Vegan Almond Cherry Ice Cream

August 23, 2012
Enjoy the last days of summer with this delicious vegan almond cherry ice cream.  The base of this frozen treat is coconut milk but you can also use a combination of almond milk as well to heighten the almond flavor.  Scoop this ice cream into a cone or bowl and eat with family and friends.
 
 
Ingredients:
 
3 cups organic unsweetened coconut milk (Cold)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
(save a few cherries& some juice for putting on top of ice cream)
1/2 cup lightly toasted almonds, diced with skins on
 
Directions:
 
To toast almonds:
 
Dice each almond into about 6 pieces. Leave skins on.
 
Toast almonds in pan with 1/2 tsp. olive oil. Watch and stir carefully.
 
In blender add the 3 cups of coconut milk, agave nectar, dates & vanilla. Blend until you can't see the dates very well.
 
To the blender add your package of unfrozen cherries.
 
There will be a little liquid in the bag.
 
You can either add this liquid to the mixture or drizzle over ice cream.
 
Save a few cherries to sprinkle on top as well.
 
Pulse the blender a few times to roughly chop the cherries- You want them to remain in chunks in the ice cream
 
Fold in toasted almonds and you are ready to place in ice cream freezer.
 
Put mixture in Ice Cream maker until solid. Mixture will still be a little soft. Transfer to regular home freezer and let sit an additional 1-2 hours.

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