Dairy Free, Sugar Free Strawberry Ice Cream

So it's Ramadan and you're still trying to maintain a healthy diet. There are so many unhealthy options out there and you already know that most of the desserts out there aren't good for you. Still you want something to satisfy that sweet tooth. Something that's going to really fill that void for something sweet, yet not make you feel horrible after you eat it.

Well I'm going to tell you, there's nothing like ice cream to give you that pleasurable feeling. Ice cream is one of those things that most people cant say no to. I know that I never could. I mean when I used to be a sugar junky, two of my favorite places to hit up were Baskin & Robbins, and Dairy Queen. Now that I'm a sugar free kitchen chemist, my daughters and I have been whipping up dairy free, sugar free ice cream on a pretty regular basis.

The last ice cream that we made was a delightful strawberry flavor that everyone enjoyed! Firstly, you must know that we acquired our ice maker from Craigslist for only $7.00, and it was never used! It's the old fashioned type and you can either crank it by hand or use the electric device that comes with it, so that it will churn automatically.

So this strawberry ice cream recipe was tweeked from an old recipe that we'd found. This one is definitely a keeper as we enjoyed it a great deal. Homemade ice cream is really easy to make. It would be a really cool activity to do at least once during Ramadan, especially if you have children. My kids love making ice cream, and the fact that its sugar and lactose free is a plus for me. The following is the recipe that we came up with to make our strawberry ice cream.

1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk
2 (10 oz.) package of strawberries
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1 Tbsp. vanilla

1. Take 1 package of your strawberries and cut them into rounds. (Set aside)
2. Take all other ingredients and blend them in your Vitamix or powerful blender. (Except for your rounds)
3. Pour contents of vitamix and rounds into ice cream maker and churn for about 40 mins.
4. Eat directly from the ice cream maker, or freeze for several hours if a more firm ice cream is desired.

Our girls plan on passing out homemade ice cream this year as Eid gifts. I can't wait to see the look on our friends faces when they realize that it's all natural with no sugar, dairy or preservatives. Enjoy the recipe and Ramadan Mubarak!

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