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Healthy Butterbeer Ice Cream (HP-inspired) (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free, Natural)

Yes, as in butterbeer from the Harry Potter series*. Here butterbeer gets the ice cream treatment and a vegan/refined sugar free reimagining that is truly magical (and addictive). If you need to recover from a dementor encounter, this ice cream is even better than chocolate! It's definitely worthy of being served at Slughorn's Slug Club alongside his profiteroles (which is a real-life dessert, essentially a French cream puff, and is also on my radar to make healthy and post on The Dimpled Date!). Btw, the coconut version of my date-sweetened Paleo Caramel Sauce would go great with this ice cream, however, it certainly doesn't need it. You can use more turmeric than I used for more of that characteristic gold butterbeer hue without affecting the flavor. Fear not, you don't need to be of age or have written permission from a parent or guardian to enjoy this ice cream, it's non-boozy and perfect for all ages!


*And for the record, I believe transgender women are transgender women. But nonetheless I am still a fan of the series.



Accio almonds, accio almond milk, accio vegan butter, accio maple syrup, accio vanilla. Diffindo. Glacius (freezing spell). Engorgio. Geminio. Those are the directions on how to make this ice cream, and if you don't understand these Harry Potter spell references, then I guess you're out of luck for making this recipe. JK, the directions are thankfully written in muggle terms, but honestly those last two instructions (engorgio, the engorgement charm and geminio, the duplicating charm) would be amazing for the purposes of enjoying limitless quantities of this ice cream, but also incredibly dangerous because this ice cream is one of the best desserts I've ever made.


This is also my first ice cream recipe on The Dimpled Date (woot woot!)! I know it seems like it's the wrong time of year, being winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but it's actual very seasonal because butterbeer. In the HP series, butterbeer is a classic mildly alcoholic warm wintertime beverage that's fizzy and is butterscotch-flavored that the characters drink in such places as Hogsmeade.


This recipe is my take on what butterbeer would taste like in ice cream form, without the booze, without the fizz, and obviously served frozen instead of hot. But fear not! I plan on creating a vegan/GF/date-sweetened version of the warm fizzy Butterbeer drink soon (that's WAY better than the kind served at a certain unnamed theme park in Orlando, FL who thinks that sugar-loaded cream soda with foam made of dairy heavy cream + artificial butterscotch on top passes for "Butterbeer." YUCK! Don't worry, I'm in the process of making it yummier, much healthier, and more authentic, so stay tuned. If you're wondering what's pictured in these photos as the "butterbeer," I didn't have time to make the incredibly delicious healthy butterbeer I've been talking about before the photoshoot, so I had to be resourceful and ended up using pure kombucha w/ frothed unsweetened almond milk on top. I know that sounds disgusting but it was purely for presentation purposes for the photos).




I was going for "butterscotch" with the flavor of this ice cream and, boy, it definitely did not disappoint. This ice cream is über sweet, buttery (oh HEY vegan butter), vanilla-y, with rich caramel/butterscotch notes (courtesy of browned vegan butter, maple syrup, and maple sugar). Equally amazing is the texture of this ice cream, which I'm not even sure I should call "ice cream," but rather "gelato." It is MEGA creamy, silky, rich, and dreamy, there's honestly nothing like it. I learned how to make ice cream like this from my raw vegan pastry course that I got certified through. It is seriously one of the best-tasting desserts I've ever made, however please note it is maple-sweetened. But, I still plan on making a date-sweetened version that's just as incredible as this one in both texture and flavor soon.


As if all that wasn't enough, this ice cream is clean-eating and actually healthy. It is entirely vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, and can be made coconut-free. The color is all natural and is from a tiny bit of turmeric. As I noted previously, you can add a little more turmeric than I did to get more of a yellow/golden butterbeer color without affecting the flavor (the ice cream is so sweet and caramel-y that you won't taste the turmeric, trust me!). I originally made this ice cream for my sister who has a lot of dietary restrictions and can't eat dairy, soy, coconut products, cashews, or dates (these are the ingredients I would typically use as the base for this type of ice cream). When she tried this ice cream she LOVED it and proclaimed it was so delicious she couldn't even process what she was eating or that it was healthy because it was so good. And she can actually eat it without getting sick, and she even eats refined sugar and still loved this gelato/ice cream. Plus, she's a major Potterhead, so this creation was perfect for her, but also perfect for the blog since its flavor and texture are so impressive and it's so nutrient-dense.




Also, don't you just love the bar spoon sticking out of the ice cream in these photos? The handle has a tree branch design and when dunked in the ice cream it looks like a wand making the ice cream appear. Accio glacies! That's my sad attempt at what an ice cream summoning charm would be. But they should really have an ice cream materializing charm/spell in the Harry Potter series, if you ask me.


Wanna hear some other HP-inspired recipes I'm working on or have planned? Read on!


7 Harry Potter recipes from the series or inspired by the books that I want to create:


1. Healthy Butterbeer (boozy option)

2. Butterbeer Layer Cake

3. Amortentia Love Potion Cocktail

4. Fruit-Sweetened Pumpkin Juice

5. Fruit-Sweetened Pumpkin Pasties

6. Date-Sweetened Treacle Tart

7. Vegan Lemon Sherbet/Gelato (I know in the series it's actually "sherbet lemon" which are fizzy lemon candies, but to me actual sherbet/gelato sounds better)


and 3 bonus HP recipes:


8. Healthy Hogwarts House Cupcakes

9. "Golden Snitch" Truffles

10. Patronus Crystal-Bursting 2-Tier Raw Cake


.. And about a hundred other ideas!


And here's the drink that inspired this recipe (or a mock version for presentational purposes):




Butterbeer! (really kombucha, but in all fairness both are mildly alcoholic, gold-colored, and fizzy..).


"Butterbeer" as it's described in the books is unique to the Harry Potter universe, but a little background research reveals that there was a drink called "buttered beere" in Tudor England. And, if I'm not mistaken, I believe there are a handful of other desserts mentioned in the HP series that are butterbeer-flavored.


Butterbeer is the kind of dessert-y beverage that witches and wizards sip on to get lightly buzzed, but this ice cream is booze-free. However, I'm working on creating a vegan, date-sweetened butterbeer drink with a version w/ rum. Stay tuned..


Oh, and did I mention I'm a Ravenclaw? What's your Hogwarts house? Leave your Hogwarts house in the comments along with what dessert you think best represents your house, and I'll pick one dessert from each house to re-create Dimpled Date-style!




I included the Nutrition Facts again for this recipe and am trying to get back into the habit of doing so. And if you need a tutorial on how to brown vegan butter, check out this post for my Paleo Caramel Sauce.


Maybe someday, I'll start including substitutions for each recipe again, but for now it's too cumbersome and overwhelming (as I always used to provide a substitute for every. Single. Ingredient.). But we'll see.


Read on for a sneak preview of 1 new recipe..




Revelio Recipe!


As you probably all know by now, I can't seem to keep secrets about new recipes on their way to The Dimpled Date soon outside of my once-every-three-posts "Future Recipes Sneak Peek," so here you go:


My Almond Heart Cheesecake is on its way to The Dimpled Date soon!


Don't forget to apparate back to The Dimpled Date soon for more puddings (desserts), both Harry Potter-inspired ones and Dimpled Date originals, all vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free!


Mischief Managed!

Nox.

-K.


Healthy Butterbeer Ice Cream (Harry Potter-inspired) (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar Free, Coconut-Free, Natural)


Soaking Time: 8 hours or (pref.) overnight

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes (just to brown vegan butter)

Chill Time: 1 1/2 hours (between rounds of stirring), then overnight (to freeze solid)

Total Time: 2 overnights plus 25 minutes (I know this sounds overwhelming, but it's mainly soaking time and chill time)

Servings: 6 servings (depending on serving size)


Ingredients:


-140 grams raw unsalted almonds soaked (pref.) overnight in cold water w/ a pinch of salt OR technically soaked at least 1 hour in hot water (can sub raw unsalted cashews, soaked // be sure to discard the soaking water)

-160 ml PLUS 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

-300 ml homemade unsweetened thick almond milk (AKA homemade extra-creamy almond milk) OR 300 ml homemade unsweetened thick coconut milk (can sub store-bought extra-creamy unsweetened almond milk/plant milk of choice, but this won't yield the same texture)*

-1/2 cup browned vegan butter (like Earth Balance or Miyoko's), melted**

-2 Tbsp unsweetened creamy almond butter (can be raw or roasted, homemade w/ raw activated almonds or store-bought) (can sub unsweetened creamy cashew butter OR unsweetened sunflower butter)

-1/4 cup powdered maple sugar (to powder: grind granulated maple sugar in a nut/spice grinder or high-speed blender) (can sub powdered coconut sugar)

-2 tsp vanilla extract

-good pinch sea salt

-good pinch turmeric, to color (optional // add more until desired color is reached but taste to ensure it doesn't taste like turmeric)


For serving (optional):


-A drizzle of my hot Paleo Sea Salt Caramel Sauce


Directions:


1. Aguamenti: Make sure you've soaked the raw almonds overnight and have made the homemade thick almond milk/coconut milk. Brown the vegan butter (the how-to is in this post) and cool slightly.


2. Accio: Gather all of your ingredients and add all ingredients except the browned vegan butter, almond butter, and turmeric to (pref.) a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) or technically a food processor will work too.


3. Diffindo: Blend on high until smooth and uniform. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in the melted & browned vegan butter and scoop the almond butter through the tamper hole in the Vitamix/blender lid (or thru the feeder tube hole in a food processor) and into the other ingredients. Blend until incorporated. Then raise the speed to high and blend for 10 to 15 seconds.


4. Colovaria: Optionally, add the turmeric now, for that signature golden butterbeer hue, and blend until the color evenly disperses through the ice cream. If you want a more golden shade, add an additional pinch of turmeric and blend, tasting in between, and repeating until your desired color is reached. (DON'T add too much turmeric though because too much will impart a savory flavor). Be aware that the color will be more bright once the ice cream is fully frozen. Or omit the turmeric and leave the ice cream a more natural off-white color.


5. Glacius: Pour the ice cream into a large glass dish that's freezer-safe or an ice cream container and place in the freezer.


6. Grab a time turner: Every 30 minutes to 1 hour, remove the ice cream from the freezer and stir/mix it manually with a spoon or spatula. Then return back to the freezer immediately. Repeat this step 2 to 3 more times (so, stir it a total of 3 to 4 times, once every 30 minutes to 1 hour). The purpose of this step is to get an über creamy texture (like gelato) and to prevent ice crystals from forming.


7. Repeat glacius: Allow the ice cream to freeze a couple more hours or overnight until completely solid.


8. Incendio/hot air charm + Evanesco: When ready to eat, defrost the ice cream at room temp for 15 to 20 minutes or until scoopable (not rock solid, not soupy, somewhere in between) and serve. Serve on its own, with a drizzle of my hot Paleo Sea Salt Caramel Sauce, or with desired toppings (although it really doesn't need it, this ice cream is plenty sweet, rich, and delicious straight up). Serve. Enjoy as if you were let loose in Honeydukes with unlimited golden galleons. Enjoy! "Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!" (Rowling, 123) (what Dumbledore says before the welcoming feast during Harry's first year in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).


Store leftover ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer. To defrost, leave at room temp for 15 to 20 minutes before serving or until scoopable.


NOTES:


*to achieve the extra thick almond milk consistency, use a ratio of 1 part soaked almonds to 2 parts water and blend, then strain thru nut milk bag. If making homemade thick coconut milk, use a ratio of the meat of 1 brown coconut to 2 cups water OR 2 cups shredded coconut to 2 cups water, blend, then strain thru a nut milk bag.


**see this post on how to brown vegan butter


Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving (1/6th of a batch *this is a very generous serving*):

Calories: 460 Total Fat: 30 grams Saturated Fat: 6 grams Sodium: 11% (DV)

Total Carbohydrates: 45 grams Fiber: 3 grams Sugar: 35 grams* Protein: 6 grams

Vitamin D: 1% (DV) Calcium: 13% (DV) Iron: 15% (DV) Potassium: 8% (DV)


*PLEASE NOTE: the sugars are all-natural and don't count towards the AHA (American Heart Association) guidelines for a maximum daily sugar intake of 35 grams.


Works Cited

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Scholastic, 1998.


Yes, I'm used to doing works cited as a Creative Writing major in college :)


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