While many of you are no doubt tired of snow and are longing for spring, here in Colorado we have had another extremely dry winter, so our current snow “storm” is an incredible relief. I put storm in quotes because I lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a few years, and this doesn’t really rank in comparison. Still, we have great heaps of the stuff at last, fluffy and absolutely perfect for making snow ice cream. We made a vanilla version of this when I was growing up, with my mom mixing up everything to pour on the snow, then stirring it all in after we scooped up big bowls full from the yard. I’m sure it was a good way to keep us occupied during snow days– particularly my brother Eric, who had a tendency to build dangerous structures when no one was looking (that high-speed luge was really fun, though, as were the snow caves).
I was reminded of this fun childhood food by my friend Lisa over at Snappy Gourmet, who has a number of delicious-looking recipes for snow ice cream. I thought it would be easy to do a coconut milk version and to eliminate the refined sugar, so I used a mix of maple syrup and stevia to sweeten the coconut milk, and a dash of vanilla for another layer of flavor. It comes together in the time it takes to stir the ingredients into a bowl of snow, and then you have instant dessert. It does melt quickly, so you might want to freeze it after mixing if you want a firmer texture–I was going for the childhood memory of that drippy-cold texture that immediately dissolves in your mouth, so I skipped the freezing step.
- ⅓ cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk, well shaken (14 ounces)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- about 20 drops of liquid stevia
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- about 10 cups of clean, fluffy snow
- In a small skillet, dry-toast the flaked coconut over medium heat until it just starts to turn golden. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, maple syrup, stevia, vanilla, and salt.
- Scoop up your snow into a large mixing bowl and then pour the coconut milk mixture over the top. Use a large spoon to mix it all together. It will look clumpy at first, but will smooth out as you mix.
- Either top each serving with some of the toasted coconut and eat immediately, or stir it in and then freeze the mixture until it reaches the desired texture.
Apologies if you are sick of seeing snow, but it was exciting enough to me that I had to snap some pics. Here’s the greenhouse, finally looking winterish.
And some bird buddies:
If you have snow, you might as well eat it. I hope you are enjoying your weather, wherever you may be. Thanks for reading,