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Vegan Mocha Ice Cream (Starbucks Copycat)

Posted in on 2013-12-17
Vegan Mocha Ice Cream (Starbucks Copycat)
Difficulty 5 minutes Serves 2
The taste of chocolate combined with absolute force of euphoric culinary indulgence! When combined in ice cream these two flavors lend a rich, deep, and gourmet taste experience. If you've ever had Starbucks mocha ice cream and enjoyed it you'll be ecstatic to know that you can re-create an even BETTER version that also happens to be completely healthy for you! Presenting The Vegan 8's raw, dairy-free, unprocessed mocha flavored ice cream made with low-glycemic coconut sugar and pure coffee essence. It is rich, creamy and decadent and  we know you will fall in love!


1 heaping cup whole raw cashews (5 oz, 142g)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar (gives a richer flavor than regular sugar)
2 tablespoons raw agave (helps with the texture by preventing ice crystals)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To taste: Medicine Flower Coffee Flavor Extract (adjust to your preference depending on how strong you want it, or omit for a chocolate flavor)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


1. Add all of the ingredients to a power blender, such as a Vitamix, and blend for a couple of minutes on the highest setting until completely creamy and smooth. If you do not have a power blender, soak the cashews for 5-6 hours first in a bowl covered with room temperature water. Drain and rinse them and pat them dry. Add to your blender with the remaining ingredients.
2. After you have gotten it completely smooth, taste and add any more espresso if desired.
3. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn until firm and a soft serve consistency forms. Place in the freezer in an airtight container  for a couple of hours to harden before eating.