Primal Mint Chip Ice Cream
Today is one of the first days in a while that I didn’t feel like curling up next to my two-year-old and taking an afternoon nap with her.
For the record, I’m not usually a napper. That’s how tired I’ve been lately! And my appetite is still “meh” but I’m always in the mood to eat things that aren’t so great for me. I’m not even going admit how many containers of gelato I’ve eaten in the last couple of months. Mostly because I don’t know. But it was a lot. (Talenti Sea Salt Caramel is definitely my favorite so far.)
Since frozen creamy things top my list of Things I Feel Like Eating, I was super happy to get this gem in the mail to review.
Paleo Ice Cream by Ben Hirshberg is my favorite lately. I’ve made the mint chip twice and tried the chocolate cayenne as well. What I love about this book is that it gives you options and encourages you to tinker around and create your own flavor combinations. There are variations for paleo, primal, and vegan ice creams.
The author does suggest using xantham gum to help with the consistency. I tried it with and without and didn’t notice a difference right after churning or even after a few days in the fridge. Xantham gum isn’t technically paleo, so if it bothers you, leave it out! It should really only make a difference if you plan on storing it in the fridge for a few weeks.
Also, the recipes make small batches (which can easily be doubled). My little family of five can eat a whole batch in one sitting.
Without being piggies, that is.
In the recipe below I used half coconut milk and half organic heavy cream. I didn’t want a strong coconut flavor, and I’m OK with using cream once in a while. I can’t tell you how amazed I was at the texture! Having to temper egg yolks is a little fussy (but not hard!), but it makes a huge difference in the texture — especially if you aren’t using any heavy cream! And it even stayed creamy after being in the fridge for a few days!
I also included the recipe for the chocolate “chips” and the chocolate cayenne variation! Enjoy!