Homemade Healthy Ice Cream


1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon corn starch or tapioca starch (see Note)
1 1/2 cups fruit or vegetable juice, freshly pressed if possible


In a medium bowl, stir the starch with 1/4 cup of the coconut milk until smooth. Set aside. Heat the remaining coconut milk in a small saucepan over low heat until it bubbles around the edges. Whisk the starch mixture into the coconut milk and cook gently over low heat, stirring briskly, until mixture begins to thicken. This will happen quickly. Once it starts to thicken, remove immediately from heat and whisk in the juice. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
If you would like to add fresh fruit, now is the time. Stir-in the fruit pieces (smaller chunks are better), and process in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions.
Note: You can make tapioca starch by grinding instant tapioca in a spice mill or mortar and pestle until powdery.


I am probably one of the healthiest eaters I know. I don’t eat sugar, processed foods, meats, dairy, use artificial flavorings, colorings, or sweeteners, the majority of the produce I buy is Organic, I only eat wild fish (and some farmed shrimp), and I rarely drink alcohol. However, my one guilty pleasure is frozen yogurt.

Yes, I said it. I know there is dairy in it, and yes, I do realize it has sugar (although I only buy the No-Sugar-Added kinds), but this is my one vice I just can’t get enough of. I don’t eat it every day, and I don’t eat large portions (like I did a couple years back), but this is the one thing I can’t seem to let go of. However, we are all allowed [at least one] guilty pleasure every now and again, so I really don’t feel that bad about it.

But guess what? I have found a homemade alternative which just might stop my late night Yogurtland excursions for good. What it is? It’s a 3-Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream, and it is delicious!

The Product: I have discovered a way to make a Homemade Healthy Ice Cream that is not only tasty, but good for you too. And the best part is it only takes 3 ingredients to make it. All you need is ½ cup of coconut milk, 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. corn or tapioca starch (make sure it is Aluminum free!), and 1 ½ cups fruit or vegetable juice. You can also add fresh fruit pieces if you are into the texture thing, but you don’t have to.


Makes approx. 1 pint.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:19am

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