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July 10, 2013

Whole Foods Ice Cream Recipe

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipe

I love play recipes that only call for two ingredients like our sidewalk chalk paint, silly putty and baby safe paint.  Why?  Because if a recipe only calls for two ingredients it is most likely inexpensive and easy to make.  The same goes for food and snack recipes.  With four young kids I need recipes that are quick and easy, and two ingredient recipes tend to be made from whole foods.  I do my best to serve my boys mainly whole foods and avoid processed junk.  This coconut milk ice cream recipe couldn't be more simple!

Ingredients:  (Affiliate links are provided for convenience.  Read my full disclosure policy HERE.)
  • coconut milk - Thai is the best.  It doesn't contain any nasty ingredients, and it provides the thickest milk, perfect for homemade ice cream.
  • your choice of fruit - Fresh or frozen works well.  If you use fresh add ice.  For this recipe I used a blend of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • Vitamix or blender

Put the can of Thai coconut milk in the refrigerator over night.  This step is important!  It helps the coconut milk thicken which will result in a creamier ice cream.  I usually store my unopened cans of coconut milk in the fridge, so I can make this ice cream recipe on a whim without advance planning.

Add the entire can of coconut milk to the blender.  I use a Vitamix, which I highly recommend.  They are pricey but worth every single penny.  We use our Vitamix to make whole food recipes every single day.

Next add the fruit.  I used roughly two cups of frozen berries.  If using fresh fruit add ice.

You can add a natural sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup, but I think it tastes plenty sweet without any added sweetener.

Finally, blend on high.  Do not over blend, or you will end up with a smoothie.  In the Vitamix I blend on high for approximately 15 seconds.  A standard blender might require more time, but err on the side of too chunky for a creamy ice cream.

For an extra treat we add a few pieces of dark chocolate.  Keep in mind if whole foods are your goal, the toppings you use could change the nutritional value of this ice cream recipe.

In addition to be delicious I love this ice cream recipe, because my boys can help me make it!

It tastes amazing and is the perfect healthy treat for a hot summer day.

Fair warning, this ice cream recipe is messy!  At least, if you have toddlers who like to lick every last drop.  Avoid stains with these laundry tips.

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  1. thanks for sharing with Kids in the Kitchen - I've pinned your recipe to our board!

  2. Ooh looks delicious! We've been trying to do more "real food" stuff - this perfect.

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF. I hope to see you linked up again later today.

    Gave a great weekend,


  3. That looks super good! Have you tried toppings other than fruit?


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