Oh my goodness…this new homemade organic berry ice cream creation of mine is AWESOME!! Seriously, it might just be my best one yet! 🙂 For those of you that have been following along with my blog for a while now, you know that I got an ice cream maker this past Christmas and haven’t stopped using it ever since. In fact, we haven’t purchased ice cream from the grocery store since…well, Christmas! We eat a lot of ice cream in this house…mostly, it’s my husband that eats several bowls per week, but on occasion my kids and I will enjoy some, as well. And now that the weather is finally getting warm again (and even hot!), this ice cream is about as good as it gets…
Organic Mixed Berry Ice Cream (with optional chocolate swirls)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen organic berries (I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries this time)
- 3/4 cup organic whole milk
- 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 T arrowroot starch (optional, but makes for a creamier ice cream)
- 1 1/2 cup organic heavy cream*
- 1 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips, melted
In a blender, puree the berries. (If frozen, thaw first.) In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, and salt until dissolved. Add the berries and mix. Then whisk in the arrowroot, vanilla, and cream. Set in fridge to keep cold until ready for the next step. (The Cuisinart manual states to let this mixture chill for at least an hour, but I’ve learned I can skip this step and it doesn’t affect the outcome at all.)
Pour cream mixture into frozen bowl of the ice cream maker (per your maker’s instructions). Let churn for 15-20 minutes and then drizzle in melted chocolate. I usually transfer the ice cream to a freezer container and drizzle more chocolate between each layer.
Oh, man it is good!! And I’ve already made my second batch! The first didn’t last very long… 😉
*If you can, try to use an organic heavy cream that doesn’t contain carrageenan. It’s hard to find, believe me! After discussing this with my local Three Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery, they brought in some cream without it!! Yay! It’s called Kalona Super Natural Organic Heavy Whipping Cream and it’s made from one ingredient only: organic cream! Crazy, right?!?! 🙂 It’s kind of pricey, but I’m going to try to buy this brand as often as I can. Carrageenan is derived from seaweed so, yes, technically, it is “natural,” however, studies indicate it may cause cancer or inflammation and irritation of the gut. I try to avoid this additive as often as I can, but heavy cream has been one of the hardest foods to find that doesn’t contain it. So, thank you to Three Rivers for carrying this new product!
This is the ice cream maker I own:
I seriously love this thing! It’s been so wonderful to control all the ingredients that go into our homemade desserts. Of course, ice cream is still an indulgence and needs to be eaten in moderation…but when it’s made from ‘real’ ingredients, it’s a little easier to enjoy from time to time without too much guilt. 😉
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