Monday, January 16, 2012

Raw Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

This Monday, I say yay for starting out the week with a raw version of a classic indulgence! Who says you have to wait 'til Sunday for treats...

Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
Yield: About 4 servings

3 C cashews, soaked overnight
3/4 C maple syrup

1 1/4 C water
1 vanilla bean (or 1.5 T vanilla extact)
1/2 C frozen cherries, halved (or dried cherries*)
1/3 C chocolate chips (or more!)
1/2 teaspoon of salt

*I used dried cherries this time, but this recipe is one million times better with the frozen ones!

1. Blend all the ingredients, except chocolate chips and dried cherries, in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender.
2. Place in ice cream maker, and follow the maker's instructions. About half way through, add in cherries and chocolate chips.
3. Serve with your favourite raw chocolate sauce, cookie, etc.

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