My husband's family always made homemade ice cream to celebrate birthdays or just celebrate every day days. He has been sharing this tradition with our own daughters and I know he cringed when the doctor recommended we go "dairy free" for our daughter's sake. We just made this and it was a hit for everyone, even those devoted to ice cream. Thank you for this recipe and for making our family tradition possible even in a dairy-free lifestyle.
Creamy Chocolate Gelato
From EatingWell: January/February 2011
This ultra-chocolaty, dairy-free Sicilian-style gelato—made without eggs or cream—is relatively lean but still creamy-smooth and flavorful. The coconut milk used for the base gives it a silky, rich mouthfeel and a subtle coconut flavor.
5 Reviews for Creamy Chocolate Gelato
I made this last night as a "healthy-ish" dessert for me and my boyfriend. He said it was the best chocolate ice cream that he ever had and I swear I would compare it to Ben and Jerry's despite the fact it is dairy free!
I don't have an ice cream maker and wound up putting the bowl in the freezer and whipping in 30-45 minute increments. It took about four hours but it was so worth it! We have enough to last us the week!
This is one of my family's favorite desserts--creamy, rich, and scrumptious. Since it contains no dairy, it's great for me because I'm lactose-intolerant. It's also pretty easy to make, although you have to plan ahead--it's best to mix the ingredients one day, chill overnight, and put it in the ice-cream freezer the next day. For extra-rich chocolate flavor, use "special dark" cocoa.
It's hard to find a "light" dessert that fulfills my chocolate needs but this one does it...though admittedly it isn't THAT light calorie-wise. It's a nice middle ground option though :)