Tasty Summer Treat – Dairy-free Ice Cream!

homemade dairy free ice cream

Check out how easy it is to create tasty treats at home where you know that the ingredients are healthy and support your efforts to bring better health to you and your family!

The best tasting non-dairy ice cream I’ve ever made (or tasted) is Strawberry Chocolate Chip. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved in a little chemistry and creating their own treats!

I was out of chocolate chips when I made some for the photo, so I topped it with a square of 85% dark chocolate.

1 cup of tightly packed, fresh, sliced strawberries (you can use any richly flavored fruit like peaches, bananas, mango, cherries)
1/3 cup of coconut cream (I get this at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find it, just use full-fat coconut milk)
chocolate chips – amount depends on your preference (non-dairy)
1 sandwich size zip style bag
1 gallon size zip style bag (or large plastic coffee container-empty of course)
1/3 cup of table or rock salt
1/3 cup of water
1 tray of ice cubes

Put the ice, water and salt in the gallon bag. Set aside.

Blend the strawberries and coconut cream in blender (I use my smoothie jar). Pour into the sandwich sized bag.

Put the small bag into the large one and make sure it’s immersed in the water/ice mixture.

Flip the bag around for up to five minutes. (It often takes two minutes, but sometimes more.) I like to rotate it corner to corner.

Be careful when you do this as the bag can get cold enough to cause injury. 

I recommend oven mitts or wrapping the bag in a kitchen towel. Watch kids when they’re doing this. (I must admit, I don’t use anything. I just touch the very corners with my thumb and index finger and haven’t had any problems.)

When the ice cream is ready, just remove from the bag and transfer to a bowl. Add the chocolate chips, stir and enjoy!!!

Makes 1 generous serving

If you want to serve this at a backyard get together, you can make the strawberry blend ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a day. Make up the gallon bags with ice ahead of time, but don’t add the salt or water until it’s time to play. Have the salt/water mix measured out in individual containers and you can have everyone form a serving line. Hand them a gallon bag, they open it, you pour in the salt/water mixture and hand them a sealed bag of strawberry blend and a towel. Set up a table with bowls, spoons and chocolate chips. Your partner in crime can go through the line first to show everyone how it’s done.

This stuff is FABULOUS!! Here’s another idea:

Wellness Today is a series by the school I attended, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I hope you get a chance to try these. They are truly wonderful and the perfect summer treats!

Enjoy!
Nancy Oglesby, the Practical Health Coach
Simplifying Healthy Lifestyle Choices


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