Dairy FREE, Gluten FREE, Sugar FREE Coconut Ice Cream

by Elise Schwartz | June 30, 2010 11:38 AM

You CAN enjoy ice cream on your Maximized Living Nutrition Plan.  As requested by Megan from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, here is an easy, simple recipe for delicious Coconut Ice Cream.  No more spending $6 on a pint of Coconut Bliss!  :)  Now, as a wedding gift we received an old fashioned crank ice cream maker from Dave’s parents, so I’m not sure if the directions differ with an electric one.  Just make sure the freezer bowl is frozen.  Leave it in the freezer until you’ve got your ingredients mixed in a bowl first:

1 can  organic full fat coconut milk
1/2 c shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tsp powdered stevia OR 1/4 c honey (adds sugar)
Fresh berries for garnish

Soak dried coconut flakes in filtered water for a few hours to soften.  Drain the coconut thru strainer shaking off any excess water and mix it in a bowl with the coconut milk and stevia.  Assemble and pour into ice cream maker.  Start cranking, or if you’re blessed with an automatic machine, sit back and wait for it to get ready for you.  It will should firm up in about 25 minutes. Top with berries and almonds and you’ve got THE best summer treat!

OPTIONAL 1:  You can also add a little raw milk for a lighter ice cream texture, I’d recommend probably around 1/2 to 1 cup.

OPTIONAL 2:  Second round, I threw some young coconut flesh into the blender with a little of the coconut water until it was smooth (used about half of a young coconut).  Added that in to the ice cream and it definitely gives it more flavor and firmer texture.  Try it if you feel up to it, but it’s great with just the coconut milk, too!

Looking for more easy ice cream options?  Check out my recipe for Simple Sorbet[1].  More ice cream recipes to come thru the summer!

Endnotes:
  1. Simple Sorbet: http://www.healingcuisinebyelise.com/2010/04/simple-sorbet.html

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