May 30, 2016

Paleo Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy Free, AIP, SCD, GAPS, No Added Sweetener)

Happy Memorial Day Long Weekend to all my American readers! I hope you are enjoying the extra time off. We had our long weekend last week here in Canada so it's business as usual for me today. But I do have a pretty special recipe to share with you guys today. This Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream is so good! 

I need to vent for a second here guys. Last week Canada approved the sale of AquaBounty's genetically modified salmon. It is expected to be on shelves next year. Not only do I have a problem with the product itself, but what's even worse is that this fish will not even be labelled! Honestly it's insane. I truly believe that people have a right to know what they are putting in their bodies. You all know that I consider food to be a form of medicine, and genetically modified food has no business going into our bodies if you ask me. It totally frustrates me that we are just an ongoing science experiment when it comes to food. We really have no idea what kind of long term effects eating this kind of scientifically designed fish will have on human health. Why? Because the studies haven't been done. Unlike drugs, that have to undergo rigorous testing before being approved, food products (as well as skincare and beauty products) are not subject to nearly the same scrutiny. As far as I can tell there have only been a few studies of this fish on humans, using very small numbers of people as test subjects over a very short period of time. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to actually track down these studies to read them myself, so I am basing this on other reports that I have read. I have written to my MP, as well as Health Canada requesting these studies, but so far I haven't heard anything back. I strongly urge you to write to your MP and Health Canada as well, urging them to reconsider this approval, and at the very least to ensure that labelling it will be required. You have a right to know what you are eating! And there is definitely power in numbers! It only takes a few minutes of your time and could potentially make a huge difference.

Okay, deep breath. Rant over...

On a totally different note... do any of you watch Scandal? That has become my guilty pleasure these days. I just finished season 5. Man, the characters on that show are so evil! I am secretly hoping that Olivia and Fitz will get back together. Anyone else? I totally prefer Fitz over Jake. Just saying. It's nice living vicariously through TV sometimes. A total escape from reality that's for sure. And if you aren't watching this show yet, you definitely should! I promise it's addicting. 

But let's talk about this ice cream shall we? I know that's why you are really here. There are so many great things about this dish. First, it doesn't have any added sweeteners, so even those of you avoiding sugar can eat this! You're welcome. 

Second, it is filled with coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut butter which are all great sources of healthy fats. This also contains grassfed gelatin which is one of my favourite and most recommended superfoods. It is great for gut health, skin, nails, hair and so much more. I have raved about grassfed gelatin before, and you can find my post dedicated to this superfood here.
As well, this ice cream doesn't require an ice cream maker so anyone can make it with the tools you already have in your kitchen. Plus, and most importantly, it tastes great! I may have had more than one bowl the first time I made it.  Perhaps even three... 

One tip for this recipe is that it stores best in the fridge. I know that sounds strange for ice cream, but the gelatin in this keeps it firm enough in the fridge after it has been frozen initially. But I guarantee it won't last long in the fridge if your taste buds are anything like mine. But with all the healthy ingredients in this recipe you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in this treat that's for sure. 

Happy Eating friends! 

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Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream Recipe


2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh blackberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand because it is BPA and guar gum free) 

1 1/4 cups coconut manna or coconut butter 
1/4 cup coconut oil (this brand is my favourite) 
1 TBSP organic vanilla extract (I use this brand) (omit for AIP) 
pinch sea salt


1. Place a large pot on the stove
2. Add the berries, banana and coconut milk to the pot
3. Using your immersion blender blend the ingredients until smooth (or use your Vitamix or other blender to blend them and then transfer them to the pot)
4. Turn the heat onto medium
5. Add the remaining ingredients and allow them to come to a low boil 
6. Simmer for 5 minutes
7. Slowly stir in the gelatin and stir well to combine
8. Turn off the burner
9. Transfer the ingredients to a freezer safe bowl
10. Place the bowl in the freezer for 90 minutes
11. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Oh Yum!!! And, I am with you on the GMO salmon... erghhhh... makes me so angry!!

    1. Oh Katie don't even get me started on that salmon! Makes my blood boil! I wrote to Health Canada. Their response was less than helpful...

  2. This is not Whole30 approved. "Paleo-desserts" are specifically mentioned as being against the plan. Please update post so as not to be misleading.

    1. Thanks for your concern. I agree that "paleo-desserts" are not allowed on Whole 30. People often confuse the paleo diet and the whole 30 diet, when they are not the same thing. For example, paleo desserts may contain honey or other natural sweeteners which are not Whole 30 approved. This recipe contains none of those things. If it would make you more comfortable to put these same ingredients into a blender and make a thick smoothie please feel free to do that. I just happened to put them in the fridge to thicken and call it "ice cream". I hope that helps!

    2. Hi, i have to agree that this would NOT be approved on W30 (even with omitting the vanilla extract). W30 is MORE than just the ingredients, it is about the emotional and psychological relationship you have with food. And this is definitely SWYPO as Melissa would say. If you do not know what SWYPO is, I highly recommend going to the W30 website and looking it up. Being "on plan" is more than ingredients, like I already said, which is why paleo pancakes, (Eggs and bananas) are NOT allowed. Sure you can eat eggs and a banana for breakfast, but you cannot mix them to make a pancake. Making this as a substitute for ice cream, totally misses the point of the W30 and I recommend people who are partaking in it, do not make it until after their 30 days is done.

      looks like a delicious recipe, but it certainly would not be approved on the W30, sorry!

    3. Hi Sara. Thank you for your comments! I definitely missed that part of the Whole 30 (even when I did my own- oops!) so I have since edited this post and removed the label from this recipe. I totally appreciate your feedback and hope that you will get the chance to try it one day.

    4. That is totally understandable! Thank you for taking my comments into consideration ! I appreciate it. I definitely will be making this after im all done :)

  3. Any chance you can skip the banana or substitute something else? It looks delicious but I have an aversion to bananas. Thanks!

    1. Hey Betsy. Sorry I have never tried making this recipe any other way. I am not sure what to suggest as an alternative as that would be a totally different recipe...

  4. Is it alright to use frozen blueberries? Also, is there any substitute for coconut butter?

    1. It is definitely ok to use frozen berries! And coconut butter is also the same thing as coconut manna or coconut cream concentrate so if you have easier access to those I would use those instead. Hope that helps!

  5. I guess coconut will make this ice cream stay hard like a rock just like the case with coconut oil.

    1. Clearly you have not tried this recipe because it is definitely NOT hard like a rock. Not even one little bit.

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