Is there a better combination than a hot day + delicious ice cream? We think not! To celebrate National Ice Cream Month, we decided to put together some of our favourite homemade ice cream recipes! 

 

Preparation Tips

Naturally - these recipes work best with an ice cream maker BUT it isn't vital - if you're craving ice cream, and don't have the gear, you can still make it without any equipment. You simple need to know how to mimic what an ice cream maker does. There are two key processes - firstly, aerating the ice cream. Then there’s the freezing.


Simple 'No Ice Cream Maker' Method

Sometimes without an ice cream maker, recipes can turn out a little harder and icier. Our best solution is to use a shallow, air-tight metal or glass container in your freezer. Then, for the first 3 hours, give the mixture a stir every 30 minutes. Keep checking until it has set. 

 

RECIPES

1) Peanut Butter Maple Oat Ice Cream

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This dairy-free wonder has truly blown our minds. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, prepare to be amazed - it’s nutty, creamy, and with a subtle hint of maple syrup to give a sweetness. Top Tip: it’s best eaten on the day it’s made, for the ultra smooth consistency.


Ingredients:

475ml of oat milk

¼ tsp sea salt 

80ml of maple syrup

118ml (roughly half a cup) of peanut butter

Method:

Add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together. 

If using an ice cream maker, pour into your maker and follow the instructions of your manufacturer. 

If not, use our general instructions above.

 

2) Healthy Frozen Yoghurt with Pistachio Crumbs 

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Ok so technically not an ice cream, but if you’re looking for a healthier, lighter alternative, we think fro-yo is a great shout. You might notice we couldn't help but get a little indulgent in the photo and actually served this up with some baklava. Guilty as charged! 


Ingredients:

2 tbsp honey

160ml of full fat natural greek yoghurt

3 tablespoons of crumbled pistachio 

Method:

Combine the ingredients and stir. (More honey can be added if not sweet enough).

Either use your ice cream maker, or place in the freezer in an air-tight container for roughly an hour.



3) Classic Vanilla Ice Cream (with strawberries on top)

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have eggs to make a top quality creamy vanilla ice cream. Here’s a simple recipe - which you can adapt to create different flavours. For example, to turn this into mint choc ice cream, just add a handful of chocolate chips, and swap the vanilla extra for peppermint extract)

Ingredients:

475ml of double cream

177ml of whole milk

96grams of raw cane sugar

2 tsp of vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt 

1 handful of fresh strawberries to serve


Method:

Add half of the cream, the sugar, and salt into a saucepan and warm very gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove from the stove, and add the rest of the ingredients and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Pour into your ice cream make and use the manufacturers instructions, or our 'no ice cream maker' instructions.

Slice strawberries and add on top.

 

4) Dairy-Free Raspberry Ice Cream

This ice cream is dairy-free, yet gets its creaminess from the oat cream. It's fresh, fruity, and a real thirst-quencher that's perfect for a summer day.

raspberry ice cream

Ingredients:

2 x packs of oat cream (oat-based alternative to single cream) 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen).

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Method:

Break the raspberries into smaller pieces if frozen, and then whisk all the ingredients together.

Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker, or freeze and use our general instructions.

 

Top Tips

Eat them ASAP -  We promise we're not just saying this because of the deliciousness! Even though you can store these ice creams, these recipes are best either on the day, or 24 hours later as over time they will get harder so will take longer to thaw out. 

Make sure your container is airtight - this will stop ice crystals forming.

Have fun - play and adapt - Often these base recipes can be used to switch out ingredients - for example, if you don’t like maple syrup, why not use honey or another liquid sweetener such as agave syrup? If you don’t like raspberries, you can pick another frozen fruit of your choice, the possibilities are endless.

Get top quality ingredients - Much like any type of cooking, get the best quality ingredients you can afford. We’re talking organic milk, sea salt, and authentic maple syrup.

Whisk / stir - Before you use an ice cream maker, or pour into a vessel, make sure you've thoroughly stirred the ingredients so it's smooth and you don't end up with lumps.