½ to 1cupfrozen or fresh pitted cherries coarsely chopped
Freeze ice cream maker bowl in the freezer for 24 hours if possible (or overnight if you are short on time) prior to ice cream making.
Place coconut milk, maple syrup, chocolate, cacao powder, cardamon and salt into a pot and bring to a simmer. Whisk the mixture continuously until chocolate pieces are dissolved and all ingredients are combined-about 5 minutes.
Next using a whisk, mix in agar powder and allow to simmer for one more minute. Remove the pot from the heat, and let it cool for 5 minutes.
Place the ingredients in a blender. Purée on high and pour into a large glass jar.
Transfer mixture to the refrigerator to chill completely.
Once chilled, add the mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions for churning. When the churning process is a couple of minutes from being complete, add ½ to 1 cup coarsely chopped cherries.
You can have perfect ice cream after about 30 minutes in the Cuisinart ice cream maker. Transfer leftover ice cream to a glass jar or other freezer-safe container and keep it in the freezer for a couple of weeks.