We love dessert! So, of course, we have an ice cream maker. An ice cream maker is kind of a luxury item – it is not a necessary kitchen item. However, if you like dessert like us, and can splurge on one and have the room to store it – it is a fun thing to have!
There are ways of making frozen desserts without an ice cream maker. Like popsicles or “nice cream” (blended banana with other ingredients, then frozen).
It’s fun having an ice cream maker because you can come up with your own recipes once you get the basics! My dad makes regular ice cream, but my mom makes vegan ice cream, using almond milk. So, it is not completely zero waste, but it is definitely “less waste.”
For the vegan base, we found this recipe from Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
(This is copied from their blog)
“There are many ways to make delicious dairy-free ice cream at home, but our basic formula is this:
- 3 cups dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, cashew, sesame, etc.)
- 1/3-1/2 cup natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.)
- Flavouring to taste (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, maca, mint extract, etc.)
- Add-ins of choice (fruit, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds, chocolate chunks, etc.)
You don’t necessarily need an ice cream maker to make homemade dairy-free ice cream: they whip air into your frozen desserts, producing a fluffier result, but you could easily put your ice cream mixture directly into the freezer instead. Go on, give it a try!”
Pictured is vegan chocolate with hazelnut, and vanilla with a bit of pink pitaya added for fun.
Here is the link to the whole page of fun dairy-free recipes:
And if you aren’t vegan, you can pretty much go nuts looking at all the recipes on the Allrecipes Ice Cream page.
Whatever you do, just have fun!