July 9, 2014

Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream (Paleo and Vegan)

Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream (Paleo and Vegan)
Can ice cream save the world?
I think so.
Here are some facts to prove it.
For starters, have you ever seen a angry person eating ice cream? Of course not — unless it’s bad ice-cream.
When you dig into a scoop of good ice-cream, it's just impossible to be angry.
Ice-cream means joy, pleasure and contentment.
Whining kids? Just plug in the home ice-cream maker and turn all squabbles into a hug fest. Just imagine what would happened if ice-cream was served during Congress hearings. No more
contentious public battles; only bargain and compromise. Politicians for sure wouldn’t be able to talk so much with their mouths full of ice-cream.  
No more filibusters. Just a needed break to run to bathroom to (try to) remove ice-cream stains from their power suits.  
Perhaps ice-cream might be the solution to end all world problems.
OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a tad, but there’s really a lot of awesomeness in ice-cream.
Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream 
The problem with ice-cream (especially store-bought) is that it contains a huge amount of sugar and fat, which drives up the calorie content.
Have you ever read about those actors who gained huge amount of weight for a role in a very short span just by eating cartons ice-cream?
For instance, Ryan Gosling a couple of years ago gained 60 pounds for "The Lovely Bones", drinking melted ice cream.
Scary stuff...
So what to do?
I have the solution people: making a low calorie ice-cream that is actually good for you.
Sounds too good to be true?
Well, this Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-cream is actually healthy, guilt-free and so very delicious.
Packed with good ingredients and nothing nasty.
You know what’s the coolest thing about it? That there’s not even a hint of dairy in it.
Not that I have anything against it (quite the contrary), but sometimes I find it pretty cool to make things differently.
So it's ice-cream, but with no cream in it or sugar. Instead, there’s coconut milk, avocado, maple syrup, cocoa and vanilla.
Simple, so very delicious, of course, and much better for us.
Seriously, this Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-cream is not to be missed by those who want to try a healthier dessert, that are lactose intolerant, vegan or that just love ice-cream in all forms and shapes.
Try this, you won’t be disappointed.

Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream
Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream (Paleo and Vegan)                                            Print this recipe! 
Inspired by, and adapted from GI365

A couple of notes. Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight, several days if possible before starting making the ice-cream. If you don’t own an ice-cream machine, you can still make ice-cream at home with this recipe.

Ingredients 
Serves 6

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk (I used BPA-free Natural Value) chilled
½ cup / 2.3 oz / 65 gr cocoa (I used Dagoba)
½ cup / 160 gr maple syrup (or raw organic honey)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut water (if needed)

Directions

Open the can of coconut milk and scoop the thick coconut cream (trying to keep as much liquid out of the cream as possible) into a large bowl of a heavy-duty mixer or with an electric hand mixer fitted with whisk attachment.
Beat starting on low, increasing incrementally to medium speed until soft peaks become visible, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
In a blender (or food processor) pour the liquid of the coconut milk (which is coconut water), add avocado, cocoa, maple syrup (or honey), vanilla and blend until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick add some coconut water, one tablespoon at a time.
Using a spatula, gently fold in the coconut whipped cream into the cocoa-avocado mixture.
Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Serve immediately or transfer to a covered container and store in the freezer. Let the ice-cream thaw in the refrigeration for at least 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 242 calories, 16 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein.

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35 comments:

  1. That just looks downright sinful! YUM!!

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  2. You are a phenomenal writer, Mike, this one cracked me up and yet it is so true! What an awesome ice cream!

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    1. Isn't he though! I love reading your posts, Mike. The stories you tell always leave a smile on my face. And your pictures aren't half bad either!!!! ;-))))))

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    2. Thanks Matt and Brandi, you guys are making me blush. You have no idea how much this means to me!

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  3. Any way to do this one without an ice cream maker ?

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    1. oopsie, just read a little more carefully and saw you had thoughtfully provided that - thanks !

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  4. I think you are not exaggerating at all - I think you are onto something - I think you need to be the chef at Congress meetings and serve this ice cream in troughs!
    I am over the moon to see a NO CREAM based ice cream - I love fudgy cocoa and avocado mingled together - simply perfect recipe and all round awesome post, my friend!
    P.S. - I am on vacay this week and my daughter is looking over my shoulder at your ice cream and she wants to know if you will ship this to her - C.O.D.!!

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    1. You can tell your daughter we can definitely figure out something. Although, this ice-cream is so easy to make you should try making it at home.
      About serving ice-cream at Congress...I'm actually drafting a letter right now offering my services ;)

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  5. You demon! This looks crazy good! Tell me, does it get rock solid after spending an extended number of hours in the freezer? I'd hate having to eat the whole batch in one sitting...

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    1. It does get pretty solid, not rock solid though. Texture and consistency are actually very close to "regular" ice-cream, if you ask me.

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    2. Darn! I was hoping you were gonna say it gets solid as a rock. Now I have no choice but to give it a try... *sigh*

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  6. This is right up my alley. I LOVE ice cream. Especially easy "cheats" like this.

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    1. This is actually a royal cheat, it's so good there's no missing the other stuff!

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  7. lori.barker@kissthechef.usJuly 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Looks great! One thing though - I don't believe Gosling was in The Lovely Bones. That was Wahlberg and Tucci if I remember correctly.

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    1. True, apparently Gosling was fired by Peter Jackson because he put on too much weight. Can you believe it?
      First they tell him to pig out, and then they let him go because he was too chubby...unbelievable!

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  8. Haha, Ryan Gosling had a good gig with that. :-) My husband has a buddy who literally eats huge bowls of ice cream and hot fudge 3-4 times a week, and the dude is ripped! It's not even like he eats healthy the majority of the time, he's just blessed with great genetics (and probably a few choice supplements). :-)

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    1. I'm also blessed with a great metabolism, but the majority of people are not. So better be careful with ice-cream, right?

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  9. Ice cream is my favorite dessert, and no matter how full I am, I always have room for a bite or two - especially when it's chocolate! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! :)

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    1. Your recipes are awesome Kari, they provide tons of inspiration!

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  10. Hi Mike, oh this looks wonderful, love malted things!!

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  11. I was looking for a pool filled with this the other day... Alas, Los Angeles does not have such a thing :( Well... I CAN CHANGE THAT NOW!

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    1. What? They don't have ice-cream pools in LA? That's lame...you'd better change that GiGi!

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  12. I love avocado, coconut and chocolate - this is like a dream come true! I will definitely give this a try! And lovely pictures btw.

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  13. Amazing, Mike! And to think I didn't see this until after I sent you that email. :-) I always said that working in an ice cream parlor would have to be one of the best jobs. I mean what customer is mad and angry when they are coming to get ice cream?? Well done, my friend, well done. #WolfpackEats

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    1. Well thank you my friend. When I was in college one summer I actually worked in an ice-cream parlor, it was awesome. Everybody loves you when you sell ice-cream. For real!

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  14. Creativity is beauty! I'm sure the taste as well. By the way Mike, what brand of ice cream maker you use?

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    1. I have a Cuisinart; I think it's called "Indulgence" or something. It's amazing!

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  15. I recently made chocolate avocado pudding and it was amazing so i would love to try avocado ice cream! Looks delicious!

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  16. Trying it out today, very delicious so far! I am very fond of avocado and coconut so this goes for me, we will see w/ the kids (6 & 2) say.
    Hate to be a know it all but there IS sugar in it. Maple syrup or Honey altough better sugar, still sugar.
    Love your writing!
    Marlene S

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  17. You're not exaggerating at all hey - ice-cream can save the world! Especially if it's chocolate ice-cream we're talking about. Oh, and it's healthy too??? I think I've died and gone to heaven! This looks insane!! I need to give it a go ;)

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  18. Hahaha ice cream can save the world. They should make a PSA about that. And give you all the credit. Look at that, the wolfpack doesn't just make great food, they are saving the world. Great recipe man!

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