All-natural. 5 ingredients. 5 minutes in the freezer. Um, yes yes and YES please!!
Paleo Ice Cream
The other day, my son requested “purple ice cream”. Now, my son thinks that “purple” is a flavor. Every morning, he asks for oatmeal, blueberries, and purple for breakfast. So I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised when he asked for purple ice cream one afternoon.
Now, I don’t keep ice cream in the house often and even if I did, I’m not sure it would be purple! So what was I to do to satisfy my little boys request?! Time to get creative…
Making Blueberry Ice Cream
My plan for our “purple ice cream” was to make something similar to a thick smoothie and freeze it to make more solid and with and ice cream consistency. I wanted to keep the recipe healthy, after all, what happens if my son becomes hooked and only wants to eat “purple ice cream”? There has to be some nutritional value to this project!
As I mentioned before, I am used to my son asking to eat “purple” so we always have a few edible things of this nature around the house. Blueberries are a must, blackberries will also suffice and, in a pinch, I might be able to get away with some purple grapes or eggplant (although he claims the eggplant is not purple enough!).
On the day when our purple “ice cream” was born, blueberries were my go to color contributor! However, if you have blackberries, strawberries or even mixed berries to use, they will all work just fine for this recipe.
I added a banana to thicken this sweet treat and make it have a similar texture to ice cream. Bananas are also perfect for adding potassium to my son’s diet and they help keep him full for longer. This is also the perfect use for bananas that are getting too brown (brown bananas have more natural sugars anyway!).
Coconut Milk Ice Cream
As I am currently following a Paleo diet, I reached for some coconut milk to help make our ice cream creamy. This recipe actually follows all the Paleo guidelines (fruits, no dairy, no processed sugars) so it is a perfect snack for those who are also on a Paleo diet.
If you are choosing to make this recipe Paleo, be careful when purchasing your coconut milk to ensure that is doesn’t have any added flavors, thickeners or sweeteners. Just coconut, water and maybe a little honey will do!
Coconut milk is also just extra healthy for kids as well. Coconut milk is high in vitamins C, E and many B vitamins as well as being much lower in fat than regular dairy milk. I also far prefer the flavor of coconut milk compared to cow’s milk and for this ice cream recipe, the subtle coconut flavor is perfect!
Dairy Free Sugar Free Ice Cream
So we have our fruits and our milks but I thought the “ice cream” still needed a little something so I also added vanilla and honey. A touch of honey goes a long way (especially with kids!) to sweeten the recipe and the vanilla boosts the flavors as well. Some people on very strict Paleo diets may want to rule out the vanilla extract as it is made with alcohol. However, most Paleo gurus will tell you a tiny bit of vanilla extract is perfectly okay! Just go for the pure vanilla extract rather than the imitation stuff.
My son and I added everything to the blender, hit puree and watched the purple ice cream swirl around! We ate the ice cream straight out of the blender that day and it had a similar consistency to frozen yogurt (but tastes so much better). However, if you want a harder, more scoop-able ice cream, simply put the mixture in the freezer for about an hour or longer to let it set up. Either way, you are in for a treat!
Enjoying the Low Sugar Ice Cream
As for my son, all it took to win him over was some fruit, some coconut milk and a blender. He was so psyched to have PURPLE ICE CREAM and he ate the whole bowl (which was totally fine since everything in this recipe is healthy!). And if you are looking for an easy Paleo dessert, this is it! We are totally hooked on this sweet treat and are certain you are going to love it too!
Paleo Blueberry Ice Cream Ingredients
- Frozen Banana
- Frozen blueberries
- Full Fat Coconut Milk
- Pure Vanilla Extract
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Hope you Enjoy!! =)
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ¾ cup full-fat coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- squeeze of pure honey
- Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender for about 30-60 seconds or until evenly combined. Divide into two serving bowls and serve immediately.