Why? Because, let's face it: ice cream is awesome. Whether it's a really hot day and you need something cool, or if you just want something sweet and creamy after dinner, ice cream hits the spot like nothing else.
But can it be enjoyed on a Paleo/Primal lifestyle? Hell freaking yes, says I.
So, for that reason, I have two ice cream recipes. Why? Well, while both are Primal friendly, only one is Paleo friendly (dairy-free). That, and both these recipes are so dirt simple to make, posting one would feel like a waste of time. So here's two.
Enjoy - I know I enjoy a bowl every night. :)
"Paleo Coconut Ice Cream"
A sweet, creamy dairy-free recipe for them Paleo folks out there. High in healthy, saturated fat, I found this to be a delicious treat. Probably the best ice cream I've made as of yet.
YOU WILL NEED:
-One can full-fat coconut milk.
-Two whole, raw eggs.
-Sweetener of choice (natvia, stevia, honey, etc - I opted for honey in this case)
-Optional Extras (cocoa powder, protein powder, berries, cinnamon, etc)
1) Separate egg yolks and egg whites. You need the yolks for this recipe, so find something else to do for the whites - another recipe, scrambled with pepper and salt, meringue, etc.
2) Pour the can of coconut milk into a bowl that is large enough to be mixed in without splashing everywhere. Unless you like making a big mess and having to clean it up after.
Now you'll see why this is so easy.
3) Add the egg yolks to the coconut milk.
Then add everything else - honey, stevia, cocoa powder, vanilla essence, berries, etc, etc. Whatever it is you wanted to add in.
4) Vigorously whisk all of the ingredients together until they're all mixed up - if you want hunks of certain ingredients to remain as is (i.e., lumps of chocolate or berry, etc), delicately crumble them in while you do this.
5) Store in a freezer-safe bowl and stick in the freezer for about six hours.
After six hours, you're done. Seriously. That's it. It's really, really easy.
Though, in all honesty, it tastes nicer served upon on of these:
And, of course, topped off with a cherry.
This recipe could easily serve three people, giving about six scoops (assuming two scoops each). Of course, the batch can easily be doubled - just remember to have two egg yolks per can of coconut milk.
Primal Cottage-Cheese Ice Cream
This recipe is for us Primal people - or, well, anyone can tolerate and eats dairy. This one packs a great protein-punch and has a bitterish taste to it that makes it taste fantastically with berries. My most common "ice cream" consumed, and definitely a favorite.
YOU WILL NEED:
-250g Cottage Cheese (regular or lite, whatever fits your fancy - only pick up the lite if it has no weird additives)
-Frozen berries (of preference)
-Sweetener of choice (honey, natvia, stevia, etc - opted for natvia in this case)
**If you don't want a berry flavor, feel free to add whatever you like: chocolate bits, protein powder, nut butters, whatever; just remember you'll need more ice cubes and (probably) more sweetener to make up for the already frozen consistency and sweetness of the berries**
Again, this recipe is ridiculously easy. I'm a simple kinda guy.
1) Put all ingredients in a blender. Works best with a few ice cubes at the bottom, then put half the berries on top of that, followed by half the container of cottage cheese. Then pour sweetener on, then layer the remained of the cottage cheese and berries on. This helps the blending process be all the smoother.
2) Add a tiny bit of water - maybe a 1/4 cup - to the mix to help it blend up well. Add too little, you're in for a rough time. Add too much, hello ice cream soup. You can always add a bit more water while blending, remember.
3) Now, blend...
You may need to shake the blender around a little bit or add a tiny bit more water to get things going. Remember - the priority is to get all the berries and (especially) the ice cubes purified into the mix.
4) Now that your mix is fully blendified, pour it out into a freezer-safe bowl.
Cover it, and place within the freezer.
5) This should be able to sit in the freer for a good 3-4 hours. After the first hour, however, I would recommend stirring it every half hour to prevent it sticking from the sides and turning into an icy brick. That said, should you forget all about the ice cream and come back to it much later and it HAS frozen over, leaving it to defrost on the kitchen bench/table for 15-20 minutes should be enough time to let it thaw and give it the desired consistency.
6) This one should be obvious - Eat up! :D
Just by eyeballing it, this could serve... maybe four people? Not a hundred percent certain. That said, on it's own - if you're counting calories - it's a fairly low 366 calories assuming you use full-fat CC, 200g frozen berries and 5 servings of stevia, so can easily be a meal for one on it's own. And for such great volume, is it worth it?
IMO? Of bloody course! :P
Macros (Full-fat CC 250g, 200g frozen berries, 5 servings Stevia):
So yeah. Eat up, indulge and enjoy. :)
I hope that - should you attempt to try any of these ice cream recipes, they work out well for you. I know I love them and eat them (especially the cottage cheese one) several times a week. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'll answer to the best of my ability. And if you have any ideas on what else I could try - or even have a recipe for me to taste, I'm always eager ;) - please shoot them my way.