Sweet Strawberry Ice Cream

I've been on a huge ice cream kick lately. Isn't it great to eat ice cream knowing that you're eating healthy, whole foods?! Sometimes when I serve raw desserts to friends, they're in the mindset that a sweet treat means unhealthy, fattening, and too high in calories. After I go through the ingredient list they start to believe that it IS healthy. Admittedly, I like to eat dessert for dinner occasionally 🙂

After many batches of my favourite flavor, vanilla, I made strawberry ice cream this weekend. On Saturday a friend and I took a long trek to a strawberry farm to fill up the car with basket upon basket of the delicious gems. This is a yearly ritual and keeps the freezer stocked all year around. Can you imagine, we drove 4 hours there, got 8 big boxes of berries each plus 10 boxes for my parents, and drove 4 hours home. Oh, and we got lost in the Prairies after leaving the farm. It's a maze of farms! Gotta love adventures like that.

Nicole and I planned a beachy day for Sunday. Ice cream sundaes and a long swim were the perfect way to stay cool on the hot sunny day. We topped them with strawberries, cherries, banana, pecans, and my "go to" chocolate sauce.

Nicole's excited to start building her ice cream sundae!

Here's what my bowl looked like... right before I smothered it in chocolate sauce.

We just love days by the lake! So fortunate to have this. Do you like to swim?

Strawberry Ice Cream
Nut free * Vegan * Raw* Gluten Free

Does it get any easier?! 5 ingredients! Nut free, vegan, and can be raw. Make it raw by using fresh coconut milk- blend coconut water and coconut pulp until smooth and creamy. Must be thick.

1 can coconut milk
2 cups diced strawberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
Process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions.
Will be soft serve at this point. Eat this way or transfer to a freezer for 1-2 hours.

Who can resist refreshing healthy ice cream on a hot summer day?

J and I got out on the jet ski later that day. Always fun to fly along the lake.

Have a lovely week!

Part of Wellness Weekend and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

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16 Comments
  1. July 10, 2012 at 19:28
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    Such the essence of summer. Enjoy every second. xoxo

  2. veganforlife
    July 10, 2012 at 21:26
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    mmmmm!

  3. July 10, 2012 at 21:48
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    Looks like you are having a fab summer as well!! I'm totally in ice cream mode too!! :)

  4. July 11, 2012 at 02:37
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    Looks incredible! I scream for ice cream..especially strawberry :) that's a worthwhile trip you girls took..sounds fun! I confess to eating dessert sometimes for dinner too btw teehee..why not, right?!

  5. July 11, 2012 at 03:33
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    Maria - glad to know I'm not alone in eating dessert for dinner :D

  6. nükhet kuzuoğlu
    July 11, 2012 at 15:01
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    how many grams is 1 can coconut milk? can i use agar agar instead of xanthan gum? will it be same amount?

  7. July 11, 2012 at 16:27
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    mmmm sounds so delicious and refreshing! i love to eat healthy dessert for lunch -- its my "guilty" pleasure!

  8. July 11, 2012 at 22:50
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    Nukhet - A can of coconut milk is 398ml. Im not sure that agar could replace the xanthan. If you are to try agar it would be a different amount so you'd have to experiment.

  9. July 14, 2012 at 13:16
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    I'm loving the strawberry ice cream. The Tone It Up girls just did a video making strawberry ice cream. I prefer your recipe, although it could be fun to combine the two into a protein-packed vegan one (the Tone It Up one was not vegan).

  10. July 14, 2012 at 13:54
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    Cool Shannon, will have to check out their version!

  11. July 15, 2012 at 18:00
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    This looks so yummy! However I only have light coconut milk on hand; do you think I could use that?

  12. July 15, 2012 at 18:46
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    Sadie - Full fat coconut milk is best for the creaminess but you can try with the lite. Maybe decrease the amount of strawberries a little so there's less water.

  13. July 16, 2012 at 22:16
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    Oh dear... this looks amazing!<br />Looks like you surely know how to enjoy summer - starting with that ice cream! ;) <br />xoxo

  14. July 17, 2012 at 18:49
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    This looks so delicious - it's wonderful that ice cream can actually be healthy! Thanks for posting - I found you on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!

  15. July 19, 2012 at 03:24
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    Yes Yes Yes!<br />Thank you for sharing it at the Potluck Party!!! <br /><br />:) Yummy!!!! xoxo

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