Dairy Free Ice Cream
I love ice cream. Ice cream does not love me. The older I get the less tolerant my digestive system is with dairy. I've tried cheating a few times but it really isn't worth the discomfort, so I resolved to find a way to make my own, without milk and cream. (Why not just buy the alternatives in the store? Because they cost around $6 per pint.) If you have children with a milk allergy making your own dairy free ice cream is a great alternative.
One of the things that makes ice cream so rich and delicious is the cream. Almond milk doesn't work well for this recipe because it is thin. We use coconut milk instead which is a full fat alternative closer to the same consistency of cream. If you are not able to drink coconut milk I apologize, this is the only dairy free ice cream recipe I know.
Dairy Free Ice Cream with Strawberries
You will need:
- Container to store your ice cream in
- Ice Cream Machine OR Time+Patience+Spoon
- 16oz. Coconut Milk ( I used the kind that comes in a carton next to the other refrigerated milks, but canned will work also. )
- 3 - 6 Tbsp Honey depending on how sweet you want it
- 1 Tsp of Vanilla
- 3 Cups of Fresh Strawberries, Puréed
- Prep your fresh strawberries. Blend them into a purée.
- Add the coconut milk, honey and vanilla to the blender and mix until well combined.
- If you are using an ice cream maker, follow its directions from this step forward.
- If you are not, pour your mixture into a freezer container and place into the freezer. To keep your ice cream from turning into mostly ice and less cream, stir the mixture every 20 minutes for two to three hours until it is the consistency of soft serve.
- Your ice cream is ready to eat.
You could substitute any other berry or even peaches into this recipe, my goal was to stretch out our strawberries into a few different recipes while they were in season locally.
This recipe also works without adding in any fruit. Incorporate your favorite treats into the ice cream once it gets to the soft serve consistency. I'm already plotting a peanut butter version! I'd love to hear what you come up with!