Raw ice cream? What is raw ice cream? Well we were recently turned on by this recipe in VegNews: Strawberry Ice Cream. It looked so delectable, we just had to share it with you. But with an Autonomie Project twist of course! This recipe is pretty quick and would satisfy any vegan, raw foodist, or ice cream lover in your life. We have compiled a base and some suggestions for flavors. Of course with summertime upon us, the fruit flavors sound the most refreshing, but we have thrown in a couple of year round classics as well.  So cool off this summer with homemade vegan ice cream! Let us know what flavors you make or if you come up with some of your own!

RAW ICE CREAM BASE:
1 Cup Coconut Water
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Cashews
3/4 Cup Organic Honey Dates, Pitted

FLAVORS:
Chocolate: 3 Tbs Organic Cocoa Powder
Strawberry: 3 cups Organic Stawberries, chopped
Vanilla: 1 Tbs Vanilla Bean Paste
Chocolate Peanut Butter: 3 Tbs Organic Cocoa Powder, 3 Tbs Peanut Butter
Blueberry: 2 Cups Organic Blueberry
Butter Pecan: 1/2 Cup Organic Earth Balance, 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste, 3/4 Cup Pecans
Strawberry Banana: 3 cups Organic Stawberries, chopped, 3 Bananas

If you are using fruit, run through a blender and be sure to crush all fruit (for strawberries, be sure the leaves are sliced off first). Set these aside and clean out the blender. Blend the coconut water and cashews until smooth. While the blender is on low add in the dates and whatever flavor ingredients your are using until well mixed. Your mixture will now appear to look like melted ice cream. Place in whatever container you want to use (casserole dish or jar) and put in the freezer for at least an hour. If you have an ice cream maker you can then use this in the contraption and re-freeze. Most of you probably don’t, so you will have ice cream that looks like its melted bur re-frozen. No worries though, it will taste great!