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Naturally Sweetened, Vegan, Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

A new way to indulge in chocolate ice cream the unrefined, raw, vegan way. I was visiting a local health food store several weeks ago and found a 1/2 pint of ice cream with an ingredient list similar to this. I bought it for $6. 50. Not a bargain. Making it I discovered was a piece of cake. Snitching the ingredient list and massaging it a bit this is what I came up with. If you like your chocolate extra rich, increase the molasses and decrease the agave proportionately.

Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c agave nectar
1/3 c blackstrap molasses
2 c cashews*
2 c water
1 c soaked almonds chopped rough
1 T pure vanilla extract

Mix cocoa, agave nectar and vanilla until smooth. Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture. Combine cashews and milk in high powered blender. Mix until smooth. Add to bowl with molasses, and chopped almonds and remaining chocolate agave mixture. Put in ice cream maker and process until creamy. Put into serving bowls and alternately layer the cocoa agave mixture you set aside. Or drizzle on top if serving immediately.

This is both a raw and vegan recipe.

*You can substitute any nut milk. The cashew makes the richest creamiest, we have found. But coconut milk is yummy too. Just use 2 cups unsweetened, coconut

....there is a part of me that is feeling the need to research chocolate however...I really don't want to open that can of worms...I am uncomfortable with the addictive nature of chocolate...I don't feel our family is addicted, we indulge in moderation...but everything is not to be done in moderation...some things are to be done not at all.

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