It’s VeganMofo day 7:
Make / eat some thing inspired by a book or film.
Do you already know what movie I am inspired by from just the photo and first sentence alone?
It’s one of my all time favorites as an 80’s kid! Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie was made in 1985 and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year! I loved it then and I love it now. I am talking about the cult classic, The Goonies!
If you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to give too much away except that it has everything you could ask for in a film: adventure, lost treasure, mystery, a great cast (young Sean Astin pre-Lord of The Rings, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Sloth), murder, “booty” traps, a little bit of romance, pirates, epic quotes, Cyndi Lauper, and…rocky road ice cream!
There is this famous rocky road ice cream scene which is what inspired me to make my own vegan rocky road ice cream at home. I recently noticed that although there are tons of non-dairy ice cream flavors, I have never seen rocky road! I’m not sure why, my guess is that maybe the vegan marshmallows somehow makes it tricky to mass produce? But that’s OK because it’s super simple to make since it consists of just 3 things: chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, and almonds.
Chocolate Ice Cream: You can make the chocolate ice cream from scratch or you can take a short cut and just buy it (which is what I did). There are tons of different brands to choose from that are almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, or coconut milk based. I tried Almond Dream‘s chocolate ice cream. I thought the flavor was awesome! Right out of the fridge it’s pretty hard, so I would suggest letting it melt a little so that you can easily incorporate the ingredients.
I am hoping to try a chocolate ice cream recipe from scratch for my next batch of rocky road ice cream– does anyone have any good recipe recommendations? If so, please let me know in the comments, I am looking forward to trying one out!
Marshmallows: The only place I know of to purchase vegan marshmallows in stores is at Whole Foods as they carry Dandies. I have seen other vegan marshmallows elsewhere but they are made more to eat alone because they are flavored or dipped in chocolate, etc. Dandies vegan marshmallows come in regular or mini size and are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO certified, and made in a vegan facility. I got a bag of the miniature ones and cut each in half to be mixed into the ice cream. I love the flavor and feel it is very, very close to a non-vegan marshmallow! (My boyfriend did comment that it is a little bit stickier than regular marshmallows, but he is super sensitive to sticky foods where I love anything gummy/sticky/makes your dentist cringe! I don’t mind it at all and didn’t even notice.)
Almonds: I got raw bulk almonds from Whole Foods and only needed a very small scoop. I like going to the bulk section for nuts so I can get what I want and use it all up instead of having lots of half empty bags lying around everywhere. Almonds can be pretty expensive but keep in mind you will be chopping it up into smaller pieces so you actually don’t need a huge bag of it!
Once you have the ingredients, just cut the mini marshmallows in half, roughly chop the almonds, and mix it into your chocolate ice cream for some delicious vegan rocky road ice cream!