5-Minute Peach Ice Cream

Dairy-free and fruit-sweetened peach ice cream.

Lately, the weather in Portland has not only been warm, but also muggy and humid. Normally, we don’t get much humidity, but this summer has been an exception. Sometimes, I think it feels kinda good, especially in the mornings. This is most likely due to my Midwest upbringing. Growing up in Michigan, I became accustom to a lot of humidity and truthfully, this is nothing compared to the Midwest stickiness. What’s great about Michigan though is that there’s easy access to water, especially in Alpena, where I grew up.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is that this sticky weather has left me wanting a cold treat on some evenings. You know, to help me cool off … or something. I don’t like to make many treats and baked goods, and generally turn to berries with melted coconut butter when I want something sweet. Sticking to my same fruit and coconut route, I used some frozen peaches (from a friend’s peach tree that I cut and froze myself) and blended them with coconut milk, coconut butter and vanilla to make a cold and slightly sweet indulgence. It took all but 5 minutes, hence the name 5-minute peach ice cream. It’s so easy and delicious, and can be made with pretty much any frozen fruit. Second to the peach, blueberry is my favorite (we do have a freezer full of them, after all). You can even blend different frozen fruits together to create other flavor varieties as well. There’s many options!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (I like this brand and this brand)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut butter (I like this one and this one)
  • Basil leaves for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a blender or food processor (I used my smallest Ninja container). Blend for 20-30 seconds and then remove lid and scrape down the sides. Blend again and add a bit more coconut milk if needed. Then, add the melted coconut butter and blend again, until smooth.
  2. Garnish with basil, if desired. Top with anything else you may desire. I like raw sprouted walnut pieces, fresh blackberries or raw unsweetened cacao nibs.

Yields: 1 serving

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23 thoughts on “5-Minute Peach Ice Cream

  1. Craving4More August 19, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    I just love that you used basil here, even if it was just for garnish 😊
    Now you have me thinking up a peach basil salsa of some sort!

    • paleoinpdx August 19, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks! I always eat my garnishes and found that the ice cream tastes quite nice with the basil — very refreshing. A peach basil salsa sounds awesome, so I hope you make it!

  2. Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 19, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I had a peach and couple of other stone fruits over the weekend, I haven’t eaten any stone fruits for a long time, definitely not since we moved here and proceeded to have the worst stomach pains for 2 days straight and remembered why I stopped eating them! Don’t know what it is but yeh I can’t digest them well! Which makes me sad 😦 This ice cream sounds delicious though! Should try with different fruits 🙂

    • paleoinpdx August 20, 2013 / 9:25 am

      That’s odd — is it just stone fruit that gives you problems? Stone fruits like peaches and cherries are lower in sugar, but plums are more sugary. Berries are a great option, and a little lower in sugar too. I love making this with blueberries as well.

      • Naz (@CinnamonEats) August 20, 2013 / 9:39 am

        Yeh I just remember always having an issue with them which is why I stopped eating them and recently decided to try them out again but no luck! I don’t do a lot of fruit in general anyway and stick to berries usually. So yeh I’ll have to try it with something like blueberries, although the peach looks so pretty! 🙂

      • paleoinpdx August 20, 2013 / 9:43 am

        Berries are the best fruit in my opinion, so at least you can tolerate those, but I love a good peach or nectarine! I try to moderate my fruit as well, but during the summer when it’s plentiful, I tend to eat a bit more than usual (but I’m still reasonable with it). I know, the peach is pretty, but the blueberry is mighty fine looking too 😉

  3. Corrie Anne August 21, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    Peach ice cream sounds perfect!!!!!!! We’re not allowed fruit on our challenge, but we finish this week!!!!

    • paleoinpdx August 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm

      It will be a nice reward for you and not too indulgent either 😉

    • paleoinpdx August 26, 2013 / 6:37 pm

      Me too! Thanks for your kind words — hope you enjoy the peachy-ness!

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