what you thought you couldn’t have… paleo ice cream!!

I know I keep making paleo recipes and most people aren’t paleo, but I just can’t stop! I am not full blown paleo, but I have always eaten fairly low amounts of grains. Lately, I have just taken it up a notch by reducing grains a bit more and eating less cheese and sour cream. I still eat whole grains when I am craving them, exercising heavily, or taking huge scary tests, but I am enjoying the way eating increasingly paleo makes me feel. I feel more light on my feet and like my engine is running cleaner. I don’t think I will ever be 100% any one thing though. At the moment, I feel like life is just too short to say absolutely no to anything! Plus, dairy products make my world go round. I love Greek yogurt. I need ice cream. However, I cannnn cut down on my dairy ice cream consumption a bit with this recent invention. The one thing about paleo I figured I would never get over was the inability to eat ice cream.

Problem solved.

Vanilla Bean Paleo Ice Cream

This recipe is sugar and dairy free! The ice cream is dreamy creamy, and yet still light at around 100 calories per half cup. But who eats half a cup of ice cream at a time? Seriously. No one.

Recipe: Makes ~8 cups

  • 1 can organic, full fat coconut milk
  • 5 bananas
  • the seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions – Pour the coconut milk into a freezer safe container. Freeze the coconut milk. Peel the bananas and place them in a plastic  ziplock. Freeze the bananas. Run hot water over the frozen coconut milk container so that a block of coconut milk pops out. Place the bananas and coconut milk block into a blender with the other ingredients. Blend. To store, place in a freezer safe container and freeze.

Note: If you don’t have a vitamix, you will likely have to wait until the coconut milk is slightly thawed for it to blend. You may also need to do smaller batches since Vitamixes are huge. I bought mine for 150$ off on overstock dot com!

Another note: You can add a couple drops of liquid stevia if you dont think it tastes sweet enough, but I found it to be quite sweet with just the bananas and vanilla.

Benefits:

Coconut milk * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism and are LESS likely to be stored as fat!

Bananas * A good source of natural sugars, fiber, and potassium, which is key for electrolyte balance.

ATTACKKK!!!

PS: My next post is going to be a NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY!

Get excited!!

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25 thoughts on “what you thought you couldn’t have… paleo ice cream!!

  1. Thanks for the info on the coconut milk – I’ve always felt bad about eating it, but I won’t now. Though, I still won’t eat too much of it… this icecream sounds wonderful!

  2. I just need vanilla beans. This looks freaking awesome and love that you dont need an ice cream maker. I’ve been ffreezing coconut milk and throwing it into smoothies lately too.

  3. This looks incredible!!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    I recently came across your blog and am so happy I did! Your blog makes me so happy 🙂

  4. When did you get your vitamix because I’ve been looking for one and can’t find many that I can afford haha. Do you mind me asking how much you paid for yours? Because I would love to get one I just don’t know if it’s worth 400 dollars

  5. The thickness on this looks freaking amazing. I’m obsessed with your blog after just one day, so many yummy recipes!
    And I commend you on leaning towards the paleo side, that’s what I’m working on as well.

  6. I just made one and it is absolutely beautiful! I love the coconut’s taste and the ice cream is so creamy!!! Perfect for this summer Down Under!!! I’ll try to add berries next time!!!

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