Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vegan PB&J Ice Cream

Vegan PB&J Ice Cream 
Growing up PB&J is a childhood staple. We probably learned to make that recipe before any other and were happy to eat it day after day along with a happy toothless grin. We still crave this familiar comforting treat and love to indulge in PB when the mood strikes. This recipe combines the familiar comforts of that childhood PB&J but with a dessert twist. With this recipes combo of rich Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream and your favorite Jelly, you are all set for an indulgent treat. Serve with your favorite sundae toppings or eat all by itself..vegan milk optional. Enjoy!
Vegan PB&J Ice Cream 

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Base
-1 (15 ounces) can cream of coconut
-1 (13.5 ounces) can of full fat coconut milk
-1 cup vanilla Hemp Milk (can use MIMICCREME or coconut milk also)
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon xantham gum powder
-1 teaspoon agar agar powder
-2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
-2 teaspoon The Vegg & 1/2 cup water (Optional)
-3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
-1/2 Tablespoon Powdered Peanut Butter

Mix Ins
-1 cup Strawberry Preserves 
(Any flavor can be used, as well as Jelly instead of Preserve. Perserve seems to hold up better)

-1/3 cup roasted or toasted peanuts (salted or unsalted works), chopped or halved

Toppings (Optional)
-Vegan Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
-Roasted Peanuts, chopped
-Cherries, maraschino or fresh (pitted)
-Vegan Sprinkles

Directions
Before making the vegan ice cream, set your ice cream maker bowl in the freezer to freeze over night for at least 6 to 8 hours. Once the bowl is completely frozen, it is ready for you to add the ice cream liquid base.

Ice Cream Base
In a saucepan on medium-high heat, mix the hemp milk, coconut milk, vanilla extract, The Vegg (prepared beforehand), and cream of coconut.
Pre-Cooked & Mixed Base
When the mixture has just started to boil, add in the agar agar powder. Once it is combined and cooks for 2 minutes, take off the heat and stir in the arrowroot powder. Now that the arrowroot is combined, wait 2 to 3 minutes and add in the xantham gum and whisk to combine. (This mixture should thicken slightly, it will be much thicker when it cools completely in the fridge.)
Off Heat, Adding in Powders
Finished Cooked Base 
Once you have added in your thickeners and whisked to combined the base. Add this mixture to a blender and add in your creamy & powdered peanut butter. Blend until smooth, once smooth add to a glass or plastic container to chill in the fridge covered with plastic wrap.
Powdered PB
Once the ice cream base has cooled completely, remove and strain in a wire strainer to make sure there are no lumps. The texture will be like pudding (DON'T WORRY).

Straining Materials
Thickened Base
Straining Base
Once strained, add to your now assembled and running ice cream maker. 
Adding Base to Ice Cream Maker
Churning PB Ice Cream
Let the base churn for 20 to 30 minutes until the base has set into an soft serve consistence. Turn off the machine and combine mix ins by hand or leave running and combine. 

Vegan PB Ice Cream
Mix Ins
Once your ice cream base has become an ice cream consistency, get your mix ins together. You can add them into the ice cream maker container or remove the ice cream in layers to a glass dish for freezing. Once the ice cream is ready, add the preserve (or Jelly) into first layer of PB Ice Cream by hand or while it is running in the machine.
1st Layer with Mix Ins
Follow the preserves with your prepared peanuts. Continue to layer or mix until your ingredients are all mixed.  
Layered PB& J Ice Cream
Once it is mixed in, place in your freezer with plastic wrap pressed firmly over the top of the ice cream. Let the ice cream freeze for several hours or over night to harden.
Finished Vegan PB&J Ice Cream
When your ice cream has hardened, it is ready to serve. Serve with traditional sundae toppings (I served this vegan whipped cream and more chopped roasted peanuts). You can add a cherry on top and/or vegan sprinkles as well, the skies the limit. Enjoy!

*Note*
This recipe requires unique ingredients to get it to set and stabilize  Some of these ingredients can simply be found in the natural foods aisle or organic store (Arrowroot & Xantham Gum can be found there). Agar Agar may be found at these markets or it can be found in many oriental markets. If you cannot locate the powders, you can find them online at many sites. They are reasonably priced, you get a lot, and use a little at a time. So it will last you a while.

-Amy