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Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

No Mixer Required Bananas Foster Ice Cream (gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free)

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Summer is just around the corner. I keep telling myself that so when it’s forty degrees in May I don’t get too discouraged. A couple days of eighty degrees before the forty sure helped too.

One great way to start thinking summer is with ice cream! If you’ve followed me very long you know ice cream is my absolute favorite food. At least these days I don’t eat nearly as much as I used to and most of the ice cream I do eat is homemade. It’s all about the baby steps!

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Make it Real

I recently bought some ice cream for my husband – a limited edition flavor – bananas foster. I tasted it. Wow, was it sweet!! Good, but sweet. It reminded me of egg nog.

My kids (and I) were a bit jealous, so I made our own version. This homemade bananas foster ice cream is loaded with banana flavor – because it is mostly pureed bananas! Then I swirled in some homemade caramel sauce for the “foster” taste. You could really bump up nutrition and save time by using this metabolism boosting caramel with liver!

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

You can add homemade vanilla wafers for great texture. I didn’t have any on hand…but I can’t wait to try it some time!

A little pinch of nutmeg really makes this bananas foster ice cream stand out.

Feel free to make your version with as much or as little sweetener as you like. The bananas add plenty of sweetness on their own as long as they are really ripe. But a tablespoon or two of maple syrup added to them is just right for us.Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

Quick and Easy

One of the best parts of this ice cream is that there is no ice cream mixer required. You do have to make the caramel and freeze the bananas in advance. But once you’re ready the ice cream comes together in minutes and is ready to eat.

Are you thinking summer already? Give this bananas foster ice cream a try. What’s your favorite flavor?

Ready to think summer? This no mixer required bananas foster ice cream is sure to help! So easy to make and free of grains, eggs and nuts.

No Mixer Required Bananas Foster Ice Cream
Serves 6
A creamy banana ice cream with swirls of caramel.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 very ripe bananas
  2. 2 - 4 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey (optional)
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 3 - 4 Tbsp. caramel sauce
  5. 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
  6. 1/4 cup vanilla wafers, crumbled (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the caramel. Refrigerate.
  2. Slice the bananas and freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Combine the frozen bananas, maple syrup, salt and nutmeg in a food processor. Blend until smooth (this will take a few minutes and you may have to scrape down the sides multiple times).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Gently mix in the caramel and vanilla wafers.
  6. Serve or freeze.
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In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

*This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt and Unreal Candy. I was compensated for my time commitment but I was not paid to publish positive reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.*

My oldest has been begging me to make frozen yogurt for about a year now. The only reason I haven’t obliged is because three out of five of us can’t eat it. And I have so many other things to make from scratch to keep us fed.

I don’t often take the time to make a special treat for just one child.

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

The Right Time.

But when we got some Unreal candy to try I decided it was the perfect time for both – frozen yogurt as a special treat just for my daughter (well…my husband has been getting plenty of it too).

This is an easy, healthy version of traditional moose tracks ice cream.

I used Stonyfield plain whole milk yogurt combined with some of our fresh raw milk cream as the base. Pastured egg yolks added extra creaminess. And a healthy dose of maple syrup and vanilla for a sweet flavor. Don’t forget the unrefined sea salt to really bring out the sweetness.

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Then comes the star of the show – bits of Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I also added some mini chocolate chips for extra chocolate (because you can never have too much!).

There is no cooking involved. You can have the frozen yogurt in the mixer (this is the one I use) in about five minutes. I actually let my eight-year old make it herself!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal moose tracks frozen yogurt maintains a little tang from the yogurt. But it is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the maple syrup and candy.

It makes the perfect treat any time of year!

In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

More To Love.

Unreal candy has some other great options besides the peanut butter cups. I think my favorite is the basic – candy coated chocolates. But these aren’t colored with dyes that will make my kids go crazy. They are colored with foods like cabbage and beets!

If you’re craving something sweet and a bit indulgent but want to skip the processed junk food, make a batch of Unreal moose tracks frozen yogurt. Use peanut butter cups, almond butter cups or whatever candy you like.

What is your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt?
 In search of a sweet treat without any food dyes or chemicals? This Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt will blow you away!!

Unreal Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt
Serves 10
A creamy frozen yogurt filled with peanut butter cups and bits of chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups plain, whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk
  3. 1/2 cup cream
  4. 3/4 cups maple syrup and/or organic cane sugar
  5. 2 pastured egg yolks (optional)
  6. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  8. 5 - 8 Unreal dark chocolate peanut butter cups, cut into pieces
  9. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt, milk, cream, syrup, yolks, vanilla and sea salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds to mix well.
  3. Process in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (this takes about 20 minutes using my Kitchen Aid attachment).
  4. Transfer the frozen yogurt to a freezer-safe container.
  5. Gently fold in the candy and chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and freeze until firm.
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Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Celebrate Christmas with the traditional flavors of peppermint and chocolate in this homemade version of peppermint stick ice cream topped with hot fudge.

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

Mint and chocolate. Chocolate and mint.

It is a match made in heaven. And it is a favorite of my entire family.

One of my husband’s requests every Christmas is peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge. I usually buy some. A little holiday indulgence.

But this year I wanted my kids to enjoy it too.

So I created my own version of peppermint candy and used it to make peppermint stick ice cream.

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

It tastes great as is. But it is even better topped with gluten free hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Or you can add chocolate right into the ice cream with mini chocolate chips.

It only takes about three minutes to prepare the ice cream batter. Then the hard part begins – waiting for it to churn and freeze!

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

Peppermint stick ice cream can be dairy free by using coconut milk. The eggs are also optional, so it is very allergen friendly.

There really isn’t much more to say about this delicious Christmas treat. Run to the kitchen and get a batch started. The taste will speak for itself.

Creamy mint ice cream with little bits of crunchy peppermint candy scattered throughout. Your whole family is sure to love it.

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream | Just Take A Bite

What Christmas goodies do you make every year? Sugar cookies? Gingerbread men? Apple pie?

This year give peppermint stick ice cream a try. Maybe you’ll make it part of your Christmas tradition!

Get the peppermint candy recipe here!

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Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Serves 12
Mint ice cream with homemade peppermint candy pieces.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups cream (preferably raw) (or coconut milk)
  2. 1/2 cup whole milk (preferably raw) (or coconut milk)
  3. 1/2 - 3/4 cups choice of sweetener (organic cane sugar, honey, maple syrup)
  4. 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  5. 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla or vodka (note that some vanilla comes from corn)
  6. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  7. 1 Tbsp. tapioca or arrowroot (optional)
  8. 1/2 recipe peppermint candy, broken into small pieces (see post for recipe link)
  9. 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients, except candy and chocolate chips.
  2. Blend until well mixed. Adjust sweetness and peppermint flavor if needed.
  3. Process in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer instructions.
  4. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in candy and chocolate chips.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. The batter should be slightly sweeter than you want the ice cream to taste. The sweetness will go down as the ice cream churns.
  2. Serve with hot fudge.
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Spiced Apple Ice Cream | Just Take a Bite

Spiced Apple Ice Cream

It is fall!! That means apple season is definitely here! Celebrate with a dish of spiced apple ice cream. Warm spices, cooked apples, cold cream. Perfection.

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Fall is a special time in Michigan. There are orchards all around and apples of every variety.

If you have a child in school they will likely have a field trip to an orchard. Facebook is full of family apple picking photos.

Apple goodies abound. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple crisp. Apple pie (the Dutch variety too!). Applesauce. Apple pie parfaits. Apple pie cake. The list goes on.

Something new.

This year I created a new way to enjoy apples – in ice cream!

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Spiced apple ice cream is a mix of sauteed, sweetened apples (think apple pie filling), warm spices and thick raw cream.

Start by sauteing chunks of apples in butter, honey and your favorite blend of spices. Then make a rich cinnamon ice cream. Mix in the apples and let it freeze.

For the spice you can go simple with just cinnamon. Or you can add nutmeg and cloves. I actually used a cinnamon spice blend from Ground 2 Table. It worked really well.

Enjoyment all around.

Spiced apple ice cream was definitely a winner with my family. Even my in-laws got to sample some and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Of course it tastes great plain. But spiced apple ice cream is really good served on vanilla cake or apple crisp!

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Maybe you’re like me and need a little crunch? Crumble some homemade pumpkin spice graham crackers over the ice cream. It’ll taste like crust so you get the full apple pie effect.

You can also add crunch with chopped crispy pecans. Sprinkle them on top or mix them right in the ice cream. You’ll really bump up the flavor by using sugar coated pecans!

If you want to add to the creaminess and nutrition you can use pastured egg yolks. But if you don’t have access to quality eggs or you don’t tolerate eggs you can leave them out.

For sweetener cane sugar, maple syrup and honey all work. I like to use a combination of two or all three of them to create a more neutral flavor.

No guilt.

Does this sound too indulgent for you? Check out this amazing resource to learn how to Stop Fighting Food and enjoy what you eat. Then dig in!

Now that apple season is in full swing it’s time to create some fall treats. Grab your favorite variety of apple and fresh cream. You’re well on your way to a dish of rich spiced apple ice cream.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fall and the abundance of apples?

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Spiced Apple Ice Cream
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  2. 2 tsp. butter (or coconut oil)
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. optional: nutmeg, cloves or a cinnamon spice blend
  5. 1 Tbsp. honey
  6. 2 1/2 cups cream (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  7. 1/2 cp whole milk (raw if possible) (or coconut milk)
  8. 2 egg yolks (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup cane sugar, maple syrup and/or honey
  10. 1 Tbsp. vanilla or vodka
  11. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  12. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  13. 2 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Sautee apples in butter, spices and honey over medium heat about 5 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender combine the remaining ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
  3. Process the ice cream in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions (it takes 15 - 20 minutes in my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachment).
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in the apples.
  6. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/4 cup chopped crispy pecans or sugar coated pecans when you stir in the apples.
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Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Ice Cream Flavored Yogurt Gummies: Super Healthy Kids Post

These fruit and yogurt gummies come in five ice cream flavors and make a perfect snack or cake decoration without any artificial ingredients.

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

A birthday is a time for celebration, fun and a few treats.  Cake and ice cream is a classic birthday dessert that encompasses all of these.

But making a fun, colorful cake often involves lots of food coloring.  

Food dyes should not be a part of any child’s diet.

They can cause hyperactivity and symptoms of ADD.  Not to mention they are chemicals the human body is not meant to consume and can impair the immune system.  This also puts a big strain on the liver.

That does not sound like much of a birthday treat in my opinion.

So what is the solution for making a healthy cake that is still colorful and fun?  Yogurt gummies!

Ice Cream Flavored  Yogurt Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

It only takes about ten minutes to get these yogurt gummies from the blender to the refrigerator.  They are so quick and easy you can make all five flavors in one day.  Since the yogurt gummies last two weeks in the refrigerator you can prepare them in advance (one less thing to do at the last minute!).

Yogurt gummies also provide a lot of nutrition.

The whole milk yogurt has healthy fat and protein, while the grass-fed gelatin contains protein and helps aid digestion.  The gummies are low in sugar too.  What’s not to love?!

Dye free, colorful, flavorful, nutritious…are you anxious to make a batch of ice cream flavored yogurt gummies?  Head over to Super Healthy Kids where I share how it’s done.

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Ultimate Strawberry Frozen Yogurt + Yogurt Cultures and Oxo Review

Ultimate strawberry frozen yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

*I am working with Stonyfield and Oxo for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment to use these products. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.*

My kids have been begging for frozen yogurt for a while.  So it’s been on my to-do list…when I have time.  How lucky for them that I was given the opportunity to try this amazing strawberry frozen yogurt recipe from the cookbook Yogurt Culture by Sternman Rule!

The frozen yogurt is easy to make.  It is so beautiful with a deep pink color.  I strayed from the original recipe slightly since I was making it for kids.  I left out the vinegar and rosemary.  I’m sure both ingredients would add a unique and delicious flavor.  As always I used Stonyfield Organic plain full fat yogurt, though Greek yogurt would also work.Ultimate strawberry frozen yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you haven’t heard of Yogurt Cultures, it is a really great cookbook.  But more than that it is so fascinating to read about all of the ins and outs of yogurt making.  The chapters include Flavor, Slurp, Dine and Lick where Rule explores the many ways to use yogurt – salty, sweet, fruits, meats, drinks, desserts, etc.  There is something for everyone.

To help make this frozen yogurt I also had the opportunity to work with Oxo.  I tried their strawberry huller and ice cream scoop.

I had no idea strawberry hullers even existed.  But this thing is so cool!!!  I’m already anxious for strawberry picking and preserving so I can use the huller.  I probably wouldn’t use it if I was taking a few strawberries out to munch on.  But if I have a whole basket of strawberries to hull this is so handy.  No knife.  No mess.  Just push it in, twist and pull.  Amazing.  This is a great way to have kids help with strawberries too since they don’t need a knife.Ultimate strawberry frozen yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The ice cream scoop also works very well.  It is heavier than any ice cream scoop I have in the house.  It can scoop through hard ice cream pretty easily.  I would recommend it if you are looking to buy one.

As for the frozen yogurt – my kids loved it!  They both gave it two thumbs up.  My husband really enjoyed it too.  Being dairy free right now I couldn’t taste it.  But it sure looks and smells good!  I will make this again for sure and maybe play around with our own flavor combinations.

Ultimate strawberry frozen yogurt | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Ultimate Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Yields 1
Balsamic vinegar and minced rosemary lend subtle notes that heighten the berry essence without overshadowing it.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound strawberries, preferably organic
  2. ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (I did not add this)
  4. 2½ cups plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek) or 1½ cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  5. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (I used honey)
  6. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary, plus (optional) additional minced rosemary for garnish (I did not add this)
Instructions
  1. PREP THE BERRIES. In a food processor, pulse the strawberries, sugar, and vinegar in five 1-second bursts. Let stand at room temperature (go ahead and keep it in the food processor), covered, for 1 hour.
  2. MEANWHILE, PREP THE YOGURT. If using traditional yogurt, spoon it into a fine-mesh sieve set over a deep bowl. Refrigerate to drain off the whey for 1 hour only. Discard the whey or reserve it for another use. Add the yogurt to the food processor with the strawberries. (If using Greek yogurt, do not strain, but do not add the yogurt to the berries until after they have stood for 1 hour.)
  3. PUREE AND CHILL. Add the corn syrup to the yogurt mixture. Process until nearly smooth. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. FREEZE. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After 20 minutes, add the rosemary. Continue churning until the mixture has fully thickened and is nearly scoopable. You may eat it now, soft-serve style, but I recommend transferring it to a metal loaf pan to further chill and develop deeper flavor. Press a sheet of parchment directly on the surface of the frozen yogurt, then cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze for several hours.
  5. SERVE. Let the yogurt stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes before scooping with a hot, dry scoop. Garnish sparingly with rosemary.
Adapted from Yogurt Culture
Adapted from Yogurt Culture
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Bedtime Beverage

Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple PieDo you have trouble falling asleep at night?  Or maybe your kids have a hard time winding down at the end of the day?  Mine sure do!

Except for one…the baby.  How does she go to sleep?  She nurses and falls fast asleep.  Mother’s milk is warm and has the perfect balance of nutrients to help a little one nod off to sleep.  It is comforting and nourishing.

So how does that translate to everyone else?  Surprisingly ice cream (the kind made with real, whole ingredients) is about the closest thing we have to breast milk in terms of its nutrient profile.  It has a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

You could definitely indulge in a dish of ice cream to see if it helps you get sleepy.  But I have a drink that might work better.  It’s like warm ice cream!

Raw cream or whole milk is the ideal base for this drink.  If you can’t have dairy you can use full fat coconut milk and add a little extra gelatin for the protein balance.Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Egg yolks are added because they are packed with vitamins (especially B) and a little bit of protein.  The cream or milk has lots of healthy fat.  Gelatin gives more amino acids and protein.  Plus the gelatin makes it all easier to digest.  The sea salt helps you absorb everything and adds trace minerals.  The syrup also helps digestion (sugar is easily absorbed) and gives balance to the drink by adding carbohydrates.

At bedtime you need your adrenals to settle down for the night.  Having a balance of sugar, salt and fat will help your body accomplish that.   You can also add a small starchy snack along side the bedtime beverage to really balance out the components.  A couple soaked graham crackers or even a slice of sourdough bread are perfect.

This bedtime beverage is like a nutritionally boosted version of the warm milk you grew up drinking at bedtime (yes, there was some truth behind that).  It’s almost as comforting and calming as mother’s milk.  It tastes great too!

This drink can also be very helpful during the first trimester of pregnancy.  Even if you can’t get much else down this will give you a nutrient boost and may be soothing to an unsettled stomach.

There is no fancy equipment required for this drink.  Just a small pan and a whisk.  It only takes a few minutes to make.  Don’t forget to save your egg whites for baking.  They store well in the refrigerator or freezer for a long time.  I like to use them for making gluten free bread!

You won’t have to convince your kids to drink this before bed.  Offer a soothing bedtime beverage that tastes like ice cream and I’m sure they will gladly oblige.  Then watch them settle down and drift off to sleep.  Mother’s milk is wonderful for helping little ones get to sleep.  Now everyone else can do the same.Bedtime Beverage | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Bedtime Beverage
Serves 1
A warm drink to help you sleep at night.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream, coconut milk or whole milk
  2. 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
  3. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 - 2 tsp. collagen or gelatin
  5. 1 - 2 egg yolks
  6. optional: 1 - 2 tsp. cocoa or carob powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. If using gelatin let the mixture set for 1 minute.
  4. Gently warm the mixture over low heat. Do not let it boil or you could curdle the milk or cook the egg yolks.
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy before bed.
Notes
  1. This can be made with just the cream, syrup and salt.
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Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake | Just Take A Bite

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake {grain free, dairy free, nut free}

Ice cream isn’t just for summer. Enjoy this allergen friendly treat all winter long. Neapolitan ice cream cake is perfect for any holiday or birthday.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake | Just Take A Bite

When I think of ice cream in the winter the first thing that comes to mind is Neapolitan.  I’m not really sure why.  Maybe my family always ate it in the winter.  Or maybe that’s when it’s available in the store.  I’ve never really paid that much attention.

So while brainstorming ice cream flavors recently Neapolitan came to mind.  But it’s not that easy to make a three flavored ice cream at home…unless you have three ice cream mixers!  Which I do not (though with as much as I make ice cream it’s not a bad idea…).Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake grain free dairy free nut free | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

After some thinking I decided to do the ice cream in bottom to top layers instead of side by side.

The end result is an amazingly delicious dessert that is totally dairy free and fancy enough for guests.

Neapolitan ice cream cake is not something you can whip up in a few minutes.  Although it does not take a lot of work it does take several days.  So you need to plan ahead.

You can make the dessert layers in any order you like.  I did strawberry first so it was the smallest layer.  We like vanilla and chocolate best (anyone else remember just eating the chocolate ice cream and leaving the strawberry and vanilla for your parents?).

This is a fun treat for Valentine’s Day.  I love that it’s so satisfying you don’t need a big piece.  Just a little slice is plenty.  Drizzle some dairy free chocolate sauce on top for something really special.

If you don’t like or don’t tolerate strawberries you can replace them with blueberries, cherries or raspberries.  Not a fan of fruity ice cream?  Just add an extra layer of vanilla or chocolate!

If you don’t want to serve the dessert as a whole you can simply layer the ice cream in a freezer container without the plastic wrap and just scoop it out with an ice cream scooper.  You’ll just have to be sure to scoop down deep to get all three flavors.

This Valentine’s Day treat your whole family to a special ice cream dessert.  This “cake” is delicious and allergen friendly.  If you are not dairy free you can replace the coconut milk with cream.  Either way you’ll love it.

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Neapolitan Ice Cream "Cake" {dairy free, nut free, grain free, egg free}
Serves 10
A three layer ice cream cake that is free of most allergens.
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Strawberry Layer
  1. 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  2. 1 cup coconut milk or cream
  3. 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Vanilla Layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or cream
  2. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  3. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  4. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  5. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  6. 1 egg yolk (optional)
Chocolate Layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or cream
  2. 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder or carob powder
  3. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  4. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot
  6. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1 egg yolk (optional)
Instructions
  1. Line a large loaf pan with plastic wrap in both directions/make sure it is fully covered.
Strawberry Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (this is a small batch so it doesn't take too long. It took about 10 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the strawberry ice cream in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
Vanilla Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (It took about 15 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the vanilla ice cream on top of the strawberry ice cream.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
Chocolate Layer
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined.
  2. Process in an ice cream maker (It took about 15 minutes in a Kitchen Aid attachment.)
  3. Spread the chocolate ice cream over the vanilla ice cream.
  4. Fold the plastic wrap over the ice cream and place it in the freezer.
  5. Freeze until firm.
To serve
  1. Invert the ice cream cake on to a plate.
  2. Cut slices.
  3. Top with chocolate sauce if desired.
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Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This dairy free pumpkin pie ice cream is filled with pumpkin and spice and crunchy pieces of pie crust.  It is the perfect dessert for transitioning from summer into fall.Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream || Homemade Dutch Apple PieWe are about to ring in the new year.  That requires something special to celebrate.  Dairy free pumpkin pie ice cream is just the thing!

Dairy free pumpkin pie ice cream is as good as it sounds.  This version is even egg, nut, gluten and corn free.

If you need an alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any special occasion this ice cream is perfect.  It is creamy and spicy with a bit of crunch from the pie crust.  It’s so rich you’ll never know it is egg free.Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie || Ice Cream Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

All that pumpkin you stashed in your freezer in the fall?  Now is the time to use some of it.

You can use any pie crust or even graham crackers to add the “pie” component to the ice cream.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the crust or crackers before baking.  This will give an extra boost of spice to the ice cream.  If you’re really in a hurry you can make it without the crust.  It still tastes great.Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

You can prepare the crust well in advance.  Then the ice cream batter comes together in minutes.  All you have to wait for is the ice cream mixer to finish!

This is a great treat for those that are dairy free.  It is even a hit with kids.  My three-year old loves this ice cream.  If you tolerate dairy you can replace the coconut milk with cream.

Do you like pumpkin pie?  Now you can enjoy it in ice cream form.  Dairy free pumpkin pie ice cream is the perfect treat to celebrate the end of the year and anticipate what’s to come in the new year.Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Serves 6
A dairy free ice cream with all the flavors of pumpkin pie.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cinnamon sugar pie crust pieces (see post for recipe link)
  2. 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  3. 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  6. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour or arrowroot powder
  7. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  8. 3/4 cup any combination of sweetener (cane sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup)
  9. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare the pie crust. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the crust before baking it. Break it into small pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a blender combine the coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, tapioca, vanilla, sweetener and salt. Blend until well combined.
  3. Process in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container.
  5. Stir in the pie crust pieces.
  6. Cover and freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. The pie crust can be made up to a week ahead if using fresh or a couple months in advance if you freeze it. You can make a whole crust recipe and use the extra for a snack or just make 1/3 of a crust recipe. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the crust before baking.
  2. Pumpkin pie spice can be used in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Dairy Free Egg Free Egg Nog

Dairy Free Egg Free Egg Nog || Homemade Dutch Apple PieChristmas will be here before we know it.  That means time for presents, family gatherings and of course egg nog!

I’ll be honest – I hated egg nog when I was younger.  It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I could even handle more than a sip or two.

But in the last few years it has really grown on me once we started buying good quality, locally made egg nog.  It figures that now that I really enjoy egg nog I can’t have it.  My little one is sensitive to both dairy and eggs.

Instead of resigning myself to the fact that I’ll have to skip the egg nog this year I decided to create a dairy and egg free version.  It’s not easy to recreate that thick, rich texture and flavor without the eggs.

But I have come up with a version that even those that can have dairy will enjoy.Dairy Free Egg Free Egg Nog || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I’m not going to lie – this stuff is rich!  There is lot of sweetener to overpower the coconut flavor and to mimic the richness of the eggs.  The combination of cane sugar and honey really works well.

You only need a small glass of this egg nog at a time.  But it is a wonderful treat for the holiday season that everyone can enjoy.  Even my three year old loves it.

The other key component to this egg nog is sea salt.  It creates the perfect balance with the sweet and the spice.

If you’re not a fan of drinking your dessert you can simply double the recipe and turn it into delicious egg nog ice cream.

Are you not totally convinced that a white egg nog can taste good?  Add a couple tablespoons of pureed pumpkin or squash for color.  You’ll have your yellow egg nog without the eggs.

No dairy?  No egg?  No problem.  Now you can enjoy egg nog this Christmas too.Dairy Free Egg Free Egg Nog || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Dairy Free Egg Free Egg Nog
Serves 5
A rich holiday drink that is both dairy and egg free.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 3/4 tsp. nutmeg (or to taste)
  5. 1 Tbsp. tapioca flour
  6. 2 tsp. organic vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Adjust spice to taste.
  4. Serve immediately or chill.
Notes
  1. The egg nog will thicken as it chills.
  2. To make egg nog ice cream simply double the recipe and process in an ice cream maker.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp. pureed pumpkin or squash to create the yellow color of egg nog.
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If you are not dairy/egg free please check out Raising Generation Nourished’s amazing egg nog recipe!

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