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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 a copy of this book....as i am newly dairy ( amongst SO many other things) intolerant and unemployed...i have been fairly miserable on my diet and it sure would be nice to be able to make a treat i am missing, so much....
by the way..LOVE your site...very nice and i am checking out all your recipes...also love kelly's
thanks and have a happy 4th

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdonna nielse

Shared on Twitter! http://www.lexieskitchen.com/

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpeace

I love Kelly's website but have not gotten one of her books yet so this is a great opportunity! Thanks!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I'd love to win the cookbook! My kiddos would be thrilled that I could make healthy ice cream and I won't have to feel guilty for indulging!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for Ice Cream! WhoHoo!!! Great contest. Good Luck to Me! LOL!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I love all of Kelly's recipes on her blog and would love to get one of her cookbooks!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Snow

Love the sound of this cookbook and if I don't win, I will buy it!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Zahn

I make a one ingredient ice cream with frozen bananas or frozen mangos that I place in my blender but I'm amazed at the delicious recipes you can come up with to make ice cream that's dairy-free!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermomgateway

While I'm not thinking about ice cream at the moment due to it being in the middle of winter her in the land down under, our summers are hot and having a some dairy free ice cream would be a wonderful treat. Its great to have people out there that write these recipes and those that review them. Thanks

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBec

Tweet, Tweeted!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Zahn

I recently found out I have an egg , milk , and wheat allergy. I've been finding all the recipes I can to help me cook/bake without any of those ingredients. It's been a great challenge, but also frustrating. I would appreciate all the cookbooks and advice I can get!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny B

Great giveaway!! Would love to win! Thank you for opportunity!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynette Cruz

I have been coveting Kelly's new book since it came out. Thank you for the review. Of course I would love to win. I have a family of 6 and we are all intolerant of one thing or another but especially dairy!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhope

Pinned to my "Gluten-Free Eats" board on Pinterest - I'm already salivating...

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Zahn

YUM! I would LOVE a copy of this book and so would my allergic-to-dairy (like me) 4 year old who always watches sadly as everyone else eats ice cream at birthday parties, etc. He would feel so special to have a book that he can pick ANYTHING from! (And so would I)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah Benson

Shared with my pals on Facebook - a lot of GF and some DF friends...

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Zahn

Ive never made dairy free ice-cream as I'm uncertain of the outcome. With a very large family all eating gluten and dairy free, wasting ingredients isn't an option. Would love to get some of these books as gifts!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeri

I bought this ice cream maker BECAUSE of this! I can't have dairy OR sugar due to a medical condition, so when I saw this I was super excited! Thanks for all you do!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Would love to win

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Sounds amazing!!! Would love a free copy!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Thank you for the great review and giveaway. I am excited to check out the tips in her book!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

This looks amazing. I would love to make some!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarly Shoemaker

I would love to win this cookbook. I have a dairy, egg and wheat allergy.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarri

I would LOVE to win a copy!! This would be a great addition to the books I have in my kitchen!! I have my own book (unpublished right now) on Raw, Gluten Free Icecream & Desserts, to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth. It would be an honour!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Urquhart

Would love this!! We recently found out that my son has a dairy allergy. Ice cream is the one thing he misses the most.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharity Vigil

Pistachio ice cream.............. Oh man! I've been dairy free for so long, I can't even imagine it. How I would love that.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

WOW... I am totally blown away by the drool inducing photos of these beautiful ice cream alternatives!
Being a huge raw food fan & maker of nut milks I could see myself marrying, running away, and starting a new life with this book of delectable treasures!
Thank you Lexie for your fantastic review - and double thanks to Kelly for being such a culinary goddess for all us "crunchy" folks! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
my email is : juicylucy_960@yahoo.com

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Yum! My son is GF, CF and SF. I used to love Freezies cashew ice cream when it was made. Would love to win a copy of this book!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Love all her cookbooks and would love to add this one . It's great to finally have some treats my kids can eat.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervonda petty

Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to win this! I have been blessed to be pregnant during the whole entire summer- beginning to end :) and am always making smoothies and popsicles to try to keep me cool. I actually just tried a few popsicle recipes from Kelly's blog just last week and they were SO yummy! Dairy-free ice creams would be even better! That Chocolate Brownie Batter Swirl is calling my name. Thanks for sharing this give-away!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Allen

Hi Lexie! I have been a reader of The Spunky Coconut for 3 years now and have all of her books. She is so amazing! It was through her blog I found your blog and WOW! I couldn't be more happier to find another genuine, beautiful, and stylish blog with VERY tasty and creative recipes. I would LOVE to have this new book by Kelly, since it's the only one in my collection I'm missing!:) I've pinned this to my Pinterest page as well ( HMcClees). Thanks for the giveaway!:)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather McClees

Oh. My. Gosh. I would SOOOOOOO love to win this cookbook!!! I have recently started drinking coconut milk and have really come to love it. Organic ice cream and ice cream made with coconut milk is SO EXPENSIVE, so I would love to be able to make my own to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings while saving some money at the same time. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

I shared this on Facebook, too.


June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzette

I have been drooling over this book and would love to make ice cream with my kids.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I'm excited to start churning up some dairy-free icecream! I was happy to share on my facebook page!!

Jen Poulson

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen Poulson

I would be thrilled to win a copy of Kelly's book!! Thank you for this amazing giveaway opportunity! I have been wanting to make my own dairy/gluten free ice cream for so long!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

This cookbook looks wonderful! I love yummy vegan treats!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAilee

I have shared this post on my pinterest page!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAilee

yes I love her cookbooks and who doesn't desire an ice cream cookbook with tons of different ice cream recipes especially for us dairy intolerants!! Im intrigued with the pistachio recipe.......

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkendra

I LOVE Ice Cream, but dairy milk hates me :( I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this amazing cook-book! :)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Just pinned this! :D

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Followed your link - What a lovely and kind idea - a giveaway of something that is so good for us - Would love to be the lucky winner. Thank you for the chance to win!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Richardson

I'd love to get this cook book, I am dairy, soy and gluten intolerant so this looks like something I'd love to learn how to make!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

would love the book have two granddaughters who are dairy sensitive love your site awesome reading
great recipes thank you

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Sadler

ooo, i love dairy free options. too much dairy makes my tummy sad. :(

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLibbi

The book looks amazing! The recipes sound delicious. Can't wait to try the recipes.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

This looks truly incredible! We avoid wheat, dairy and sugar but I know my kids ( and hubby!) would absolutely LOVE me to make some ice cream for them to eat! And I even have an icecream maker gathering dust from the old days when I used to make that stuff! I'd definitely love to win a copy of this book, pretty please?! Thanks, :-)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRos

Me and ice cream go hand-in-hand.....but not since going vegetarian. Would love to receive this book!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

I need this book! right now I'm trying to make sweet potato ice cream - a popular flavor here in Japan. I need to create a vegan version for these super hot days ahead! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

would LOVE to win this!!!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterida

What a beautiful review of this book. Thank you for offering it as a giveaway! carolkeating@hotmail.com

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Keating

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