I remember sitting in front of the screen while holding a bowl of ice cream in my lap, and feeling like the luckiest little girl in the world.
Then there were the outings to get an ice cream cone with my parents, and all the holidays in between.
Ice cream has a special place in this recovering sugar addict’s heart.
When I first discovered raw food, I was encouraged to find out that you can make healthy home made ice cream.
I played around with frozen bananas in the blender, and came up with a few varieties that tasted great… but the texture was never quite “ice cream-like” enough.
So that’s when I decided to invest in getting an ice cream maker.
Quick Ice Cream Maker Review
I did a lot of research and narrowed down my options based on Amazon’s list of ice cream maker reviews. I ended up going with this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which turned out to be a super choice.
This automatic Cuisinart Pure Indulgence makes 2 quarts of frozen dessert goodness in as little as 25 minutes. The way it works is that you blend up your favorite ingredients together, and place them in the double-insulated freezer bowl.
From there, you hit the on button and the automatic mixing paddle gets the ice cream churning and freezing. The whole process is quick and clean up is easy, too!
So far, I’ve made a variety of different home made ice cream recipes, and each one has been better than the last. The first time I used the ice cream maker, I hadn’t given the mixing bowl a long enough time to freeze so the mixture didn’t become hard ice cream. It was more like a milkshake instead.
I highly recommend investing in an ice cream maker if you’re a big ice cream fan. I was concerned about adding yet another machine to my counters, but it’s been a total treat and the quality of the healthy ice creams I’v been making is just beyond!
Click here to read all the amazon reviews and see if it’s time to invest in your own ice cream maker.
Home Made Coconut Ice Cream Recipes
Now that we’ve gotten the ice cream maker review out of the way, it’s time to talk about the real food that’s going into your ice cream!
A lot of the commercially available ice creams, even the “healthy” vegan ones, are full of fillers and other “non-food” items.
Making your own ice cream means that you can fully control what does into your food, and how much sugar, soy, or gluten (if any!) you’ll allow in there.
In today’s post I’ll be sharing two of my favorite home made ice cream recipes, which are both made from a coconut milk base.
You can make your own coconut milk by buying a mature coconut, breaking it open, and blending the hard coconut meat with some water. Then you just squeeze the pulp, like you would when making almond milk – through a nut milk bag.
Alternatively, you can purchase a can of coconut milk from most asian supermarkets or online.
Both options are totally cool, it’s just up to you and how much work you want to do when making your ice cream.
Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
Blend until smooth or chunky:
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Then add to your ice cream maker and follow directions for yummy blueberry coconut ice cream!
Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
Blend in a blender until smooth:
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons raw cashew or other nut butter
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Run through your ice cream maker, and once it’s hardened, sprinkle with coconut flakes for added texture. Yum!
Experiment With More Coconut Ice Cream Recipes
Since making these two types of ice cream, I’ve also played around with a cacao / chocolate version, and a banana walnut one, too.
The basics tend to stay the same: start with some coconut milk, add your favorite fixings, blend, and turn into delicious ice cream!