Did you just say “Cauliflower WHAT the heck?” Yep, I had the same reaction…
One Sunday morning my daughter and I were watching the cooking show on NBC channel. There was a cute guy blogger named Danny Seo, demonstrating his DIY and lifestyle hacks and recipes featuring all natural stuff. Then he showed one of his recipes in action and it was called Cauliflower Ice cream! My daughter and I looked at each other: Cauliflower what? We watched the exciting very well put together video and the ice cream looked quite delicious.
My thoughts: After I made it, the cauliflower ice cream did not taste like cauliflower at all. It was smooth in texture almost like a gelato, there was a hint of coconut flavor and some presence of vanilla. It definitely would go well with some crushed nuts or something crunchy or even a brownie.
1 cup cashews, soaked and drained – yep, there’s more benefits to soaked cashews – just place them in filtered or warm water and and soak for at least 3 hours.
1 can coconut milk
2 vanilla beans, scraped ( I got mine vanilla beans on Amazon. You can also use pure vanilla bean paste)
¼ cup organic coconut oil
½ cup organic maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond extract
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup pistachios, chopped
- Cut the cauliflower into florets. Boil for 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain and cool.
- Add the cooked cauliflower, cashews, coconut milk, scraped vanilla beans, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt to a high speed blender and process until smooth.
- If you have an ice-cream maker – churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I don’t have an ice-cream maker so I poured the blended mixture from the blender directly to the glass loaf bakeware. Stir in the pistachios before storing the ice cream in the freezer. Or you can pour them on top after you scoop your ice cream.
- Freeze for at least 4-5 hours and take it out of freezer 30-40 minutes before serving or when you see it is soft enough to scoop with the ice cream scooper. Sprinkle with pistachios or other nuts or your favorite topping and enjoy while it’s cold!
If you have friends that are dairy free or low carbers, please feel free to share this impressive Cauliflower ice cream dessert with them. If you make, it I would love to know what you thought of it. Write me a comment below or post a photo on my Facebook page.