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Peppermint Ice Cream

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Peppermint Ice Cream

Growing up gave me the best memories of homemade ice cream. Every once in a while, my dad would let me help make a batch of homemade ice cream. We would combine all of the ingredients – real eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla – and pour the mixture into some kind of frozen metal bucket contraption with a small churning paddle. I never really understood how the thing worked; I just knew it took way, way too long. But the end result was always more than worth the wait. Creamy, sugar-y, pure vanilla heaven.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Peppermint Ice Cream

 As if that wasn’t enough, my Aunt Joanne would sometimes make this unearthly vanilla goodness in an old-fashioned ice cream machine. Brain freeze or not, I could wolf down a bowl of that and be back for seconds before anyone else knew what hit them.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Between the two of them, my dad and Aunt Joanne ruined store-bought ice cream for me forever. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll indulge every now and then. But none of it lives up to my expectations. Part of the problem is that the vanilla varieties aren’t good enough. But the other problem is that I can never find peppermint ice cream – my favorite choice after homemade – anywhere.

Last Christmas, right before moving back to Purdue for my final semester, I had an insatiable craving for homemade ice cream. And I knew it had to be peppermint. We hadn’t ever made homemade ice cream with peppermint before, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard. The only hard part again, was the waiting.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Clark and I don’t have a fancy ice cream maker, but we’re pretty resourceful in the kitchen. Our first ice cream recipe was successful, so we changed the ingredients around and ended up with peppermint ice cream gold. I opted for dairy-free because I know that my stomach appreciates the gesture. Miraculously, none of the creaminess was lost. Coconut is such a perfect substitute for dairy. If you need help figuring out the coconut-opening process, this video should do the trick. And if you need a recommendation on healthier peppermint candy, visit The Natural Candy store.

Sure, it may be cold outside. But I think this ice cream goes right along with the spirit of the season. Enjoy with homemade gingerbread cookies and warm flannel pajamas.

Peppermint Ice Cream

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Peppermint Ice Cream

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  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups young coconut meat (about 2 coconuts)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 teaspoons peppermint oil
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candy

Instructions

  1. Crack open coconuts and scrape out the meat using a spoon. Save the water for drinking!
  2. Add nuts to the blender and pulse until finely ground.
  3. Add all other ingredients (except peppermints) to the blender.
  4. Blend on high until all ingredients are combined and blended.
  5. Place in a covered freezer-safe bowl for 1-2 hours. Stir in crushed peppermints and return to freezer for 4-5 hours.
  6. Allow to thaw for 30+/- minutes before scooping.
  7. Top with extra crushed peppermints. Enjoy.

Notes

Freezer time may vary.
We recommend these peppermints from The Natural Candy Store!
http://www.naturalcandystore.com/product/peppermint-swirl-organic-candy

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 69mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

 

9 Comments
  • Jenna
    November 26, 2014

    oh my goodness, I just googled, Dairy free peppermint ice cream and this popped up. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RECIPE!!! I have been searching for a dairy free, egg free peppermint ice cream for this holiday season. We eat our peppermint ice cream with coconut milk eggnog, like a float. So delicious, try it.

    • thefitchen
      December 1, 2014

      I was in the same boat when trying to recreate peppermint ice cream sans dairy – I’m so glad you found what you were looking for. :) I’ve never thought of doing a peppermint ice cream float… that’s brilliant! I must try!

  • healingtomato@gmail.com
    December 9, 2013

    This is going to be a surprise treat for the children for Christmas Dinner. I am sure they are going to love it. Thanks for the easy recipe.

    • thefitchen
      December 9, 2013

      Good thinking! Make it a new holiday tradition :)

  • Ahhhh, Now there’s nothing better than homemade ice cream! This peppermint ice cream looks DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! I love using coconut milk as a milk substitute and the results are always phenomenal! I can’t wait to try this ice cream! :)

    • thefitchen
      December 6, 2013

      Isn’t that the truth? Homemade ice cream always hits the spot!! Hope you enjoy. :)

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