What’s a holiday pie without a scoop of ice cream on top? Nada. That’s what. So of course I had to make a creamy vegan and paleo friendly ice cream for the occasion! Since we are having apple pie this year for Thanksgiving, I decided that a salted caramel ice cream would be perfect. Also, salted caramel is one of my favorite flavors!
AIP+Vegan Salted Caramel Ice Cream
For ice cream:
2 cans full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut butter
2 tbs. maple syrup
1 tbs. vanilla extract OR 1 vanilla bean
pinch of pink himalayan salt
For the Salted Caramel-
15 dates, pitted
1 tbs. full fat coconut milk
1 tbs. of hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
Combine all ice cream ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over medium-low heat until everything is dissolved and mixed together, about five minutes.
Let cool completely or place in the fridge to cool faster.
Pour into ice cream maker and churn for about 30-45 minutes until it reaches soft serve consistency.
While ice cream is churning, place your dates in hot water for 1-2 minutes, until they soften.
Blend the dates, coconut milk, salt, and 1 tbs. of the hot water from the soaking dates to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
Once the ice cream is done churning, scoop half of it into a freezer safe container. Take half of the caramel and place dollops on top of the ice cream, then use a knife to swirl the caramel into the ice cream. Layer the rest of the ice cream on top and repeat with the remaining caramel, swirling everything together. The ice cream make start to get melty here, work at a reasonable pace but don’t worry about it too much as this heads straight into the freezer.
Sprinkle with a little more salt and place in the freezer until firm. After about 2 hours it will be at a harder soft-serve consistency and easy scooping. After about 4 hours it will pretty much be firm and you may have to let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to soften and scoop.
Serve over a slice of warm pie and try not to drool too much ;).
What’s are you having for dessert this Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)?