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Nourishing Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Who doesn't love ice cream on a nice summer day!  My daughter is always begging for some.  Many people always talk about ice cream being a ‘bad' food.  I disagree.  I do not like to talk about food in terms of ‘good' and ‘bad' but rather ‘nourishing' and ‘not nourishing' or ‘real' and ‘fake'.  

Ice cream made with nourishing ingredients can be quite beneficial to the body!

One of my best ‘real food' memories with my daughter is walking around the freezer section of the grocery store looking for some store bought ice cream.  I wasn't finding anything that fit my ‘real food' criteria and was frustrated.  She was getting frustrated with me as well.  So, I decided to show her an ingredient list for a brand that I would not purchase and talk about why.  As she struggled through the 20+ ingredients, full of chemical names, she looked at me perplexed and said ‘That's not ice cream.'  

Precisely!!  That wasn't ice cream.  It was chemical filled, fake ice cream…not real food ice cream at all!  Not good for our bodies.  

Sometimes you can find brands of ice cream that are organic and full of real ingredients (milk, cream, egg, sugar, etc) but it can be hard and expensive.  

I love this recipe that is right from Nourishing Traditions (my real food bible!).  It is full of organic cream, pastured egg yolks, a small amount of real maple syrup.  I just added more vanilla and less syrup as that is how we prefer it!!  I think this is such a nourishing treat that sometimes I will let my daughter have it for breakfast topped with fermented berries.  I am sure people think I am crazy but I will argue every day that a bowl of this ice cream is a heck of a lot more nourishing than a bowl of sugary cereal with skim milk!

Vanilla Ice Cream - Real Food Style


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot
  • 3 cups heavy cream


  • Beat egg yolks
  • Add rest of ingredients
  • Pour into ice cream maker and blend for according to instructions.
  • Transfer to a container and freeze.


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