Everyone who knows me well knows that ice cream is my weakness. For years it was a nightly vice and when I had a bowl of ice cream, it was more like a bucket full! Over the years I have been determined to either rid myself of my ice cream addiction OR find a way to enjoy ice cream in a healthier way. I am pleased to inform you I now have a healthier way of enjoying my favorite cold treat, and it's dairy free.
So here's the "scoop" when it comes to making this ice cream. Most recipes out there call for two cans of coconut milk. This really doesn't make that much ice cream for your average family. So I use 3 cans of coconut milk just to get a little more out of my efforts. You will find varying recipes where some say to use only full fat coconut milk while others might suggest one full fat and one light coconut milk. You may be asking, "Why does this matter?" Here is the reasons why. First of all, if you are planning on eating the ice cream in a day or two, using one can of light coconut milk will be just fine. The benefits to this would be that you can buy a can of light coconut milk at Trader Joes for a whopping .99 cents! And, it has no other ingredients in it- just plain old coconut milk. And why wouldn't you want to use light coconut milk? If you plan on eating your ice cream over the period of about a week, you will find that the ice cream starts to get icy and hard. But with full fat, it stays creamier for a longer time period. When purchasing full fat coconut milk, I recommend Native Forest because it is organic and is in a BPA free can. It can run up to about $3-$4 a can depending on where you buy it. If you purchase it online through Amazon or Vitacost, you will only pay about $2.50 a can so I usually stock up and order several cans online.
I use my Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker for this. If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make the ice cream but it will take longer to freeze and in my opinion, never reaches its full potential of creaminess. So if you are in love with ice cream like me, I highly recommend you invest in one. Remember, you can either use all full fat coconut milk or swap one can for light coconut milk if you are eating it all in a short period of time. I will give you options for using either two cans or three.
2 or 3 cans full fat coconut milk (swap only one can with light if you desire)
1/3 to 1/2 cup raw organic honey, depending on your sweet tooth
2 or 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract depending on how many cans you use
In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients together until smooth. Honestly, I usually throw all my ingedients in my Vitamix and call it a day. So easy! Then, place the mixture in your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you use full fat coconut milk, your ice cream will freeze well for 1-2 weeks. If you don't have an ice cream maker, put the ice cream mixture in an air tight container in the freezer for several hours until frozen. Again, this is not the preferred method, but it will work.