A great addition to winter holiday menus, gingerbread vegan ice cream is a real taste treat. I love developing recipes and some of my greatest successes since becoming vegan have been ice creams. This one has turned out delicious and tasty as well!
In order to cut the fat somewhat, I’ve used almond milk in addition to the coconut milk this time. I also used “lite” coconut milk this time around (I use Thai Kitchen brand).
Be sure to use bananas that are ripe so they will mash well and have maximum sweetness. When mashing the bananas, you might want to mash them thoroughly to avoid banana chunks in your finished ice cream. If you want a truly smooth ice cream, I make note in the recipe that you can use a blender to smooth the bananas before freezing the mixture. If you like some small banana chunks, however, this is not necessary!
When I’ve used coconut milk in ice cream before, I’ve found tiny bits of frozen fat in the finished ice cream. This time around I eliminated that problem by microwaving the coconut milk a couple of times, 10 to 15 seconds at a time, stirring between times with a whisk. This way, any fat is melted and blended evenly into the ice cream.
I used soft molasses gingerbread cookies in my ice cream. Next time I might try a harder gingerbread cookie, because the soft ones completely broke up into the ice cream. That was delicious as well, but it would be fun to find cookie chunks in the ice cream, too! Either way, there is added flavor and texture, so you can’t go wrong. Using 2-inch round cookies, I needed about 8 of them to make a cup and a half of cookie crumbs.
After freezing the ice cream in your machine, it will be soft serve consistency. Popping it into the freezer for another 30 minutes will harden the ice cream for scooping. I like it both ways, but the soft serve is my favorite. Any leftovers can be kept in the freezer and thawed for a few minutes before serving.
You might also enjoy my other ice cream maker recipes found here.
If you enjoy toppings on your ice cream, you might like to try this Vegan Caramel Sauce.