Coconut, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream (Dairy and Refined Sugar Free)

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Summer's coming - and on the few warm days we have had, I've craved strawberry ice cream. 

But I'm trying to be good - staying away from dairy and refined sugars which make my psoriasis worse. 

aip paleo vegan dairy free strawberry and vanilla ice cream

Well, I found a way to enjoy a lovely, soft strawberry ice cream without any of the guilt.

Ladies and gentlemen, here's my dairy-free strawberry ice cream made with all-natural ingredients. I hope you like it - it's suitable for dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo, clean eating and elimination diets as well as the autoimmune protocol (AIP). 

Coconut, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream 
Makes enough for 6-8 servings
400ml can of full-fat coconut milk
1 tsp gluten free vanilla extract (for strict AIP use vanilla powder - vanilla extract can only be used in the elimination stages of AIP if it's cooked and the alcohol is burned off)
227g punnet of fresh strawberries
2 heaped tablespoons honey (or to taste) - use maple syrup for vegan

Pour the coconut milk into a bowl and add the vanilla extract. Slice the green tops off the strawberries and add three quarters of them to the coconut milk along with the honey. Blend until smooth. Chop the remaining strawberries into small pieces and tumble these into the coconut milk mixture, stirring. 

Pour this into a prepared ice cream maker and churn for 20 minutes, or until creamy and chilled. Scrape into a freezable container and freeze until ready to serve. 

Just a couple of things - this ice cream tastes best when eaten within 1-2 days of making. If left in the freezer for too long it might turn rocky just like regular ice cream does. Just let it thaw for a bit for a softer texture before scooping and serving. And if you're following the AIP or are sensitive to alcohol, then you might want to heat the vanilla extract up first, to get rid of any alcohol before adding it to your ice cream mixture. 

aip paleo vegan strawberry and vanilla ice cream

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  1. Is the coconut milk and strawberry mixture supposed to be heated prior to being poured into the ice cream maker?

    1. No, I just blended it all together and churned it cold, in the ice cream maker until it was a soft-scoop consistency and then put it in the freezer.

  2. Did you blend in a blender or similar first? Something to chop up the strawberries?

    1. You're quite right, just double checked and had missed that part out - have now added it in, thank you! I did blend the coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract and strawberries before adding the chopped strawberries and churning in the ice cream machine. Sorry about that!

  3. What on earth is a punnet?

    1. It's just a container that strawberries are sold in:

  4. Can you please let me know the equivalent of the strawberries and coconut milk to Cups or other US measurement?

    1. Hi Sheree, I've measured it out this morning and I reckon you'd need a cup and a half of strawberries and the same for coconut milk.


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