Got to Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Buckeye Ice Cream Sundaes: Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly

Betsy Tankersley from Flat Rock won first place in the 2019 Sweet Potato Dietary Restrictions Recipe Competition with this gluten-free vegan friendly ice cream.

Servings: 8
Cook Time: Prep Time: 25 minutes; Total Time: 4 hours (to freeze ice cream), 25 minutes
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: sweet potatoes, peanut butter

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Ice Cream:
½ cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
cup pure maple syrup
Tbsp. vanilla extract
oz. creamy peanut butter
oz. cream of coconut *(Coco Goya Brand)
tsp. allspice
tsp. salt
Hot Fudge Sauce:
cup coconut oil
cup sugar
cup plant-based milk substitute
cup dairy-free chocolate chips
cup cocoa powder
tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped Cream:
oz. can cream of coconut *(Coco Goya Brand)
tsp. vanilla extract
Tbsp. powdered sugar
cup gluten-free mini pretzels


To make ice cream:

With a mixer, blend all ingredients together until smooth.

* Use 2 -15 oz. cans cream of coconut, drain off all the clear liquid and only add the thick, white, creamy part. Use all the white cream from 1 can and 1/3 from the second can.

Place mixture in a large plastic or metal container and lay plastic wrap on top of the mixture (this will help keep ice crystals from forming on your ice cream).

Place in freezer for 4 hours, stirring and recovering approximately every 30 minutes.

**While you’re near the freezer, place a medium mixing bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes, this will be for the whipped cream.

To make Hot Fudge Sauce:

While your ice cream forms, you can make the hot fudge sauce.

In a medium pot, mix the oil, sugar, cocoa and milk substitute until combined.

Bring mixture to a steady boil over medium-high heat, stirring until thickened (if it’s being troublesome, some tapioca or cornstarch will help).  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and chocolate chips until smooth.

To make Whipped Cream:

While your ice cream forms, you can make the whipped cream.  *Drain off the clear liquid from the cream of coconut (keeping the creamy, white part).  Remove the mixing bowl from the freezer. Place cream of coconut, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl.  Whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.


Scoop out a hearty serving of the peanut butter ice cream into a serving dish.  Top with a spoonful of hot fudge sauce, then whipped cream and then sprinkle with pretzels or whatever other topping you like.


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