Monday, March 21, 2011

Sw Potato Ice Cream

Another entry for the Sweet Potato Recipe Contest, this one falls under the Sugar-Free category.  Roasted sweet potatoes taste like candy, so I knew they could probably work for a sugar-free dessert easily enough.  After toying with the idea of a panna cotta, I found myself making ice cream again ;)


Sweet Potato Ice Cream (no sugar added)
Recipe by Shannon

Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your own tastes.  I made mine with 1/4c dates, and it was subtly sweet, but went well with the sauteed pears.  Increase the amount if you like, especially if you want to enjoy the ice cream on its own.

1 can lite coconut milk
1T arrowroot
1/4c-1/2c pitted Medjool dates, finely chopped
1/2c roasted sweet potato puree*  (I used a heaping 1/2c)
1 cinnamon stick (or use some ground cinnamon)
1/4t freshly grated nutmeg
dash salt
1t vanilla extract
sauteed pears**, for serving

Reserve a few tablespoons of coconut milk.  In your blender or food processor, add roasted sweet potato, dates, and coconut milk.  Puree a few minutes, until everything is well blended and dates are evenly distributed.  Pour mixture into a medium saucepan, then add cinnamon stick, nutmeg and salt.  Turn to medium heat and slowly heat the mixture just until it starts to boil.

Remove pan from the heat.  Add arrowroot to reserved coconut and whisk until smooth, then add to the sweet potato/coconut milk mixture.  Add vanilla extract and stir until mixture is well combined.  Cool mixture completely, then churn according to manufacuterer's directions.  Serve with sauteed pears, if desired.

* I roast my sweet potatoes in a 350deg oven, wrapped in foil, for ~1hr or until a fork easily pierces the potato.  The the flesh of the sweet potatoes, and any juice released while baking, goes into the blender/food processor to make extra smooth!

** I sauteed 1 small pear in a 1/2T butter over medium-low heat until they started looking caramelized, ~15min or so.

I swear those are pears and not mushrooms :)

19 comments:

namasteeveryday said...

YUM i love specialty ice creams! This sounds awesome! have you ever had avocado ice cream? make some!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love pumpkin ice cream so I'd probably love this!

Megan said...

This sounds heavenly! And now you've got me pondering sweet potato panna cotta.

peachkins said...

That looks really delicious!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

TOTALLY making this - as soon as possible (probably this weekend)! Shannon, it's like you created this recipe for me :). Sweet potatoes and Medjool dates are two of my very favorite foods, and there is no question that I will absolutely love this ice cream. Fantastic contest entry! This is absolutely worthy of a win.

Candace said...

This looks soooo good! I need to get an ice cream freezer for summer. I had pumpkin ice cream for the first time last summer and loved it. I'm sure I will love the sweet potato ice cream just as much. I love that you added the sauteed pears. It made a nice sundae and a beautiful dessert. Love!

brandi said...

you and your ice cream! I've got to get an ice cream maker :)

Molly said...

I was wondering what direction this recipe would take when I read it was sugar-free. But you have me convinced this will be a tasty, tasty dessert. Thanks for the recipe!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Sweet potatoes are so versatile. And to think I only ate one with salsa last night! This looks delicious.

Kelly said...

I love that you made this sugar free! If you did want to include a little sugar I bet this would be yummy with a little strusel like crumble on top. Yum!

Elizabeth said...

Caramelized pears on top!!! Genius.

Joanne said...

Oh that is beautiful! And I love that it's sugar free. Totally virtuous in every possible way.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Eww, mushrooms with ice cream (even sweet potato ice cream) would be gross. This, as always, is so creative. Yummm.
Looking forward to tomorrow :)

Reeni said...

You are sure to win this contest Shannon! I love this - the flavors rock!

Michelle Collins said...

This looks incredible. I'd kill for a bowl right now!

Kerstin said...

The coconut milk/sweet potato combo sounds heavenly - wish I had a big bowl right now!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds amazing made with coconut milk, and I love the addition of Medjool dates here too!

Natalie said...

love this idea!!!

and i have that placemat :)

Cara said...

I still have yet to try your lite coconut milk based ice cream. So jealous. Wish I was eating this now!

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