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Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook & Giveaway

A new cookbook from The Spunky Coconut launched last month.The moment a copy of The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream landed in my hot little hands, I was off and churning up some sweet cold treats. Here is my review of the book. I hope you find it helpful.

The Intro

The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream opens with a well-researched history of dairy-free ice cream penned by no other than Kelly's husband Andrew. Andrew is a history buff and knew how and where to find factoids on the subject. Quite an interesting read.

The Chapters

Coffee & Tea
Cake & Cookies
Yogurt, Pops & Sherbert

The Flavors I've Made

My goal is to churn my way through this book by the end of summer. So far we've made Chocolate, Rocky Road, Chocolate Brownie Batter Swirl, Vanilla, Swiss Almond, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla, the Yummy Yogurt Drink (used for making frozen yogurt), Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt, and Strawberry Rhubarb Sherbet. All have been ridiculously tasty, but the standouts for me have been Chocolate Brownie Batter Swirl and Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt. The vegan brownie batter was divine. Half went into the ice cream and half was eaten out of the bowl. The Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt was like eating frozen cheesecake ... oh my ... so good.

The vanilla, which is the base of many other recipes in the book was quite good. A little heavy on the honey taste—but am sure that can be tweaked by using a milder honey or agave (if you do agave). I have not made any of the toppers or cookies to accompany these flavors so cannot speak to those at this time.

The flavors next up to try are Eggnog, Mint Chocolate Swirl, Rum Raisin, Pina Colada, Pistachio (which Kelly said has been most popular), Honeysuckle Tea, and Apricot Amaretto Frozen Yogurt. There are 55 recipes in the book—which will you try first?

The Ingredients

So you're probably wondering—what ingredients are used? The milks used for the base of the ice creams are coconut, cashew, and/or hemp. My son is nut-free so we make ours with coconut and hemp milk. One secret to Kelly's creamy, won't-freeze-to-a-brick ice cream is guar gum. It definitely helps but may be omitted if it's something you need to avoid.

The frozen yogurts are made using a base of Kelly's Yummy Yogurt Drink (recipe in the book). It requires time for culturing but is well worth it. Plus it will introduce you to making non-dairy cashew/coconut milk yogurt if you've not ventured there yet. Fresh fruit, dates, and coconut water are also ingredients that are called for in some recipes.

Kelly's Got the Tips

One of the greatest things about this book is the pointers Kelly offers for successfully mixing, freezing and storing non-dairy ice cream. Without heavy dairy cream and commercial additives, it can be challenging to get a creamy ice cream that doesn't freeze to a solid brick.

For an ice cream that resembles soft serve, "eat it straight out of the ice cream machine," Kelly suggests. For "pretty scoops," spread out in a shallow dish, freeze until hard, then let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Great tips there. Especially the "shallow dish" part. I always scooped mine into a bowl which prevented it from thawing evenly.

Kelly, as do I, uses a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (use that link to purchase one and support Lexie's Kitchen :). She expertly reminds us that the insert must be frozen for at least 24 hours and to thoroughly chill the milk mixture before pouring into the ice cream maker. Some additional tips from me to you would be to 1) use a wooden/bamboo spoon for scraping off the ice cream that freezes to the sides of the insert and 2) crank your freezer up a bit. You want that insert good and frozen or you'll get soft, soft serve.

Two Thumbs Up

This book is a treasure and not just for the lactose-intolerant, casein-intolerant, and vegans—but for all. It retails for $20.00. If you really want to support Kelly, purchase it through her e-book store where she makes a better profit margin than she does over at Amazon—either way, it's a highly recommended buy!

Cookbook Giveaway


Between now and 5:00pm CST July 4, 2012 you can enter to win a copy of The Spunky Coconut Dairy-Free Ice Cream here at Lexie's Kitchen.

1. Just leave a comment at the end of this post.

2. For an additional chance to win, share this post with your friends via Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook or other social media then leave an additional comment saying you did so. Help spread the word about this great new cookbook!

Reader Comments (348)

I would love this book. Ice cream is my favorite and I miss it since going DF, even though I do love a good coconut milk ice cream :)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I facebooked it

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I put it on Pinterest

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I love her recipes and have wanted to read this book, but my library doesn't have it!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta

I want, I need, I must have this amazing cookbook!!!!!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Marshall

I own Kelly's other two cookbooks and would love to have this one as well. Her recipes and photography are fantastic! Smrjbp (at) aol (dot) com

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I also pinned this to Pinterest!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoretta

I tweeted the giveaway
Smrjbp (at) aol (dot) com

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Sounds like something I'd love to have.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeri

I have a little boy who is VERY sensitive to dairy. Even one flake of grated cheese will send him in minutes to the garbage for his body to reject it. He would be sooooo excited to have "ice cream" like eveyone else. Such a great treat. Thanks for the chance. Will be pinning for friends to see!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMELISSA

dairy free for 15+ years...dairy if for cows:) love what all you creative people are doing to open up new food choices for all of us with picky bellies. thanks!

This book looks amazing!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I have been recently told I have a diary allergy and celiac disease. That would so help me with all my sweet tooth cravings.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I just shared on Pintrest.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I was so excited to see Kelly release this book. I have one non-dairy ice-cream-making book at home but the results have been less than spectacular. I have a lot more confidence in this one!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

love this! going to check it out either way, but I'd be thrilled to win it! thank you so much.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Oh my gosh I've been wishing for this book for... a very long time! xD Thanks for the opportunity!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Vegan pistachio ice "cream"?!?! I'm sold! I'd love to win a copy of this book!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley T

Sounds like a great cookbook. I'd love to win a copy!

I love ice cream!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Thank you for the review. Sounds delish...can't wait to try the recipes

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue D

I have Kelly's two other cookbooks and they are fabulous! I have been waiting to add this to our cookbook shelf, but have not yet done so. We are almost done with a kitchen remodel, so I am excited to get back in the kitchen and experiment!! Thanks for this giveaway :)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Lexie is amazing and I enjoy the beauty and amazing blog. Cookbooks are the love of my life and I would love to read, cook and enjoy Lexie’s Kitchen Cookbook.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGay Winterringer

Oh I would LOVE this book!!!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

Would love to win this. Would love to know how to make smooth non-dairy ice creams. Thanks for offering this.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPinkLadyApple

I really enjoyed the review. It really helped me because at first I thought that all the recipes were for unusual flavors. After reading your review, I realized that there were so many that I would love to try. My daughter, grandson and I are non-dairy eaters and this book would be a great treat. Thanks so much.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Gill

I'd love to win - thanks!

I love icecream!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Would love to win Kelly's cookbook. Great site!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Lexie! Please enter me to win!!! I can't wait! These recipes sound too good to be true for a lactose intolerant like me - I've got to have ice cream now!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I just bought an ice cream maker and would love to have Kelly's cookbook for some great GFCF recipes.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Brown

It is 100 degrees today so i need some ice cream!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkristy g.

I just posted this on Facebook!!! Woo Hoo...

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Oooooo, pistachio ice cream. YUM! Would love to try it!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie R

The recipes sound great, I would love to win a copy of this book!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I LOVE ice cream, this book sounds awesome!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer S

I just shared the link on FB as well!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Can't wait to get my hands on this book!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Ohhh!!! I so want to try some of these recipes, I have made a very basic coconut milk chocolate icecream for my sister who has just started Dairy free, but to have recipes like: pistachio!! lemon lime!! and that brownie swirl looks divine
... So even though we live in Australia, can we still enter pleeeeeeeease???
And also where would I buy it in Australia?

Thanks for a great review,
Rachel @ thegfcookie

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR

I haven't had ice cream in over year after recent dairy and soy allergy diagnosis. I could really use this book.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Having gone dairy free over a year ago, finding a decent ice cream has been difficult at best. Now eliminating gluten, sugar, caffeine, nightshades, etc has definitely left me with a limited diet to say the least. Once in a while I look forward to the treat of an ice cream. I would love to have a copy of the book to give me some guidance and recipes to try out in my own ice cream maker! Truly the way to go! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarva

Love the recipes I've tried so far! Would love to have a copy of the cookbook!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Thanks for doing this giveaway! I've been drooling over this book. I'd love to have a copy.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Lyn

Love Kelly's recipes and would love to have the ice cream book! Dayrisrodriguez@yahoo.com sharing on Facebook now!!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDayris

YUM ICE CREAM!!!! so far all the dairy free cold treets we have are popsicles. my DF ice cream has not been such a success SO WE NEED THE BOOK!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarina

My daughter recently gave me an ice cream maker and until Kelly's book, I have not been inspired to use it. I am now!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArleen

My kids and I would love to try out these recipes!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy S

I would love to win a copy of this book! We received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift and haven't put it to use yet. With this book, I think it will be a dairy-free ice cream summer!

Thank you for the opportunity!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpeace

Ive been lusting after this book since it came out. I'd love to win a copy!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan

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