Chestnut Ice Cream may seem a little left-field but it’s probably one of my favourite flavours. I first tried it when I lived in France last year, in the form of marron glacé ice cream.
This version here is SO much more delicious than the one I bought from an overpriced street vendor at the Château de Versailles, as it’s got a higher chestnut to rest-of-ice-cream ratio.
It’s also much, much healthier as I’ve cut out all that unnecessary sugar – I personally found the chestnuts sweet enough to not have to add any extra sweetener, but you can add as much or as little as you wish. It’s also easy to make it vegan, so it suits a range of dietary requirements too.
This ice cream is also absurdly easy to make. All you need to do is add some vanilla and a splash of water to your chestnuts and cook them (this will infuse them with a lovely fragrance and really brings out their natural sweetness) and pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Then take them out when you’re ready to eat, add some yogurt for extra creaminess, and use a blender to whizz them to perfection. So simple and no ice cream maker needed!
For this recipe, I used this dairy-free The Coconut Collaborative coconut yogurt which you can get in most supermarkets.
But you can substitute this with any other type of yogurt or cream!
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- Handful of chestnuts (thawed if frozen)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons yogurt of choice (I used coconut yogurt)
- Maple syrup, to taste
- Place the chestnuts in a pan with a splash of water, vanilla (and sweetener if using) and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the chestnuts are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork
- Mash the chestnuts with a fork
- Once cooled, transfer into a freezer-friendly container and place in freezer until completely frozen
- Place the frozen chestnut mash into your blending device of choice along with the yogurt of your choice, and add maple syrup to taste
- Blend until it forms a thick ice-cream-like texture – you will probably have to mix it around a few times during this process to make sure it’s all evenly blended
- Serve up and enjoy!