Vegan Ice Cream + New Breakfast Bowls

After all the adventure earlier today, I decided to try out a kitchen experiment

Homemade Vegan Ice Cream

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Vegan ice cream!

I was inspired to try Mama Pea’s Cookies & Cream vegan ice cream – click here for recipe.

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I have an ice cream machine that requires the bowl to be frozen pre-ice-cream-making, so I got that prepped and placed in the freezer earlier this week.

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So, today I simply had to gather my ingredients and mix some stuff together. Gosh, ice cream is easy!

Xantham Gum

I think hubby nearly passed out when I asked him to get the Xantham Gum and he saw it was $12.99! I know that we only need a little bit at a time, but $13 is a lot at one time.

I considered omitting the xanthan gum, but I read online that it was best to use it (unless you had an allergy or something) because it helps ice cream stay creamy instead of getting icy.

I also learned (from my google search) that Xanthan Gum is a thickener commonly used in sauces and dressings and gluten free baking. You may have even noticed on the ingredient list of products you buy, if you read them.

Bottom line, I decided that we needed it, and now we have enough to make batches and batches and batches of ice cream! :lol:

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My ice cream machine was a cinch to put together and then I just had to turn it on and start adding my ice cream mixture.

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The machine ran for roughly 20 minutes before I checked it for consistency. It looked like it was close to being done (it seemed pretty well thickened to me at least) and I considered adding the cup of crushed chocolate cookies at this point…till I realized my 1 quart ice cream maker was TOO FULL! Doh!

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So, I just let the machine run an extra 5 minutes, then turned the machine off and poured it into a mixing bowl. I mixed the ice cream and cookie pieces by hand.

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Totally got to lick the spatula…to check the flavor of course! ;)

I placed my ice cream in the freezer to thicken up while I worked on some other stuff around the house.

Shopping Spree

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Check out my latest shopping spree goodies! My new breakfast bowls! Ok, they’re “cups” but I got them more for eating purposes than drinking.

I bought these glasses from Crate + Barrel today for breakfasts and snacks.

I strategically selected each of these glasses for size, shape and usability.

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The smaller mug will be for my mini ice cream and yogurt parfait snacks. At 4 ounces, this means it will be the perfect 1/2 cup snack size.

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The larger cups are going to be for full-sized breakfast parfaits or if I’m especially craving a large portion of ice cream, etc. At 9 ounces, this cup is really better for a cup-ish worth of yogurt and granola and fruit, or even a smoothie, but we’ll see.

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I also picked up these snazzy mini spoons. They’ll be perfect for eating from my small glassware or as condiment spoons when we’re entertaining. I love the pattern on the silver spoon.

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I also got this bowl for morning oatmeal. No size reasoning on this one, I just liked the size and shape. :)

Lunchtime Eats

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While my ice cream thickened up, I whipped up a quick lunch: breaded halibut, steamed broccoli and toasted Whole Grain Goodness with a wee bit of real butter.

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I picked up this Honest Ade – Pomegranate Blue from the race earlier. (What? Other spectators were getting it too!) It had a great flavor and I liked how it was “just a tad sweet.”

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After lunch I dove straight into my homemade vegan ice cream!

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Decorated with 2 cookies.

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Loved it! The recipe was super easy and the flavor was great. Thanks Mama Pea!

Reader question – Have you tried coconut milk ice cream before (homemade or store-bought)? What did you think?

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Comments

  1. says

    What a fabulous recipe for icecream! Im loving the use of coconut milk in it. I remember the first time I bought xantham gum as well, shocked at the price but it lasts FOREVER! Great kitchen finds on your shopping spree :)

  2. says

    My mom and I sometimes split a bag of xanthan gum since it’s expensive and we usually only use a teaspoon at a time (we both are gluten intolerant).

    I love those long spoons with the white handle! Were they from Crate and Barrel too??? I really just have a thing for long spoons and soup spoons (weird I know) but it makes eating so much more fun!

    • says

      They are from Crate + Barrel, but they’re actually not that long. They look long but they’re shorter than regular teaspoons. Sorry to disappoint! You should look for some iced tea spoons – I think those are the long kind. :)

  3. Suyapa says

    Just read this post and realized I have the same ice cream maker but I don’t have its manual and I’ve never used it :(. Is it complicated to use?

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