Bourbon Salted Pecan Nice Cream: A Vegan YumUniverse Dream


I’m a big fan of Heather Crosby’s work, and was excited to read her new cookbook, YumUniverse Pantry to Plate. I know it’s not a novel, but it really is a page turner! The plant-based and gluten-free recipes are intertwined with practical information, and the whole book flows with a fun, whimsical design. Pretty photos and artistic sketches decorate nearly every page, and the recipes  are laid out in a very unique, yet simplistic way. And of course Heather entices  us with cool recipe names, like Chesapeake Carrot Fries, Caramel-Cocoa Crunch Amazeballs, and Bourbon Salted Pecan Nice Cream.

Bourbon Salted Pecan Nice Cream

But I must clarify that YumUniverse Pantry to Plate goes well beyond traditional stand alone recipes. The creative format has very short, specific chapters that lead with an infographic-style guide, which outlines how to build your own recipes.

YumUniverse Pantry to Plate by Heather CrosbyFor example, the the Veggie Fries chapter starts with basic directions, gives you a whole range of vegetables to choose from (even Daikon radishes!) and the baking time for each one, lists your oil options, your flavor options (there are many!), and even added “crunch” options. After the guide, Heather then includes a few specific recipes to get your started.

There are chapters like this for Granola, Soups, Maki, Tacos & Wraps, Hand Pies, Cookies, Nice Cream, and yes, even Amazeballs!

You’ll have to check out YumUniverse Pantry to Plate for yourself to really get the gist. But I can start you off with this sample Bourbon Salted Pecan Nice Cream recipe from Heather.

Special Diet Notes: Bourbon Salted Pecan Nice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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This one is for my grandparents, who loved their bourbon, and their sweets. If you don’t love a boozy kiss in a dessert, simply leave out the bourbon.
Serves: 4 servings
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the pecans, 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup ¼ teaspoon of the salt, cinnamon, cayenne, and cardamom until the pecans are coated.
  3. Scatter on the baking sheet and roast for 7 to 10 minutes, until browned. Remove from the baking sheet and cool in the fridge.
  4. Press the vanilla bean pod so it lies flat on a cutting board. Carefully slice down its entire length with a sharp knife and open. Use the back of your knife to scrape out the caviar-like seeds and toss into a large pot.
  5. Heat the pot to medium-high and whisk together the coconut milk, the remaining 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) maple syrup, oil, bourbon, arrowroot, and ¼ teaspoon salt until velvety smooth and starting to simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and chill for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge, until thoroughly cool.
  7. Melt the chocolate bar over a double boiler and toss the pecans in the chocolate until coated.
  8. Cool in the fridge; chop into bite-sized pieces.
  9. Process the chilled milk mixture in an ice cream maker until firm but stirrable.
  10. Transfer to a freezable container and fold in the pecan clusters until evenly distributed but maintain swirls and chunks.
  11. Freeze for 1 to 3 hours, until firm.
  12. Thaw to scoopable consistency and serve.
Recipe from YumUniverse Pantry to Plate © Heather Crosby, 2017. Photographs copyright © Heather Crosby, 2017. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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