Pumpkin Spiced Mocha Ice CreamFriday, September 18, 2015
Disclaimer: I received a product sample and compensation for this post. The opinions and text are all mine.
It's officially pumpkin spiced everything season! Although Biscuit seems largely unimpressed by her first glimpse of pumpkins, I am celebrating today. As I detailed in my last post, I've been on a crazy restrictive diet for the past thirty days. Despite growing fond of sugar free black coffee, today I was finally able to have that pumpkin spice latte I've been dreaming about. It was just as good as it always is; a symbolic warm welcome to the fall season. I eliminated dairy from my diet for the past month and I'm not quite ready to reintroduce lactose so I opted to have my latte made with coconut milk. It still felt creamy and indulgent and the combination ended up inspiring this post.
Shortly after starting my diet, Simply Cane SHUGA! reached out to me about their #SimplyCaneSummer promotion. I was hesitant - after all, here I was giving up sugar for a month so how was I going to work on a recipe let alone feel good about sharing it? I agreed to give the products a try after my diet was over and they graciously allowed me some flexibility on the timing of my post. As it turns out, Simply Cane SHUGA! is an all natural and non-GMO cane syrup with a lower glycemic index. All of those things are important to me in choosing sweeteners that I can feel good about serving my family and clients. I was also pleased to find out that the Hey SHUGA! brand also makes organic cane, plus cane and stevia liquid sweeteners. Sugar doesn't need to be a daily part of my diet anymore, but when it's warranted, I'd like to choose wisely. The flavors I received in my gift pack included Mocha, Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Truffle, which should all make for some interesting treats come holiday baking season. For today's recipe I wanted to focus on something simple and kid-friendly that captured the essence of my favorite fall beverage. The ice cream scoop included in my package instantly gave me an idea of how to pull together a quick treat today.
The best thing about making your own ice cream at home is being able to control the quality of ingredients, especially sweeteners. The mocha flavor of Simply Cane SHUGA! created a pumpkin spiced ice cream that actually tasted like my coffee beverage but still appealed to my 12 year old son's taste buds. Full fat coconut milk was my ticket to a creamy lactose-free ice cream. I haven't really found a vegan coconut milk ice cream that I enjoyed texturally, so I opted to keep the eggs in this recipe for richness. A freshly ground batch of homemade pumpkin spice and some good quality vanilla bean paste provided the classic fall flavor profile I was after. Finally, some leftover roasted butternut squash gave my ice cream more body and a pumpkin-esque flavor. (In my mind pumpkin spice without actual pumpkin is a bit of a tease, but maybe that's just me.) You can use organic canned squash or canned pumpkin puree if you prefer, the latter of which might make your ice cream a tad more orange in color. Remind me later in the season to share how I figured out that butternut squashes actually make a better "pumpkin" pie.
This recipe requires the use of an ice cream maker for best results. The process is standard ice cream making procedure, starting with heating a custard base, chilling the base thoroughly, then churning in the ice cream maker. Allow plenty of time to chill the custard and for the churned ice cream to freeze. I was able to squeeze it all into one day by making my base really early in the morning, but it can also just be done the day before so it has time to chill overnight. If you're using the ice cream attachment for your stand mixer make sure to freeze the bowl and paddle at least 24 hours before using it.
Prep Time: 5 min, plus several hours cooling & freezing
Cook Time: 10 min
Suggested Equipment: Medium nonstick pot, ice cream maker, fine mesh strainer, shallow container to freeze ice cream, instant read thermometer
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