Recipe: How to Make Vegan (and Maybe Raw) Blender Cannabis Ice CreamKayla WilliamsSeptember 5, 2013
If you aren’t familiar with non-dairy ice cream, let me welcome you to The Game. Before I lose all you dairy lovers, I’ll preface that this recipe can double as dairy ice cream if desired, and/or has been known to thoroughly sate non-vegans. If you are a dietary enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the flexibility this recipe offers in catering to a wide range of preferences. I’m going to lay out the brickwork for blender-made ice cream and provide you some flavoring ideas that you can take off and run with. It’s the Choose Your Own Adventure of ice cream, if you will.
Recipe for Vegan/Raw Blender Cannabis Ice Cream (or “Cannab-ice cream”)
We have two key players that you’ll want to keep an eye on: leading lady Banana (for texture and thickening) and supporting actor Milk (cannabis-activated and/or dairy-alternative, if preferred). Using these two in concert provides you with a texturally satisfactory (the vegan battle royale) platform that you can dress up however you’d like.
I encourage you to play around with the wide range of milk alternatives at your disposal as each will provide a slightly different baseline texture and flavor. For information on making cannabis-infused milk quickly and easily, look no further than our recipe for how to make cannabis-infused almond milk. If you’re interested in milk alternatives and would like to know more about their nutritional value comparatively to conventional milk, read at your leisure an outline on WebMD or Oregon State University’s Moore Family Center Blog. Also, note that many milks are available with vanilla flavoring, which can be particularly useful for ice cream recipes.
Once you have your base, the sky’s the limit. Consider strong, distinct flavors, as they’ll be best for masking the sometimes undesirable cannabis flavor. Fruit, nuts, and spices are great options. Add flavors to taste — start small and work your way up! Here are some ideas to get you going.
Cannabis milk (recipe)
- Additional flavorings
- Freeze the bananas with the peel removed. You do not want to peel frozen bananas (I’ve been there and don’t wish that suffering upon anyone).
- Blend the frozen bananas and the cannabis milk. If your milk is potent and you need more liquid, add unmedicated milk until the base reaches desired consistency. Consider the flavorings you’ll be adding; if you’re adding powder, you’ll need a thinner base — for a syrup, a thicker base.
- Blend the base with powder, liquid, and/or syrup additions (cacao powder, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, agave nectar, salt, vanilla, etc.).
- Fold in all larger additions with a spoon (fruit pieces, chocolate chunks, nuts, etc.).
- Enjoy now, or if ingredients thawed during the process, refreeze. Note that this ice cream thaws rather quickly, so it can’t be kept at room temperature for long before losing its creamy texture.
Note: The amount of cannabis milk specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabis milk and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.
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