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Cultured Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe 🍓

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 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.

We rarely eat sugar, so if you have a sweet tooth you may want to adjust the amount of sweetener used in this recipe. Making ice cream is a forgiving process and lends itself well to many variations; try adding in blueberries, chopped roasted almonds or orange extract!

I scream, you scream, kids really scream for 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.) tend to be deprived enough from watching friends eat what they cannot. So, when you come across a food that you can BEDify, do it.

My kids started on 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. That 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 healing protocol tend to also be a most appreciative bunch when you make them something they can eat, esp. if it’s sweet! Cultured ice cream is pretty yummy, it’s also rich in brain-building fats. Making it from scratch with the recipe below may be the only option you have for them to experience the joys of one of summer’s simple pleasures.  

Why culture?

Making Raw Ice Cream 1The cream is cultured with starter* before churning it because we want to pre-digest and break-down the milk protein (casein). We also want to convert the milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid. Both of these steps help to make the cream easier to digest and adds in large amounts of probiotics. 

In it’s cultured form, cream is often tolerated by those with lactose intolerance. That said, if you are following a gut protocol like B.E.D. you may want to eliminate all dairy for the first 3 months of the diet. 

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


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


  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.


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