time to make this amazing treat. I haven't played around with cashew butter before. I guess I better start. A healthy "caramel" sauce to go on top of homemade ice cream-count me in daily! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe dear.

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    1. Thanks sweet friend. I thought you might like this one, with you being the ice cream queen and all. :-)

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  7. That caramel sauce looks magical! I love that you use dates and honey to sweeten it. it must taste incredible on your ice cream. I'm thinking it would be a delicious addition to a breakfast cereal too...hot or cold.

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    1. Thanks Heather. It does taste incredible. And I love your idea of putting it on breakfast cereal. Actually, I made some granola bars with this sauce, however they didn't hold (at least not like I like my granola bars to feel). But oh boy are they nummy. Hope you're having a great Sunday.

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  8. I love the simplicity and all of these flavorful natural foods that come together so beautifully. Gorgeous Amber.

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  9. Oh wow, I'm so glad I found you just for the ice cream recipe, let alone tha caramel sauce! It's just what I've been looking for! *drools*

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    1. Hi Liese,

      So glad to have you here. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. This looks amazing! I have a huge thing of dates that I keep thinking to use as a sweetener, but I always put it aside. I need to get with it and start using them!

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    1. Well that sounds perfect. I'm such a sucker for dates. Aren't they the best!

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  11. I've never tried a caramel sauce made with dates before. Definitely pinning this!

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    1. Thanks Allison. Let me know if you give it a try. The cashew butter makes it super creamy, but still a great sauce without. Can't go wrong with honey and dates (oh, and that lovey coconut oil).

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  12. Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.

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  13. Hi Amber. What a delicious looking treat!

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  14. this looks sooo yummy! pinning - can't wait to try it soon!
    found you on show off friday linky party :-)
    amber from ithoughtofitsecond.blogspot.com

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  15. I think you made quite a sensation with this. Certainly, you did at the Recipe Box where this delicious dish is being featured.

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  16. Mmm vanilla ice cream is my fave. I've been making it waaay too much this summer, lol. Your ice cream and caramel has my mouth watering!!!

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  17. So delicious! I could definitely go for this right now!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! So glad you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorites. :-)

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  19. Is there anything you can substitute the cashew butter with?
    P.S Amazing blog!

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    1. Sure, you can use any other nut or seed butter. But it will not taste the same..therefore the recipe will be quite different. Almond butter might be the closest match though. I've never experimented with anything else, so if you like the results, come back and leave a comment. I am sure it will be helpful for others. Thanks!

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