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Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream

Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream…for vegan ice cream!

Ice cream is synonymous with summer (if you're in a part of the world where it's currently summer), but all that dairy can leave your belly and sinuses feeling less than happy. That’s where this recipe comes in! Dairy-free and vegan, this ice cream it gets all its creaminess from cashews. Yum!

Caramel is one of those flavors that can be hard to make without the dairy, but we feel we’ve come up with a pretty good replacement using dates that really makes this recipe fantastic. You can also use this vegan ice cream base and customize it with some of your favorite flavors (think cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips, berries, mint, you name it!).

That’s how we roll in the 80:20! For more great recipes, habits, tips, and inspiration for how to continue living vibrantly long after the cleanse ends, be sure to check out our 80:20 plan.

Do you have another flavor of ice cream or summer dessert you’d like us to give a healthy makeover? Let us know in the comments!

With love and ice cream screams,

Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream

Yield: 8 servings

Ice cream base:

*Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for palm oil

3 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
2 cups almond milk
3 TB. melted sustainably sourced palm oil*
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

“Caramel” sauce:

10 dates, pitted and soaked for 10 minutes
¼ -1 cup almond milk
½ tsp sea salt

Place a shallow glass baking dish in the freezer for at least 1 hour. In a high speed blender, blend cashews, almond milk, palm oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt until creamy. Pour mixture into the cold glass baking dish. In a food processor, fitted with an S blade, combine dates, almond milk and sea salt until smooth. Combine the date mixture with the cashew mixture and freeze overnight. Set out for 20 minutes prior to scooping. Will keep in the freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.

Jo Schaalman and Julie Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body, and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they've lead thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They've been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show. 

To learn more about “Jo and Jules” and to download a free e-cookbook for a sampling of the delicious food served up on the Conscious Cleanse, please visit their website

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