Strawberry-Swirled Tahini Ice Cream

I’ll tell you now: you’ll certainly want a double (triple) scoop of this one. A sweet strawberry jam is swirled inside a tahini and brown sugar ice cream base with just the right balance of each flavor in every bite. If the bitter undertone of tahini isn’t your speed, swap it for classic peanut butter instead. Use good quality strawberry jam, such as local Greaves.

Strawberry-Swirled Tahini Ice Cream

  • Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
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1 1/2 cups (360mL) unsweetened coconut milk beverage (not canned), divided
3/4 cup (180mL) dark brown sugar (not packed)
1 (14oz) can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon (3mL) fine sea or Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
3/4 cup roasted tahini paste
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
3/4 cup (180mL) pure strawberry jam

Put 1 1/4 cups of the coconut milk beverage and the brown sugar, coconut milk, and salt in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling, about 4 minutes. In the meantime, put the remaining coconut milk beverage in a small bowl. Add the tapioca flour. Whisk until smooth, then pour the mixture into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, until thickened and the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in the tahini paste and vanilla extract, whisking until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, then refrigerate until completely cold.

When ready to make the ice cream, freeze the mixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In the container that you’ll be storing your ice cream, spoon a layer of the strawberry jam, then top with a layer of the ice cream. Continue to alternate the layers until all of it is used. Press a layer of plastic wrap on top of the ice cream, then transfer to the freezer for about 4 hours until completely firm.

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Sweet Corn and Olive Oil Ice Cream

Featuring the sweetness of locally grown corn with a medium Picual olive oil, this ice cream is a unique combination that will stand on its own for dessert. Australian Picual has a natural creaminess with a slight bitterness, making it an ideal addition to rich coconut milk and fresh corn.

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Sweet Corn and Olive Oil Ice Cream

  • Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
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4 large or 6 small ears fresh corn, shucked
1 can full-fat coconut milk (I’m a fan of Thai Kitchen)
1 1/4 cup unsweetened nondairy milk (I always use So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Beverage for ice cream)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup medium Picual olive oil, plus more for serving

Use a sharp knife to slice the kernels off the corn cobs. Put the kernels in a large saucepan. Put the cobs in the saucepan, as well, breaking them in half if necessary. Add the coconut milk, nondairy milk, agave nectar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat. Cover, and let stand for 1 hour. Remove the cobs.

Using an immersion blender, purée the mixture until smooth (if you don’t have one, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth). Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing down on the solids to get all the flavor. Discard the solids. Add the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until smooth. Refrigerate the mixture until cold, at least 8 hours or overnight.

After the mixture has chilled, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy right away for soft serve ice cream, or put it in a container and transfer it to the freezer for 4 hours, for a perfect consistency. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired, before serving.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, check out the instructions here.

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Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Coconut milk-based nondairy yogurt adds a lot of richness to this incredibly easy springtime dessert. The lemon flavor is a lovely complement to a cake (always!) or just topped with fresh raspberries (do the cake route).

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Lemon Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
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3 3/4 cup plain coconut milk nondairy yogurt (this is what I used)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Put the yogurt, agave nectar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sea salt in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth and well combined. If you aren’t making the frozen yogurt right away, put the bowl in the refrigerator until needed.

When ready to churn the frozen yogurt, freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately for soft serve consistency or put in a freezer safe container and freeze for about 4 hours for a perfectly scoopable texture.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour the yogurt mixture into a baking dish. Freeze for 45 minutes, then stir vigorously with a whisk, breaking up any ice crystals. Freeze again, and continue to check and whisk every 30 minutes, until the mixture is soft-serve consistency, about 4 hours.