Delicious Non-Dairy, Sugar and Gluten-Free Ice Cream!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Food & Drink | 2 comments

I now rarely eat sugar, or dairy products, but that doesn’t stop me from eating ice cream. How you may ask? Well, it’s easy peasy – I make my own version!

Maybe the term ice ‘cream’ is a bit misleading, seeing as no cream is involved. What you need instead is coconut milk, some frozen fruit, an optional dash of agave syrup, and a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix).

 

strawberries and coconut milk in vitamix

 

It really is as simple as putting these ingredients in the Vitamix – you do not need to hull the strawberries, I just froze a punnet whole, then emptied it in on top of a can of coconut milk, with a squeeze of Biona Organic Cranberry Agave Syrup.

If using a Vitamix, select Variable Speed 1, turn the machine on, increase speed to 10, then High, using the tamper to push the fruit down into the blades. It only takes 30 seconds or so, then you have ice cream!

 

strawberry coconut milk ice  cream

 

It’s soft scoop, so serve immediately, but you can also freeze any left over – but you must remember, like any home-made ice cream, to mash it with a fork during freezing to break up any ice crystals.

 

frozen strawberry coconut milk ice cream

 

This simple way of making a healthy ice cream can be adapted using any frozen fruit. My favourite is Pineapple, Mango and Kiwi, using a bag of Waitrose Tropical Smoothie Mix, with some fresh mint, and plain agave syrup blended with coconut milk. The result is a mix between an ice cream and a sorbet, with a delicate and sherberty taste – very yum!

 

tropical coconut milk ice cream

 

So giving up dairy and sugar does not mean one has to go without treats. In fact, I think these icy desserts are even more delicious than sugary (and often artificially flavoured) dairy ice-creams. Why not have a go at making some and let me know what you think?

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2 Comments

  1. I can believe how simple that is, and I had no idea you could make ice cream in a vitamix. Lovely photographs too! I’ll pin this to my simple recipe board on Pinterest! X
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    • you can make everything in a Vitamix – from icecream to soup, I love it! This is so easy A, and it really is yummy x

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