3-Ingredient Crunchy Strawberry Ice-Cream

April 28, 2014

3-Ingredient Crunchy Strawberry Ice-Cream


One of the things I’ve learned since I started this blog is that NOT everyone’s got a microwave, a blender, a juicer, a slow cooker or an ice-cream maker.
Personally I own all of those kitchen appliances/gadgets, but you probably have a washer-dryer in your apt; I don’t...hence, you win, I lose.
Let me explain...in the City That Never Sleeps the real luxury, the one item that can make all your friends green with envy, the thing that pierces the fantasy of entitlement is owning a washer-dryer.
Like it’s yours and it’s right there, in your apt.
There’s no more descending to the depths of the basement laundry room. Or worst, walking a couple of blocks to a sad laundromat, where (notwithstanding what you see on commercials) there’s never a Victoria’s Secret model waiting for you, stripping to her underwear, throwing her dirty clothes in the washing machine and then hitting on you.
Never happened, never will.
So you fill the washer-dryer void with many kitchen gadgets, and you convince yourself that owning an ice-cream maker is way cooler and 100 times more useful.
Because you know, sometimes it's okay to lie to yourself.

3-Ingredient Crunchy Strawberry Ice-Cream


Seriously though, if I were to rank all my kitchen gadgets from “More Useful” to “Less Useful”, the ice-cream maker will probably sit at the bottom. Next to the pineapple slicer.
First off because it’s a royal pain in the neck to wash it. And then you can totally make awesome ice-cream without that machine.
As long as you can whip some cream (or coconut cream), puree the strawberries and crumble meringues, then you’re pretty much good to go.
Which is all you need to do to make this Crunchy Strawberry Ice-Cream.
Almost too easy and too good to be true.
Three ingredients; I know, that’s it.
If you’re like me and a sucker for making your own (paleo-friendly) meringues then bake some following this recipe. Otherwise, Trader’s Joe carries them (so does Whole Foods), they’re cheap and totally good.
Then you’re pretty much good to go.
Make some and tell me your ice-cream story afterwards. Because one thing I know for sure is that everyone’s got an ice-cream story.
It may have happened in a busy street, it may have been in front of a Mister Softee truck. It might have even been frozen yogurt or gelato instead.
The point is, great things consistently happen when ice-cream is being served.

3-Ingredient Crunchy Strawberry Ice-Cream
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Note. I like to use both coconut cream and heavy cream. The latter yields creamier results while the former has a slight coconut aftertaste. It’s really up to you to choose what you like best.

Ingredients
Serves 8

1 cup / 250 ml heavy cream or coconut cream*
2 ½ cups / 14 oz / 400 gr strawberries halves
10.5 oz / 300 gr meringues (make your own paleo meringues with this recipe)

*For the coconut cream, refrigerate two cans of coconut milk overnight (several days if possible) then scoop out the cream that rises to the top (try to keep as much liquid out of the cream as possible and reserve it for other uses.)

Directions

Place strawberry halves in a blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth.
Transfer strawberries’ puree to a large bowl.
Using your hands, crumble the meringues over the bowl and mix with the strawberry puree.
In a large bowl of a heavy-duty mixer or with an electric hand mixer fitted with whisk attachment whip the heavy cream (or coconut cream), until soft peaks become visible.
Using a spatula gently fold the whipped cream (or coconut cream) into the strawberry mixture.
Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the freezer at least 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields about 140 calories, 11 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

26 comments:

  1. My ice cream maker is collecting dust right next to my meat slicer. This sounds like a great way to welcome the warmer weather!

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    1. Ice-cream makes is the worst gadget to have imo, I would trade mine for a waffle maker any time!

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  2. This looks phenomenal Mike!

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  3. I go through phases with my ice cream maker, but use it at least 2x per month - awesome coconut ice cream for so much cheaper than the store bought! I can't wait for strawberry season - this looks so good I can almost feel the warmer weather coming! (I think I'll need to California strawberries now to get a head start on this recipe!)

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    1. I saw your coconut ice-cream Kari, and it honestly looks phenomenal. I think I might whip up a batch soon and put my ice-cream machine finally to good use!

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  4. Yum!!! So tempted to lick my computer screen. LOL

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  5. Mike, my sister lived in Manhattan for 10 years, and she has some stories about her laundry adventures! One winter, she so did not want to lug her little cart with her laundry thru the snow, and as she works in the fashion industry and always has samples lying around, she just brought clean samples home - needless to say, at the end of the month her stack of dirty clothes was no joke! The first thing she looked for when she moved to Dallas, was a washer/dryer in her appt!
    And now to this ice cream - gosh - it looks so so creamy and decadent! That coconut aftertaste would mesh so well with these strawberries. I am probably the only person without an ice cream story (Lactose and I are not friends) but I do have plenty of froyo stories!

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    1. I can totally relate to your sister, in NYC after a while you start hating dirty clothes. It get so desperate, at times I'd rather buy new ones than wash the old ones.
      BTW I want to hear all of your froyo stories, over a cup of non-dairy ice-cream, of course!

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  6. Hi Mike, this looks like the most perfect recipe, 3 ingredients, easy to prepare and packed full of flavor. When I first saw this last night I put strawberries on my list for today. This will be happening. Thanks!

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    1. That's super awesome Cheri, thanks a bunch!

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  7. Is it possible to have a food gasm without actually eating anything? Cause I just did! LMFAO!

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  8. As much as my wife and I have seriously considered moving to the city, one of the big perks of a house is laundry right here, whenever we need it. Well, whenever she needs it... because it has been decided that she is the laundry guru in the relationship. Pretty sweet deal.

    And this ice cream... I just heard about that whole coconut cream trick last week and it looks pretty rad. Going to have to try that out! Love the whole crunchy meringue factor. Another great recipe from Alpha!

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    1. I want a laundry guru, all my GF does is complaining about doing the laundry. She actually complains so much I'm actually doing it just not to hear her ;)

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  9. hey mike. just wanted to tell you i really enjoyed reading your post. put a smile on my face and i had a somewhat noneventful day. i never take for granted my washer and drier because as a kid, my mom couldn't afford one so we lived at the laundry mat. my sister and i were pros with the coin machine!

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    1. Thanks Joanna, I'm glad I was able to put a smile on your face! :)

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  10. What great pictures Mike! Luckily, I have both an ice cream maker AND a w/d set, but I'd definitely prefer the latter if I had to choose one!

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    1. I'm so envious of your w/d set...you have no idea how much! :)

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  11. This looks so good Mike, my sons would flip out over this. Absolutely love the blog, recipes, pictures, and your writing and so glad I found it!

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  12. Wait, Victoria's Secret models don't do their laundry at laundromats? Thanks for ruining that nice, clean vision of a perfect world, Mike. Just kidding! In all seriousness, this ice cream looks delicious...I'm in constant awe of how you take normal, delicious recipes and put the paleo spin on them! Nice work!

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  13. I'm having a lovely time looking through your blog, getting inspiration. Just wondering what has happened to the link to the meringue "(make your own paleo meringues with this recipe)".

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    1. Yeah...what happened to the link? :)
      I just fixed it. Thanks for letting me know!

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