Vanilla Ice Cream

Monday, January 7, 2013


With the coming of the new year, I cannot help but reflect on the year that has passed, along with looking forward to the future.  Some pretty amazing things happened in 2012, such as Dayv and I hosting a wedding in our apartment, and the monumental event of buying our first house.  It was a busy year, which ended in a flash, and had me wondering where the time had gone.  Like John Lennon sang, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

This year, I wish for simplicity.  I want to concentrate my time and energy into things that are important to me, and avoid those which are overly cumbersome and do not contribute to the betterment of my life.  This includes wasting my time on toxic people, which have both come directly into my life as well as ones that are able to manipulate my emotions from afar.  It also includes making more time for myself, whether it  be reading a book, visiting the art museum, or spending more time in the kitchen.
  

As the first post of 2013, I wish to share with you the ice cream recipe Dayv and I have been enjoying ever since Thanksgiving.  It is incredibly simple, containing only three ingredients, but so delicious.  It has been the perfect accompaniment to the vast amounts of cookies, cakes, and candies, that have made their way through this kitchen.  It's indulgent, of course, it's ice cream.  But only slightly so.  Made with light coconut milk, it's both delightful on it's own, as well as topped with various treats.  Sometimes we add a couple cookies to the bowl, sometimes a slice of pie, but with just a few squares of dark chocolate, this ice cream truly shines.  

Happy New Year, everyone!  The best is yet to come.


Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cans light coconut milk
3/4 cup vegan granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk and sugar.  Whisk until all sugar granules have melted.  Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.  Pour into a spouted container and allow to cool on the counter and then place in refrigerator until chilled.  Transfer mixture to ice cream maker and process according to instructions.  When ice cream is finished processing, transfer to a freezer safe container and place in freezer until ready to enjoy!


On another note, The Vegan Chickpea turned two on January 3rd!  Thank you everyone who has supported me and my humble little space.  All of your comments, emails, and visits mean the world to me.  Thank you so very much.

35 comments:

  1. Sometimes simplest is best ;)! Happy 2013 :)! Hope your year is fantabulous!

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  2. That ice cream looks so silky and delicious. I love the addition of a simple square of chocolate. The perfect treat!

    Wow, two years!! You should be so proud! You've done a lot with your blog in that amount of time!

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    1. thanks, cadry! i appreciate your kind feedback ;)

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  3. Lovely post! :) Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2013. It sounds like we are seeking the same things in 2013. I'm hoping to reduce the amount of draining things in my life and find more joy on a daily basis. I think this ice cream will fit the bill in the enjoyable department! :) Yum!

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  4. Happy 2013! And Happy Blogoversary! i love your simple ice creams.. they all always get me off my baking chair to experiment with them:))
    i so agree with you. i need to make this year simpler and free from the stress of having people who i am not comfortable with around. Heres to everyones plans and wishes coming true!

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    1. you so sweet, richa love. i hope you and i can destress and find happiness in every day ;)

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  5. Mmmm, that sounds really good. I never had coconut milk. Is it fattening? I'm trying to lose weight. I also finally tried almond milk (almond milk is so good).

    Happy 2013! Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

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    1. "fattening" is a loaded word. does it contain fat? yes.

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  6. I love the simplicity of your ice cream recipe, especially with the addition of the dark chocolate squares. :)
    Happy 2 years and cheers to another great year! xo

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  7. oh happy day to the vegan chickpea! sending much love & light your way missy. ...in exchange do you mind sending me a bowl of that gorgeous ice cream?
    xo

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    1. xo lady <3 i'd love to make you ice cream.

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  8. I love the idea of keeping life simple and getting rid of any toxic influences. Have great year, a lot of wonderful things await you!

    P.S. The ice cream looks delicious!

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    1. like you coming home to me! love you.

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  9. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! I'm throwing some virtual confetti your way. :D I'm totally in love with this recipe--you had me at 3 ingredients!

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    1. thanks, kiersten! my kind of recipe ;)

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  10. Happy 2nd! Your blog is a beauty! And I want that icecream. An icecream maker is on my wish list...

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    1. that is so sweet of you to say, kl! i hope you can get an ice cream maker soon, they're pretty amazing ;)

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  11. Beautiful pictures, the ice-cream looks so delicious...!

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  12. Congrats on 2 years! Lovely post and recipe. Here's to an awesome 2013!

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  13. Simply beautiful! And congratulations on your 2 year anniversary.

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  14. That's it. I'm buying an ice cream maker. Done deal.

    Happy two years, Caitlin! And I agree with you- simplicity is a great goal for this year (or any year for that matter). xo

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  15. can you use soy milk or rice milk as a substitute for the coconut milk?

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    1. no, i don't think so. it would be very thin in consistency.

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  16. this looks delicious! how many does it serve?

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  17. I made this recipe and I loved it!It was so good and reminded me so much of the ice cream that my family used to make I had to blog about it! Thanks for a great recipe!

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