I may be a healthy foodie, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a sweet tooth! Or that you shouldn’t either. Those two things are definitely not at all mutually exclusive. That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too! It’s all about the delicious ingredients you put together. And I promise you it will still taste totally sinful!
A personal not-so-guilty pleasure is homemade ice cream. I mean, who doesn’t like ice cream? It’s so easy to make too. Which means that you can keep it healthy and make it extra delicious. Sounds great, eh?
So let’s have fun and make something delectable – homemade salted caramel ice cream with optional (but highly recommended) rosemary essential oils. Are you as excited to treat yourself to a bowl as I am? Heck yes! Let’s do this!
Why Make Dairy Free Ice Cream
It’s super simple to cut dairy out of your homemade ice cream recipe! It may seem a little weird at first to make one of the most classic dairy desserts without milk, but I promise it will taste marvelous! You probably won’t even know the difference. And it’s also a lot better for the environment. So awesome!
I personally keep things dairy free in my house. And this is for two reasons. The first very unavoidable reason is that this girl is extremely lactose intolerant. Dairy and I were never meant to be friends.
But even if I didn’t have to be dairy free, I would personally still choose to be. Here’s why:
The dairy industry isn’t overly kind to the environment.
According to the World Wildlife Fund “Dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Poor handling of manure and fertilizers can degrade local water resources. And unsustainable dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas, such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.” (source)
Cutting out or simply reducing dairy is such a simple way to reduce our environmental impact. Isn’t that great?
There are some ethical issues we should be aware of…
I’m really not a fan of the unfortunate cruelty found in many large scale (and even small scale) dairy productions (source). And, something many of us don’t consider, when we fund industrial dairy farming we are also typically funding veal farming. These two practices are closely linked. And veal don’t exactly live the good life usually either unfortunately. Which breaks my heart! (source)
When we go overboard on the dairy we increase the demand. And that increases the amount of dairy cows needed, which in turn increases our environmental impact as well as the ethical issues behind large scale, industrial farming practices. And I think that’s something we should all keep in mind.
Does this mean that everyone should go 100% dairy free? Not necessarily.
If giving up dairy isn’t the right choice for you, that’s ok! You can still make a difference by buying from local farms that treat their animals humanely. It’s a total win! Not only are you supporting your local economy, you’re funding ethical farming practices! Yay! It may not seem like much, but it makes a big difference.
And you can take things once awesome step further by reducing your dairy intake to help to even things out. Less is more sustainable after all. It’s as easy as making dairy free foods like this homemade ice cream or trying out a dairy free milk with your smoothies. One little change can have a huge impact! Look at you making a big difference in the world one smoothie at a time. <3
How We Can Healthify Homemade Ice Cream with Coconut Milk
So if we aren’t using dairy, how do we make this homemade ice cream creamy and delicious? Full fat canned coconut baby. That stuff is magical!
Just make sure to pick one with minimal ingredients. We’re talking coconut, water and potentially a thickening agent like xantham gum or guar gum. Anything else is an unnecessary filler that you can easily avoid. Put it in the fridge the night before for the best results.
Not only does canned coconut milk have the perfect thick, creamy texture for ice cream, it also has some goodness to offer our health. And you know I’m all about that!
When you load up on coconut milk you’re providing your body with some fantastic fats. The coolest fat in the mix is a medium chain saturated fatty acid called lauric acid. Our bodies convert that deliciousness into a compound called monolaurin. Which has some fantastic antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. So cool! (source)
But the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! Medium chain saturated fatty acids are quickly metabolised by your awesome liver. And it’s believed that our amazing bodies are able to use them faster and more efficiently than other types of saturated fats.
What does that mean exactly? Medium chain saturated fats are less likely to be stored as fat than other saturated fats. And they may not be detrimental to our cholesterol or cardiovascular health either! Yahoo! (source 1, source 2)
While we’re talking about healthifying desserts, I’ve got 10 more for you in this free healthy dessert recipe e-book:
Thank you tons for your support! I hope that you adore all of the dessert goodness <3
What Rosemary Essential Oils Have to Offer
What do you think about when someone mentions rosemary? If you’re anything like me your mind automatically goes to one thing – savoury, delicious food! Holy goodness, rosemary is one serious herb packing a powerful punch in the flavour department. And isn’t it wonderful how it compliments so many dishes?
But, shockingly, rosemary can do way more than pack a serious punch in the savoury dish department. It actually compliments salted caramel extremely well and holds it’s own in the dessert department. I was pleasantly surprised!
And, of course, there are some extra special nutrients waiting for us in there too! Rosemary brings a good supply of calcium, fiber and iron to the table. And we also have vitamin A, C, folate, magnesium, manganese, and even a little Omega 3 Fatty Acid in the mix. Booyah! (source)
But wait! It gets better…
This adorable little herb can help to reduce inflammation and fight off free radicals thanks to some potent antioxidants (source). It may even help to prevent or reduce the severity of asthma attacks, increase sperm mobility, lower your risk of peptic ulcers and cataracts and so much more (source). How freaking cool is that?!
If you’re feeling a little brain fog, rosemary is by your side. It’s been shown to increase blood flow to the brain, making it a little easier to focus and even improving your mood (source). Super bonus – you can tap into this benefit by simply enjoying the wonderful aroma that rosemary has to offer (where are my essential oils at, am I right?!)
My favourite part – it is so easy to spoil yourself to a lot of these benefits on the regular when you keep rosemary essential oils on hand. And since oils are so concentrated you really only need a drop or two for major flavour! Which means that a single bottle is going to last you a long flipping time.
The essential oils in this recipe are 100% optional.
It’s so important that you only use edible grade essential oils. And, of course, less is more. One drop goes a long way. If you want to learn more, my friend Heather has a fantastic website that can help: cookingwithessentialoils.ca. This recipe was actually originally a guest post on her wonderful site. 😉
Ready to get cooking?
The BEST Healthy Homemade Ice Cream – Salted Caramel with Rosemary Essential Oils
If you’re staring at the screen wondering how we went from talking about health benefits and getting all excited about nutrients to ice cream don’t you worry! Healthifying dessert happens to be one of my specialties.
This ice cream is vegan and gluten free and while it tastes totally sinful it’s definitely not. Because dessert should never be something you have to feel guilty about. And they definitely have a very special place in a healthy diet!
Salted Caramel Homemade Ice Cream with Rosemary Essential Oils
- 2 Cans Full Fat Coconut Milk Preferably organic, watch out for pointless fillers
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Tahini Butter
- 2 Pinches Himalayan Pink Salt
- 2 Tsp Potato Starch or Tapioca
- 1 Drop Rosemary Essential Oils Optional - Edible Grade Only, like doTERRA
- Garnish Pistachios Optional
In a large mixing bowl combine the coconut milk, ¼ Cup of Maple Syrup, ¼ Cup of Tahini Butter and salt.
Blend until well mixed with an immersion blender or egg beater.
Add the potato starch or tapioca and blend once more.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process for 25 to 30 minutes (until you have a soft serve consistency).
In a separate bowl combine the remaining ¼ Cup of Maple Syrup and ¼ Cup of Tahini. Add 2 drops of rosemary essential oils and mix well. Set aside until the ice cream is ready.
Pour the maple/tahini/rosemary essential oil mixture into the ice cream and process for 5 more minutes.
Dig in right away if you enjoy a soft serve consistency. If you’d prefer harder ice cream transfer into a freezer friendly container, cover with parchment paper and seal. Freeze for an hour (or until desired hardness) and enjoy!
Have you ever made homemade ice cream before? Are you excited to give this salted caramel delight a try? Any recipes you’d like to see healthified in the future? Share your lovely thoughts in the comments below!
I hope that you enjoy this delectable dessert as much as I do!
Health and love,