Coconut Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

In case anyone missed it, it’s cold out there.

My mister took Eve and Robbie out and made an igloo. COLD.

So if life gives you over a foot of snow….

Make snow ice cream!

But wait… I’m vegan! Literally allergic to dairy. So, I’ll be making mine with coconut milk.

I’m basing my recipe off of the improvised events of the other day, when we had this delicious treat, as well as this recipe.

Your first step in this process is to put out a large bowl (or cake pan, stock pot, etc, depending on if you’re planning on making a lot.) Be advised I really don’t know if it’ll keep, as we’ve never had leftovers. You want to collect about twice as much mass of snow as you think you’ll need, since fresh snow is much fluffier than the wetter ice cream.

That star sprinkle just is too cute. Eve convinced me to buy them while we were shopping at Christmas time and I just love them.

The basic method I did:Make sure you keep your snow outside until it’s pretty much time to eat. Then:
I took a can of full fat coconut milk, about 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and stirred the ingredients together in a bowl. Then I added the snow, making sure there was nothing obviously messy from the snow (Check your snow, folks! You don’t want to see any animal foot prints, dust, dirt, etc) Once you have all the ingredients together, you need to work quickly, because that snow is melting fast. Simply mix, then serve and eat. You can top it, or enjoy it plain. My husband and I had ours with eggless cookie dough chunks (recipe post coming soon) and the kids loved star shaped sprinkles on theirs.

While you mix, it might resemble a rough dough, like biscuits. Don’t worry, it’ll look smooth and gelato-ish soon.

Yum. Childhood memories that fit in with my new lifestyle, check!

Delectable Vegan Date Caramel Turtles

Doesn’t look like much, right?

These are oh, so good. Simply make date caramel (recipe here Just exclude the nuts) and chill it to solidify it. Make little blobs about the size of a pecan, place pecan half on top, and freeze until solid. Overnight is best, to give it time to solidify. Cover the bottom and the top in melted vegan chocolate  and place back in the freezer to harden.

Enjoy. These are definitely extra sweet for everyday, but for a  holiday treat, they’re just right.


The Best Basic Vegan Oatmeal Cookie Ever

Another “Vegan-ized” Childhood favorite with a new twist:

Yummy little cookies.

Tropical Fruit Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 C White sugar
  • 1 C Coconut oil (solid)
  • 1 tsp Coconut extract
  • 3 Tbs Aquafaba
  • 2 Cups White Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1-2 Cups Tropical dried fruit mix (mango, pineapple, shaved coconut, golden raisins)

Preheat oven to 375*F, Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.

Cream together wet ingredients and sugar. Try to break up all lumps of coconut oil until they’re all the size of a pea or smaller. Slowly incorporate all the dry ingredients, taking care to spread out the salt and baking soda&powder, to avoid lumps. When the dough is pretty incorporated, add the oats. If it seems too crumbly, feel free to add a tablespoon of water to make the dough more workable. Form 1-1&1/2 inch balls of dough, place on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375*F for 8-10 minutes.

This recipe is based off of a special family favorite, and it’s very versatile. You can change the add-ins to all sorts of things. I also like them with vanilla extract, vegan dark chocolate chunks, and dehydrated blueberries.

My husband is particularly fond of these with cinnamon, pecans, and butterscotch chips, which I’d like to try and find a vegan butterscotch chip sometime.

A word about added water:

See the gradient from left to right? It’s all about the moisture content.

More added water=more spread.

Less water= less spread. My husband is a fan of the denser “ball” type of cookie. I like them to be more like the middle 2 rows. Not flat, but a little chewier.