You Scream….. for Gluten Free Ice Cream

by zesty on August 26, 2009 · 11 comments

Hello everyone! My name is Katrina. I write the blog, Gluten Free Gidget. A food blog devoted to living a happy, healthy gluten free lifestyle, with an emphasis on living. When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I felt like my life was being ripped out from under me. Something as basic as eating was suddenly a challenge. I began avoiding food related gatherings. I ostracized myself from my family and friends.

My breakthrough came when I stopped looking at all the foods I could not eat, and instead began focusing on what I could eat. I now consider Celiac’s to be one of the best things to happen to my culinary life. Without it, I never would have dreamed of eating Quinoa or Kale. I never would have known the joy of smelling fresh bread baking. I never would have learned just how strong and beautiful my body is. My life did not end two and half years ago when I was diagnosed with Celiac’s. It finally began!

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream!

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Now, without further ado… I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to write a Zesty Guest Post! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed preparing it!

If you are anything like me, summer evenings mean one thing…. ICE CREAM! As a gluten free, dairy free girl with a penchant for clean eating, I naturally prefer to make my own ice cream. About one month ago, I received the best surprise of the summer. I returned from a trip to find a rather large box on my doorstep. This box contained none other than a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker!

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I began experimenting, searching the Internet, and perusing cookbooks for dairy free ice cream recipes. Many of the recipes I found required stove top cooking, then cooling, then processing in the ice cream maker, than freezing again…. You get the picture. I may love cooking, but this all seemed a bit excessive to me. I decided to take a more simplistic approach. At first, my creations were too icy or bland and tasteless. I tried various dairy substitutes before settling on Coconut Milk. My favorite brand is Native Forest Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk.

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I also tried various sweeteners ranging from Agave Nectar to simple Bananas. In the end, I found plain, old sugar best replicated the creamy consistency found in dairy ice creams. The “big breakthrough” occurred when I discovered Xanthum Gum. Xanthum Gum is the key to perfect, creamy, dairy free ice cream. I’m not sure how, but it creates magic! My basic, “go-to” recipe was formed! It can be adapted to nearly any flavor under the sun! Just be sure to eat it quickly. Sun causes ice cream to melt!

Gidget’s Go-To Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Full, Fat Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Flavored Extract (vanilla, peppermint, coffee, coconut, etc…)
  • ¼ teaspoon Xanthum Gum

Method

  1. Combine these ingredients in a blender.
  2. Place entire blender canister in the freezer for one hour and allow to set.
  3. After one hour, briefly re-blend ice cream mixture (about 45 seconds).
  4. Pour mixture into you ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions.
  5. I process mine for about 25 minutes before scooping into a freezer safe container and allowing to harden for about 1 hour.

Various mix-ins can be added to this recipe.

  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • Crushed oreo style cookies (Kinnitoos for gluten/dairy free)
  • Frozen, softened fruit
  • Coconut flakes

You can enjoy your ice cream straight out of the machine if you enjoy soft serve. Personally, I prefer mine to have a firmer consistency, so I allow it to harden for at least one hour.
I hope you enjoyed this Guest Post. Visit my blog, www.glutenfreegidget.blogspot.com, for more delicious gluten free recipes and tips!

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1 Gina

I have that same ice cream maker and I LOVE it!! I use it at least once a week. Your gluten free recipe sounds good, I like to be as gluten free as possible (gluten makes me feel bloated!). I do a lot of tofu ice creams, with just tofu and soy milk, with added flavorings, it’s really tasty.

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2 brandi

i want an ice cream maker someday, but we need a bigger house first! i can’t have any more appliances right now :)

great recipe!

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3 VeggieGirl

HOLY HOLY YUMMMMM!!

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4 Cait (Cait's Plate)

AHHH! That looks so amazing! My friend is gluten free so I immediately passed this along to her :)

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5 Pam

Yumm-o! Ice cream…love it! I just made some too!

Enjoy!

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6 Kim

YUM!!! Your ice cream looks amazing!!

From another gluten-free girl. ;)

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7 Jess (Fit Chick in the City)

The picture of Katrina hugging the ice cream maker is priceless! Love it!

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8 Jen @ MaplenCornbread

My husband has celiac, so this post is just perfect for him! I love the use of the coconut milk!!

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9 Shelby

Your Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream is the best ice cream I’ve ever made. So good. I have to buy some more coconut milk so I can make it again!

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10 Pearl

my boyfriend and i like to throw dinner parties, and i found out that one of his friends has celiac disease. i’m going to bookmark this so that next time, i can make gluten-free ice cream for her!

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11 Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

So good to see my favorite high-enegry GF girl here! I might be stirring up some dairy-free ice cream soon because I can’t eat any dairy for a little while. Of course I’m not willing to go without ice cream. It’s neat to see someone who loves her ice cream maker as much as I do.

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