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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better than Trader Joe's (+ better for you) Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

My son and I were at Trader Joe's yesterday and they happen to have just about everything pumpkin right now. Tis the season, eh? :) As we walked by the sample corner, they offered us some of their pumpkin ice cream to try. Of course it was delicious and my son kept begging for more. I slipped over to the ice cream section just to take a glance at the ingredients in it and was shocked by the LONG list.

As I've mentioned before, dairy isn't exactly my friend (even though I love eating it) but especially when paired with sugar and other additives. I decided that we were going to go home and make our own version instead (yep, that afternoon; I'm a little ridiculous like that). If you don't tolerate dairy very well either and love ice cream like I do, trust me, it's worth it to invest in an ice cream maker! This is the one I have and it's been great so far.

This recipe is literally 3 ingredients plus the spices & vanilla. AWESOME, right? It ended up being super creamy and delicious, just as I had hoped (and just as good, if not better than Trader Joe's!). Alright... now that I've got you all excited about it... go make some!

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp of vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves

1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl
2. Pour the mixture into an electric ice cream maker
2. Churn until it thickens into a frozen dessert. Put the ice cream in a covered bowl and freeze for an additional 2 hours before serving. If you'd like, top the ice cream with chopped nuts or Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips like I did!

Makes approximately 1 1/2 pints.