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Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream is a simple but revolutionary ice cream, creamy, delicious and exciting! Plus, full of fiber, beautiful in color and fun to make.
Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream is a nutritious sweet treat that’s perfect for variety of diets: nut-free, coconut-free or dairy-free, depending on your needs.
The original recipe is Vegan and dairy-free, but for VAD, Lox Oxalate/Salicylate or Ancestral diets, it may also be made with cream (I choose A2A2, either pastured and raw or from a good company). Depending on a couple of ingredient choices, Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream is Vegan, Gluten-free, Ancestral, VAD, GAPS, Low Oxalate and Low Salicylate.
Special dietary notes
- Low Oxalate and Low Salicylate ~ Just omit the chocolate chips for a decadent cookie dough ice cream you’ll love! Sweet Bean + vanilla bean for the win.
- VAD changes to the recipe ~ Omit the chocolate chips and the vanilla. Use well-sourced heavy cream. My youngest son prefers the no-vanilla version of this recipe with black-eyed peas, so you might consider that. You get a more tropical fruit flavor from black-eyed peas. You’d never know it was sweet bean ice cream unless someone told you, and black-eyed peas blend nicely into a creamy base. You may also reduce the sweetener to 2/3 cup or even 1/2 if you’d prefer. If you reduce the sweetener, allow more time for it to thaw before scooping. Small portions allow this decadent cream dessert.
- GAPS diet ~ Use GAPS beans that work for your body. Choose honey as your sweetener. Omit chocolate chips unless they’re homemade and you know you’ll do fine with them, or for a special occasion.
How I first made sweet bean ice cream
I started making sweet bean ice creams this year while on a restricted diet. I’d been enjoying Vegan Bean Milk on homemade granola, and used to cook for a sushi restaurant (Japanese cuisine includes sweet red bean ice cream), so it wasn’t a far leap to make my own natural version.
I started with a Low Oxalate and Low Salicylate black-eyed pea milk, and even my boys loved that recipe. But I know that broader audiences love and prefer the ubiquitous chickpea. Plus, it has that lovely yellow hue, perfect for a beautiful ice cream.
Yes, you may make Sweet Bean Ice Cream with any bean you love! But chickpeas are indeed brilliant in the recipe. Their flavor is well-suited to go in the sweet direction, and they’re creamy.
Ingredients in Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans — These must be soft and creamy. If your cooked beans are hard, they won’t purée into a creamy base. Canned beans, or home-cooked soft beans, work well for this recipe.
- water — purée with the beans to create a creamy milk
- coconut cream, or heavy cream for non-vegan — Coconut cream is the thick cream in the top half of the can, in full fat canned coconut milk. Choose a brand like Native Forest. Be sure there is no coconut oil on top of the cream. You’ll need the cream from 2 cans for this recipe, although not all of it.
- pure maple syrup, or agave if preferred for vegan; for GAPS, use honey.
- real vanilla extract — Vanilla extract is an important ingredient in this recipe, because it helps to create the special “cookie dough” flavor. Don’t omit it unless you’re doing the VAD version of the recipe. The alcohol base in vanilla extract also lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream, creating a creamier outcome.
- sea salt — This is a must in ice creams, especially the cookie dough flavor. It accentuates the sweet, as well as all the flavors.
How to make Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This recipe is not cooked, unlike some ice cream recipes. We just blend the ingredients, and freeze in an ice cream maker.
But, choose if you’ll use canned chickpeas or dried. Because, if you choose dried, you’ll need to soak overnight, fully cook and chill them before this recipe can be started. Be sure to use fresh dried beans, so they cook up creamy. (Old dried beans stay hard in the middle.)
PRO TIP: Before making this recipe … First, make sure your ice cream maker has chilled properly, overnight, on the coldest setting and on a level surface.
Then, begin the recipe:
- If you plan to freeze the ice cream for scooping, place storage container in freezer to pre-chill.
- Purée chickpeas, water, sweetener, vanilla and sea salt in blender for about 40 seconds on high speed, until smooth and creamy.
- Add cream (if using coconut cream, make sure it’s room temperature), and blend very briefly, just to mix.
- Turn on ice cream maker, and pour in the “mix”. Freeze until mostly frozen, then add optional chocolate chips, and finish churning.
Sweet Bean Chickpea Cookie Dough Ice Cream (Vegan, GF, Ancestral, VAD, GAPS, Low Oxalate & Low Salicylate)
- 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed, also called garbanzo beans, or 1-⅔ cups home-cooked, room temp or cold (Home-cooked beans must be very soft inside, not mealy or hard.)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut cream or 1-¼ cups heavy cream for VAD and non-vegan -- Coconut cream is the thick cream in the top half of the can, in full fat canned coconut milk. Choose a brand like Native Forest. Be sure there is no coconut oil on top of the cream. You will need 2 cans to get the full 1 cup; save leftover milk/cream for Thai soup, smoothies or other uses.
- ¾ cup pure maple syrup or agave if preferred for vegan; for GAPS, use honey.
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons real vanilla extract This large amount of vanilla creates an awesome flavor, plus a creamier outcome due to the alcohol base. Do not omit unless on VAD diet. Really creates the "cookie dough" flavor.
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt not optional, for best flavor
- If you plan to freeze the ice cream for scooping, place storage container in the freezer to pre-chill.
- Purée chickpeas, water, sweetener, vanilla and salt in blender on high speed for about 40 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
- Add cream (if using coconut cream, make sure it's room temperature), and blend very briefly, just to mix.
- Turn on ice cream maker, and pour in the "mix". Freeze until mostly frozen, then add optional chocolate chips, and finish churning.
- If not eating immediately, pour into pre-chilled ice cream storage container, cover, and freeze until ready to scoop. When ready to scoop, this ice cream freezes pretty hard (with freezer at coldest setting), so it's important to set it out early to scoop: either in the fridge for 30 minutes, or on the counter for 15 minutes.
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