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Nonfat Tofutti Rice Dreamsicle

From the X-Files television series  

It's a 90s party over here on Geeky Chef! This week, we have a fictional food from another classic 90s TV series with an upcoming reboot. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've been binge-watching X-Files and that Netflix was totally judging me. This gem comes from the Season 6 episode The Unnatural, appearing in a delightful scene in which Mulder teases Scully about her frozen dessert —and life— choices. So, we have some clues from the name about what's going on with this "ice cream" abomination: tofu, rice (likely rice milk) and orange-vanilla flavor (Dreamsicles are orange-vanilla flavor). I didn't choose to use organic flavoring because I wanted the taste to be similar to the mostly artificial soy concoctions the scene is making fun of. You can also see in the scene that the ice cream is served in a cone, which is unusual for dreamsicles, but I'm rolling with it. Also, unless you happen to have a food lab at your disposal, it's impossible to make this truly "nonfat." Tofu has fat in it and I can't say I've ever seen non-fat tofu, nor would I ever want to. Ick. Despite this, or probably because of it,  the recipe actually results in some pretty tasty vegan ice cream.   This is just speculation, but I'm pretty sure it tastes significantly better than the air in Mulder's mouth. However, if it was, say, 1996, and I weren't a married woman, I might have asked David Duchovny to help me test that theory...

Ingredients
16oz Silken Tofu
2 1/4 cups Vanilla Rice Milk
1/4 cup Agave Nectar (or more if you like things sweet)
1 tsp Orange Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/s tsp. Xanthan Gum (optional, recommended)
Sugar Cones

Makes a Quart

Directions
1) Blend all ingredients except for xanthan gum and waffle cone in a blender.
2) While blender is blending, slowly sprinkle in xanthan gum.
3) When base is smooth and creamy, pour into a container and place in the fridge until ingredients are cold. Approximately two hours (depends on your fridge, the initial temp of the ingredients, etc.).
4) Use base according to your ice cream makers instructions. If you do not have an ice cream maker, use the steps outlined here, but be aware that tofu-based ice cream is difficult to prepare without an ice cream maker and it might not turn out as smooth.



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  1. I <3 this scene

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  2. I've been binge watching it too! So excited/nervous for the reboot. I'm convinced it will either be the best thing that ever happened or force me to spend 6 months in mourning.

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    1. I know exactly how you feel! I always feel a combination of excitement and apprehension when something I love gets a reboot or an adaption.

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  3. X-Files is amazing, I need to give it a rewatch because it's been quite a while. I am a vegan, too. I have made coconut milk ice cream but not tofu. This looks super yummy and perfect for summer too!

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    1. It's still top notch! Really, it's lost nothing with time. Also, I usually opt for a coconut milk base for vegan ice cream too (more fat = better ice cream!) but this actually turned out really good.

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  4. I WISH I HAD AN ICE CREAM MAKER SO MUCH RN

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  5. Would not have guessed this was a thing in X-Files. I never finished the series but I just picked it up based on this very weird tofu ice cream thing. How did you come up with the exact measurements for the recipe?
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