Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce (dairy free option and maple syrup sweetened)

Apple cinnamon ice cream with salted caramel sauce (dairy free option and maple syrup sweetened)

By April Swiger, Contributing Writer

Creamy coconut milk flavored with spicy cinnamon, maple syrup, sautéed apples in butter, topped with Kimi’s easy peasy caramel sauce. This is the perfect ice cream to try as summer gives way to fall. Local apples made their first appearance at our natural food store a couple weeks ago and I’ve been eager to start transitioning my light summer cooking to the more hearty flavors of autumn.

Apple orchards are bountiful in New England and, in season, local organic apples are incredibly affordable. The benefits of eating local produce, and supporting the families that grow it, is a priority for us. We don’t buy everything local and organic, but when we are able to it’s so worth it. Not only is local produce more nutritious, it’s highly sustainable, and some of the most delicious food available to us. Every September I’m sad to say goodbye to strawberries and tomatoes, but I’ll be embracing the local apples, squash and potatoes with open arms.

My husband and I recently welcomed an almost three year old little boy into our family from the foster care system. I’ve been having so much fun teaching him about different kinds of fruits and vegetables. He’ll try anything once, which has been such a pleasant surprise for me. I can’t wait to take him apple picking this fall and make one of his favorite foods – applesauce! For days, he had been looking forward to trying this ice cream, and with the speed it left his bowl and entered his little belly, I can confidently say it’s “toddler approved” :)

I love sweetening my ice cream recipes with raw honey or maple syrup. Maple syrup is packed with important antioxidant minerals like manganese and zinc, which helps boost the immune system. It’s a fantastic alternative to refined sugar and corn syrup. Be sure that your maple syrup is 100% pure, as most store bought syrups are mixed with corn syrup and other highly processed sweeteners.

I’m sad to say that I had never tried Kimi’s salted caramel sauce recipe until a few days ago. It’s so simple to make (Really! You don’t need to be an experienced candy maker for this one), and a decadent addition to this autumn flavored ice cream. My spoon has dipped into the jar more times than I can count since making it. Don’t skip this part!

Earlier this summer we invested in a long-awaited ice cream maker, which is necessary for this recipe. We have used it many times so far, and I’m confident it’s never going to collect dust with some of my other unused appliances. Homemade ice cream is just so good! We have this 2-quart ice cream maker, but I know Kimi and many others
love this smaller version as well.

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Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce (dairy free option and maple syrup sweetened)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
This delicious apple cinnamon ice cream is perfect for fall! Local apples, creamy coconut milk, and Kimi's salted caramel sauce makes this a decadent dessert that can be enjoyed all season.
Ingredients
  • APPLES:
  • 2 small to medium sized apples, peeled and cubed (any kind will do, but I used local Jonagold)
  • 4 Tbls butter (or substitute coconut oil to make it dairy free)
  • 2 Tbls coconut sugar (maple syrup or honey works too)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ICE CREAM:
  • 2 cans of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbls ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2013/12/easy-peasy-caramel-sauce-dairycane-sugarcorn-syrup-free.html
Instructions
  1. Peel and cube the apples.
  2. Add the butter (or coconut oil for dairy free) to a heavy bottomed pan and allow it to melt, on medium heat, until foamy. Toss in the apple pieces, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt, making sure to coat everything evenly. Sauté until the apples are tender.
  3. While the apples are cooking, put all the ice cream ingredients into a bowl, or a half gallon mason jar. I love using a hand blender to mix everything together, but a whisk works fine too.
  4. Place the ice cream mixture and the cooked apples, separately, into the refrigerator for about two hours. It's important that the ingredients are cold upon entering the ice cream maker.
  5. While you wait for everything to chill, prepare Kimi's salted caramel sauce (and try not to eat it all before the ice cream is made!).
  6. After everything is chilled, follow your ice cream makers instructions for making the ice cream. I typically blend the ice cream mixture for about 25-30 minutes, and then add the cooked apples for a final 5 minutes.
  7. Top with a generous drizzle of the caramel sauce.
Notes
I have a 2 quart ice cream maker and used two 13.5 oz cans of coconut milk. Use a bit less for smaller machines, maybe only 3 cups worth of the coconut milk.

 

Simple Peach and Honey Ice Cream

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By Katie, Contributing Writer

Simple peach ice cream, it’s the prefect summer treat! There are few things better than fresh peaches and ice cream in the summer. That is why I decided it was time to marry the two for this creamy, frozen dessert. Hot summer days always seen to be better when you can enjoy a bowl of fresh homemade ice cream.

I was raised in the Central Valley of California where in my opinion we have the best peaches around, sorry Georgia. Every week in late July through the end of August my favorite organic farmer and his wife sell their peaches at the local farmer’s market. There are so sweet, tender and juicy. There is no way I can ever eat one that has been sold in the store since I know what the fresh ones taste like. I buy a large amount each summer to can, freeze and dry to enjoy throughout the year.

There is a lot to be said about eating fruit locally and in season. Idealistically I would eat all my fruits and vegetables from farmers just down the road, but there are some things I just can’t find. What I do know is that fresh, local grown fruit is bursting with flavor and nutrition since it is picked at its prime like the peaches I buy. That’s not to say that you couldn’t find tasty peaches in the store, I just haven’t been successful. Frugal peach tip: I generally buy “bruised fruit” or “seconds” to save on cost when I am preserving or cooking with peaches.

This simple peach and honey takes only a few minutes to get prepped because it uses all fresh and mostly raw ingredients. I used yellow peaches but you could use nectarines or white peaches instead. White peaches have a more mild but sweeter flavor and are still delicious, I like the little punch of acid that comes from the yellow peach. You could make this dairy-free by substituting the cream and milk with two cans of full-fat coconut milk. You can also add more honey for a sweeter version. I used raw orange blossom honey because of its light and floral taste but any kind will do. How ever you make this ice cream, it’s sure to please!

This recipe does use raw eggs. You can read some of the safety concerns, and benefits to them here. If you feel uncomfortable using raw eggs, or don’t have a good source of them, feel free to leave them out. I used raw milk and cream in my recipe, but feel free to use store-bought as well.

This recipe does require the use of an ice cream maker. We recommend them highly! This ice cream maker is affordable and durable too.

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Simple Peach and Honey Ice Cream
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cream (or heavy cream)
  • 1 cup whole raw milk (or organic whole milk milk)
  • 1 large yellow peach, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large yellow peach, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 egg yolks (preferably from pastured hens, optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Blend the cream, milk, honey, egg yolks, vanilla and quartered peach on high until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze per the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream begins to thicken, add the remaining chopped peaches, continue to churn until done.
  3. Pour or scoop the ice cream into a glass dish., cover and freeze for at least two hours to ripen (or firm up) the ice cream.

 

Chai Tea Fauxccino (Paleo-friendly)

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By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer

Bold and spicy chai with just a hint of sweetness, it’s icy perfection mingling with creamy milk; the perfect chai latte summer style. I love tea –if you couldn’t guess – but there are some days, like today, with temps reaching over triple digits that I just can’t do it. That’s where this awesome chai tea “fauxccino” comes in. It cools you off while still giving you that rich and delicious flavor of the chai tea we know and love. If you are frappe fan you also might like this Salted Carmel Mocha Fauxccinno or this Peppermint Mocha Fauxccino.

Chai actually means “tea” in Hindi but I think at this point we are so used to calling it “Chai Tea” that I doubt that we can go back to just calling it chai. Most frappe drinks call for ice cubes, I have never liked how diluted an iced beverage would get as the ice started to melt. A new trick I have started doing is making ice cubes of strong coffee or in this case chai concentrate. It is as simple as pouring your coffee/chai into an ice tray and freezing until solid. You can also read about how to make them here. In my opinion it really ups the flavor of my fauxccinos and iced coffees.

This chai tea fauxccino is so simple to make and hits the spot on a hot day! I used my own chai concentrate to make my chai ice cubes but Kimi has a recipe using rooibos that I am sure is wonderful as well. My concentrate already has a bit of sweetener in it so if you are like me you may find that you don’t need any additional sweetener. Feel free to make your drink a bit more “fancy” by adding vanilla whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream, bittersweet chocolate syrup or salted caramel sauce). Drinking it plain is fine too and what I normally do. If you want perfect whipped cream using an  (Affiliate link) ISI Whipped Cream Dispenser is very helpful and fun.

Other chai inspired recipes:

Chai Tea Fauxccino
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1-2
 
Bold and spicy chai with just a hint of sweetness, it's icy perfection mingling with creamy milk; the perfect chai latte summer style.This chai tea fauxccino is so simple to make and hits the spot on a hot day! I used my own chai concentrate to my chai ice cubes but Kimi has a recipe using rooibos that I am sure is wonderful as well.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the chai ice cubes, milk and sweetener into a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup if desired.

 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Icebox Pie (grain, dairy and sugar free)

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie (Grain, Dairy and Sugar Free)

By Natalia Gill, Contributing Writer

Luscious strawberries and snappy rhubarb are lightly sweetened with stevia and poured into a salted pecan crust. A bit of pear (undetectable to the taste) bridges the gap between rhubarb and stevia, creating a well balanced pie that is both satisfying and simple – a treat for everyone, not only those who steer clear of grain, sugar and dairy.

This strawberry-rhubarb filling is very fresh tasting since the raw berries are stirred into a hot rhubarb-pear glaze, then poured into a prepared crust and chilled.

The most exciting part? You can use this method to create just about any fabulous fruit combination you dream up! How about raspberry-lemon, ginger-peach or just good old-fashioned blueberry? Simply adjust the amount of stevia you use.

Here are some grain/gluten-free crusts that would make a perfect base.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie

This is the first time I have tried making this pie with stevia. I was pretty sure it would work well since this herb shines in tart, fruity recipes. But I was surprised to discover that I actually prefer the stevia version.

While I’m not a proponent of stevia morning, noon and night, I do think this is a great dessert option for those who are sensitive to sugar (like me.) The protein and healthy fats in the crust help to further curb the natural sugars in the fruits.

I used (affiliate link) Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Stevia and was very happy with the result.

This recipe is approved by and dedicated to my dad…musician, luthier, diabetic and strawberry-rhubarb pie aficionado.

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
 
This pie is a sweet and tangy summer treat - free of sugar, grain & dairy.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup rhubarb, diced
  • ½ pear, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and stems/leaves removed (about 3.5 cups)
  • 4 teaspoons arrowroot
  • 2 - 2½ teaspoons powdered stevia sweetener (the equivalent of 4-5 teaspoons sugar)
  • your favorite crust (I use this grain-free nut crust)
Instructions
  1. Dice two medium-sized strawberries and place in a saucepan with the rhubarb, pear and ½ cup water. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pear is soft (about 10-12 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, quarter the remaining strawberries. Also, combine the arrowroot, 2 teaspoons stevia and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
  3. When the pear is soft, add the arrowroot mixture to the fruit in the saucepan, keeping the heat on very low. Gently stir for 1-2 minutes, allowing the mixture to thicken and become more translucent (it won't be a fully translucent glaze because the rhubarb has disintegrated into the mixture.)
  4. Take the pan off of the heat. Taste and add a little more stevia if you'd like. Immediately stir in the fresh strawberries. Pour into your baked pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then slice and serve. Or eat it sooner and let it be a little messy.
Notes
For a special touch, top it with a dollop of this paleo-friendly coconut whipped cream. Or the chocolate version - even better!