Saturday, June 15th, 2013...1:02 am

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

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brownie waffle smallFor the first two years of my married life, my husband and I were vegetarians. We did not eat a lot of dairy, but, while we lived in Providence, RI, we did visit the Ben & Jerry’s store occasionally. And we always went on Free Ice Cream Day. Wahoo! We were always happy to join in with all those willing to stand in line forever and get free ice cream. It was awesome! During those months we tried a few different kinds of ice cream that we loved, but we did land on a few favorites. One of them was Cherry Garcia. We have enjoyed many varieties of non-dairy frozen treats, but nothing has replaced Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream until now! I was so excited to find this recipe! This is super easy to make and I only made a few minor changes to this, mostly making it a lot bigger instead of just one serving, so that we can have it again and again!  I used coconut yogurt instead of soy, which seemed to make it super rich and creamy, and I added more of everything else, so my ratios are not the same as the original. This is super easy to make but you have to plan a head because it takes a while to freeze. I have to say that this is the most delicious ice cream/ frozen yogurt that I have ever eaten. I know that is a big statement, but it is true. My family cannot get enough of this either. You can scale down this recipe if you don’t want any hanging around, or you can eat a little at a time and enjoy it knowing that there is more waiting for you in the freezer. Oh, and the chocolate waffle that is in the picture is SO great with this ice cream, so I will add this recipe next.

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

3 16 oz. cartons of So Delicious Coconut Yogurt ( I used two plain and one vanilla)

1 1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. sucanat

3/4 c. almond milk (other nut milk varieties would work fine)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. fresh cherries, pitted and roughly chopped

3/4 – 1 c. semi- sweet chocolate chips, chopped

Mix the yogurt, salt, sucanat, milk, and vanilla until well combined. Add the cherries and chocolate and mix well. If using an ice cream maker, put it in that container and follow the manufacturer instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, or don’t want to mess with one, ( I have one, but chose to try this without and it worked out great) put this mixture into an airtight container and put it in the freezer. Take it out and stir it every few hours. It will get more and more frozen which will makie it kind of hard to stir. I started in the morning about 9am, and ate it about 6pm. It was ready before that, but you should plan on about 6 hours from start to finish.




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