Free Dairy! Dairy Free Ice Cream!

Pregnancy and childbearing take a toll on a woman's body. This we all know. Giving life means getting repaid in extra pounds, stretch marks, and mom boobs. But of the many gifts my girl has given me, a superbad case of lactose intolerance has got to be the worst. I mean I'm married to a chef!  A Swiss Chef! Cheese! Fondue! Raclette! Chocolate! Oh my gawd, the PAIN!!!!

Soon after Stella was born, maybe six or eight weeks in, we clued in to the fact that she had a dairy allergy. So, as a breastfeeding mother, I diligently gave up milk, youghurt, cheese, and much to my dismay, ice cream. (I also gave up soy. And nuts. And a million things. This is apropos of nothing, I'm just telling you so you'll know how devoted I am to my baby, and be all like, wow, she's really an awesome mum.) We soon discovered that Stella was super sensitive to any trace amounts of dairy at all, which meant giving up most processed and / or convenience foods. So, for about eight months, I had no exposure to dairy proteins whatsoever. 

Then a couple of months ago, in a fit of cheesy yearning, I ate a small sliver of cheese, and within forty-five minutes was in the throes of one of THE MOST barfy nights of my life. And thus, I now face the prospect of being forever dairy-free. Oh god. 

Anyway, like I was saying, ice cream was like the most painful dairy product to part with. But, MR. CHEF TO THE RESCUE! He ordered a little ice cream maker from Amazon. Nothing elaborate. Just a little something like this. And now dairy-free ice cream is MIIIIIIIIINNNNNNE!

Here's how we do it:

Improvisational Diary-Free Coconut Ice Cream For Nursing Mothers and And Anyone Who Loves Ice Cream But Can't Eat Fun Stuff. 


  • 1 can coconut milk

  • chopped fruit - about 1.5 cups, maybe more maybe less

  • a few squeezes of honey to taste

  • Some additional flavourings (i.e. cardamom, cinnamon, or perhaps vanilla)

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, heat until fruit is soft. Blend with a immersion blender until concoction is the consistency of a smoothie.

Pour everything into the ice cream maker that was chillin in the freezer. Then, and this we learned the hard way, start cranking immediately. It's done when it looks done. After 5 or 10 minutes. 

I'm partial to coconut milk + a little rice milk + mangoes + cardamom.

Also delicious is coconut milk + cocoa powder (2 or 3 tablespoons) + shredded coconut.

Some other ideas:

  • Coconut milk + banana + 70 % chocolate pieces.

  • Coconut milk + strawberries.

  • Coconut milk + toasted coconut + rum.

  • Coconut milk + pineapple.

  • Coconut milk + lychee.

  • Coconut milk + vanilla bean + caramelized banana.


I think you get the idea: coconut + tropical fruit = delicious.


Oh, and I TOTALLY thought of all of these ideas by myself, I did NOT consult a professional chef. Nope. I totally did not. (Um, okay, I did. This whole post was Mr. Chef's idea.)