Ice Creams

Chocolate rum avocado ice-cream - Ωμοφαγικό παγωτό σοκολάτα με αβοκάντο και ρούμι - Veganinathens.com

Chocolate rum avocado ice-cream

The classic raw vegan chocolate avocado ice-cream was like an apocalypse for me the first time I made it and ever since we enjoy it very often when the weather calls for ice-cream. As I like the combination of chocolate and alcohol, especially the traditional Cuban spirit, I often add a generous amount of rum in my avocado ice-cream while preparing it!

This awesome iced dessert has a rich taste and soft texture that surprises me every time I make it. But there’s something more than this: you don’t need an ice-cream maker and you don’t need to spend hours in your kitchen. You just need to peel your avocados (and remove seeds!), pit your dates, blend everything in you blender and freeze for 5-6 hours. After that you may find that this is the best chocolate and rum ice-cream you ever had!

Chocolate rum avocado ice-cream - Παγωτό σοκολάτας με αβοκάντο και ρούμι - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe avocados (450-500 g)
  • 3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups Medjoul dates
  • ½ cup Cuban rum
  • ¼ cup water

For the child-friendly version

  • 2 large ripe avocados (450-500 g)
  • ¾ cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ cups Medjoul dates
  • ½- ¾  cup fresh orange juice or coconut milk for extra creaminess
  • 1tsp natural vanilla extract

Method

  1. Wash the dates and remove the seeds. Put them in a bowl, pour over them the rum and the water, cover and let for 1 hour to soften. This will give an even better texture to your ice-cream especially if you don’t have a super-power blender.
  2. Add in the blender (or the food processor) the dates together with the soaking rum and water and beat at high speed until creamy. Add the avocado and cocoa and continue blending until a smooth, creamy mixture has been formed.
  3. Transfer to a clean metal or glass bowl, cover and put in the freezer to freeze for at least 5-6 hours.

Enjoy!

Note: Instead of dates, you can use 1 cup of agave nectar or other liquid sweetener of your choice. In that case, omit water.

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Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Veganinathens.com

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream

Sesame halva is a common, traditional dessert that can be found throughout Greece, especially during Lents, because it doesn’t contain any animal products and thus, it can be consumed by everyone, religious or not. It is made basically with tahini and sugar but it may also contain cocoa, almonds, carob or even cranberries. Few days ago, we were walking in the center of Athens, and, since it is Lent, many food stores and bakeries were selling halva. You could see huge sticks of halva on the market stalls, smell their beautiful, appetizing fragrances and almost feel them melting in your mouth…. Anyway, although I am not much of an impulse-buying person I didn’t manage to resist!

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Veganinathens.com

When we went back home, I realized I had bought nearly one kilo of halva in total, far more than the few grams we usually consume during a week. Luckily, halva can be preserved in an air-tight container for very long time. However I had the idea to use it in a recipe, and since summer is near, I decided to make vegan halva ice-cream.

The result was a great surprise since homemade ice-creams usually have a texture much different than that of the store-bought and their taste is sometimes a little less intense, but that was not the case here. This ice cream really remains soft even after days, it’s texture is very creamy and it’s taste is sweet with distinct hints of tahini, vanilla and chocolate. And no, I don’t even have an ice-cream maker!

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Veganinathens.com

Ingredients

For the chocolate-halva ice cream with

  • 200 g halva vanilla or chocolate chips
  • 240 ml (1 cup packed) vanilla-flavored soy milk or coconut milk full
  • 2 tablespoons roasted carob (looks like cocoa powder)
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Method

Heat the milk in a saucepan and dissolve into the carob powder and the cocoa powder. Put the mixture in a blender along with the halva and blend at medium speed for 2-3 minutes until a creamy and homogeneous mixture has been formed. Transfer to a glass or metal bowl, let cool and put in the freezer. For even more fluffy texture, every one hour or so beat with a mixer for 1 minute and put back in the freezer. Repeat 4-5 times.

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Veganinathens.com

For the vanilla-halva ice cream

  • 200g vanilla-flavored halva cut into pieces
  • 240 ml (1 cup packed) vanilla-flavored soy milk or coconut milk full (for even fluffier texture!)
  • 1 tbsp raw carob powder

Method

Heat the milk in a saucepan and dissolve into the carob powder. Put the mixture in a blender along with the halva and blend at medium speed for 2-3 minutes until a creamy and homogeneous mixture has been formed. Transfer to a glass or metal bowl, let cool and put in the freezer. For even more fluffy texture, every one hour or so beat with a mixer for 1 minute and put back in the freezer. Repeat 4-5 times.

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Vegan in Athens

for garnish

  • chocolate sauce or caramel sauce or molasses
  • grated chocolate
  • grated almonds

Note: Depending on the freezer, it should be ready after 6 hours of freezing or it may take a little bit longer!

Carob actually improves the characteristics of the ice cream making it creamier. However, whether you don’t like the taste of carob, omit it.

Of course, if you have an ice-cream maker, feel free to use it!

Super easy and soft, 3-ingredient halva ice-cream - Εύκολο και αφράτο παγωτό χαλβά με τρία υλικά, βέγκαν - Veganinathens.com

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