- ½ gallon sweetened coconut milk
- ½ cup sugar/sugar alternative
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1 bag allergy-friendly chocolate chips
- 10-15 hard peppermint candies, crushed
- 1 teaspoon pectin (optional), adds some volume
- Pour the milk alternative into the ice cream maker container and add the other ingredients on top.
- Place the ice cream container into the ice cream maker's bucket
- Add ice and rock salt in layers
- Plug your machine in and let it go for approximately 30-40 minutes or until your machine shuts off.
- Pull out and check to see if your ice cream is ready, usually the texture of soft serve.
- Spoon out the servings into bowls and enjoy!
Our household deals with dairy and soy allergies, so we can’t buy traditional ice cream. These days, there are a lot of alternatives, at least. The problem with many of the other options is they are expensive. Now, the occasional extra expenditure would be all right, but if you are like many families out there, ice cream is nice to have around more often. My kids think so too, allergies or not.
Given the expense and allergies, I decided it was time to buy a homemade ice cream maker and get to making it ourselves. I have experimented with a couple of different dairy alternatives and flavors. I have found it is pretty easy and you really don’t need too many ingredients, if you choose. I often make a version with only coconut milk and pureed strawberries. I also utilize almond milk, but any type should work alright.
There are also so many different possibilities for flavor. This week I am experimenting with making my daughter a flavor with chocolate chips and peppermint candy pieces. My daughter loves a specific Rice dream flavor and I am trying to create an easy spin on it.
For Ice Cream Maker:
When I make recipes at home, I try to make them as simple as possible. I try to utilize the quickest approach with the fewest ingredients. This is why I purchase the sweetened version of coconut or almond milk. You can also utilize different flavors of non-dairy milks.
Finally, I pour the milk alternative into the ice cream maker container and add the other ingredients on top. No extra bowls, containers or mixing, needed! I told you simple is my preferred path. Put the ice cream container into the ice cream maker’s bucket, add ice and rock salt in layers. Plug your machine in and let it go for approximately 30-40 minutes or until your machine shuts off. Pull out and check to see if your ice cream is ready, usually the texture of soft serve. Spoon out the servings into bowls and enjoy!
You can freeze the leftovers, but homemade ice cream will freeze much harder than store bought, typically. We just pull it out and let it stand for 20 minutes or so or warm in the microwave for a few seconds, before dishing out.
Peppermint Ice Cream
Yum, yum, yum!
What are your favorite homemade flavors of ice cream?