Thursday, April 30, 2015

2 Ingredient Vegan Paleo Yummy Soft Serve Ice Cream (Natural, Healthy, No Ice Cream Maker Needed)

I had some coconut milk left over and sitting in the fridge, and I was trying to figure out how to use it. Since coconut milk has coconut oil naturally present in it, when it is refrigerated it gets nice and thick, I looked at it in the can and it reminded me of melted ice cream. That is when I had the idea of blending it with some frozen fruit, for an ice cream like treat!
My favorite is the Trader Joe's Light Coconut Milk, because it has no additives, like gums and thickeners, just pure coconut milk. For the fruit I used Dark Sweet Cherries.

What you want to do is add some frozen fruit to a blender/food processor and then cover them with the milk. It helps if the milk was refrigerated as it will be thicker.
If you don't have a very good blender, you might need to add more of the milk to get it all to blend properly, making it more like a milkshake consistency.
I was using my Nutri Bullet, and the trick is to shake it a it when blending so it is able to blend a thicker consistency food like this.
We found this to be plenty sweet, but depending on the fruit you use, you may want to add a sweetner of choice.
In hindsight adding a little chocolate into my cherry ice cream would have been delicious! You can just add a piece of a chocolate bar and the blender will chop it up into tiny little chocolate specks that will be dispersed through your ice cream, yum!

Here is my result, I am holding the cup sideways to show that is it not liquidy and does not drip out. It is very similar to soft serve ice cream or maybe a very thick milkshake.

The kids gobbled this right up! :)

This is a great and simple treat to whip up on hot summer days, try using a frozen banana and pineapple for a pina colada ice cream. You can add in all sort of things, chocolate, cookies, even a little avocado to force your kids to secretly eat a little veggies :) The possibilities are endless!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Oxana, I've browsed your blog and watches some of your youtube videos and I've learned so much from you. I am making the conscious commitment to eating better and you have such accessible ideas and recipes. I'm a poor student at the moment, and it's hard to afford quality whole foods but I am making small adaptations here and there. I just made "ice cream" with coconut milk and frozen cherries. I struggled with my crummy old blender, I sprayed coconut milk all over myself, and my ice cream is more chunky that I'd wish, but it is delicious! I also discovered Vitacost because of you. I happened to make an order when Bob's Red Mill stuff was on serious discount, so I got some supplies to help me in stage one: Changing to wheat free. You are so lovely and "real," and I love that you are fluent in Russian. I was an exchange student in Finland way back in 1983 and ventured to the then Leningrad and further south. I only learned about 3 words of Russian... But when I went back to Finland to study, I stayed on the border between Finland and Russia and had some nice experiences. Thank you for your thoughtful reviews and practical tips that even this person can relate to. Bless your dear heart.