When I was a child the 4th of July was a special day, we celebrated our country’s independence and all the neighbors gathered for fireworks and a Pot Luck which always included my Father’s homemade ice cream. Idyllic summer days, and childhood memories of my Mother cooking the ice cream base and my father gathering the ice and rock salt for churning this mana from heaven.
I have carried on the tradition for my family, homemade ice cream and the 4th of July just go together. This year we made traditional Peach ice cream (sans refined sugars), and this super simple Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream, some of which we turned into grain free/vegan ice cream sandwiches. We also made sauces; salted caramel (link for the recipe is below) and raspberry. The peach ice cream drizzled with the raspberry sauce was a favorite, but honestly everyone went crazy for the cookie dough ice cream sandwiches made from Cappello’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and dipped in the warm salted caramel sauce.
2 Cans Full Fat Organic Coconut Milk
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (depending on your sweet tooth level)
1 to 2 Tablespoons Raw Honey (omit if you are Vegan)
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Kahlua (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ginger Powder
1/2 to 1 full Roll of Cappello’s Grain Free/Vegan Cookie Dough (defrosted)
Mix all ingredients (except the cookie dough) in a medium size bowl until well combined.
Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturers instructions.
As the ice cream begins to thicken place small pieces of the cookie dough into the ice cream.
Complete processing and place the finished ice cream in the freezer.
NOTE: If you use the optional Kahlua your ice cream will be easier to scoop.
To Make Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches
Slice and Bake another Roll (or the remainder of the cookie dough) per the package instructions.
Cool the cookies completely before scooping the cookie dough ice cream on the cookie.
Place another cookie on top and press lightly.
Optional Step: Place Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips on a plate and roll the sides of the cookies into the chocolate chips to cover the ice cream.
Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
For added fun provide bowls of Salted Caramel Sauce for dipping or drizzling on the ice cream sandwich. You can find the recipe here: http://livingglutenandgrainfree.com/2015/07/04/salted-caramel-sauce/