A simple, non-dairy ice cream that’s thick and creamy.
In a previous post I shared with you one of my favorite go-to healthy desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth, Banana NOcream, a non-dairy, gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly “ice cream” recipe. Today I share with you a new type of “ice cream” that still fits all of the mentioned dietary preferences, Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream. This will also go perfectly for an upcoming post (hint, hint) and every other delicious dish you pair with ice cream or my favorite way, au naturel.
I know what you may be thinking, a whole can of coconut milk, isn’t that fattening? Yes, it is high in fat…BUT this type of fat is a healthy fat and can be used to replace other fats in your diet. The fat contained in coconut meat/milk is mostly MCT (medium chain triglyceride), which is digested completely differently than standard fats in our diet (a.k.a. long chain fatty acids/triglycerides) and are more easily used as energy and broken down by the body. I love coconuts and the health benefits of adding this food high in saturated fat so much that I wrote an entire post about it here and of course you can bet coconut is always in my pantry (in all forms!).
Why is dairy used in typical ice creams? Cow’s milk/dairy has a high-fat content, which is the main contribution to the velvety texture when mixed with all sorts of other ingredients. It may be difficult to create non-dairy ice creams and have a smooth and thick texture without using a lot of additions such as guar gum, xanthum gum, etc., to thicken it. Full fat coconut milk is perfect for non-dairy ice cream as it creates that wonderful thick, creamy mouthfeel that traditional ice cream does. Also, I show you how to do this using bananas in a previous post, no fat needed. Along the same lines, just as you can make your own ice cream sans dairy, you can of course make your own non-dairy milks which are amazing and super simple.
Just because this ice cream is a healthier version with no processed ingredients, rich in medium chain triglycerides, easier to digest, and very allergy free friendly (as many individuals have intolerances to dairy), still keep in mind that this recipe is a treat and you should treat it as that. Use some moderation because it’s calorically dense as well. Mindfully enjoy friends! I will be featuring several spin-offs and variations with Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream in future posts. I know I’m excited about all this ice cream, and I hope you are too! What is your favorite topping on ice cream? Have you ever tried dairy-free ice cream? Share below, I enjoy reading what you all have to say!
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- Banana Ice Cream
- Flourless Blackberry Chocolate Cake
- Coconut Ginger Cookie Crisps, sandwiched in between = heaven.