Cal and I went strawberry picking this week with some family, and while the berries we collected were amazingly delicious on their own, I knew they were destined for so much more.
Ever since our favorite ice cream shop, Catbird Creamery, left town Adam and I have been craving some delicious ice cream. There are a few local places near our house, but nothing as good as our Catbird. With these beautiful strawberries on hand, we decided to make our own! There is something really special about dipping your spoon into the ice cream maker as soon as it has worked its magic! Here’s how we did it!
- 1 can (13.5 oz) full fat coconut milk (we like Trader Joes brand)
- 1/2 can coconut cream (Trader Joes brand here too)
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup or honey (or a lower carb sweetener like yacon syrup but you’ll have to adjust the amount)
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries (halved)
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 avocado
- Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender (We love our Ninja!) It works just as well as the Vitamix for a fraction of the price)
- Let chill in the fridge for two hours (This is important! Don’t skip this step)
- After the mixture is sufficiently chilled, pour into your ice cream maker. I use this attachment to my Kitchenaide stand mixer.
- Let the ice cream maker work its magic for about 30 minutes (or to the specifications of your brand of ice cream maker)
- During the last minute or two, add any mix-ins you want into the ice cream maker. We used a dark chocolate bar beaten into chunks. Strawberry chunks or coconut flakes would be great in this recipe as well!
At this stage, the ice cream is the consistency of soft serve. Personally, this is when I like to eat it the best! Just spoon into a bowl and enjoy. If you are looking for more of a hard serve type consistency you’ll want to spoon the ice cream into a Tupperware, cover with wax paper and put in the freezer for a couple of hours. When you are ready to enjoy your ice cream, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw for 5-10 minutes or until it is easy to scoop!