Rich, creamy, decadent ice cream pie topped with sweet and juicy summer berries. This dessert shouts “Welcome Summer!” and offers a cool, creamy reprieve on a hot day. The dairy-free ice cream is paired with a date-sweetened coconut crust, and makes the perfect ending to any summertime meal.
Back in August of 2012, I went dairy free (as well as gluten, grain, and legume free) in order to get my autoimmune thyroid disease under control. While going gluten, grain, and legume free was quite easy for me, dairy was where I struggled. Long gone were slices of cheese, glasses of milk, butter, and my beloved ice cream (which I always made with lots of heavy cream). I love ice cream, so I set off to recreate some of my favorites with a non-dairy twist. Making my normal ice cream recipes with coconut milk was easy and I was always pleased with how they turned out. After doing more research, I found that many people also use cashews as a non-dairy ice cream base, which yields a richer, heartier ice cream than just coconut milk alone. Since cashews are so neutral in taste, you can flavor your ice creams any way you’d like. The sky truly is the limit!
Now that summer has arrived, the craving for a cold, creamy treat has returned and nothing says a special day like ice cream pie topped with sweet summer berries. While you can top the pie with whatever berries you like, I personally love the combination of strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Or, if you want to forgo the berries and use your own personal favorite fruit, go right ahead. Sweet peaches anyone? Yum! Oh, and please note, that this dessert only looks fancy. It’s simple to make, but will look like you slaved away for hours. Your guests will be very impressed!
- Ice Cream:
- 2 cups cashews (soaked)
- 2 cups full-fat coconut milk
- ¾ cup virgin coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar of your choice
- 2 tbsp. high-quality vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. plain liquid stevia (I used SweetLeaf brand)
- dash of sea salt
- Nut Crust:
- ¾ cup walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)
- ¾ cup pecans (soaked and dehydrated)
- 3 large Medjool dates (soaked and pits removed)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup virgin coconut oil (melted)
- ⅛ tsp. sea salt
- Soak your cashews in enough warm water to cover them for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
- Make your crust first (I used a 9" springform pan).
- Place your the nuts, dates, shredded coconut, and salt in your food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
- With the food processor running, slowly pour the coconut oil in and blend until the mixture is smooth. This is a key step and ensures the coconut oil doesn't clump up.
- Press the nut mixture into the bottom of your springform pan until even.
- Next, make your ice cream.
- In a food processor or high-powered blender, combine all of the ice cream ingredients, except the coconut oil, and blend until smooth and creamy. Once the mixture is smooth, slowly pour in the melted coconut oil to ensure no clumps happen. Keep blending until the mixture is as smooth and creamy as possible. Depending on the power of your machine, this may take a few minutes.
- Pour the ice cream mixture into your springform pan on top of the nut crust.
- Move to the freezer for a few hours until firm (or overnight).
- Note: This ice cream sets up really hard, so if you leave it overnight, it will need to sit out for 60-90 minutes before serving, giving the ice cream time to soften to where you can cut it.
- Before serving, top with your choice of summer berries (or other fruit).
Hi! My name is Jessica and I am a real food nut, avid reader and researcher, blossoming yogi, and animal lover. I have had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where I am the happiest and most comfortable. I began helping my mother cook and bake around the age of three and I’ve been in the kitchen ever since. I ended up working in a restaurant in my hometown for almost a decade, working in every position there and finally becoming the lead chef. My main mission in life is to provide real food recipes that are simple, yet delicious, as well as show how eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. I love to show people how making even small changes in their diet and food selections can make a huge difference in their lives. Along the way, I’ll share stories of my own real food and health journeys, as well as ideas for how to live a healthier, more natural life. I’d love it if you’d stop by and visit me at my blog, Delicious Obsessions.
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