Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

I know many of you are singing the “Summer’s Over” blues  as your sweet kids begin a new school year…however I am not letting summer go quite yet. Don’t get me wrong, fall is my favorite season of them all! But I am not ready to give up our daily pool adventures, fresh summer produce….or ice cream…just yet!

Maybe it’s because we homeschool our kids, which means that our “back to school” looks a little different than the norm, but I’m still majorly feeling the summer vibes! So, to celebrate the continuation of summer,  I bring you Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! It is the best (non-chocolate) ice cream I have ever had! Made with only 5 ingredients, this delicious cold treat can be enjoyed by just about everyone! It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo with zero refined sugar! Plus it only takes 5 minutes of active prep! WIN!

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

I tried adapting my Paleo Vanilla Coffee Creamer into a recipe for ice cream…but it totally didn’t work! Something about the coconut sugar just tasted off. So, I stuck with what works (because if it ain’t broke…)! Similar to this dairy-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, this recipe calls for honey or maple syrup (for all my strict vegan friends out there), as the sweetener! Once I made a few adjustments, the result was some seriously delicious and healthy ice cream!

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

I am all about ultra-creamy ice cream. The absence of dairy should never mean we have to sacrifice texture or taste! The liquid sweetener,  as well as the addition of Almond Butter, makes this Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream irresistibly creamy! Of course I use my absolute favorite…Barney Butter Bare (or Smooth)! See those delicious little flecks of almond-buttery goodness?! {Sigh}

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

Why would a chocolate aficionado (like yours truly) need to create a vanilla ice cream recipe?! (great question)! Well I will let you in on a little secret… there are only (and I mean ONLY) two occasions that I prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate.

  1. When it’s on top of warm {gooey} brownies…and
  2. If it’s loaded with cookie dough (pssst, keep your eyes peeled next week)!

Basically, I needed to create a healthy vanilla ice cream to eat on these paleo brownies, these black bean brownies, or these vegan peanut butter black bean brownies! Can you blame me?!

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

This is another recipe creation that is made in the Vitamix! I have made so many different ice cream recpies, and the dairy-free versions always turn out the best when the ingredients are blended together! Thoroughly blending the Almond Butter into the coconut milk not only ensures that the flavors are distributed evenly, but it also helps achieve maximum creaminess without the addition of eggs! Thus, creating a Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream that even my vegan friends can enjoy!

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

Go crazy and top your Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream with some melted almond butter or some raw cocoa nibs (or both)! Eat it straight from the container or serve it on top of warm, ooey gooey brownies.

One more quick note: Many people ask me if they can make ice cream without an ice cream maker. The answer is yes, you can churn it by hand…but I highly recommend investing in an ice cream maker if you want the creamiest, dreamiest, homemade ice cream possible. It doesn’t have to break the bank either! I bought my very first ice cream maker on clearance at Target for $7…and it served me well for many  years!

Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

Paleo Vanilla Almond Butter Ice Cream

5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 pint of ice cream

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a [Vitamix|http://vitamixtrack.com/click.track?CID=292558&AFID=417333&ADID=1450715&SID=&NonEncodedURL=
  2. ] (or other high-powered blender) in the order listed.
  3. Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until smooth and mixture is homogenous.
  4. Turn on your ice cream maker.
  5. Pour mixture directly from the Vitamix into the ice cream maker while it is moving.
  6. Let the ice cream churn for about 20-25 minutes until it becomes a firm ball or the ice cream maker stops rotating.
  7. Transfer to an airtight, freezer-friendly container and freeze for at least 1 hour, or until completely frozen.
  8. Makes about 1 pint of ice cream.

Notes

Many people ask me if they can make ice cream without an ice cream maker. The answer is yes, you can churn it by hand but I highly recommend investing in an ice cream maker if you want the creamiest, dreamiest, homemade ice cream possible.

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Vegan & Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream! Made with only 5 ingredients! Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free! Made in the Vitamix!

So far I’ve had one of those weeks where my kids go from being the cutest little things in the history of the world, to the most disobedient children ever in 0.25 seconds flat. No matter what, I adore them and am so blessed to be their mommy. Plus…there’s literally nothing that can happen in a day that a giant scoop of ice cream on a warm fudgy brownie can’t fix! #canigetanAMEN?

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