How To Make Creamy Dairy-Free Lemon Ice Cream That’s Healthy!
I’m a firm believer that you shape your child’s tastes and food preferences at a young age which is why I’m a stickler when it comes to the food we purchase for our family and try to cook most things from scratch. Although organic is certainly preferred, I don’t go crazy ensuring that every last ingredient in my home is organic. We purchase locally sourced items as often as possible, but it tends to be more seasonal as I can’t find fresh produce locally on a year-round basis. After educating myself on the benefits of fair trade items, we recently switched our chocolate purchases to fair trade only, which makes me feel better about my purchase and honestly the taste has been more appealing over all.
When my daughter was around 4 months old, we discovered that she had a food allergy. The allergens from several foods were affecting her through my breast milk, causing me to eliminate all allergens from my own diet and gradually adding them back in until I was able to pin point the culprit. We discovered that she was allergic to dairy and after an official allergy testing 5 years later (due to the doctor’s request) it was confirmed.
Unfortunately she has yet to outgrow it, so we’ve become a dairy-free family because of it and quite honestly couldn’t go back. We’ve seen such a huge difference in our overall heath since eliminating dairy and when we do indulge, my husband and I can both feel the affects it has on our digestive systems. After the whole allergy incident, I went on a cleaner overall and became more aware of the cleaning products and formulas that I used to clean our home.
After recently purchasing our first dishwasher this year (I KNOW!) I was excited to learn that Finish’s products are designed to be less harsh, so they can be used with baby products like Nuk and other essentials. This January 2014, Finish released a new line of products featuring less harsh chemical formulas. The products include Quantum Power & Free, Powerball Power & Free and Jet-Dry Power & Free. This was a huge relief for me as I’ve found that the more natural formulas of dishwasher soap don’t work nearly as well as Finish!
Over the weekend, I pulled out our ice cream maker for the season and mixed up a batch of our family’s favourite lemon ice cream. It’s rich and creamy, but in a good way! Made from full fat coconut milk, this is a dessert you won’t mind your kids indulging in, and it uses agave as sweetener rather than white sugar. Once you’re done transferring the ice cream into a freeze proof container, throw all the pieces in the dishwasher and you’re done! Easy peasy.
- 1 16 ounce can of full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup soy or almond milk
- 2/3 cup agave syrup
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- Whisk the two milks with the agave syrup and chill for 2 hours. Add the lemon juice to the mixture and then pour into your pre-chilled ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturers instructions.
This post has been sponsored by FINISH. All thoughts and opinions are my own as always.