Dairy Free, Delicious Ice Cream

In Honor Of July

National Ice Cream Month

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It all started with the peaches!

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I don't know about your peach hunting this season, but I have had a stellar summer finding the sweetest, most delicious peaches!  So much so, that we have been having just a bowl of peaches for dinner several nights over the past few weeks.

And those same delicious peaches gave me a craving for some sort of peach ice cream - dairy free of course (one day I will write an article about why I don't like dairy).  My peach ice cream hunt led me to try a few other dairy free ice creams as well.  They are made with just frozen fruit and a few add ins.

Here are my EASY and DELICIOUS creations.  I would love to know if you try any as well - let your taste buds go crazy!

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Start with some frozen peaches in a blender.  My go to blender is a Vita Mix but you could also use a food processor if you prefer.  

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Add some roughly chopped pecans.  I chopped these in my Magic Bullet (my go to blender before I got my Vita Mix and a gadget I still love!).

Pulse the frozen peaches and pecans until they begin to get creamy.  It might take some patience (though not a lot!) to turn the blender on and off scraping down the sides.  I added just a touch of Almond Milk to help the consistency, but not too much or it will become a drink rather than creamy.

For a bit more sweetness and taste,  I added a couple of dates and some Butter Flavoring.

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Voila, Peach Butter Pecan Ice Cream!  Seriously, I am telling you Ben & Jerry's would be jealous!

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Again, start with some frozen fruit.  For the Tropical Ice Cream, I used frozen pineapple, banana and mango "cubes" (I don't know why, but I don't like that word "chunks"!)

I also added about 1/3 of a can of coconut milk for flavor and because a touch of  fat will make the ice cream creamier.

Then follow the same process of pulse and scrape until you have a nice creamy consistency.

When I served this, I added some slightly thawed frozen pineapple and coconut shreds on top and I felt like I was in paradise!

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Finally, I made an all time favorite, Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Dairy Free Ice Cream - only I made it with Almond Butter.  Though I prefer the taste of Almond Butter, Peanut Butter just sounds better!

I simply added some frozen bananas and Almond Butter to the blender.  Once it was creamy, I added a touch of unsweetened Cocoa powder.

That is it!  Simple ingredients, simple process, abundant possibilities!

And I can promise you, all three bowls were scraped clean, better than licking the batter bowl!

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**You can make these ice creams for single serving or bulk.  For bulk, just put in a larger container and place in the freezer.  Like regular ice cream, you will need to let the container sit on the counter for a bit to thaw to the point where you can scoop the ice cream.

This recipe is great for when you have frozen fruit, but if you find yourself without any frozen fruit in the freezer, click here for a recipe you can make in 5 minutes with no frozen ingredients.  

Let me know if you try any great combinations!

© margaret young