Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk)

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

Nearly two years ago I started this blog in an effort to share my peculiar eating habits, practice food styling, and someday contribute to the ministries I support. In the last two months my traffic has increased over 150%, and when I looked into why I found that one of my simplest and oldest recipes just hit the right chord with the internet. To everyone who has contributed to this recent boom, thank you! Along with the spread of this recipe has come a barrage of questions, so this repost is to answer every question I’ve ever received about the recipe…and to give it a new look :)

Scroll down for the recipe and FAQs.

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

Strawberry Ice Cream
2 cans coconut milk
6 ounces frozen strawberries OR 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries
1/3 cup raw honey

Using only the fat* from the canned coconut milk, blend all ingredients. Now there are several ways to freeze the ice cream base, and there are several ways to process the ice cream.

Freezing and processing options:
-Freeze ice cream base in ice cube trays. Once frozen process in a food processor until creamy.
-Freeze ice cream base in ice cube trays. One frozen press through a Champion Juicer.
-Pour ice cream base into a bowl and stir occasionally as it freezes. Eat as soon as it reaches a thick consistently.
-Pour ice cream base into a large shallow dish (like a casserole dish). Once frozen scrape the solid mass with a fork until soft enough to serve.
-Freeze ice cream base in popsicle molds.
-Use an ice cream maker.

*Canned coconut milk will separate into fat and water. Do not shake the can and you will be able to remove the fat from the can while leaving the water at the bottom. You will need 2 cups of coconut milk fat for this recipe.


Where do I buy canned coconut milk?
I buy Native Forest Organic coconut milk from VitaCost. Most grocery stores carry Thai Kitchen coconut milk, and every health food store carries some brand of coconut milk. Although unmarked, I read that Native Forest uses BPA free cans, which is why I prefer their brand.

How many cans do I need?
Two. Every brand of coconut milk is slightly different, but two cans is enough for this recipe.

How many servings does this make?
Four servings

Can I use coconut cream?
Yes. Trader Joes sells a canned coconut cream, which is the same as coconut milk but it has more fat and less water in each can. You need 2 cups of coconut fat (cream) for this recipe.

Can I use coconut oil?
No. Coconut oil is just the oil pressed from the meat of the coconut. You want coconut milk, which is the meat and water blended together.

Can I use coconut butter?
Yes. Coconut butter is dried and ground coconut meat. Blend ¼ cup coconut butter and 2 cups water to make milk before adding the strawberries and honey.

Can I use a base other than coconut milk?
Yes. You can use cream or yogurt, and if you don’t eat dairy you can make your own nut cream. Just make a simple nut milk, but use less water for a thicker consistency and a more creamy ice cream.

Can I use a sweetener other than honey?
Yes. Agave, maple syrup, and date paste work well in place of honey. Stevia can be used to taste.

Can I make other flavors?
Yes! Raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, mint, and many more flavors can be made.

What if I don’t like coconut?
Try using vanilla extract to mask the flavor of the coconut milk.

What if I do not have a high-speed blender?
You do not need a high-speed blender for this recipe. When using frozen strawberries just thaw before hand for easiest blending.

What if I do not have an ice cream maker?
You do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe. See above for a list of options for freezing and processing the ice cream.

What can I do with the remaining water in the can?
You can use it in smoothies, to make popsicles, bake with it, or wherever else you may need a liquid in a recipe.

Remember, this is ice cream :) Enjoy!

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

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Candied Fruit

I recently read the best little book in the entire world. In less time than it took me to fly in my recent trip to Texas, I had read the little book of so few pages and was in awe of it’s simplicity and beauty.

With Valentine’s Day we think of love in a romantic sense. Going on a date, getting flowers, eating a box of chocolates, and feeling loved. Then there’s the joke where some call the 14th day in February “Singles Awareness Day” or “SAD”. However, in The Greatest Thing In The World, Henry Drummund spoke at a dinner gathering on 1 Corinthians 13, the Love chapter. The 19th century Scott’s recorded words have been the most understandable and beautiful explanation of the Christian life that I have ever heard (outside of the Bible of course). The Word of God tells us that the most important thing in life is to love God and love our neighbor. The whole of the Old Testament law was to bring order and submission back to a sinful people, so that they would know how to love God and love their neighbor.

I’m far from knowing how to love perfectly, but The Greatest Thing In The World has given me a new vision for love. It’s not a feel good love or the deceptive love we expect to celebrate this time of year, but a love so beautiful that a heart change towards Christ likeness is only possible. I’ve had my fair share of conflict relationally. I still do, but what I know is that no matter how much I’m hated, I must love. No matter if I love to the point of being harmed by those who hate me, my aleingence is not in their opinion. God judges those just fine all on His own. In my flesh I want to destroy those who have wronged me and hurt me, but God has been so gracious to give me a peace and a restraint to live in freedom…to love.

The Greatest Thing In The World, love.

Candied Fruit
coconut sugar or honey

There are so many directions to go when candying fruit, but the simplest I’ve found is to cover the fruit of choice in a sweetener, in this case I used coconut sugar for the citrus and honey for the cranberries, and then dehydrate until crystalized and chewy. Beware, the citrus fruits I made are addicting. Enjoy!

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Orange Sherbet

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience.
I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will…
a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notion of what He is up to.”

-Elisabeth Elliot

In exactly one week I turn that age. 25. I’m not where I thought I’d be, but I’m glad for where I am. The past year was the worst most wonderful year, and as I look back it’s hard to believe everything happened in only 365 days. I was broken and persevered, and as Mr. Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Here are some wonderful things I learned or experienced in 2012:

» Forgiveness is essential, but it takes time.
» I am blessed and so grateful to call some of the dearest people friends.
» My biggest fears are of what I want the most, so I need to be myself and not fear man.
» WWOOFing was an incredible experience, but I now know I’m not cut out to be a farmer :)
» Guys and girls can’t be “just” friends. Haven’t you seen When Harry Met Sally?! *
» Classes started today, but I didn’t have to go. I can get used to this whole college graduate thing!

*No need to watch if you haven’t :)

Recipe time! These little bowls are equally refreshing as they are creamy. Citrus season is in full swing, so grapefruit, lemon, mandarine orange, and clementine would all be delicious!

Orange Sherbet
4 navel oranges
1 c coconut milk
1/3 c honey

Juice oranges and freeze the skin halves. Blend orange juice with remaining ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays. Process frozen cubes until smooth and fill frozen orange halves. Enjoy!

[See here for tips and alternatives.]