Thursday, 3 July 2014

Vegan & Grain Free Coconut Ice Cream by Aimee Ryan


Everyone who loves ice cream should consider acquiring a copy of this book! No bookshelf should be without it! It's packed full of enticing recipes to suit both kids and adults from everyday treats to refined dinner party desserts and you'll be glad to know that most of the recipes are quite simple to prepare. Even though some are a little more fiddly and require a little patience, the end result will be worth it.

Vegan & Grain-free Coconut Milk Ice Creamis written by Aimée Ryan, the author of the very popular cooking and crafts blog, Wallflower Girl. Luckily, I wandered onto the blog not so very long ago, I think it was after I caught sight of a link to her beautiful tangy recipe for vegan lemon curd (which is also in the book).



One of the most outstanding features of this simple to navigate book is how easy it is to read. Containing over 80 varied and imaginative recipes for ice-creams, desserts, milkshakes, popsicles, sauces, cones and toppings (all grain free and all vegan), many of these recipes can also be easily converted for people following The Specific Carbohydrate Diet.



Everything you need to know about making coconut milk ice cream is described clearly in the book including how to easily make your own coconut milk. Aimée has thought of everything! But the range and creative variety of flavours make it so difficult to even begin to choose what to make!


The Red Velvet Beetroot Cake and Chocolate Hazelnut Ice-Cream recipes are two I will definitely try out soon. When I asked my husband to give me a hand to choose which one I should make first, he suggested the Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake.



Doesn't it look fantastic! But unfortunately I didn't have enough coconut milk in the cupboard. I order my Coconut Milk on-line since I like to buy a version without additives but but once I've received my next order, I'll be all set to make it for the family birthday gathering later this month. Flicking through the book, I discovered one of my all time favourite flavours and decided to make that first instead - the Mocha Ice Cream recipe.



... and we weren't disappointed. It was everything you would expect and more - silky smooth, chocolatey with a subtle coffee flavour, yum!



It was dead easy to choose the next recipe from the book - just look at this tower of chocolate brownie ice creams -  I just had to make them! So the following weekend I made the vanilla ice cream...



and then I made the brownies - oh and if you're looking for a reliable grain free brownie recipe you need to look no further...



However, I chose the warmest day of the Summer this year to assemble the brownies and experienced a massive photography crisis due to the fast melting ice cream I'd sandwiched between the baked brownie slices. But please don't let that put you off making them because once they had spent the night in the freezer we munched on these decadent treats in blissful silence the following day!



So where can you buy this book? 

It's available in both the large paperback and the kindle format on Amazon.co.uk 



It's also available on Amazon outside the UK.

And if you're interested in finding out more about Aimée, please visit her blog, Wallflower Girl.

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12 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow, Vicky! What an amazing book and a fantastic review from you! Thanks for sharing with us all. :-) Now I WANT that book for sure!

    xo,
    Shirley

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    1. It is an amazing book Shirley - and thank you! I really enjoyed the whole review process - well who wouldn't, those grain-free chocolate brownies are awesome!

      Vicky xo

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  2. Thank you for this truly amazing review Vicky! Couldn't be happier that you enjoyed it :-)

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    1. You are most welcome Aimee, the book is excellent, we love the recipes :)

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  3. What a lovely cookbook review - Aimee rocks! I have her cookbook and love most of her recipes - her peanut butter cookies are pretty tasty! The mocha ice cream and ice cream brownies both look absolutely yum!

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    1. Thank you Rika, she definitely does :) I haven't tried her peanut butter cookies yet, I must find them!

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  4. Oh my word. That is a great collection of frozen desserts right there. You may say it's a photography fail, but it looks fabulous to me. I've been toying with getting an ice cream maker - I'm kind of glad I haven't yet, because I think I would buy this book and then spend weeks just eating myself daft on this!

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    1. You must get one Joey, it's worth it to make dairy free ice cream which actually tastes better than the "real" stuff!

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  5. Great review Vicky! That bowl of mocha ice cream looks so lush!
    I can't wait to try Aimee's recipes for myself. I've read the book cover to cover, and have been stock piling coconut milk for the past few weeks. I just need the ice cream maker to arrive now and I'll be good to go ;)

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    1. Thanks Sharon, the mocha ice cream is awesome! I love your pictures too, I must make the salted caramel, I have some gluten free ice cream cones ready to scoop it in!

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  6. Great review, Vicky! I want to try her Vegan Lemon Curd, it was one of the recipes on my list to try, but didn’t have enough time to make one, but it sounds and looks delicious with the tangy lemon. Her e-Book version is also user-friendly, the table of contents take you to the correct page and takes you back to the. Her recipes are extremely easy to make, which I love about! Goodness the last photo looks very miam, miam - I love frozen brownies! ♥

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    1. Thanks Rika! I agree the lemon curd looks amazing! So pleased you wrote a review, it's lovely to see the success of other recipes and how delicious they look!

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