Dana Slatkin

Dairy-Free Coconut Macadamia Ice Cream

Coconut Macademia Ice CreamOn the car ride back from Casco, Maine, where I had just picked up my teenage son from summer camp, I resisted the urge to ambush him with questions about his month in the wilderness. Instead, we rode together silently, a boy on the brink of manhood and a mother aching to reconnect (but trying to heed the advice of her parenting books).


A few days and some meals later, we were able to pick up where we left off. We laughed a lot; I listened. Finally, one evening on an after-dinner walk through the Boston Commons, my boy’s sentiments surfaced in the form of a casual but incisive comment: “Mom, it was raw.”

I had to consult the Urban Dictionary to understand what he meant. “Raw: pure, unadulterated, seriously awesome…the ultimate.” And it got me thinking, is it possible for us to recapture that youthful joy of summer camp?

I turned to a new cookbook, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts, for inspiration. Ani Phyo’s recipes are simple, vegan, and packed with nutrients. What’s more, there is absolutely no cooking involved. And on a sweltering summer day, her non-dairy, completely raw ice “Kream” is especially appealing.

Though I am not normally a fan of the chalky, fat-packed macadamia nut, it adds a perfect, snowy-white creaminess to this jubilant dessert (Ani’s recipe called for cashew nuts and agave syrup, but everyone in my family preferred my simplified version here). I used sweetened shredded coconut from the local grocery store, but if you are sugar-conscious, hunt down the unsweetened kind. Drizzle a scoop with chocolate sauce or serve it over fresh peaches and raspberries for a raw Peach Melba. It may not have the thrill of summer camp, but it’s 100 percent raw.

For more fuss-free summer desserts, try my Peanut Butter Oatmeal Toffee Cookies, Blueberry Streusel Pie, and Sugar-Free Apricot Compote!

There are only a few days left to enter the July Cooking Contest. All you have to do is share your favorite pie recipe to win!

Photo credit: tastespotting.com

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