Paleo Ice Cream (Dairy Free & Gluten Free!)
Ice cream has always been our weakness. But the problem with store-bought ice creams is that they often come packed with refined sugar, nasty additives and, of course, are made on dairy.
Our solution? Make your own dairy free ice cream!
Today we’re going to share our basic recipe for paleo, dairy free ice cream. It tastes amazing, and is made on coconut cream! From this basic recipe you can go ahead and make pretty much any flavour you can think of – though chocolate and vanilla will always have a special place in our hearts!
One little note before we get started: this recipe does rely on the use of an ice cream maker. If you’re an ice cream lover – this really is a worthwhile investment and will give you the smoothest results! However, this recipe should still work without one… your ice cream may just be a bit more solid!
- 2 Tins full-fat coconut cream (800mL)
- 2 Whole eggs (room temperature works best!)
- 2 Egg yolks
- Sweetener: 1/4 cup xylitol + 1/4 cup erythritol (you could use honey instead if you prefer)
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- 1 tsp Vanilla powder
Optional Add-ins: Cacao powder, cacao nibs, chopped nuts, coconut chips, berries
1. Start by simmering some water in a small pot. Place a metal bowl over the pot and add the 800mL coconut cream, 1/4 cup xylitol, 1/4 cup erythritol, 1 tsp vanilla powder and vanilla essence (or cacao, if you’re making chocolate flavour!). Make sure that your coconut cream doesn’t start to boil – we only want it to become hot!
2. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks (or 4 whole eggs if you prefer).
3. It’s time to temper the eggs! Use a ladle and add 4 scoops (one at a time) of the hot coconut cream into the eggs, whisking as you do so. This step is essential in making sure that your eggs incorporate well and do not curdle.
4. Now, add the eggy mixture into the coconut cream (which should still be heating above the pot) and whisk, whisk, whisk!
5. Keep whisking until the coconut cream starts to thicken and becomes a sort of custard. At this point, remove from the heat and allow to cool in the fridge.
6. Once cooled, add the mix into your ice cream maker and follow instructions. We use an ice cream maker because it gives the smoothest results – as ice cream lovers, it’s been a totally worthwhile investment! However, if you don’t have one you can try adding your mix to the freezer and stirring every 30-45 minutes. Your ice cream might be a little more solid, but will still taste amazing!
7. Enjoy your dairy free ice cream plain, or with berries, nuts or coconut chips!
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