It’s summer and we all love ice cream, right? The best dairy-free and sugar-free vanilla ice cream I’ve found is this one. It is really delicious, both with the lavendar and without. It is creamy and smooth and freezes well. However, it is quite a bit of work so I don’t always feel like making it. It also has eggs in it so for people who can’t eat eggs, it won’t work for them.
So I set out this past week with the goal to come up with a very easy vanilla ice cream. While it’s not quite a creamy, it is still delicious and very vanilla-y.
GAPS note: I did use canned coconut milk for this recipe and used Trader Joes’ brand which doesn’t have guar gum in it. However, I still only use this at the most once a week because of the BPA in the cans. This is the only canned good I still rely on besides sardines and fish at times. For those of you who are staying away from all canned goods, you can try making this ice cream with your own homemade coconut milk. There are a few recipes floating around but here one of mine:
Homemade Coconut Milk
1 box “Let’s Do Organic” Creamed Coconut (you can find it in the baking section in health food stores in a small green box)
14 oz. filtered water
1. Bring 14 oz. of filtered water to a boil, then turn off heat. Add the creamed coconut from the bag. Stir until well combined. You can use less or more water depending upon the consistency you want. It will have the coconut meat in it so if you want a smoother coconut milk, put the creamed coconut through a strainer.
So now onto the Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe! (Dairy-free, sugar-free and egg-free)
1 can or 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
3 Tbsp raw honey
1 fresh vanilla bean, cut in half, lengthwise, and then scraped out
1. Scrape out the insides of the vanilla bean and add it to the coconut milk and honey in a small pan. Heat on the stove gently on low, stirring constantly, just until the honey is melted and combined into the coconut milk.
2. Let cool completely and then add mixture to your ice cream maker, following the directions on your ice cream maker.
It took ours less than 15 minutes to freeze through and it was yummy. Enjoy!