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Low Fat Dairy-Free Srawberry Ice Cream

Updated on July 26, 2013

Easy, Low Fat, Dairy-Free Ice Cream

If you have an ice cream maker, then making your own ice cream is really easy! I have an intolerance to cow's milk, and for years I have watched friends and relatives tucking in to ice creams and other desserts that I can't share. Now I can make my own, healthy and fresh and really yummy. This strawberry ice cream recipe has three ingredients and only takes a few minutes to put together, and you won't believe how good it tastes :)

I used Oatly oat milk to make my version, but you can use your favorite dairy-free milk in yours, whether that's soy milk, rice milk or anything else!

Ingredients - What you need for your ice cream

Oat milk and strawberries
Oat milk and strawberries

This is a lovely treat made with fresh strawberries in the summer - whether they're homegrown or bought from the store.

You'll need:

14 oz ripe strawberries, washed and with any leaves and stalks removed

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or you can replace this with your chosen sweetener)

1 1/8 cup oat/ rice/ soy milk

If you have an ice cream maker where you need to freeze the bowl for hours before making ice cream, remember to do that now if you haven't already. It's worth the wait :)

Ice-cream Makers from Amazon - There's an ice-cream maker to fit all budgets!

It's possible to make ice cream without an ice-cream maker, but it's much quicker if you have one. They range from budget models where you freeze the bowl overnight before making your ice cream, to fancy all-in-one models that freeze your mix right there on the counter!

Elite Gourmet EIM-502 4 quart Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Maker with electric motor and hand crank, maple
Elite Gourmet EIM-502 4 quart Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Maker with electric motor and hand crank, maple

This old-fashioned style ice cream maker would look at home on the counter in the most stylish kitchens.

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KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment - Excludes 7, 8, and most 6 Quart Models

If you already have a KitchenAid mixer, then you can buy an ice cream maker attachment rather than a new appliance.

Hamilton Beach 68320 1-1/2-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, White
Hamilton Beach 68320 1-1/2-Quart Capacity Ice Cream Maker, White

For those on a budget, this cheap and cheerful model will do the trick!


Step 1 - Get ready to blend

Strawberries in milk
Strawberries in milk

Once you've prepared the strawberries (washing them, and removing the stalks), put them in a bowl with your milk and sugar/sweetener.

Try not to poach too many of the strawberries! The ice cream is worth waiting for....

Step 2 - Blend!

Straberry ice cream mixture
Straberry ice cream mixture

Blend your ingredients together until you've got a nice, smooth mixture.

Again, try to avoid the temptation of drinking it as a smoothie at this point! It's lovely, but you're making ice cream and you can lick the bowl clean in a few minutes....

Have you tried making ice cream at home?

Have you tried making your own ice cream at home yet? It's really quick and easy, and you can adjust the recipes to suit your tastes. If you have a favorite recipe, then please leave a comment in the Guestbook at the bottom of the lens.

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Step 3 - The Big Freeze!

Empty ice cream bowl
Empty ice cream bowl

Once your mixture is ready, pour it into the ice cream maker as recommended in the manufacturer's instructions - it's normally important to set the blades turning before you add the mixture, so that it doesn't immediately freeze to the sides of the bowl.

You can leave the machine running, but it's fun to watch your mixture gradually turning into ice cream.

Once the cycle has finished, remove the ice cream into a clean container. With my ice cream maker, I have to wait until the bowl has warmed up to room temperature before I can wash it and return it to the freezer. It lives in the freezer because then I can make ice cream whenever I like :)

Step 4 - Eat your ice cream!

Strawberry ice cream
Strawberry ice cream

Your ice cream is ready to eat once it comes out of the machine! This one is a little more like a sorbet than a dairy ice cream, but it is delicious and has a heavenly scent of strawberries! It couldn't be a more summery treat.

In the unlikely event that you have leftovers, you can freeze them ;) This recipe freezes very solid - it would make great ice lollies - and you have to let it warm up for a few minutes when you take it out of the freezer, or it's impossible to serve.

Enjoy your ice cream :)

Sign my guestbook! - I'd love to hear your comments - what's your favorite homemade ice cream?

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    • Arachnea profile image

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      This does look great! I've not seen the Oatly product in the stores. I'll have to look again.

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      4 years ago

      We found out last year that one of a family member is lactose intolerant - so this lens is helpful. Thank you for publishing it.

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      4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens - I didn't know you could make ice cream so easily with oat milk. By the way, try making ice cream with just two ingredients - bananas and strawberries - dairy free and sugar free and totally delicious!

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      4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      My daughter has a dairy allergy, but this is something she may enjoy. Guess I need to make it for her, huh? Thanks for a wonderful, yummy-sounding recipe.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      4 years ago

      Oat milk - I like it in tea, but never thought to try making ice cream with it. I've been disappointed with the other nondairy milks. I'll try yours.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I know I'm going to love this. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      I've made snow Ice cream a bunch of times. I think my kids would really like to have a ice cream maker for the summer.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      That looks so good. I'm a sucker for ice cream, but get it at the store a lot. I love this healthy alternative. Not only will we be eating better, but it will be more cost effective and I will know exactly what's in it. Thanks bunches for a simple recipe I can and will use.

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      This can be such a fun activity for the whole family. My kids love making ice cream as much as they love eating it!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This looks really interesting. I use lactofree milk, so I might just try it, and also with oat milk!

    • Two Crafty Paws profile image

      Two Crafty Paws 

      5 years ago

      I was just thinking about making ice cream as I have never made it before. My neighbour used to make this gorgeous home-made strawberry & raspberry ice cream (without ice cream maker) and it was heavenly. I will probably get an ice maker machine though.


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