Paleo Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
Why let muffins have all the fun? Save some of your blueberry stashes for this paleo blueberry coconut ice cream recipe.
Why Paleo Ice Cream?
If you’re reading this, I obviously had you at the title of the recipe. Or maybe it was the drool-worthy ice cream photo that captured your attention.
Either way, sweet sells.
But is dessert really paleo? And how much should you be eating?
Like everything, it’s a balance. I know that the temptation to cheat is everywhere. Literally, everywhere you look you’ve got highly processed, ultra-sweetened pseudo-foods calling your name.
They’re so tempting and taste so good that many well-intentioned paleo folks fall off the wagon from time to time.
So I look at paleo desserts as a compromise. You’re getting the opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth and satisfy cravings, but you’re doing it a way that is healthier than the mass-produced sugar bombs.
Once you’ve mastered the art of managing your cravings enough to only turn to paleo desserts, think about cutting down on those too.
You’ll have more space for more nutritious foods in your diet and your cravings will likely be subdued.
What if I’ve got a monster sweet tooth?
Sugar cravings are real, and they can be really strong. It helps if you have a plan of attack ready before they strike.
Think about your favorite food. Then think about the context in which you eat it. Maybe you get fast food on Fridays. Maybe you hit the ice cream store after your kid’s soccer games.
If you know when you’re likely to stray, that can be helpful to steer clear of your cravings. Replace your favorite food with a non-food reward, like reading a good book or taking a walk and socializing.
Or prepare Friday’s dinner on Thursday night so that you know you’re coming home to a healthy paleo meal that you don’t want to go to waste.
And of course, you could just make this delicious paleo blueberry coconut ice cream instead of heading to the sugar shack you normally frequent.
How to Determine if Food is Paleo or Not
This is a battle you take on if you’re following a paleo diet. If you’re like me, those first few weeks (and months!) are spent looking up nearly every food item in your path to see what the “experts” think.
But you know what? It’s your diet, and you’re the expert.
That may not be the answer you’re looking for if you need some guidance, however. But don’t fret – I’ve got a system you can follow that will help you use your own judgment on whether particular foods are paleo or not.
Failing that, you can always just make your meal plans from recipes on this site. I’ll consider it a compliment!
Creamy coconut ice cream with a swirl of tart blueberry jam.
- 4.4 oz (125 g) of blueberries
- 2 cans (400 ml each) of full-fat coconut milk, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of lemon juice
- Dash of stevia (optional)
- Place the blueberries in a small pan with a dash of water and the lemon juice. Cook over low heat and gently press the berries while cooking. Cook until most of the moisture has evaporated and you are left with a bright-colored mixture resembling jam. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely.
- Shake the cans of coconut milk well and empty into a large bowl. Whisk the coconut milk until there are no lumps. Then whisk in the maple syrup and stevia (if desired).
- Place the coconut mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transfer the churned ice cream into a suitable freezer container and swirl in the blueberries. Alternatively, you can add the blueberry mix to the churner if you want it thoroughly incorporated.
- Store covered in the freezer until needed.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 291
- Sugar: 15 g
- Fat: 25 g
- Carbohydrates: 20 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 2 g