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Maple Bacon Ice Cream with Bourbon and Walnuts

This Maple Bacon Ice Cream with Bourbon and Walnuts is a perfect combination of sweet and salty!  It will be your new summer time favorite!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Churning Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: father's day, ice cream, no bake
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sarah De la Cruz

Ingredients

For the Coconut Bacon Bits:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (be sure to choose vegan!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Maple Bacon Ice Cream:

  • 1 can coconut milk (I like Thai Kitchen brand)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted

Instructions

For the Coconut Bacon Bits:

  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Mix the bacon bit marinade together in a small bowl.
  • Add the shredded coconut and mix to coat completely.
  • Spread out on a baking pan lined with parchment and toast in the oven for 18 minutes, stirring every in the middle to prevent burning.
  • Set aside.

For the Maple Bacon Ice Cream:

  • Pour all of the ice cream base ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the bacon bits (not the entire amount) and whisk them into the ice cream base. (you can save the other half to use as a topping)
  • Pour the base into your ice cream maker and churn according to instructions.  Mine takes about 20-30 minutes to be soft but frozen.
  • Pour the walnuts into the churning ice cream and allow to mix in.
  • Remove the ice cream from the churning bowl and place in a container with a lid.  Cover with a small piece of parchment paper, touching the surface of the ice cream, to prevent freezer burn.  
  • Allow to set up in the freezer for another 1-2 hours so that it is scoopable and fairly firm. Scoop into bowls and garnish with extra bacon.
  • Store any leftovers in the freezer.