Raw Apple Crumble Ice Cream

It is comfort food season.  To many people, that means hot steaming bowls of soup, but I have a little different idea of comfort food.  Apple crisp, warm out of the oven used to be my favorite, topped off with cool, creamy ice cream.  I can still enjoy it as a raw vegan, I just pop the crisp into the dehydrator and warm it, then top it off with raw ice cream and I am a happy camper. 
I love the combination of apple crisp and ice cream so much, that I decided that apple crisp would be a wonderful ice cream flavor.  Granted it is not served hot, but it makes me just as happy. I made a sweet apple coconut base, lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to begin with, then made a jammy raw apple butter swirl to marble through it.  To complete it, the crumble topping I use in my raw apple crisp was stirred in in chunks. 

As I sat down to enjoy my creation in my PJs (because that is the best way to enjoy dessert as far as I am concerned) I was quite excited.  The combination was glorious! I admit, I ate almost the whole batch in one sitting, it was that good.  Yes, I am an eat ice cream even when it is cold outside type of girl, I love it that much.

Raw Apple Crumble Ice Cream
Makes about 6 cups

1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup  finely shredded dried coconut
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Swirl:
1 cup dried apples, soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained well
2 fresh apples (flavorful such as Honeycrisp or Haralson)
6 soft medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
a pinch sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Ice Cream:
1 cup coconut water
4 cups young coconut meat*
1 tart apple, diced
1/2 cup raw date paste or another raw liquid sweetener if you prefer (like coconut nectar)
seeds of one vanilla bean
1 tsp maple extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup raw coconut oil, warmed to liquid

For the crumble chunks, in a food processor, combine the dates, flaxseed, buckwheat groats, coconut, sea salt, cinnamon and process until smooth and starting to hold together.  Remove from the food processor and crumble and squeeze into chunks. Place in the freezer while you make the ice cream.

For the swirl, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Set aside.

For the ice cream, add coconut water to a food processor, along with young coconut, apple, date paste, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt. Process until smooth, then with the processor running, add the coconut oil slowly and process until well incorporated, about a minute. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to directions. Remove from ice cream maker, and stir in crumble chunks.  Pour 1/3 of the frozen ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container, then drop some of the apple swirl over it by the Tbsp, then half the remaining ice cream, then more swirl, then the remaining ice cream. Swirl with a knife to marble and cover.  Let sit in the freezer for at least four hours or overnight to firm up to scoopable consistency. 

*If young coconut meat is unavailable, you can substitute the 4 cups fresh coconut with 4 cups finely shredded, dried coconut and 2 cups coconut water.  But, you MUST have a high speed blender to do this or it will never become smooth.  Blend the coconut first until it becomes butter, using the tamper to press it into the blades until it is liquidy, then add the coconut water and blend until combined. Add this to the ice cream base in place of the young coconut meat. 

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013 at 00:52

    my sister and i were just talking about how we loved bruster's (ice cream shop in our town) caramel apple crunch ice cream. it's crazy that you posted this recipe because i haven't eaten regular ice cream like that in years. i cannot wait to go to whole foods this week for some young coconut to make this for us. i have a feeling it will be just as good as the caramel apple crunch flavor but won't leave me with a huge bloated gut haha

    • November 12, 2013 at 13:11

      Awesome! I am happy you can enjoy a favorite ice cream flavor and still feel good :)! You will love this.

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