And finally, the last part of the healthy recreation of the Hot Fudge Brownie we fell in love with at Candle 79  –  vanilla ice-cream!

Here’s a flashback of the original:


Brownie Candle 79


 mmmmmm, it gets me every time!

We want a healthy ice-cream that we can eat whenever we want, though, right?  

This version is vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw and packed full of nutrition to see you sparkling all throughout summer!


Healthy Vanilla Ice-Cream

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup raw cashews pre-soaked in a bowl of water for an hour or so to soften if you're not using a high-speed blender like a Vitamix
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 Medjool dates pitted
  • 6 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract optional - depending on how strong your vanilla pod is
  • 2 handfuls ice
  • Dash sea salt


  • Blend all ingredients on high-speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour mixture into ice-cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.
  • Eat immediately or scoop mixture into an air-tight container and pop into the freezer.
  • If you don't have an ice-cream maker, you can ensure a proper ice-cream consistency by stirring the ice-cream every 30 minutes for about 3 hours as it freezes in the freezer.


Healthy Vanilla Ice-Cream
Enjoy it with the Healthy Fudge Brownies with Candied Pecans I made you during KeepinItKind‘s Holiday Cookie Swap:


Fudge Brownies with Candied Pecans

Pair it with fresh banana and Healthy Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce for an incredible Banana Split:

 Healthy Vegan Banana Split

Or just enjoy it with a big spoon, straight from the tub, standing barefoot in your kitchen on a hot summer’s day… ♥

17 Comments on Healthy Vanilla Ice-Cream

  1. luminousvegans
    January 8, 2013 at 1:54 am (11 years ago)

    I’m usually not a fan of vegan ice cream, but this looks outstanding! Anything that is healthy and disguised as not-healthy is a win for me.

  2. narf7
    January 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm (11 years ago)

    HEAVEN! I have been looking for a good vegan icecream recipe and by the look of it, my hunt is over! This looks amazing, decadent and delicious and has just given me a reason to toss my icecream maker into the freezer…Cheers! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm (11 years ago)

      Hurray! I hope you love it as much as we do! My ice-cream maker is getting a work-out! 🙂

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh my that looks amazing, especially with the chocolate sauce 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm (11 years ago)

      It was soooo good, Gabby! 🙂

  4. Sophie
    January 9, 2013 at 5:36 am (11 years ago)

    I also love cashews ice-cream a lot & yours looks amazing, dear Bex! 🙂 Yummy Yum!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm (11 years ago)

      Me too and I’d love to experiment with other nuts next and maybe even coconut flesh. 🙂

  5. Brandi
    January 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm (11 years ago)

    It looks so delicious Sparkles!! I just posted a vanilla ice cream recipe this past week myself! Yours is completely different and I’ve been meaning to try cashews in my ice cream…that’s why I bought some this week…I’ll need to try your recipe! Yummy! Looks so good!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm (11 years ago)

      I just checked yours out, Brandi! Great minds think alike! I love your ideas and can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  6. Kristy
    January 11, 2013 at 9:27 am (11 years ago)

    I love how natural and healthy this vanilla ice cream is! And that chocolate sauce looks so velvety and decadent!

    Can you believe we didn’t try the brownie at Candle 79? It was Chris’s birthday, and since he was the birthday boy, he got to choose the dessert. I guess that just means we have to go back to NYC again for round 2. 😉

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm (11 years ago)

      Ohhhh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris!! 🙂
      Bummer about the Brownie 79 BUT now you can make your own healthy version and eat more of it! YEAH!
      That AND book another NYC trip. 😉

  7. Alex
    February 4, 2013 at 9:41 am (11 years ago)

    Made this last night and it was abolutely delicious. Thank you, A

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      February 6, 2013 at 10:49 am (11 years ago)

      Oh my pleasure, Alex! So happy to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂

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