My New Favorite Thing.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Dessert, Paleo, recipes | 13 comments

Disclaimer: The following is not a recipe. It’s an idea, open to your creativity, and is a great way to make something amazing out of 2 simple things that you just might have lying around.

I heard about this somewhere…

Basically, in a food processor (or perhaps Vita-Mix level blender) goes frozen fruit & the cream from the top of the coconut milk. I’m talking about full fat coconut milk here. Please do not buy the low fat kind. Low fat coconut anything to me is the epitome of fail. I cannot wait for the day that it’s the norm to fear sugar, not fat. And by fear, I mean recognize the harm in it, not act like it’s a zombie. (Although…)

I saw this the other day, and it made me cringe:


Back to the ice cream that you will make in a fraction of the time it takes you to read this post.

Here are some tips in case the above is too open ended:

  • Do not shake the can before you open it. It also helps to put the can in the fridge, it will separate.
  • Open the can and remove the entire lid. Remove the thick coconut cream and put it in the bowl of your food processor. I can’t give you an amount, here, because I don’t think it’s always the same. Whatever’s in there. You will be left with the milk / water, which you can add to the sauce when making  Green Coconut Salmon, if you’d like to make it a thinner sauce and a bit less rich. Or add it to a smoothie.
  • Add some frozen fruit. Maybe about the same amount as the coconut cream. I happened to have some extra containers of sliced fruit that was extra from salads and dessert at this Saturdays popup. Nectarines, strawberries, and blackberries… It wasn’t pretty enough to be fruit salad, but was still delicious. So I put it in the freezer, and tried to distract myself until it was frozen. (Spoiler alert: It’s my Friday after a very long week: I had a margarita. )

Get your kids involved with this one! I mean c’mon; an ice cream like confection that has no added sugar? Pretty incredible stuff. I am going to test it on my boyfriend’s kids the next time I see them, unless Pennyroyal Design does it first.

You can use anything you have in your freezer! (I’m thinking fruit, here, for those of you who have a thought bubble over their head with some kind of frozen pork product floating inside of it.) You can, of course, buy the fruit already frozen in bags (organic if possible). Or, you can take advantage of deals at your farmers market and freeze what you’re not going to eat within a few days. We do that a lot around here, given how expensive organic fruit can be. This is one good example of how it can actually pay to be lazy. Farmers market deals don’t happen at 8am. I’m only guessing.

10 second ice cream (not counting the time it takes to freeze the fruit, or read this post)

So there you have it. The result: The texture of homemade ice cream that is fresh out of the ice cream maker. Like melty soft serve.

What flavor is YOUR instant coconut ice cream?!

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  1. Hahaha!! I think I may just beat you to it. Although, I am pretty sure you could test it again and they wouldn’t mind. :)

  2. can’t wait to try it! I have peaches, blueberries and strawberries frozen from this year’s harvest just begging to be turned into ice cream!

  3. Awesome! I am SO down with this idea. AND low-fat coconut milk makes me cringe. What’s the point!?

  4. sweet potato and cinnamon

  5. We love making this ice cream! We usually shake the can first, and I can’t tell a difference in flavor :) Our favorite way to do this is: coconut milk to the 1 cup line, then frozen over-ripe bananas to the 4 cup line. Blend until smooth. It is brilliant, eaten just as is. Or, you can pour it into Popsicle molds and freeze it for quick snacks. My kids love them. They taste just like those banana flavored “Creamies” you can buy at the store, but are SO much healthier!

  6. While I am not a fan of “low-fat” either (now that I’ve recovered from being brainwashed), Trader Joe’s Low Fat coconut milk is the only coconut milk I’ve found without guar gum (which I can’t have). Natural Value used to, but I can’t find it anymore (even online). Does anyone have a gum-free full-fat coconut milk to recommend?

    • The only one I’ve found is Natural Value. I rarely see it in stores, only a few carry it. I just bought a case online, through Amazon Hopefully it’s not out of stock!

  7. The cases I saw at Amazon claimed to include guar gum, so hopefully the cans you bought are ok!

    • yup! The cans say “now with no added guar gum” At first glance I thought it said “now WITH added guar gum” haha Glad I read it wrong.

  8. I think they must be out of stock. So sad.

  9. Hello! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am totally inspired to go home and cook everything in site! Just to confirm, is this to be done in the food processor and then frozen? or made in an ice cream maker?

    • just a food processor! It’s super simple.

  10. mmm….maybe ill go make some of that now. on the 21dsd so can’t have most fruit. maybe just some unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and cinnamon. maybe 1/2 a banana for consistency.

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