Carrot Cake Ice Cream (Dairy Free and Fruit-Sweetened)

September 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm 11 comments

It’s been warm the past several days in Denver and I felt it appropriate to share an ice cream recipe before the cold blows in. Really though, is there ever a time when ice cream isn’t cravable? If you were to ask the hubs, he would eat ice cream every day for the rest of the his life…rain or shine (or snow).

If I were to choose my top three favorite cakes, carrot cake would definitely appear among the ranks…minus the ones loaded with pineapple (love the fruit but not in this cake). I reserve traditional carrot cake for special occasions as it’s extremely decadent. While it does contain nutritious carrots and heart-healthy nuts, most versions are laden with lots of oil or butter, white flour and of course, melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese frosting…making it quite the opposite of  healthy but ever so dreamy and divine.

I’ve made healthier versions such as Elana’s carrot cake with almond flour several times before, subbing honey for the agave  and coconut oil for the grapeseed with delicious results! It’s been awhile since I made a cake (which I need to put on my list “to make soon”) but when I was recently craving my beloved carrot cake, I went with a cooler treat during the summer heat. Plus, it’s egg-free, dairy-free, sugar free and still creamy and delicious!

I put my ice cream maker to work and made a creamy, frozen dessert that didn’t include cake itself but incorporated the flavors that I love so much. A carrot and cinnamon-spiced ice cream base of dairy-free coconut milk is sweetened with medjool dates (reminiscent of raisins) and speckled with chopped pecans for a bit of crunch. I topped the ice cream off with unsweetened shredded coconut and more chopped nuts but rum-soaked raisins and/or crushed or dried pineapple would also be yummy!

Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Ingredients

1 can of coconut milk (I used full-fat but lite would probably work too but would be less creamy)
1/2 cup non dairy milk (coconut milk from carton, almond milk, soy etc)
1 large or 2 small carrots, roughly chopped (no need to shredded since you will be adding to a blender)
6-7 medjool dates (or you could use  3-4 Tbsp honey or agave or more to taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I used a rounded teaspoon because I love cinnamon)
1/4 tsp ground ginger, optional
dash of nutmeg, allspice or cloves, optional
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (raw or lightly toasted)

For garnish, optional
chopped pecans or walnuts
shredded coconut
raisins (I’ve made this recipe several times and made one batch with rum-soaked raisins, yum!)
optional: crushed pineapple (I am not a huge fan of pineapple in my carrot cake but feel free to add or use as a topping)

Directions

Using ice cream maker: 

1. Add all base ingredients except for pecans/walnuts in blender and combine until smooth.
2. According to your ice cream maker’s instructions, add to bowl and allow to churn until desired consistency is met. Stir in pecans/walnuts. Either serve straight from the ice cream maker and garnish with shredded coconut, pecans, raisins, pineapple OR if you have patience, place the ice cream in a freezer safe container and allow to freeze for 1 hour before serving then garnish with shredded coconut, pecans, raisins, pineapple and enjoy!

Without ice cream maker: 

1. Add all base ingredients except for pecans/walnuts in a blender and combine until smooth. Stir in chopped nuts.
2. Pour into 2 freezer safe bowls and place in the freezer for at total of 1.5-2 hours, removing every 30 minutes to stir so that it doesn’t turn into one large solid block of ice.
3. When it gets to a soft serve consistency, you are ready to eat! Garnish with shredded coconut, pecans, pineapple, etc and enjoy :)

Recipe Notes: If you prefer boozy ice cream and enjoy the taste of carrot cake and rum, add a tablespoon or to taste of rum or spiced rum to the base ingredients in the blender for an adult treat.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsay  |  September 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    You always have the best ice creams!! I’m embarrassed to say that I STILL haven’t used my ice cream maker. Bad, I know. But keep the inspiration coming and maybe I’ll get around to it… :)

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  September 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Aww thank you :) That’s ok, you have been busy coming up with other yummy recipes!! I will keep the ice cream coming and maybe you’ll feel compelled to pull out your new ice cream maker one of these days!

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  • 3. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  September 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This looks divine! I too, happen to LOVE carrot cake, but unlike you, I always add crushed pineapple to mine. I find it adds a lot of flavor and moisture to the cake, and since I never add any oil, or butter, or sugar for that matter, I’m not even sure that I could get away with not using it…

    Now you got me all curious to taste that favorite treat of mine in the ice cream form. It must be absolutely amazing. I think Id have to top mine with a crumbled graham cookie (which would give me a good reason to finally try my hand at making graham cookies from scratch!)

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    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  September 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      It’s been a long time since I had a carrot cake with pineapple…maybe I should give it another shot? I love it in so many other recipes, I must be strange!?! It definitely adds moisture to the cake…I bet a teff carrot cake would be lovely…hmmm
      I love the combo and even sprinkled additional cinnamon on top on one serving since I love the spice :) Crumbled graham crackers would be SO yum! Please make some from scratch and post a recipe! Oh I am thinking of other flavors of ice cream that it would go with too – cheesecake, key lime, pumpkin, apple pie…ok I am drooling now…

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      • 5. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  September 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        Nora, you and I must NEVER get together for a week or week-end. I think we would be gaining five pounds just TALKING about food. And then we’d start cooking and things would get real ugly. ;)

        We are too much alike. Unreal.

        I just posted my appreciation of your roasted chickpeas, btw. Thanks to you, I have yet another addiction! ;)

      • 6. naturalnoshing  |  October 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        HAHAHAHA! I can’t believe I forgot to reply to this comment! I read it and completely laughed out loud.
        I was thinking the same thing – we are so like-minded, we would probably cook the whole weekend and talk non-stop about food and recipes :) We WOULD have a ton of fun though minus the workouts we’d have to do the following week!
        thanks for the link love, SO glad you liked the roasted chickpeas :)

  • 7. Lindsay  |  September 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    oh my goodness this looks fabulous! So jealous I don’t have an ice cream maker!! arg! Maybe I should put that on my Christmas list ;)

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    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  September 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks Lindsay! You can make it without an ice cream maker but it does make it easier : )

      Reply
  • 9. Cara  |  September 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Nora, you are killing me! This sounds so decadent and fall-y! You are making me put “ice cream maker” on my birthday list now :)

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    • 10. naturalnoshing  |  September 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Haha :) It’s yummy! I hope you get an ice cream maker for your birthday!!!!

      Reply
  • 11. dana @ my little celebration  |  September 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I just tried making coconut ice cream for the first time last night and was very pleased with the result. I’ll have to bookmark this version to try out. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Reply

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