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Every summer I’m anxious for the arrival of fresh, organic peaches. Often, I’m overzealous and buy them too early – when they are pricey, and lacking that natural juicy sweetness when harvested at the right time. But, there is that golden window in the summer… when organic peaches are abundant – and affordable! This is the time to stock up on these glorious stone fruits. White peaches are my all-time favorite, but you can use any variety of peach (or nectarine) in this recipe.
I first posted a photo for this ice-cream on my facebook page, just a week or two ago. So, for those of your anxiously waiting (and stocking up on those peaches)… now’s your time to indulge!
Cardamom-Scented Peach Ice Cream gluten-free, soy-free (RECIpage link)
1 cup cubed/sliced peaches or nectarines (see note)
1/2 cup frozen banana, in chunks
1 can coconut milk (regular, not lite)
1/2 cup soaked cashews (or 1/3 cup raw, unsoaked, see note)
3 – 4 tbsp coconut sugar (see note)
1/2 cup plain or vanilla nondairy milk
3 – 4 tbsp pure maple syrup (or agave nectar, see note)
couple pinches powdered stevia (optional, can add more sweetener, see note)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 teaspoon (rounded) guar gum
1/8 tsp ground cardamom (if you love the flavor of cardamom, you can use a little more, up to about 1/4 tsp)
1/8 – 1/4 tsp pure almond extract (optional, but adds lovely light fruity essence)
Add-in (optional) 1/2 – 2/3 cup chopped peaches or nectarines (to add in at end of churning)
In a blender (I use a Blendtec), combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT reserved 1/2 – 2/3 cup peaches) and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of blender as needed (this may take a few minutes with a standard blender). Transfer the mixture to an ice-cream maker (follow the directions of the specific model, see note below), and churn until the mixture is of soft-serve consistency. Once ready, add reserved peaches (if using), and let churn through for another minute. Transfer to a container to store in the freezer.
Ice-Cream Maker Note: I am often asked which ice cream maker I use. I have the KitchenAid ice cream bowl attachment that works with the KitchenAid mixer. So, if you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can pick up this ice-cream bowl at a fairly reasonable price. I love this unit. It doesn’t take up much space (I store it in the freezer!), there are a couple of attachment paddles that are easy to use, and I’ve had my bowl for at least four years and it works beautifully.
Peach Note: Try to resist adding more peaches in the blended mixture. As irresistible as they are, adding too many to the blended mix will make your ice cream a little icy rather than creamy. That’s why I call for adding 1/2 – 2/3 cup of chopped peaches after – to add as chunks to the ice cream if you want that additional peachy flavor. If you don’t have ripe peaches, mangoes are a fine substitute!
Cashew Note: I have given the option to use soaked cashews as they will blend more smoothly if you don’t have a high-speed blender.
Sweetener Note: I typically use about 3 tbsp each of coconut sugar and maple syrup to this blend. Then, I add a pinch or two of stevia, as the ice cream is not excessively sweet with the amount of sweetener included. I like keeping the ice cream a lighter creamy color, so I opt for a pinch of stevia to bump up the sweetness. But, it’s up to you. You can certainly add the extra maple syrup and coconut sugar – it will darken the ice cream just slightly, but if you aren’t taking photos – no biggie! Also, the sweetness of your mix will depend on whether you are using vanilla non-dairy milk or plain (vanilla will be sweeter). So, taste your mix and adjust after blending. Note that the room-temperature mix will seem sweeter to the taste buds than when the mixture is actually frozen. So you may want to make your blended mixture just a touch sweeter so the final ice-cream product has just the right level of sweetness!
Note: Also try making my Chai Peanut Butter ice cream – it’s getting rave reviews from my readers!
Have you made ice-cream at home before? What is your favorite?