It’s that wonderful time of year when fresh strawberries are just starting to be spotted in the grocery stores. Soon, I’ll be able to head out to a local farm and pick a bunch of my own to store in the freezer – but for now, I’ll settle for the ones that make their way to my local store from California.
In all honesty, I’m not much of a fruit person. I’ll take vegetables over fruit any day of the week. But one of the fruits I do like is strawberries. And what better way to enjoy them than in some fresh, homemade ice cream?
This recipe is super easy and has no refined sugar in it. Of course, you’ll need an ice cream maker for it (and to make life easy on yourself and so you can enjoy homemade ice cream whenever, just store your bowl in the freezer all the time). But I’ll just assume you have one of those. And if you don’t, please get one. Homemade ice cream is leaps and bounds better than store-bought ice cream, is so easy to make, and can be easily customized however you like!
Natural (and Easy) Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 cups whole cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed and chopped into small pieces in a blender or food processor
- Add the cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt to a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Stick the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so. Doing this really allows the flavors to meld together. Plus, it’s always good to stick a cold mixture into your ice cream maker.
- Pull the mixture out of the refrigerator and whisk a little bit to combine everything again.
- Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and process until it’s reached soft-serve consistency (it’s typically about 15 minutes for my ice cream maker).
- Then, as the ice cream maker is still going, pour the strawberries in.
- Process until the ice cream has reached your desired consistency (I typically process my ice cream for about 30 minutes total).
- Scrape the ice cream into freezer containers and leave it in the freezer for a few hours to harden up even more.
Lastly, grab your delicious ice cream and head outside to enjoy this sweet treat!