Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Blueberry Ice Cream for Breakfast

Blueberry Ice Cream  ©Diane Eblin

Blueberry Ice Cream ©Diane Eblin

Who says you can’t have ice cream for breakfast?  People eat yogurt for breakfast and no one gives them that look.  You know the look.  You probably made it yourself when you read the title.

I made this wonderful breakfast last night after reading Ali’s blog post Dairy Free, Sugar Free Strawberry Ice Cream.  Her blog is Whole Life Nutrition which is the same title as her cookbook.  I highly reccomend both.  Yesterday the Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix was Blueberries.  I had a bunch left over and thought they would make a great ice cream. Some years back we had bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker and always kept the frozen cylinder in the freezer for when inspiration would strike.  Well, not eating dairy anymore it’s not been pulled out in some time.

My oldest son use to make all types of interesting combination.  I however never paid much attention to what he was doing.  It didn’t look hard so why bother to pull out that manual that came with the machine.  From the looks of the parts I could put it together and get going.

Ali’s recipe was short, so I followed it and just swapped out blueberries for her strawberries.  I used a blender because I don’t have one of those really cool sounding Vitamixers.  I put the ice cream machine together, poured in the mix and turned it on.  I thought I recalled reading on Ali’s post to let the machine run for 20 minuets or so.  I let it go for 30 since I was cooking dinner.  It looked thicker and creamier than when it started so I turned it off, took out the frozen bowl, covered it up and stuck it in the freezer.

So if you have ever made ice cream before, you’re laughing now.  I checked back in 2 hours and it wasn’t totally frozen but getting there.  We sampled and enjoyed last night.  This morning I tried to get some out and it was frozen solid like a brick.  At this point I finally get out the instruction booklet and it says, Don’t leave the ice cream in the frozen bowl and put it in the freezer.  I was supposed to take the ice cream out and put into an air tight container and put that into the freezer.  So after 3o minutes of carefully chipping away at the ice cream, I got to have breakfast.  When will I learn?

So now I’m really excited.  For the cost of 2 cans of cocounut milk and some fruit, I basiclly made 3 pints of my own gluten free, dairy free and sugar free ice cream for the same cost or less, to buy 1 pint.  I’m excited.  So now the possiblities are coming at me like a hail storm.  I can make my own, it will cost less and I now have something new to eat for breakfast.  I have mangos and mixed berries, peaches and cherries, and of course chocolate chunk.  I think I’ll even give Karina’s Kitchen Maple Roasted Banana Ice Cream a try.   Well, I better work on the other ones with fewer ingredients first so I can get use to this process, but doesn’t that sound like a wonderful breakfast.  Top it off with some pecans and I’m set.

So, what flavors of ice cream should I make?  What flavors do you make?  Send me your ideas and we’ll start playing.

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35 Responses to Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Blueberry Ice Cream for Breakfast

  1. Heather June 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    Sounds great! And I love the idea of eating it for breakfast. I think I could even get the kids to help me with this one.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 10:52 am #

      Heather- People around my house know I'm the kid here. I think part of me hit 12 and thought, this is a good age to hang out and have lots of fun. I try to keep that kid around so eating ice cream for breakfast was a given. Hope you get lots of help from you kids and the kid in you!

  2. Heather June 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Sounds great! And I love the idea of eating it for breakfast. I think I could even get the kids to help me with this one.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

      Heather- People around my house know I’m the kid here. I think part of me hit 12 and thought, this is a good age to hang out and have lots of fun. I try to keep that kid around so eating ice cream for breakfast was a given. Hope you get lots of help from you kids and the kid in you!

  3. Alisa - Frugal Foodi June 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    I saw that recipe post, boy you jumped on making it quickly! I like the idea of blueberries.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 10:53 am #

      Alisa- I am an impatient kid at heart. It tastes really good. Just need to keep in mind my serving size. Then I think we'll be set. Now to see if I can get my youngest to give it a try. He's not a fan of blueberries, yet.

  4. Alisa - Frugal Foodie June 14, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    I saw that recipe post, boy you jumped on making it quickly! I like the idea of blueberries.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

      Alisa- I am an impatient kid at heart. It tastes really good. Just need to keep in mind my serving size. Then I think we’ll be set. Now to see if I can get my youngest to give it a try. He’s not a fan of blueberries, yet.

  5. gfe--gluten free eas June 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    If by "the look" you mean a big smiling face, well, sister, you got it from me! ;-) As one who eats nonconventional breakfasts all the time (yesterday was roasted chickpeas), I say, hey, why not? I chuckled when I got to the part about you not having followed the directions. We really are sisters separated at birth, aren't we? LOL I do that all the time. I get to step 4 of a recipe and realize that I was supposed to add something then that I added in step 2. You know most of the time it all works out. Live and learn. Funny thing is I had just saw Karina's recipe and I had just looked up the Cuisinart ice cream maker through Ali's link. Between CoconutGal and her recipe I've been making a lot lately and you three, I'll be set with recipes. Yum. Since I've been drinking Ali's green smoothies for breakfast some, I think I can alternate with some homemade ice cream. Maybe this is the way for me to learn to like blueberries!

    Thanks, Diane,

    Shirley

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 11:00 am #

      Shirley- Glad to know I'm not the only one who jumps and then looks. We learn all sorts of things that way. I create new, sometimes good and sometimes well, lets just say my dog will eat just about anything. I wonder how this ice cream bug got started. If we keep making them all and eating them all we'll need to walk to the Blogher Food Conference in San Fran. But I'm thinking, if we can put all of the foods that are really good for us in a smoothie and ice cream, why not. It's just a fun way to eat it. I'm off to check out CoconutGal's recipe. Thanks for the reminder! Happy blueberry trying!

  6. gfe--gluten free easily June 14, 2009 at 3:02 am #

    If by “the look” you mean a big smiling face, well, sister, you got it from me! ;-) As one who eats nonconventional breakfasts all the time (yesterday was roasted chickpeas), I say, hey, why not? I chuckled when I got to the part about you not having followed the directions. We really are sisters separated at birth, aren’t we? LOL I do that all the time. I get to step 4 of a recipe and realize that I was supposed to add something then that I added in step 2. You know most of the time it all works out. Live and learn. Funny thing is I had just saw Karina’s recipe and I had just looked up the Cuisinart ice cream maker through Ali’s link. Between CoconutGal and her recipe I’ve been making a lot lately and you three, I’ll be set with recipes. Yum. Since I’ve been drinking Ali’s green smoothies for breakfast some, I think I can alternate with some homemade ice cream. Maybe this is the way for me to learn to like blueberries!

    Thanks, Diane,
    Shirley

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

      Shirley- Glad to know I’m not the only one who jumps and then looks. We learn all sorts of things that way. I create new, sometimes good and sometimes well, lets just say my dog will eat just about anything. I wonder how this ice cream bug got started. If we keep making them all and eating them all we’ll need to walk to the Blogher Food Conference in San Fran. But I’m thinking, if we can put all of the foods that are really good for us in a smoothie and ice cream, why not. It’s just a fun way to eat it. I’m off to check out CoconutGal’s recipe. Thanks for the reminder! Happy blueberry trying!

  7. Ali (Whole Life Nutr June 14, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    Diane -Tom warned me about putting the frozen container into the freezer. He said to put the ice cream into a separate container. I didn't listen and didn't want to take the time. But mine wasn't frozen solid the next day. It was definitely harder but still scoopable. And once the container sat on the counter for about 5 to 10 minutes the ice cream was much softer. I don't know why yours was rock hard – maybe your freezer is more efficient than ours! :)

    -Ali :)

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 11:04 am #

      Ali- Ok, where was Tom when I needed him. It was so rock hard that sitting on the counter top for 20 minutes before I started scraping away didn't even budge it. Well now I know. It's been cleaned and it's back in the freezer empty just waiting for my next version. I want to create a bunch of breakfast ice creams. I bet you have a lot of great ideas on that. What should we put in there to make sure it's a complete protein and has lots of vitamins and minerals? I think maybe topping it off with granola in my bowl would be fun too. Love to hear your ideas.

  8. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) June 14, 2009 at 6:16 am #

    Diane -Tom warned me about putting the frozen container into the freezer. He said to put the ice cream into a separate container. I didn’t listen and didn’t want to take the time. But mine wasn’t frozen solid the next day. It was definitely harder but still scoopable. And once the container sat on the counter for about 5 to 10 minutes the ice cream was much softer. I don’t know why yours was rock hard – maybe your freezer is more efficient than ours! :)

    -Ali :)

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

      Ali- Ok, where was Tom when I needed him. It was so rock hard that sitting on the counter top for 20 minutes before I started scraping away didn’t even budge it. Well now I know. It’s been cleaned and it’s back in the freezer empty just waiting for my next version. I want to create a bunch of breakfast ice creams. I bet you have a lot of great ideas on that. What should we put in there to make sure it’s a complete protein and has lots of vitamins and minerals? I think maybe topping it off with granola in my bowl would be fun too. Love to hear your ideas.

  9. glutenfreeforgood June 14, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    I guess with this flurry of ice cream making I'm going to have to head over to Bed, Bath & Beyond today with my 20% off coupon and buy myself an ice cream maker. I already know what flavor I'm trying, but I'm going to keep it a secret until I make it. This could be a good "Go Ahead Honey It's GF." Maybe I should finally volunteer to host one of those. :-)

    This looks awesome, Diane — as does Ali's version (or was it Lilly's version). Count me in and I'll keep you posted and link the love.

    Melissa

    P.S. You have a point with the breakfast thing.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 11:07 am #

      Melissa- Hope we're not a bad influence. It was so easy to make I'm wondering what I've been waiting for. I would love to hear your ideas on breakfast ice creams too. I know you have a great granola recipe for a topping. Let me know if you host the carnival. I almost forgot it's getting close to the date for this month's version. Now where did I put that information. Anyone remember when and where. It's manly dishes. Oh, sometime I really miss my mind. :-)

  10. glutenfreeforgood June 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    I guess with this flurry of ice cream making I’m going to have to head over to Bed, Bath & Beyond today with my 20% off coupon and buy myself an ice cream maker. I already know what flavor I’m trying, but I’m going to keep it a secret until I make it. This could be a good “Go Ahead Honey It’s GF.” Maybe I should finally volunteer to host one of those. :-)

    This looks awesome, Diane — as does Ali’s version (or was it Lilly’s version). Count me in and I’ll keep you posted and link the love.

    Melissa
    P.S. You have a point with the breakfast thing.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

      Melissa- Hope we’re not a bad influence. It was so easy to make I’m wondering what I’ve been waiting for. I would love to hear your ideas on breakfast ice creams too. I know you have a great granola recipe for a topping. Let me know if you host the carnival. I almost forgot it’s getting close to the date for this month’s version. Now where did I put that information. Anyone remember when and where. It’s manly dishes. Oh, sometime I really miss my mind. :-)

  11. Judy June 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    You know this was a hit in my book. !!!! Maybe I will have to get a freezer too, nobody to crank.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

      Judy- We were talking about your hand crank ice cream and how long that took. This one is easy but it might take longer. I'm looking for more flavor ideas. Have any?

  12. Judy June 14, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    You know this was a hit in my book. !!!! Maybe I will have to get a freezer too, nobody to crank.

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

      Judy- We were talking about your hand crank ice cream and how long that took. This one is easy but it might take longer. I’m looking for more flavor ideas. Have any?

  13. JM Shephard June 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Where' the recipe???

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

      JM- It was not my recipe, it was Ali from Whole Life Nutrition. Follow the link provided to her blog and her post on the Strawberry ice cream. Enjoy!

  14. JM Shephard June 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Where’ the recipe???

    • Diane June 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

      JM- It was not my recipe, it was Ali from Whole Life Nutrition. Follow the link provided to her blog and her post on the Strawberry ice cream. Enjoy!

  15. j3nnyf3ry September 16, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I think it is not a good idea eating ice cream during breakfast but I think that ice cream taste good.! I know it is really a healthy food.Such a great topic.

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