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Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache

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Doing a Whole30 this month? You rock. But QUICK! LOOK AWAY! THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Really—this post ain’t for you…or at least, not right now. Go check out my Whole30 recaps, or better yet, go make yourself some Cracklin’ Chicken or Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs. Come back in September—this ice cream’ll still be here. 

Still with me—and looking for a cool, dairy-free treat to beat the heat? Then follow along as I crack open my copy of Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream and whip up some vanilla ice cream with chocolate ganache!

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ever since a review copy arrived in the mail, I’ve been eyeing the vanilla ice cream. You’d think I’d make a beeline for the chocolate ice cream recipes in Kelly’s beautiful new book, but NOPE. Know why?

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

’Cause of this little guy.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

As soon as he spied me dragging my long-neglected ice cream maker out of the garage, my six-year-old vanilla ice cream fanatic knew what was up. And he wasn’t shy about pointing out precisely which recipe he wanted me to make.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Vanilla packs a huge wallop, and is anything but boring. According to Cook’s Illustrated, vanilla’s a “flavor potentiator” that not only increases our perception of sweetness, but also our ability to taste other ingredients that accompany it—like nuts, fruit, coffee, and chocolate. 

But as much as I share Lil-O’s love of vanilla, there’s no way I was going to let someone who can’t even tie his own shoes keep me from my beloved dark chocolate. 

The compromise? Ganache, baby. GANACHE.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

As Kelly points out, ganache (a.k.a. fancy chocolate sauce) can be made dairy-free, too; just substitute full-fat coconut milk for the heavy cream. Drizzle some ganache over a scoop (or three) of Kelly’s rich, dairy-free vanilla ice cream, add a sprinkle of toasted slivered almonds, and you’re all set for one of the best frozen treats you’ve had since going Paleo.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Who’s ready to scream for some ice cream?

What to Gather to Make 1 to 1½ Quarts of Ice Cream:

And Here’s What You Need to Make 1 Cup of Ganache:

  • ⅔ cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate, chopped 

(Plus, as an extra topping, I grabbed some toasted slivered almonds from my pantry.)

Here’s What You Do:

Grab your dates and put ‘em in a blender

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…after removing the pits, of course.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pour in the coconut milk…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and purée until smooth.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Add the almond milk…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…vanilla extract…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and thickener. (Pour the bloomed gelatin mixture into the blender last, just before puréeing the ice cream mixture.)

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Blend until smooth. 

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Freeze for about an hour or refrigerate until cold.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pour into the ice cream machine and churn per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In the meantime, grab your chopped dark chocolate and make the ganache.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In a small saucepan, warm the coconut milk over medium heat until it begins to simmer.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Place the chocolate in a bowl, pour the hot coconut milk over it, and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Whisk as the heat of the coconut milk melts the chocolate. Continue whisking until the milk and chocolate are well combined. (You can store the ganache covered at room temperature for up to a week.)

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once the ice cream’s ready…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…you can stick it in the freezer to firm up a bit, or just scoop it out…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…spoon on some ganache…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…top it with some slivered almonds…

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and go to town!

Kelly Brozyna’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream + Ganache by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award winning iPad® app, and in my New York Times Bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).