Happy National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to share this recipe for vegan and gluten-free ice cream again :)
I see recipes for homemade ice cream all the time, but it always seems like such a process. As much as I love ice cream in the summer, I don’t want to spend hours making it. But as I read further, I found several examples of ice cream being made with just coconut milk and fruit. I decided to give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is it incredibly easy to make, it tastes amazing. The consistency is smooth, light and creamy – exactly how ice cream should be. Get the recipe below and then have fun experimenting and coming up with tons of different variations!
What you need: 2 cans of coconut milk per batch of ice cream; fruit of your choice – I made strawberry, peach, mango and blueberry ice cream. You may also want to use a sweetener of your choice. I used some agave nectar in each batch, but this is optional.
Important: Do not shake the cans of coconut oil – when you open them, the “fat” from the coconut will be at the top of the can (a thick, creamy consistency) and the water will be at the bottom of the can. Scoop out the fat – you will only use this part, not the water.
Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
2 cans coconut milk
2 cups fresh strawberries
1/4 cup agave nectar
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a small container or containers and place in the freezer. Let it solidify, and enjoy!
This was so delicious and refreshing, especially with the heat wave this weekend. The best part is, it is naturally vegan and gluten-free!
It was so easy to make this ice cream, I made a few batches while I was at it. Simply replace the strawberries with another fruit of your choice! The strawberry was by far my favorite, but I still recommend trying out peach, mango and blueberry as well.
The blueberry is such a pretty purple color.
A blueberry, mango and strawberry concoction :).
Have you guys ever tried making your own ice cream? What’s your favorite recipe? Share in the comments!
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