I spent part of Mother's Day taste testing with my family. I was keen to try some ice cream recipes invented by my friend Jessica Espinoza from Delicious Obsessions who is introducing a brand new e-book called The Splendid Scoop, and my family was willing to help me taste test.
Most of the recipes call for the “base” recipe, and then you add the various ingredients to make that ice cream. So, I decided to make a batch of Creamy Vanilla [affiliate link] using the GAPS modifications I've outlined below and then divided it into five parts to make five different recipes from Jessica's book.
These are the recipes we taste tested:
- Creamy Vanilla (base recipe)
- Cherry Vanilla
- Bananas Foster
- Dark Chocolate Crunch
- Mint Chocolate Chip
Delicious! Every single one of these were a hit!
I also tested these Simple Honey Sweetened Chocolate Chips from Our Nourishing Roots and WOW! These chocolate chunks were super dark delicious in the ice cream!
Now for my review of The Splendid Scoop!
Today my friend Jessica Espinoza from Delicious Obsessions is releasing her newest e-book The Splendid Scoop and Other Frozen Treats: Delicious and Easy Dairy-free Recipes Plus Tips and Tricks for Homemade Ice Cream Perfection just in time for summer!
One of the first things I like to address when doing a review is to let you know if the product is GAPS legal.
Regarding The Splendid Scoop – not as written, but easily modified with minor tweaks. The four non-legal ingredients:
- fine sugar
- coconut sugar
- maple syrup
For the sugars, use half as much honey [affiliate link]. e.g. Recipe calls for 2 tablespoons sugar, you'll use 1 tablespoon of honey.
Stevia is not technically GAPS “legal” but I know that many GAPSters user it without adverse effects. If you are one of those, just use stevia, or substitute honey to taste.
For the maple syrup, substitute equal parts. e.g. Recipe calls for 1 tablespoon maple syrup, use 1 tablespoon honey.
Easy enough, right?
Some of the recipes call for chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, and I'm going to give you a GAPS legal substitute for those right here: Simple Honey Sweetened Chocolate Chips and Honey Chocolate Drops.
Here's what you are going to find inside The Splendid Scoop:
- Tips for Homemade Ice Cream & Smoothie Success
- What To Do If You Don't Have an Ice Cream Maker
- Tips for Sourcing Real Food
- Resources for Further Health & Wellness Reading
And 11 Dairy-Free recipes to include:
- Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
- Dark Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
- Bananas Foster Ice Cream
- Summer Berry “Ice Cream” Pie
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Lemon Banana Coconut Shake
- Strawberry Mint Watermelon Slush
- Red Raspberry Limeade
- Refreshing Water Kefir (or Kombucha) Ice Cream Float
Jessica has graciously given me permission to share one of her recipes, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream. Thanks, Jessica!
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream from The Splendid Scoop
- 4 cups full-fat coconut milk [affiliate link]
- 2-4 tablespoons fine organic cane sugar or coconut sugar (whiz it up in the food processor to make it extra fine)*
- 1/8 teaspoon granulated stevia powder (optional – add 1-2 extra tablespoons of sugar if you omit this)*
- 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (make your own with this recipe)
- 1-2 tablespoons rum, vodka OR cold-soluble grass-fed gelatin**
- 1-1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
*Instead of the sugar and stevia, I substituted 3 tablespoons of honey to make the recipe GAPS legal.
**I used the gelatin [affiliate link] option rather than the added alcohol.
- Mix all the ingredients together with a hand mixer until thoroughly combined.
- Chill completely, at least 4-6 hours, or overnight.
- Prepare according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
- About halfway through the churning time, add the cherries.
- Continue churning until the ice cream is firm.