Dreamy & Rich Coffee Ice Cream with Cocoa Drizzle (Vegan, Gluten Free, Clean!)

Ok I did it – made my first post! Woo! On to post #2.

I have already learned that not every single one of my attepts is going to be pretty. This one, for example started as Chilled Coffee Ice Cream bars in my head. However, I could see that getting pretty messy. Much better to use a spoon with this 🙂

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I really really love is coffee. Hot coffee in the winter, cold coffee in the summer. Something that was hard for me to give up when I started my clean eating diet was coffee creamer. Sometimes, I wondered if I really wanted the creamer more than the coffee… Now, though, I have fallen completely in love with almond milk in my coffee. Typically, steamed almond milk seems to have more of a creamy texture for some reason when you put it in hot coffee. This is my attempt to take my favorite creamy tasting coffee and turn it into a clean dessert!

Also, I am including a “crust” in this recipe. Take or leave the crust, but I found it really gives more of a thick & chewy texture to the mix.

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Dreamy & Rich Coffee Ice Cream with Cocoa Drizzle Ingredients: 

Crust:

  • 1 cup of raw (unsalted) cashews
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee (I used regular, but I think any flavored instant coffee would be really good too!)
  • 1 cup of pitted dates

Ice Cream:

  • 1 can (15 oz) canned coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 4 tablespoons of raw maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon agave

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of cocao powder
  • 4 tablespoons raw maple syrup

How to:

  • Blend together ingredients for the “crust” in a Vitamix or similar food processor. Drop the mixture into an 8×8 pan and press it down to compress. Pop in the freezer while you start on the ice cream.
  • Melt the coconut oil. Add coconut oil, coconut cream, syrup and agave to a small bowl and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture over the “crust” and pop back in the freezer until solid.
  • Once the layers are frozen, combine all ingredients for the chocolate drizzle.
  • Pour 3/4 of total mixture over the other 2 layers and freeze again. This creates a frozen chocolate layer as the top that kind of reminds me of Chocolate Shell, but healthier 🙂
  • Let everything completely freeze! I let sit in the freezer overnight, but 3-4 hours should do it.
  • Before serving, warm up the remaining chocolate drizzle. Scoop out a hearty amount of the crust + ice cream and serve in a bowl.
  • Add chocolate drizzle as desired and dig in!

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