Simple & Easy Ice Cream Recipes | Darling Magazine

When faced with the question, “If you could only eat one thing for a year, what would it be?” I will most undoubtedly say…ice cream. There is (in my humble opinion) no treat that so effortlessly can join you at a candlelight dinner or around a bonfire on the beach. It’s a classy and versatile dessert with a seemingly endless variety of flavors and styles. I’ve chosen my favorite picks for quick, easy to make, yummy summer ice creams.

Simple & Easy Ice Cream Recipes | Darling Magazine

Raspberry-Lemon Ricotta Ice Cream (Serves 4)
This treat is zesty and refreshing with a light “cheesecake” like taste. It’s perfect for pairing with a light dessert wine or champagne on a summer evening.

3/4 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1 Cup Light Ricotta Cheese
1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup Baker’s Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
1-2 Tsp of Lemon Zest (to taste)

Ice Cream Maker

– Night Before: Prep your ice cream maker as instructed by it’s manual.
– Mix together the Ricotta, Whipping Cream, Sugar, Vanilla & Salt in a mixing bowl until smooth.
– Turn the ice cream maker on and slowly pour the mixture above in it.
– Let mix for 5-10 mins, then slowly add lemon zest and fresh raspberries.
– Let mix for another 20 mins or until desired consistency is reached.
– Serve directly or let freeze overnight in container with a lid.

Simple & Easy Ice Cream Recipes | Darling Magazine

Mint Chip Ice Cream (Serves 8)
A new take on an old favorite. Try using cacao nibs or fresh mint in place of traditional ingredients for a more healthy option (see below).

2 Cups 2% Milk
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Baker’s Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Peppermint Extract OR Fresh Mint Leaves (to taste)
1 Cup Mini-Semisweet Chocolate Chips OR Cacao Nibs

Ice Cream Maker

– Night Before: Prep your ice cream maker.
– Mix together the milk, cream, sugar, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
– Add 2 drops of peppermint to the mixture OR finely chop 5-8 fresh mint leaves.
– Turn on the ice cream maker.
– Slowly pour the mixture into the ice cream maker.
– Let mix 5-10 minutes, then slowly add the fresh mint leaves and chocolate chips (or cacoa nibs).
– Let mix 20 minutes or until desired consistency is met.
– Serve directly or freeze overnight in container with a lid.

Simple & Easy Ice Cream Recipes | Darling Magazine

Raw Lucuma Cinnamon Ice Cream (Serves 4)
This is a fantastic ice cream for everyone. It’s gluten-free, raw, vegan and naturally sweetened with lucuma powder, making it a wonderful healthy treat for people watching their sugar intake. You don’t even need an ice cream maker for this one!

1/2 Cup Lucuma Powder
1 Cup Cashews
1 Tbsp Vanilla Powder or Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Agave Nectar
1 Cup Filtered Water
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Blender or Food Processor

– In a blender or food processor, mix together ALL the ingredients until smooth. Add water if necessary.
– Pour into a glass or tupperware container with a lid.
– Freeze overnight.
– Enjoy the next day!

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  1. My mom discovered a few years ago that she’s lactose intolerant. I can’t wait for us to try the cinnamon ice cream (and I’ll just have to eat the others on my own)! Thank you for the recipes!

  2. Mmmm… Cinnamon sounds brilliant! I’ve always been hesitant to make ice cream on my own since we don’t have an official ice cream maker… but I must try that one! Pinned. Thank you.

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