December 22, 2009

Vegan Cinnamon Graham Ice Cream

I seem to be on a roll with the dessert theme this week, so I’ll keep on rollin’ suchly for the moment. ‘Tis the most treat-heavy time of year, after all!

This weekend I concocted what I’m pretty sure is my best ice cream recipe yet. Of course, the arrival of my ice cream maker some time ago has helped the process quite a lot, but on top of that, I think I got the flavor and texture just right this time, if I may say so.

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Cinnamon Graham Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans coconut milk (one light, one regular)
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 152g whole wheat graham crackers, crushed (I used 16 Mi-Del grahams, which are each about half the size of a traditional graham cracker sheet)

Combine all ingredients except for grahams in your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer instructions. Add graham cracker pieces during the last 5 minutes.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you could blend everything except grahams in your blender/food processor for a minute or so, stirring in the crumbs just before freezing.

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The ice cream is the consistency of soft-serve after running its course in the ice cream maker, so I took advantage of that fact and enjoyed my first serving Blizzard-style while freezing the rest in single-serving containers (since ice cream is a major danger zone for me!)

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I have come to realize that my absolute favorite mix-ins for ice cream tend to be cookie pieces. I have been known to go to Cold Stone and order sweet cream with every cookie they have—graham crackers, cookie dough, Oreos and even ginger snaps! Now that I have my own ice cream maker, I love that I can customize my ice cream for less than $5 per single serving. Furthermore, I can finally make my all-time favorite flavor at home (heretofore only found in Boston!): Coffee Oreo. Swoon!

What kind of mix-ins would you throw into your ice cream maker?

17 comments:

moretolifethanlettuce said...

Cinnamon graham ice cream? Yes! And it's vegan? You're my hero. Enjoy it!

Crystal said...

Wow- that looks and sounds awesome.. I'm more of a cookie dough fan than cookies in general- but grahams.. mm all you need is some chocolate, and marshmallow- I love ice cream

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Oh girl...what do I love in the way of ice cream add ins? Well I confess, I am more of a raw dough ball girl than an ice cream girl but for the hubs I just make a banana based softserve and add in a HUGE shotglass amount of TJ's Bourbon Vanilla Extract. I'm sure it's about the same as doing a shot of rum! But with vanilla bourbon flavor. And you could add some carmelized bananas. Look up my Vegan Bananas Foster recipe if you care to go hog wild :) anyway though, you did great. You dont need my suggestions!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Chocolate, of course! Did you even need to ask? ;)

elise said...

holy crap im actually drooling. wow diana, you are so amazing!

ktbwood said...

WOW!! amazing! so you have to have a food processor to do this?

chrystad72 said...

Oh my!! This looks so good. I love all things ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

I don't know why more people don't eat vegan ice creams! They're so much tastier!

This definitely looks amazing.

Diana said...

ktbwood -

If you're not using an ice cream maker, I would use a blender or food processor to whip everything together nice and smooth, to give the xanthan gum a chance to disperse and start to thicken things. Then stir in the graham pieces, pour into an airtight container and freeze.

Shannon said...

this sounds so delicious, and makes me want to clear my freezer so i can actually use mine! i could go for some peppermint, since it's christmas and all :) have a good one hun!

Casey (Spicy&Sweet) said...

Mmm...yummy! Cinnamon in anything is delicious. That looks so good!

melissa said...

that is divine and so easy! thanks dessert goddess

merittothecarrot said...

Move over Ben & Jerry...

katherine said...

you know, you say this ice cream is so amazing. i don't know if i believe it. i think i need to taste it for myself. STAT!

Marina said...

I wish I could make ice cream like that. Cinnamon graham ice cream sounds fantastic!

muddy footsteps said...

what does the xanthan gum do for the recipe? this ice cream sounds really good! i've looked for a lot of vegan graham crackers but they are kind of hard to find. I've never heard of this brand! Cool recipe. gonna try that soon

Marissa said...

oh yummmm and here I thought I only coveted ice cream makers duing the summer months ;-)