We All Scream for Ice Cream

I scream we all scream the Zenner’s love ice cream! Three years ago my youngest daughter was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Since then she has made wonderful progress and probably will completely out grow the allergy. However, along the way we discovered the whole family benefits from a dairy free diet. So we carefully watch our dairy intake.
It’s summer time and that means – everyone wants ice cream. During one of our Food Scratch meetings Chris offered to come over and show me how to make my very own dairy free ice cream. I had to gather a few key supplies. Chris recommended the book Go Dairy Free. I also had to make a small investment in an ice cream maker. I went to Bed Bath Beyond with my 20% off coupon and picked up a Cuisinart 1.5 Quart ice cream maker that was on closeout and purchased it for $24.00. It is perfect! The bowl has to be stored in the freezer for a couple of days before use. So now ours has a permanent home in our freezer. I also purchased two ice cream containers.
Over the past several months we have tried the recipe with several different milk alternatives. You can use any milk alternative of your choice. My girls love it made with light coconut milk! Another favorite is almond milk.

Very Vanilla “Ice Cream” From the Book, Go Dairy Free by Alisa Marie Fleming

3 Cups Plain or Vanilla Soymilk (I use light coconut milk or almond milk – use what your family enjoys)
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
¼ cup light agave nectar
1 Tablespoon vanilla paste or extract
Pinch of salt.
Take out your food processor or blender and begin by combining the milk alternative and sugar. Let the machine run for a minute or two, until the sugar has dissolved. Stream in the oil very, very slowly as it continues to run, giving it time to emulsify properly. Add in the agave, vanilla and salt and simply pulse to combine. If it is still somewhat cold and completely smooth, you’re free to start churning immediately. Otherwise, let the mixture chill in your refrigerator for an hour or two before freezing it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Transfer the “ice cream: into a container and freeze for at least two hours before serving.

***(Note) I usually let the mixture sit in the blender in the refrigerator overnight. Give it another quick pulse of two and then put it in the ice cream maker. I have found the texture to be more true to ice cream this way. Also the mixture really needs to sit of 12-24 hours before serving otherwise it is more like soft serve.

Use this recipe as a base for flavored ice cream. You can blend fruit into it or if you like it “chunky” add pieces of fruit, chocolate chips peanut butter while the ice cream is churning.

Even though the entire family LOVES this ice cream the kids love their “real” looking “ice cream man” treats. These treats that are milk free are so yummy ALL kids will enjoy. They make a great “birthday snack” for kids to bring in for school. They are also great to stash away at Grandparents house or bring to a picnic so EVERYONE can enjoy an treat. You can find these at Hannafords in the “Natural Section”.

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