Friday, March 2, 2012

Creamy Raw Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in filtered water for 4 or more hours
2 cups young coconut meat
1 cup filtered water, as needed
1 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup raw coconut oil
2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract or powder
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 tsp sea salt

In a Vita Mix, blend all ingredients, except cashews and approx 1/2 of the water , until creamy and smooth.  Add water as needed to keep the mixture circulating through the blender.  Lastly add the drained cashews and blend till smooth again and a lot of air is whipped into the mixture.  After that, chill in the refrigerator and process in an ice cream maker.  OR for vanilla soft serve, freeze in a casserole dish and once frozen, cut into strips and put through a Champion Juicer with the solid plate on.  For variations you can add raw carob or cacao powder OR fresh peppermint leaves and cacao nibs for mint chocolate chip OR add fruit for a fruity ice cream.  This is my favorite ice cream so far!!! So creamy and delicious!

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