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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 cookbook to make treats for my daughter who is allergic to milk and eggs. Thank you for the great review!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I pinned this post to Pinterest!


July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

This book looks fabulous, can't wait to try out the recipes and share them with friends.
Thank you for coming up with great food!!!
Sharing this with FB.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersandy

I love making healthy ice cream and have tried some of Spunky Coconut's recipes and they are great!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoris

I would love to have this cookbook. I really need to start exploring these types of ice creams. I'm still very new to the gluten free, dairy free, everything else in the world (it feels like) free lifestyle so a sweet and easy treat would be awesome. Plus getting the cookbook would finally give me the iron clad excuse I need to buy an ice cream maker.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeona

Would love to try some of those yummy flavors you mentioned in your review!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermartha

thanks so so much for your post and love your recipes !!!!!!!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReba

Would love this ... we have been making some paleo ice cream this summer ... would love to learn some more tips ...

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererin

We have gluten, dairy, and egg allergies in our family. I can't wait to try this cookbook!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauraW

I want the book AND the ice cream maker. My maker is a cheapo model and I am upgrading to Cuisinart as soon as possible:)

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Braund

I am new to this way of life but am already finding it very successful for my health!! I really would love to enjoy some ice cream again. Bring on the recipes!!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Smith

I would absolutely LOVE to win this book! I am a vegetarian who used to still drink milk on occasion but recently gave it up! This would be such a great treat every now and then!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

We love coconut milk ice cream and would like to find out how to make it at home!!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNature Mom

I just went Dariy-Free and would love to make ice cream with coconut milk.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKD

I've made several batches of dairy-free ice cream, but always have trouble keeping it creamy and soft after the first day! I'd love a copy of this book to fix that problem! Thank you!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

This looks amazing! Would love to win it!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I'm drooling! Looks fantastic! Thanks for the review.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGaea

I'm drooling! Looks fantastic! Thanks for the review. Gaea

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGaea

I would love the cookbook : ) My email is laivinas at gmail.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaivina

I love ice cream but haven't had it in years due to sugar and dairy sensitivities. If I win this book, I will purchase the ice cream maker from your site!

Thank you!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Also posted this on facebook : )

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaivina

These all sound so delicious!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Lee

Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/DistractedDebra/status/220303266930622464

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Lee

I would love to win this cookbook! I was just searching for some dairy free recipes! Looks delicious! ehutchine @ comcast.net Thanks!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I definitely need some ice cream ideas. Pistachio and Rum Raisin sound interesting. Hope I win!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Although I've made my own ice cream before, dairy-free ice cream would be a new venture for me. Am always looking for something new and would love to give the recipes a try!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Love to get a copy of the book for my family, especially for my mom!

I am sharing this on Pinterest and Facebook too. Thank you for making the long holiday weekend more exciting with this giveaway!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPriscillla Lee

I'm so excited to learn about this new cookbook since I am new to this whole thing! Crossing my fingers it will be me to win!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJDK

I would be honored and overjoyed. Looks delish!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarlyn

Would love a copy of this awesome book!! Pinned it on my board as well to help spread the word. Thanks.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess Sweet

Would LOVE a copy of this!! :)

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJia Ni

i just read the reviews about this new book and i am DYING TO GET IT!! Both my kids and myself are
dairy and gluten and free. i want to try all 3 books. i am so excited!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereva

I am a huge fan of both of your sites and creations and I would love to win this cookbook! Allergy free ice cream is nearly impossible to find by me and due to my dietary restrictions I don't get to have it all that often- this would defintitly get a lot of use :)

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Have been making ice cream with diary, but your recipes sound great, looking forward to trying them w/o diary. Hmmmm almond or hemp milk sound like good sub.
Have been using light agave (madhava) which works fine , not as strong as darker


July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoseMarie

Happy independence day. I always look forward to this day as it is the only day I make ice cream.
I found an ice cream recipe on elanas pantry using coconut milk. At last healthier ice cream. Found your post this am and would love to have have The Dairy Free Ice Cream book. Maybe I can now enjoy ice cream more than once a year.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

It sounds great. I would love a copy. I am still struggling to find things I can eat.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Nancy

I've read such great reviews for this book, which is so exciting because all of my dairy free ice cream attempts have been awful! Would love to win a copy!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I'd love to win this. Our family loves homemade ice cream and have recently cut way back on dairy.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessicaKW

Just found out about this book and it looks awesome. I just got in the nick of time to enter. Would love to try these recipes.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Dages

So excited I found this blog! New to gluten free and allergy free cooking and baking (daughter has autism with many food allergies). Looking forward to trying some recipes. ;)

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'd love a chance to win a copy!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This book sounds awesome! I've tweeted it, shared it, and pinned it!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I love Kelly's recipes! thanks for the chance :)

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

I also pinned this post on Pinterest!

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

I would love to know how to make dairy free ice cream. My son is sensitive to dairy and I have a milk allergy, so this cookbook is a must have. We need our ice cream every once in a while!

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I would love to receive this cookbook! I have another book of Kelly's that I love.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Oh man, I miss ice cream. I would LOVE to win this cookbook, but sadly my youngest is allergic to cold... ever heard of that one? Now we're in need of dairy free, gluten free recipes as well and here we are. So glad to have found you!

I'll pass your site and contest on to others.. looking forward to reading more :)

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

I am just starting on a dairy-free diet and would love a copy of this. It's hard to think of giving up my favorite things, but this would definitely help ease the pain. Ice cream. Delish!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFranki

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