Healthy Blizzard

Recently I flashed a vanilla ice cream picture at the end of my post featuring a virgin mojito. I said I was going to post the recipe in my next post but then completely forgot. That happens. I always have a pile of recipes and pictures that never actually make it to the bloggie. It's halfway through the summer and I haven't yet shared one photo of my stall at the farmers market. I've brought my camera a few times, but it gets busy and then next thing I know it's over. I'm aiming to snap a few pics by the end of summer because I think it would be a fun thing to share with you. I did post a few last year HERE and HERE. I'm always changing up the menu to include new things. A few items always remain as they are so popular. Its lots of fun!

Anyway, back to the point of this post. Ice cream! Better yet - blizzards!!!! I loved these as a kid. Ice cream mixed with delicious goodies like oreo cookie crumbs (my fave), or chocolate bar pieces. 
Fortunately there's a healthy version to be enjoyed! We all know and love the easy peasy banana soft serve which works beautifully to re-create a blizzard, but I sure do love vanilla ice cream too. Here's my nut-free recipe that J and I have been eating lots this summer. Vanilla is the perfect platform for fun additions. I like chocolate chip cookie chunks, granola bar, caramel pecan choccies, chocolate sauce... whatever I already have on hand. 
Vegan Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
1 can full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean**
8- 10 drops vanilla medicine flower essence* or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. 
Chill for a few hours. 
Process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. 
Eat as soft serve immediately or freeze for 1-3 hours. 
*Boosts the vanilla flavor to what I like it to be. Alternatively add a splash or pure vanilla extract.
**The vanilla bean is necessary in this recipe. Regular vanilla extract is not enough. 
Do you prefer chocolate ice cream? Add a few tablespoons of cacao powder to the recipe, plus a few drops of stevia to counteract the bitter cacao. 
Here I topped the vanilla ice cream with chopped chocolate chip cookie dough balls (three different recipes), and chocolate brownie bar. 
Speaking of ice cream, remember that the Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge is on! 10 days to get your entry in. Next week I'll be posting the entries this far. They're looking great!

Part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Wellness Weekend

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