Easy Homemade Allergen-Free Ice Cream

The celebration of hot summer days and birthday parties does’t have to be half as fun for those allergic to virtually all readily available ice cream. Not if you can get ahold of an ice cream maker, 20 minutes, and the following ingredients.

This recipe was originally for my allergy-happy daughter, so it’s dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, tree nut-free, and peanut-free. You’re probably thinking What’s in it? Let’s find out!

Tuned In Parents - homemade, allergen-friendly ice cream

  • 3 cups rice milk (or your milk substitute of choice)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or natural flavor of choice)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (dark brown sugar for caramel color, white for vanilla color
  • 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 6 teaspoons of Ener-G egg replacer whipped with 8 tablespoons of warm rice milk (equivalent of 4 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup of puréed fruit of choice (optional)

Blend ingredients on a medium setting for about a minute. Remove frozen component of ice cream maker from freezer and set up machine. Turn ice cream maker on. Pour ingredients in. Ready to serve in 20 minutes or less!

Change up the colors and flavors of your easy homemade allergen-free ice cream by blending in fruit, adding natural flavor extracts, or natural food dyes. Though my daughter’s not allergic to artificial food coloring, I’m still not a fan. If her extensive allergies have taught me anything, it’s to read labels. And doing so has truly enlightened me to all the unhealthy additives in our food! Therefore, I’d like to share some colorful foods with you found on Nourishing Joy that make wonderful, natural homemade dyes (some in ice cream and many in your other brilliant edibles)!

Tuned In Parents - allergy-friendly ice cream with natural food dye

Start with a small pinch or a few drops of these colorants and add more according to your desired shade.

Red: pure beet juice, pure pomegranate juice, beet powder

Pink: pure beet juice, pure cranberry juice

Orange: pure carrot juice, carrot powder, paprika

Yellow: ground turmeric, fresh turmeric juice, saffron

Green: matcha powder, spirulina powder, parsley juice, wheatgrass juice, spinach juice, spinach powder, parsley powder

Blue: pure blueberry juice, red cabbage leaves chopped and boiled for ½ hour—use the dyed water as your colorant

Purple: purple grape juice

Ice cream is cool, smooth, sweet, and delicious. Everyone deserves to indulge. And making it is fun, fast, and super simple. So, drop the popsicles, juice slushies, and frozen grapes for a moment, and let us ALL scream for ice cream!

Tuned In Parents - Allergy-friendly Ice Cream

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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