Welcome to the Spring 2013 Virtual Vegan Potluck!
Today, 168 bloggers from around the world are posting fabulous recipes to bring to the potluck. Each one is linked together, so you can go from one to the next to the next and enjoy all of the fabulous creativity and amazing vegan recipes.
To start at the beginning, visit the wonderful Lydia at Vegan Bloggers Unite, the host site for the potluck.
To see the post before mine, visit Pixie at Cheerfully Vegan.
I’ve chosen to bring dessert this time (after the fun of the Twice-Baked Russet & Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Jam from last October), so now we have Raw Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream Sundaes!
Before I was vegan, Ben & Jerry were good friends of mine, and veganizing some of their flavors is a great adventure… Not only do we get to enjoy it all over again, we actually get to improve upon it (bye bye big hard pieces of frozen chocolate!)
I chose to create mine with creamy sweet banana ice-cream with chewy raw brownie pieces, walnut chunks, and chocolatey-good fudge sauce. And here we go…….
For the raw brownies
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
In the food processor, blend together the walnuts, raisins, and cacao powder. Let it blend for a few minutes, until it looks shiny brown and starts to stick together in little clumps. Add the coconut oil and blend for a minute, so it is incorporated into the whole batch. Place in a dish and freeze while you prepare the other parts.
For the fudge sauce
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- dash salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons raw agave (or other sweetener)
Blend the raisins and water. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until fully incorporated. Set aside while you make the ice cream.
For the ice cream
- 5 ripe bananas (very ripe but not yet turning brown)
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Chill for 15 minutes, and then freeze according to the ice-cream maker instructions. If you are making it without an ice-cream maker, place in a dish in the freezer and stir every 20-3o minutes or so.
With either method, once it starts to get to the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, stir in half of the brownie mixture and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. You can finish the sundaes and serve now, or place in the freezer to get a little harder first.
When you’re ready to serve, place a few scoops of ice cream in a dish. Top with more brownie crumbles, some chopped walnuts and some fudge sauce (either room temperature or gently warmed). Enjoy!
And now, to see the next post, visit Brandi at The Healthy Flavor.