Monday, August 9, 2010

Paleo Ice Cream, Lactose-Free

So I've tried the banana ice cream method and it rather failed for me, and I am rather non-picky when it comes to cold treats.

My wife then tried to make ice cream in our old-style ice cream maker with coconut milk for me, since I am lactose intolerant. Didn't work. In fact, the coconut milk caused it to freeze up around the sides way too fast, forcing us to try to make it set up in the freezer. Turned out to be more like ice, without the cream. I ate it, because I wasn't going to waste it, but I wouldn't ask my wife to make it again. Also, no one else would even touch the stuff.

I've tried the ice cream from the stores that are lactose-free, but it seems my body cannot be fooled, so there goes that option (as does using the lactose-free pills).

Strangely, while just a nibble of lactose will send me to hell for the next few hours, I can eat butter from the stick all day long, safely. Well, beyond the fact that the taste would cause me to upchuck rather early on.

Luckily, I hit upon the following recipe that I tried and even my wife thought was the same consistency and flavor as ice cream, just not quite sweet enough for her while I thought it was perfect.

Green Kitchen: Chocolate Cherry “Ice Cream” Popsicles: "Chocolate Cherry “Ice Cream” Popsicles
Serves 4, at least by my popsicle molds.

8oz frozen cherries
1/2 c canned coconut milk (a type with emulsifiers, like guar gum, will actually do you better)
1/3 c dark chocolate chips (vegan, if that's your style)

1) Put cherries and coconut milk into bowl of food processor. Process until smooth and ice creamy.

2) Add chocolate chips, and process until mostly broken up and dispersed. (A renegade full chip never hurt anyone.)

3) Pour into molds. Freeze at least 4 hours.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, Protein, and Price Per Serving
132 calories, 7.2g fat, 1.7g fiber, 1.2g protein, $0.81

8oz frozen cherries: 147 calories, 0g fat, 2.7g fiber, 1.3g protein, $2.40
1/2 c coconut milk: 111 calories, 12.1g fat, 0.6g fiber, 1.1g protein, $0.50
1/3 c chocolate chips: 268 calories, 16.8g fat, 3.3g fiber, 2.4g protein, $0.37
TOTAL: 526 calories, 28.9g fat, 6.6g fiber, 4.8g protein $3.27
PER SERVING (total/4): 132 calories, 7.2g fat, 1.7g fiber, 1.2g protein, $0.81

My changes are as follows:

16oz frozen strawberries
1 can (14oz) coconut milk
small handful of dark chocolate chips

I used a food processor, with the bottom blades, and processed it all together for about a minute. That is how long it took it to become smooth. I ate some right from the processor's container and it was perfect! My wife felt it needed to be a bit sweeter, so next time I might add a tablespoon or two of honey and maybe a smidgen of vanilla to it, but for me... this completely fixes all my desire for ice cream that I have been having this summer. Not only does it taste great, but it was fuck-up free, unlike the whole "ice cream from just a frozen banana" thing that I can never seem to make work, or how the ice cream maker dislikes coconut milk being used.
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