Some of you may remember the POMerdoodle Ice Cream that I made last September for the Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! blog carnival. Katrina (Gluten-Free Gidget), who greatly enjoys drama and theatrical arts had chosen a Disney theme. I couldn’t settle on a particular Disney movie for my recipe inspiration, so I decided to pay homage to all Disney dogs with a designer dog ice cream. You’re welcome to read the original POMerdoodle post, but basically I added POM Wonderful pomegranate juice to a version of Snickerdoodle ice cream and created the doggie-named POMerdoodle ice cream. Both a fun and delicious creation. But as soon as I made that, I started thinking about a chocolate version, Chocolate POMerdoodle Ice Cream!
Carrying on with my light-hearted dog theme, I decided to call it Chocolate POMerdoodle Ice Cream because well, you know … Chocolate Lab, Chocolate Poodle … and we all love chocolate. Adding just a small amount of cocoa adds richness and depth to this ice cream, particularly if you use a high-quality cocoa. I used Scharffen Berger cocoa, which I’d received in my BlogHer Food swag. I love both that cocoa and POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and I love this ice cream. This recipe is both gluten free and dairy free. It’s not refined sugar free, but I believe you could skip the brown sugar and simply use 2/3 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar and end up with an equally delicious, dairy-free ice cream. (I wouldn’t use a one-to-one swap because of the liquid content of those ingredients.)
Chocolate POMerdoodle Ice Cream Recipe
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup light brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 ½ cups full-fat coconut milk, chilled
- ½ cup POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
- 2 ½ to 3 tbsp ScharffenBerger cocoa (or other good quality cocoa, amount to taste—once mixed in, of course)
- Mix all together in a large mixing bowl or blender.
- Add to ice cream maker.
- Churn about 20 minutes until firm.
If you enjoy the wonderful flavor that POM Wonderful pomegranate juice adds to recipes, you’ll want to check these recipes, too:
~ OMerdoodle Ice Cream (pretty pale pink—lovely for Valentine’s Day)
~ Reindeer Antlers Punch (it’s the perfect color, but perhaps rename it Cupid’s Punch for Valentine’s Day … just skip the alcohol if serving to children or teetotalers)
Don’t forget to check out all the other SSS entries this week:
And, if you’re looking for a momentary chocolate overload … pair a Flourless Sparkling Chocolate Cookie with a dish of this ice cream. Happy Valentine’s Day all!