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Theos Hummus Ice Cream HR

Hummus Ice Cream

Recipe by Theo Michaels, a Masterchef semi-finalist, celebrity chef with regular appearances on This Morning and BBC Radio, private dining chef, restaurateur and author. He is known for creating elegant village food – inspired by his Greek heritage, as well as healthy, fast and innovative spins on classic family favourites. Click here for more information about his books, recipes and cooking adventures (he’s currently on a tour of Thailand cooking for VIPs in the best resorts!). He has created this unique Hummus Ice Cream recipe in honour of International Hummus Day on Saturday May 13th!

“So, who knew you could make ice cream out of chickpeas!? I’ve purposely created this recipe to be ‘free-from’. It’s gluten free, dairy free, it’s pretty much everything free – if it was anymore ‘free-from’ you’d be eating frozen air!

The following recipe is perfect for experimenting with and adding other flavours to. The use of olive oil in ice cream has been done for many years but in this instance it really helps give the hummus ice cream some texture as it is void of any cream or milk ergo fat.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Try adding different flavours into the ice cream; a shot of espresso, some mashed raspberries or even swapping the soy milk for coconut cream.
  • If you are not after a 100% ‘free from’ ice cream swap the soy milk for almond milk.
  • Try to use a light or fruity olive oil and avoid peppery ones unless you fancy that!

Ingredients

One can of chickpeas
60ml olive oil
185ml soy milk
90ml caster sugar
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod (or few drops of vanilla essence)
2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

1
Open tin of chickpeas and drain liquid from the tin - reserve the liquid.
2
Add to the chickpeas the soy milk, vanilla seeds or essence and two thirds of the sugar (60ml), maple syrup and blend until smooth. Once done pass the mixture through a fine sieve and reserve.
3
In a separate bowl, whisk the leftover chickpea liquid from the tin until you start to get soft peaks appearing (you want something resembling a meringue). Slowly add the remaining sugar and whisk until fully incorporated (a few drops of vanilla essence in the meringue is fine to do).
4
Fold the chickpea puree into the meringue until fully incorporated.
5
Place in an ice cream maker and let it stir until frozen and creamy. Alternatively, simply pop into a plastic container in your freezer and give it a firm stir every couple of hours until frozen.

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