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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 be so honored to win this book. My girls are getting to an age where they want to help mommy in the kitchen. I would love to be able to pass down some delicious and healthy recipes to them so that they might start healthy patterns for the rest of their life!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatiesued

Hi Lexi, I'm a new fan of yours due to Kelly! I've recently got an I-phone and have been listening to her pod cast, where I met you! Love your site, food, and dedication. Thanks for making my food journey better!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy C

Ooo! I've been wanting this book & my parents just gave us an ice cream maker for our anniversary! Thanks for the tips! I'm going to give it a whirl today! My email: naturally.artsea at gmail dot com

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

thanks for the review. thinking about buying the book as i love ice cream but can't consume milk and i like coconut so sounds like a winner. thanks for the chance to win big.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Looks great! What a fun way to enjoy summer!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Thanks for the great review. I have had my eye on this book, since it was released. The lemon lime yogurt sounds fantastic. My grandkids would love it! I am trying to make yummy treats that are more healthy for them. What a great idea: making all the receipes throughout the summer.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterangelinazina

I have an ice cream maker but have barely used it since going dairy free a couple years ago and now vegan too. thanks
kcbwwb at yahoo dot com

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyB

I pinned this post.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyB

Would LoVe this cookbook for our gluten free/dairy free family! I am a big fan of Kelly's and love that it brought me to this site! Awesome!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Would love to win this! My 10 month old is allergic to dairy, eggs, and wheat. I'm a nursing mommy so I can't eat any of those either! Our life has been transformed --- in a good way!

I'm also sharing this on facebook!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercourtney h

Great opportunity. We love ice 'cream'. Non-dairy & nutritional. Yum. :)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoie Neuman

I have made a ton of Kelly's recipes from her blog...I'm dairy free, gluten and grain free. I adore coconut milk ice cream and would love a how-to so I don't have to buy it in the stores anymore. Looks like a great book just from the cover!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

I would love to win the cookbook. We are a mostly dairy free family. These recipes sound wonderful and hopefully the whole family could enjoy the same treat. Thanks for offering this give away.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermrsluckypants

Ice cream has a special place in my heart, since my hubby proposed by sneakily slipping a ring into the pint of ice cream we were sharing... I recently made a vegan ice cream that he proclaims was "the best thing I've ever made!" so I'd love to have more options to make healthier ice cream to carry on our little tradition.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEMC

I would love to win this book. Im new to dairy free and it would be very helpful. Thanks for the chance to win it.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Kropp

I posted to FB! Also, I forgot to leave my email for my earlier post. I have left it this time. I sure hope I win!! I would be so eternally grateful!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

This book sounds fantastic. I've made some of Kelly's recipes and they've been a hit in my house and with my friends and cooking students. My faves: Quinoa Chocolate Chip Bars, Coconut Flour-Quinoa Waffles, and Coconut Flour Banana Bread. Her food photos rock and her enthusiasm for healthy food is wonderful.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChef Rachel

I would love to win your book. I have been lactose intolerant for over 40 years and have a terrible time with my sweet tooth. Also, gluten free for 2 years Any help I can get is appreciated. Thank you for this opportunity. Judie Edwards

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudie Edwards

i would love to win the cookbook. i LOVE ice cream - especially during this extreme heat in the northeast. but i'd love to make it dairy free which is why i want the cookbook.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy

I'd love to win a copy of this book. Sounds like a great one.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I shared on FB. :)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Dairy and gluten free treats?! Can't think of anything this celiac girl could want. I follow the spunky coconuts blog and love the pops she makes for her 2 babies. A chance to win a copy of this cookbook would be icing on the gluten free cake :) thanks!!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

We love ice cream and have been experimenting! Would love a cookbook dedicated to a summer full of coolness!



July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeana

What a great contest. I am lactose intolerant and would love a copy of this cook!!!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I woud love to win Kelly's book. Ice cream has been on my mind non-stop lately!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R.

Would love to win Kelly's new ice cream cookbook! This is such a great idea to get the word out. I have been following The Spunky Coconut on Pinterest and noticed the beautiful eye candy pics she has posted. I bet her ice cream cookbook has beautiful pictures in it as well. =)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

I also posted this on Pinterest! =)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

OK, let's see if a new computer will let me harass your comments section. I'd love a copy of Kelly's new cookbook. I've got her last one and this one too, looks delish. I think I may have started an ice cream collection without evening knowing it. Am I strange?

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I even figured out how to share this post on FB. I'll soon be unstoppable!!!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I just got an ice cream maker and my first batch of coconut milk ice cream did indeed freeze into a brick. I would love this book!

I love Kelly's other books and would love to add this one to my collection. I use her books all the time and they're the best!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia

Those flavors sound devine, can't wait to try some myself!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I'd LOVE to win Kelly's new ice cream book!! We are now dairy free, and this would help tremendously! I love Kelly's other cookbooks, so I know I'll love this one!

I tweeted the giveaway!

I would love to win this book. I have been following The Spunky Coconut for awhile and she is inspiring.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjess k

Oh Wow! This looks so good! I live in a small town and they just opened up a really hip homemade ice cream shop which our town so needs but none of the ice cream is dairy-free :(. I am inspired to bring in some dairy-free options that they might provide for others... this recipe book would be such a blessing and soo helpful! Thanks so much! :)

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Nico

I have one of Kelly's other books and I love it! I would love to add this one to my collection.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

Am really excited about Kelly's new book. We are all dairy/soy free here at my house and would love to have some great recipes for non-dairy super scrumptious ice cream. It has been in the 100's here in Longmont, CO and definitely need some cooling off. Thanks for the free giveaway opportunity!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane Anderson

I would love to try the recipes in this book. Thank you for sharing.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Yum! I'm always looking for ice cream recipes that are creamy! and don't' taste entirely like coconut. This looks helpful and delicious! Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I've been dairy free for quite some time now and stopped soy not to long ago, but I am just now learning about everything coconut! I would LOVE to have this cookbook to get started :)~

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShantel Wireman

Wow, looks like a great book!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlh1203

Shared on Pinterest

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlh1203

I would love to win this book - I have been diary-free for a little over a year.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P.

i think this book would rejuvenate my hope in home made dairy free ice cream! Ice cream for everyone!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenae

I have Kelly's first cookbook, and I love it. I know I'd love her ice cream cookbook too; one of my summer goals is actually to learn to make great DF ice cream over the summer!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEsther Esther

Would love to win, but most of all happy to find your website to help w/ cooking for my daughter's recently discovered food allergies.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I LOVE Kelly's ice creams from her other cookbooks (I have both!) She gives such great tips, for example, using gelatin to improve the creamy texture. The two books I already have are my most used cookbooks... and I have a LOT of healthy GF cookbooks!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Eastman

Would love to win this cookbook!
yellowdaisy218 at gmail

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I would love to win a copy of the book!

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteratarah

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