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Cultured Ice Cream: Recipe for The Body Ecology Diet

Last week I woke on a hot summer morning and looked out the window ☀ at the strawberries in our garden so red and ripe and all I could think was strawberry ice cream…for breakfast!

The kids loved the idea and their response was nothing short of joyful with a splattering of kisses on my cheeks and spins of delight. I don’t give them treats often, lol.

I had cultured cream* so the boys picked the berries and we made the recipe below. I usually wait to go public until I make a recipe at least 3 x’s (more like 30), but we liked the results and summer is short.

The boys and I rarely eat sugar, so if you have a sweeter tooth you may want to play with this recipe. Making ice cream is a forgiving process and lends itself to many variations. Add blueberries, almonds, orange extract…

I scream, you scream, kids really scream for ice cream

Give them cultured ice cream! Kids are born with a sweet tooth – think breast milk – and kids on a healing protocol like The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) are deprived as it is from watching friends eat what they can’t. So, when you come across a food you can BEDIFY, do it.

My kids started the diet when they were 2 and 5 yrs. old. They’re used to how they eat and I make treats to make up for the lack, but every now and then they get that look in their eyes…like when they watch someone eat ice cream…and this look gets me every time. I could write a cookbook from the recipes I’ve created after seeing that look! It’s what inspired me to create this recipe 😉

The good news is that kids on a strict healing protocol tend to be the most appreciative when you make something yummy that they can actually eat. They have to say ‘no’ to many other foods all day long and hand-made ice cream is pretty darn special, one of summer’s simple pleasures. Making it from scratch may also be the only option you have, as it’s tough to find this degree of finesse at a grocery store.  

Why culture?

Making Raw Ice Cream 1We culture cream with starter* before churning it because we want to break down the milk protein (casein) and convert the milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid. Both of these steps make the cream easy-to-digest along with being rich in probiotics, brain-building fats and nutrients. 

In this form, cream is often tolerated by people with gut issues. That said, it’s wise to be on a gut protocol like B.E.D. for 3+ months before eating ice cream, no matter how ‘cultured’. Didn’t mom ever tell you that dessert comes after the hard stuff?

Sweeten things up

I use stevia to sweeten things up. This natural sweetener doesn’t feed bad flora, nor does it affect blood sugar making it ideal for those with diabetes or yeast overgrowth

So Excited!!

Cultured Strawberry Ice cream

Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 cups (480 ml) cultured whipping cream

1-2 fresh, raw egg yolks (pasture-raised)

½ teaspoon (2 ml) vanilla extract

½ teaspoon (2-3 ml) liquid stevia extract or 3/4 teaspoon (4 grams) green stevia powder

Pinch of sea salt

Handful of strawberries

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients, but the berries, into the blender and mix well.
  2. Add to ice cream maker, along with the strawberries, and process according to the directions of your ice cream maker.
  3. Enjoy immediately or transfer to a bowl for freezing.

Tips & Tricks

  • Careful not to add too much stevia otherwise you’ll get a bitter ice cream.
  • Don’t have an ice cream maker? Use a mixing bowl and pour in the ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 1 hour until mixture begins to freeze at edges. Then give it a stir and freeze for an hour. At the 2 hour mark, blend it well and freeze it until it’s firm enough to stay in the bowl but soft enough to dip into – about 6 hrs.

*Use a culture starter that contains high-quality probiotics, particularly Lb. Plantarum – one of the heartiest strains you can put in your body. Most probiotics get destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, chlorinated water, etc. before reaching the small intestine, yet Lb. Plantarum is strong and survives to keep your gut full of good flora. This is the starter we use.

Done!

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