We’re on the verge of summer and that means it is ice cream season. Hard or soft, sorbet, frozen yogurt or full fat ice cream, I love all types of frozen desserts. I remember making ice cream as a child in one of those old fashioned wooden tubs packed with salt. Today I’m a bit more modern owning not one but two ice cream makers. I really started making my own ice cream when we lived in Albania since ice cream quality was so poor and with electricity so temperamental even the better gelato shops were apt to sell their goods filled with unappealing ice crystals. Now, even though I can buy really good ice cream from local Belgian farms, I continue allocate some of my precious freezer space to always having an insert frozen and ready to churn away when my ice cream cravings strike.
But not all ice cream requires an ice cream maker. And for that matter, not all ice cream requires dairy milk. Case in point this orange coconut milk based ice cream from superhealthykids.com. Full fat coconut milk ensures that the ice cream is creamy and provides a slightly tropical undertone to the ice cream. Add in the fresh oranges and you have a treat that is reminiscent of the orange creamsicles of your childhood. And like I already mentioned, no ice cream maker is required. A blender, food processor or even stick blender is all you need. So get a jump start on your summer and whip up a batch today.
ORANGE CREAMSICLE ICE CREAM
1 3/4 cups coconut milk
3 medium oranges
4 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- Peel and section oranges. Lay the sections flat on a parchment lined tray and freeze until hardened.
- Place the coconut milk and half of the frozen orange sections in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Add the remaining oranges to the mixture and continue blending.
- Add the honey, orange zest and the vanilla and orange extracts to the mixture and puree until blended.
- Pour the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until solid.
- Allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
Yields 2 pints