You want a perfect scoop of strawberry-flavored ice cream but are hesitant to eat dairy products. We understand that feeling. So, we have embarked on a quest to find a creamy and decadent delight without the resulting stomach upset.
We tried many combinations in the kitchen before we found a winning combination. Full-fat coconut cream paired with strawberries resulted in a creamy, dairy-free, ultra-smooth ice cream! Are you ready to satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt? Then, let’s get started!
Ingredients and equipment needed for Dairy Free Strawberry Ice Cream
You will need fresh strawberries (or any other fruit), canned coconut milk, sugar, or an alternative sweetener, and either a blender or ice cream maker.
This ice cream recipe is a great way to use fresh strawberries. The strawberries give the ice cream a fruity, real taste that everyone enjoys. These treats can be made with either fresh or frozen fruit. The sweet, red fruit goes well with coconut milk, as well as vegan options.
Try adding balsamic or maple vinegar to the mix. Grab some berries and make some delicious ice cream.
Canned Coconut milk (Full fat)
Our ice cream recipe is based on canned coconut milk. It is 2 1/4 cups. Full-fat coconut milk has a rich, thick texture that is perfect for creamy desserts. You should only use coconut milk that comes in a can and not a carton.
This high-fat content is transformed into a creamy ice cream scoop. It’s because you’re using the full-fat coconut milk and not the ‘lite’ version! Keep your coconut milk cold before using it for best results.
Sugar or alternative sweeteners
When adding sweetness to your strawberry ice cream, you have two options. You can choose to use sugar or another sweetener. You decide how healthy and sweet you want your ice cream to be.
If you do not want to use sugar, there are many alternatives. Honey is a popular choice, as it has a floral flavor that goes well with strawberries. Coconut sugar has a caramel-like taste.
Many people, particularly those who are watching their calorie intake, prefer artificial sweeteners and low-calorie alternatives. Remember that many low-sugar ice-creams in stores add other ingredients to give them a smoother texture since sugar is also necessary for the ice-cream to be creamy.
Vanilla extract is an essential ingredient in our dairy-free recipe for strawberry ice cream. The vanilla extract adds a subtle vanilla flavor and makes the ice cream creamy. In our mix, we use only one to two tablespoons.
Others may think that it is optional, but for us, it really takes it up a notch. This simple ingredient and some basic equipment are all you need to make delicious, dairy-free, homemade ice cream.
Ice Cream Maker or Blender
You can make this delicious treat with either an ice cream maker or a blender. Both are good for the job. Use your ice cream machine to make the mix creamy if you own one. Do not worry if your kitchen does not have an ice cream maker. You can also use a good blender.
Blend the mixture until it is smooth, then freeze. You’ll get delicious dairy-free ice cream regardless.
How to make Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream
Blend strawberries until smooth.
Wash your strawberries. Remove the green tops and dry them thoroughly. Put all of your strawberries into a food processor or blender. Let it work by pressing the “on” button. You will have a beautiful puree of red strawberries in about two minutes.
It will also change the sound. When all of the chunks have been removed, it becomes quiet. This texture is perfect for our dairy-free ice cream recipe.
Make sure that all fruit pieces are broken into small bits until there are no lumps. Every spoonful should be smooth and creamy, with no hard details visible! This step is great if you are using frozen fruit! This blend of sweet and tart berries is a great start to making non-dairy strawberry ice cream.
Strawberry puree can be combined with coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Let’s now make the base for your ice cream. Blend the hulled strawberry until it is smooth. This will produce a natural and sweet strawberry puree, which is the base of our homemade ice cream.
Pour this strawberry puree into a large bowl. Add the coconut milk in its full-fat can to your bowl. Coconut milk is rich and creamy, but it’s also vegan-friendly. You can add sugar or other sweeteners to intensify the flavors! Add a little vanilla extract to give our dairy-free delight an extra layer of flavor! Mix all the ingredients well together before continuing.
Blend or churn in an ice cream maker until creamy.
For dairy-free strawberry, it is important to blend or churn it in the ice cream machine until it becomes smooth. This helps to achieve a velvety and smooth texture in the strawberry ice cream.
By churning or blending the mixture, we add air to it, which results in a fluffy and light final product. This ensures all flavors and ingredients will be evenly distributed in the ice cream for a balanced, delicious taste.
This step is crucial for making the perfect dairy-free Strawberry Ice Cream, regardless of whether you use an ice cream maker or blender.