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Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream!

Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream:

But why is the rum gone?

(Quick! Anyone know the movie character who says this quote?)

So, apparently yesterday was National Rum Day and today is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day.  I think they really do have a national day for everything under the sun. For example? September 18th is National Play-doh Day, and January 12th is Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day.

Vegan Rum Raisin Ice Cream:

I don’t really know what that means… but it sounds kind of awesome!

Yesterday’s holiday offered me the perfect excuse to try making my own homemade rum raisin ice cream. Although I’ve never been the biggest fan of rum as a drink, its sweet and somewhat spicy flavor profile can magically enhance many recipes (such as my favorite Single Serving Tiramisu Pancakes). For this particular ice cream recipe, I chose to infuse the raisins with the rum overnight; it’s an extra step that is well-worth the wait.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream Recipe:

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Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream

  • 3 tbsp rum
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cashew cream or full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice or additional cashew cream or coconut milk
  • pinch stevia, or 1 tbsp sugar of choice
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Rum Raisin Ice Cream Recipe: Combine the raisins with the rum and let sit overnight. The next day, drain but reserve both parts. Stir together all ingredients except the raisins. If using an ice cream maker: Process according to the directions on your machine, then stir in the raisins and transfer to serving bowls. Freeze 30 minutes for a firmer texture. If using a Vitamix (a very high-powered food processor might also work): Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, blend the ice cubes in your Vitamix until a soft-serve texture is achieved. Stir in the raisins and transfer to serving bowls. Freeze the rum raisin ice cream recipe 30 minutes for a firmer texture.

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Published on August 17, 2014

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  1. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    Ahhh rum and raisin ice cream! I’d have made this had I known! I made banana ice cream today instead, for breakfast no less, s’Sunday after all *sneaky grin*
    Thanks for the recipe 😀 x

  2. D says

    Interesting flavor!

    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) said “But why is the rum gone?”
    I haven’t seen these movies in ages.

  3. Allie says

    I’m kind of afraid of Feast of Wild Fabulous Men Day, haha! But I’m totally in favor of Rum Raisin Ice Cream Day. I can get behind that.

  4. rob says

    Rum’n’raisin us without doubt my fave ice cream, but is often a bit rubbish when bought, perhaps making my own is the solution?

  5. Naoko says

    National rum day and national soft serve day? And there I was yesterday drooling as someone else had rum raisin soft serve (I couldn’t have one because I was driving 🙁 )! Coincidence?
    Well this gives me a perfect excuse to homemade rum raisin ice cream! You’ve made my day 🙂

  6. Susan says

    This ice-cream sounds wonderful. If I could make up a holiday I think it would be National Moose Day, because I think they are really intriguing creatures, and probably nobody else would come up with that choice… 🙂

  7. EVA says

    Just a quick irrelevant question: are you going to ever do giveaways on your website? I see you do a lot on your Instagram (as I lurk for your hardcore food porn), but I don’t have an account! Those Larabars call my name every time!

      • EVA says

        Man, I’m 19 years old and not even on Facebook! Call me an alien. I need to get down with this social media. Thanks for the reply though! I guess SOMEONE needs to pay for Larabars or they’ll go out of business. My wallet may hate me, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice.

  8. Kellye says

    Ahh! Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl! My favorite movie series of all time.. know them by heart! Captain Jack certainly liked his rum lol.. Favorite Captain Jack quote.. from At Worlds End (The best one thus far) .. “”Whose boons? Your boons?” (in his awesome English accent of course).. what’s y’alls favorite Captain Jack quote/scene?.. just curious! Katie, your idea for Healthier Rum Raisin ice cream is great! I love your blog, you’re seriously gifted..and judging by your Captain Jack reference, have good taste in movies too! 🙂

  9. Heather @ Shards of Lavender says

    This really looks so creamy and delicious! I think the quote is from Pirates of the Caribbean, but I’m not entirely sure which one…

  10. Alanna says

    Sounds yummy! Quick question: does it matter what type of rum you use? I would imagine you’d get very different flavors using Bacardi light rum vs Captain Morgan spiced rum vs Myers dark rum.

  11. Inge says

    Yay! It’s Captain Jack Sparrow! 😀
    As for the national holiday, well, there already does exist a national oatmeal day (at least in Schotland), so I think I am satisfied! ^^

  12. Anya says

    katie, When do we use the rum liquid? You say to soak the raisins and then drain but reserve both parts. When is the rum liquid used?

  13. Kristina says

    I’ve made this 4 times now. It is a daily request in this household! Thanks for the great recipe. Making ice cream in the Vitamix has opened a whole new world!

  14. Deborah Sutton says

    Family favorite flavor haven’t had in years. Thanks. Is there a substitution for using rum extract in place of the 3 Tbsp. of rum?

  15. Baker Mama says

    Has anyone ever substituted rum extract for rum in this recipe? How much would you use to substitute for 3 Tbsp. of rum?

  16. Pat Jenkins says

    I’ve been looking for a vegan rum raisin forever. It’s my husband’s favorite. Went to make it & discovered we were out of rum – so we used drambuie. My husband loves it. Even better I’m using the frozen cashew creams a base for other Vitamix ice creams. I made peach – and today I made my own Cherry Garcia with frozen cherries and chocolate chips! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I think I’ll try strawberry next – maybe strawberry rhubarb!

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