Sunday, December 23, 2012

(Almost) Paleo Candy Cane Ice Cream

No, candy canes aren't paleo. I'm aware. But it's Christmas Eve Eve, and I wanted to make my kids a fun treat to enjoy while we watch A Christmas Carol together.

Honestly, you could omit the candy altogether and still have a minty sweet treat, but you'd also forgo the seasonal crunch and pretty pink hue. I'm not a fan of corn syrup or food coloring, but once a year I'm willing to relax it a bit.

It's still dairy-free and the ice cream itself is sweetened with erythritol, so it's certainly a cleaner treat than many processed and packaged items. And I have to say, my kids LOVED it...

(Almost) Paleo Candy Cane Ice Cream

1 can coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup natural sweetener (I used powdered erythritol)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tsp. peppermint extract
2 tbs. arrowroot powder
5 crushed candy canes

Combine coconut milk through arrowroot in a blender, processing until smooth. Refrigerate until cold. Prepare in ice cream maker according to manufacturer ingredients. In the last few minutes, stir in half of candy canes. They should kind of dissolve and leave the ice cream a nice light pink.

Stir the remaining crushed candy canes into the mixture just before freezing until firm.

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