One of my all time favorite sweet treats is ice cream. I can eat it year round. However, my precious Little Mouse does not tolerate dairy, so traditional ice cream is difficult to consume without hearing her little voice asking why she can’t have any and shouting “it’s not fair!” Yes, we have purchased dairy-free ice cream at the grocery store, and it’s not too bad, but it is super expensive! We generally have various other dairy-free frozen treats on hand that we’ve really come to love – Italian ice, various popsicles, etc. However, when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it. I know there are tons of dairy-free ice cream recipes floating around, but I don’t have an ice cream maker (maybe one day), so I had to be creative. This recipe is super simple, and the best part – I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this yet – not only is it diary -free, it is sugar free and so healthy you could eat it for breakfast!! All you need is three ingredients, that right, just 3!!
Dairy-free Homemade Ice Cream
- Ripe Bananas (3-4)
- Frozen Blueberries (about 2 cups)
- Unsweetened Original Almond Milk (or other dairy-free alternative)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Peel and slice bananas into 1 inch segments and spread them in a single layer on the cookie sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes.
After bananas are frozen, peel them off the parchment paper and place them into a food processor. Add the frozen blueberries and a splash of almond milk. Blend on high until smooth. I had to scrape the sides occasionally and add a little almond milk as I went to get the consistency I wanted. It should be very smooth and creamy.
You can serve it right away, or transfer it to an air tight container and store in the the freezer. We enjoyed some right then (comparable to soft-serve ice cream), and then saved the rest (more comparable to hard ice cream). Little Mouse was amendment that this was not ice cream, but rather Blueberry Delight! It has definitely been a big hit with everyone at our house. And my favorite thing about it is that I can say “YES!!” to this anytime Little Mouse requests some since it is just fruit, and there is no additional sugar added – super healthy treat!!
I’m looking forward to making some more – maybe next time I’ll use strawberries or even some mango rather than blueberries.
Do you have a favorite frozen dairy-free treat? I would love to hear about it.