Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ice Cream Social Week: Healthier Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream #IceCreamWeek

 Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

If you've been bopping around here lately, you know I've been experimenting with diets. Being a food blogger on a diet can be both a blessing and a curse. Curse, because for one you're cooking a TON and two, because on average, people like sweets and you want to give your audience what they want--so you end up making cronuts and eating the leftovers so as not to be wasteful. Blessing, because you clearly know your way around food and can use your talents to try and find a tastier array of diet food.

I've found that low calorie diets don't quite work with me, and I keep trying to get into paleo/primal type things because I know I won't feel deprived. The only catch is, no grains or dairy or starchy carbs. Which is freaking HARD. But, a challenge. I keep cheating, but eventually I want to get to a point where I can do 90% of my week primal, and 10% so I don't drive myself nuts with no tacos, pizza, baked potatoes, rice, sushi, etc. That's my goal. Plus getting my ass back to the gym, which keeps getting harder...

I've been experimenting with coconut milk as a sub for dairy and I really love it. While I can't quite drink it plain it's doing wonders for my coffee. And the ice cream tastes fantastic. Yes, it tastes like coconut. But I am more than okay with that because coconut is awesome.

If you want a low-guilt treat, definitely try this. It's rich and creamy and you won't even miss the dairy, promise!

Healthier Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream
(Adapted Base Recipe from Beantown Baker)

  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa (overflowing)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 dark or semisweet chocolate bar, broken into chunks.

-Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Separately, heat 2 cups of the coconut milk until just steaming. Add sweetener and salt, and stir until well incorporated.

-In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg yolks. Slowly temper scoops of the hot coconut milk mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly and taking care not to let the eggs scramble. Return mixture to the saucepan.

-Mix in the cocoa and cook over low heat until the mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. When done, it should coat the back of the spoon.

-Pour hot mixture over chocolate pieces and let sit for a few minutes, then whisk vigorously until chocolate is fully incorporated.

-Strain into a large bowl (I skip this, I eyeball it and if it looks smooth I trust it). Add the rest of the coconut milk and stir to combine. Refrigerate mixture overnight or until completely chilled.

-Process according to ice cream maker instructions, then freeze for three hours for a thicker ice cream texture.

NOTE: If frozen for longer, it may freeze solid. A half hour or so on the countertop or microwaving at half power for increments of 1 minute will help it get back to scoopable texture.

If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:
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  1. This looks really tasty! I have a coconut milk ice cream on tap for this weekend. Yum!

  2. Mmm this ice cream looks fab! I love how you've healthified it with the coconut milk. Yeah coconut!

  3. I like how you say you should overflow the chocolate. Because that is pretty much awesome.

  4. would love to win this one

  5. I've been wanting to try making ice cream with coconut milk all summer - I really need to just do it! This version looks delicious - needs to happen at our house soon!

  6. I've been on sort of diet too, and I said 'sort of' because it's very hard to be a food blogger and not to taste the food or test many times...and feel like I'm eating more than I should... and like you, I love carbs and it's impossible for me to do Paleo... I just have to do more exercise and keep portion control... sigh! Love this chocolate coconut milk ice cream. I should use more coconut milk, come to think of it. Thanks for inspiration!

  7. Love your choice of words ' Healthier'. Awesome idea. I did a coconut gelato with shredded toasted coconut this week. Yum.

  8. Why do you have to cook it first?