Chunky Strawberry Ice Cream. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe

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The other day, we had a ton of Strawberries leftover and they were getting very ripe and squishy. Between the huge meals, snacks and abundant supply of fresh fruits of choice(mangoes, grapes, cantaloupes, watermelons, 3 types of berries), some fruit was bound to be forgotten. The strawberries not so much forgotten, but ripening because of accompanying us on beach trips in the warm weather, needed some attention sooner than expected. So I decided to whip up some Ice cream with them. 

Dad isnt too fond of the raw berries because of the sour-ish notes. So I boiled these up into a quick syrup with some chunks, then added canned Coconut milk to it. The cooked berries get sweeter and Dad loved the chunks in the Ice cream! It was difficult to keep hubbs from eating the whole lot by himself.:). I dont have an Ice cream maker yet, so I froze the mixture as is and whipped it a bit twice in between. It doesnt get as fluffy as in the ice cream maker, but stays soft enough. Definitely a bit softer than some of the almond milk ice creams from the store ;).

I also made this with a cup of So Delicious vanilla Cashew Milk and a cup of canned coconut milk. Yes, now you can buy Cashew milk off the shelf too. No need for soaking and blending:). My Mom loved the plain cashew milk in her tea. I used the vanilla cashew milk in cookies, ice creams and Candied Papaya Cake that Dad loves. 

Maybe I should get an Ice cream maker. I might be needing more ice creams this week while dealing with the empty house since my parents and bro and sis in law left....  

Mom, Dad, Bro, Bro's wife all left yesterday morning and hubbs, me and Chewie are all in a funk. Empty house, no plans to be made, no activity, no tea and snacks every 2 hours.. Chewie was sitting on Mom & Dad's bed all afternoon yesterday with those sad eyes. I am not sure if he is missing them or enjoying the whole bed to himself. He looks sad though, I think he is definitely missing them.

It was an amazing month long somewhat vacation. I met my brother after 8 long years, Lots and lots of awesome Indian food, lots of talking(I was talking almost the entire day and that never happens :)), touristy things, so many huge toothy smiles and so much more. The other awesome part was that no one needed anything non-vegan. Thats the beauty of Indian food. The meals, snacks and everything that are cooked up at home are vegan by default or can be made vegan by elimination or very simple substitutions and without much change in taste. 

Now to get back the scheduled blogging and pick up the to do list and also die of stress for Vegan MOFO. I haven't decided if I can deal with that much craziness in September yet. Last year, I had 5 or 6 posts ready before the month even started and a another 6 or so ideas planned. this year I am thinking of something simple. Maybe just our daily dinner, or easy sandwiches or something.  

Chop up ripe strawberries and add to pan. 

Mix with water, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Mash the berries and simmer for another few minutes.

Add coconut milk+ arrowroot/cornstarch and bring to a boil.
Then mix in the remaining coconut milk. Mix well. Freeze.

Serve as soon as frozen. 

Chunky Strawberry Ice Cream
Allergen Information: Free of dairy, egg, gluten, grain, yeast, nut. use Arrowroot for corn-free

Serves 3-4
2 loaded cups ripe strawberries
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 cup raw sugar(more for sweeter)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 15 oz can full fat Coconut milk (1.5 cups)
1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch

Chop the Strawberries into halves or quarters. 
In a deep pan, add the water, sugar, salt and strawberries and cook until the berries are tender, on medium heat.
Mash most of the berries and simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile, Add arrowroot/cornstarch to a 1/4 cup coconut milk. Mix well and add to the berry syrup. Mix and simmer until it comes to a boil. 
Cool the mixture slightly.
Add the remaining Coconut milk and mix well.
Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
Freeze for an hour. Whip it up and freeze again.
Or use any of these ways to make without Ice cream maker machine.
Serve once set. 

To make in the Ice cream maker, strain the berry chunks out of the syrup and add to the ice cream in the last 2 minutes of churning or fold in once churned. Or puree the chunks and the syrup, add to milk and proceed according to instructions.

Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract when mixing in the remaining coconut milk. 
You can also use Maple syrup to sweeten. Omit the water and sugar and use Maple to taste. 
I also made the Ice cream with a cup of So Delicious vanilla Cashew Milk and a cup of canned coconut milk. turns out absolutely fabulous too. 

This Ice cream is being shared at slightly indulgent tuesdays, allergy free Wednesdays and Rickis wellness weekend.


  1. fabulous icecream with a crunch and munch in between

  2. I admire the valuable data you provide in your articles or blog posts.

  3. Hey Richa, lovely icecream, neverthought it coudl be made vegan.. so simple no ?

    A little question here ( and I know how silly it may sound ) - Since you have added cornstarch in this ice-cream, how exactly is it free from Corn then?

    Doesnt cornstarch contain actual corn?

    1. yes, cornstarch comes from corn. Use arrowroot for a corn-free version. updates the description:)

  4. what a nice, long, overdue time to spend with your family. all of your meals looked amazing during that time(although they always do), and makes me wish i could pop down the street to indulge in dosas and dal with the family!

    strawberry ice cream is one of my all time favorite flavors, and i love that this requires no ice cream maker. and cashew milk?! cannot wait to get my hands on some a that ;)

    1. Yup. It was super awesome. Mom makes elaborate meals. the usual dal and dry vegges are always surrounded by salad, pickles and more.:) so i had to click the pictures!:) I make dal and subzi the same way some of the days of the week, but skip the salad sometimes or sometimes just add veggies to the dal. which doesnt always look as much fun.

      i know right. there is a bit of aftertaste to the cashew milk, but it works perfectly in most uses!

  5. Hope you had a good time with your family. I recently bought an ice cream maker and the first one on my list is strawberry ice cream :) I think of a recipe to make and its on your blog before I can do it...are you a mind reader?? Anyways, I decided to do Vegan MOFO this time and had my list made for Soups & Sandwiches. Cool, that you thought of making sandwiches too. Great minds think alike :)

    1. Awesome!! i dont know what i am doing or if i am doing it yet:) i think i will know only in the last week of august:)

  6. I can understand why you all are feeling a little melancholy - how wonderful to have your family so close. From what I can tell, you make a sweet team.

  7. I love my ice cream maker--it's definitely a good investment, especially with recipes like this. :) We live far from our families too and it's hard sometimes!

  8. Am I missing the print button on this delicious recipe?
    If so, I guess I can copy and paste.
    Can't wait to try the ice cream!

  9. Clearly, I've fallen behind on my blog reading too. I don't know what else could explain missing a gem like this recipe! I still can't get enough ice cream, and I'd love to try your perfectly pink strawberry ice cream soon.

  10. I am so h appy to hear you had an amazing time with your Fam Richa, you deserve all the happiness in the world! I totally think you should do the sandwiches for MOFO - you have some amazing sammies on your blog and I would love to see what you would come up with during an entire month!

  11. Can Almond Milk be used as a substitute for Coconut milk?

    1. sure, add a 1 Tbsp oil or nut butter to help add a bit of fat to reduce crystallization

    2. So if we don't add the fat, it'll be a "sorbet" instead?

    3. it depends. if you let it freeze completely, then it will be hard as almond milk doesnt have enough fat. however you dont need the added fat if using an ice cream maker.

  12. Can Almond Milk be used as a substitute for Coconut milk?

  13. Has anyone tried this with an ice-cream maker?

  14. awesome crunchy ice cream.......yummy


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