Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice CreamIt’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot.  In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.

 

We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer.  I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit.  But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice CreamThe other day I was talking with a friend who lives in Southern California. When I said something about all of the baking with pumpkin we’ve been doing, she responded, “It’s still 90-degrees here. It’s too hot to bake. Can you make up a recipe for pumpkin ice cream?”

 

So today we hit a high of 72 and I decided it was time to experiment.… Continue reading

3-Ingredient Maple Chai Ice Cream

3-Ingredient Maple Chai Ice CreamFor most of the summer, the local dairy where we get our raw, grass-fed milk has not had cream. However, the other day when we went to pick up our milkshare, there were a couple of jars of cream sitting in the refrigerator. To say we were delighted at the prospect of making ice cream with real cream is a bit of an understatement.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Fresh Peach Ice Cream RecipeWith local peaches in season here in Colorado, we’ve been enjoying an abundance of them. While we’ve been eating most of them in their wonderful, pure fresh peach form, today I decided to give Fresh Peach Ice Cream a try.

 

I wanted the peaches to shine, so I only added two other ingredients to the mix. I was about to grab some ground cinnamon, when on a whim I decided to use the apple pie spice we had received as a gift instead.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Tropical Temptation Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Tropical Temptation Ice CreamAnother hot summer afternoon led us to again pull out our ice cream maker. This time, I wanted something fruity and tropical. So we pulled out a bunch of tropical, as well as some not-so-tropical, ingredients and whipped up this batch of cold, fruit-sweetened deliciousness. My 2-year-old asked for “More Yummy” when his ice cream was gone. That pretty much sums it up.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Banana Cardamom Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Banana Cardamom Ice Cream RecipeAnother hot afternoon means another round of ice cream at our house. We’re all enjoying having a cool, healthy treat on these hot summer afternoons. Today’s flavor of choice? Banana Cardamom. The bananas provide the sweetener, and the nut butter adds a richer mouth feel (as well as some healthy fats) that you wouldn’t otherwise get without adding cream. Here’s how I made it:

 

Banana Cardamom Ice Cream Recipe

2.5 cups Milk of choice (coconut milk works excellently for this, but dairy or almond milk would also work)
4 Bananas
½ cup Almond Butter (peanut butter would also work)
2 teaspoons ground Vanilla Beans
2 teaspoons ground Cardamom
¼ teaspoon Salt

Process Bananas and spices in a food processor or blender until thoroughly combined.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Carob Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Carob Peanut Butter Ice CreamI will start by saying that carob is not chocolate. It doesn’t taste like chocolate. It won’t ever taste like chocolate. The similarity is that both powders are brown. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (I am a fervent lover of dark chocolate). That said, I think carob is an interesting and great flavor – as long as no one is trying to pass it off as chocolate, and we use it in a variety of recipes.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Banana Ice CreamAnother warm day tells us that summer is definitely just around the corner. And when warm weather comes, a cold afternoon treat feels just about perfect. I had one request for Banana Ice Cream and one request for Chocolate Ice Cream, so we decided to combine the two and make Banana Chocolate Ice Cream. It’s fruit sweetened, so there’s no added sugar, it tastes great, and it’s very simple to make.… Continue reading