It might be the middle of winter here, but some of you elsewhere are enjoying hot summer days right now.
A favorite indulgence in the summer for kids and many adults is ICE CREAM!!! Nothing beats cold ice cream on a warm summer day.
However, dairy is a common food sensitivity for a lot of people. Roughly 75% of the world’s population is genetically unable to digest milk and other dairy products. This is known as lactose intolerance. By the way, you don’t have to lactose intolerance to benefit from giving up dairy…
You may see improvements with your sinuses, postnasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight when you give up dairy.
Are You Sensitive to Dairy?
Someone may be sensitive to the carbohydrate component of dairy, lactose as mentioned above. The two protein components of dairy, whey, and casein may also be the culprit. If you have not experimented with giving up all dairy for at least 21 days, I encourage you to do so. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for 3-4 weeks and notice if you feel better.
Then start re-introducing dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, or symptoms come back, you should try to give it up for good.
If you are looking for education, coaching, and support to determine if you have a dairy sensitivity, check out my 21 Day Detox Program.
Other common side effects of dairy include:
- Rumbling in the belly
- Skin Issues, flare-ups, acne
- Joint Pain
- Congestion and excess mucus
If you decide that your body tolerates dairy, choose raw grass-fed dairy.
Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes
Making your own ice cream from coconut or almond milk is a wonderful alternative to dairy-based ice cream. All you need is some whole food ingredients and an Ice Cream Maker.
Many dairy free ice cream recipes don’t necessarily need an ice cream maker, but it definitely helps with the consistency. I’ve found that a lot of recipes require you to freeze the ice cream in intervals of 1-2 hours, stirring at each interval. This isn’t only time consuming, but sometimes you can end up with icy crystals if it’s not done “correctly.”
There are a ton of different makes and models, but THIS ONE is my favorite!
Benefits of making your own ice cream include:
- Having control over the amount of sugar and sweetener that is used.
- Avoiding food additives, thickeners, and emulsifiers in dairy free ice creams found in the grocery store.
- Engaging the whole family in making a delicious dessert using whole food ingredients.
Ready to start making your own ice cream? Here are 10 Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes to beat the summer heat!
French Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
This simple paleo vanilla ice cream is made with coconut milk and fresh vanilla bean. It does require cooking over the stove, cooling, and transferring to an ice cream maker, but you will be left with some deliciously smooth vanilla ice cream.
Grab the recipe HERE by Against All Grain
“Peanut Butter” & Jelly Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a nut-free PB&J option for a childhood favorite, this ice cream recipe from PaleOMG uses sunflower seed butter for a wonderfully “nutty” taste!
This recipe requires an ice cream maker but it isn’t just dairy free, it’s also refined sugar free!
Grab the recipe HERE by PaleOMG
Pea-not Butter Banana Ice Cream
A dairy free and paleo ice cream that won’t make you miss peanut butter. It also doesn’t require an ice cream maker… just a high power blender!
Find the recipe HERE by Vibrant Life Army Wife
Paleo Butter Pecan Caramel Ice Cream
If butter pecan is a favorite ice cream flavor of yours, you have to give this recipe a try! It’s paleo and refined sugar free, and it’s swirled with a homemade caramel sauce.
Get the recipe HERE by Living Healthy With Chocolate
Dairy Free Matcha Ice Cream
A smooth and creamy paleo matcha-flavored ice cream made easy! Although the recipe suggests using an ice cream maker, there’s also a set of non-ice cream maker instructions!
Find this delicious recipe HERE by Joy Food Sunshine
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
This ice cream recipe made with a no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough will make you want to take a bite straight out of the ice cream maker! It’s gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo.
Get the recipe HERE by Living Healthy With Chocolate
Paleo Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
A Ben & Jerry’s favorite turned paleo! This recipe comes together quickly in a blender, so no stovetop used here. It’s then poured into an ice cream maker to finish… don’t forget the toppings!
Find the recipe and instructions HERE by Paleo Newbie
Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream
Not a fan of coconut milk or have an allergy? This vanilla ice cream is made with soaked cashews and almond milk instead of coconut milk for a thick, creamy consistency!
Grab the recipe HERE on Primal Palate
Paleo Sea Salt Chocolate Ice Cream
Creamy chocolate ice cream with a hint of sea sat… made dairy free thanks to full fat coconut cream. This recipe is paleo, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and also vegan!
Get the full recipe HERE by Joy Food Sunshine
Coffee Ice Cream
Can’t get enough coffee during the day? Try making some fresh coffee ice cream! This recipe uses full fat coconut milk and freshly brewed coffee to make a creamy and delicious dairy free ice cream.
Find the recipe HERE by
Enjoy these delicious recipes!
Looking for more dairy free recipes? Check out our Frozen Desserts Pinterest Board.
In Health & Happiness,