My absolute favorite way to enjoy summer strawberries is in fresh homemade strawberry ice cream. When I was a kid, we had an ice cream maker that you had to churn by hand. My mom would set the buzzer and every time it buzzed I would get to crank the machine. A fresh scoop of ice cream with little bits of frozen strawberries? I’ll never be too old!
This is a pretty simple recipe and you need just a little time and 1 piece of kitchen equipment. This recipe was made in my Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, but from what I remember most ice cream makers are about this same size.
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
Yield 1 quart
Strawberry ice cream with the perfect amount of frozen fruit bits! YUM
- Two Cups chopped strawberries.
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1.5 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- Pinch of salt
- 2 TBS vodka- optional – helps make the ice cream more scoopable after it has been stored in the fridge.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla- optional
- Freeze the insert of your ice cream maker, per the directions. I usually make sure it’s been in overnight.
- Chop up strawberries to make 2 cups full.
- In a mixing bowl mix together all of the ingredients
- Get out your immersion blender and do a few quick blends. The goal is to chop more of the dates up and some of the strawberries. I leave mine pretty chunky. If you want it really smooth- blend longer. If you want the strawberry to be really chunky, blend before you add them to the mix. THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL- if you don’t want to blend just make sure to chop the dates pretty small.
- Chill the mix in the fridge for an hour or so. This helps the ice cream maker do it’s job, it’s easier to frezze a cold mixture!
- Plug in your ice cream maker, set in the insert and paddle thing, add the cooled mix. Run your ice cream maker for 25-30min
- When it’s done, it will be a little soft, you can eat it right away or store in a tupperware in the freezer for later!
- Homemade ice cream can get pretty hard in the freezer, though the alcohol helps, but I usually leave it out for a min or so before scooping!
Helpful Equipment: Ice cream maker, immersion blender, Like the one I have
A note about ingredients: Always use the best ingredients you can afford. To make this a really super nourishing treat, I used raw grass fed milk, local strawberries and that salt that’s pinkish and has some minerals. Do the best you can, with what you’ve got!
Serving Size 1/4th recipe
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
P.S. Looking for another fun treat? Try my 10 minute blender healthy lemon curd, it’s SO easy!
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