Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cherry Amaretto Coconut Ice Cream (SCD, Paleo, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

Ever had that So Delicious Cherry Amaretto Coconut Ice Cream or Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream? I have, and they are pretty darn tasty.  But I don't like all the other added ingredients (or the agave used to sweeten).  And speaking of ingredients, I was thinking about amaretto today.  What is it?  Oh okay, thanks again Wikipedia, it's a liqueur.  No wonder I didn't know this.  I am (err, was) a beer drinker.  Don't know too much about those fancy liqueurs.  I looked at three popular ice cream brands that were "cherry amaretto" and you know what?  I did not see amaretto in any of the ingredients.  Hmmm.  I am not going to go through the trouble of buying a bottle of liqueur for an ice cream recipe if Haagen Dazs won't.  I'm not a Mad Men character, what am I going to do with a bottle of amaretto liqueur anyway?  Okay, so almond flavoring will have to do.  And it did.  And it's delicious.  And by golly, it tastes like this and this.  And can't say for sure, but maybe even this.  So there you go with the amaretto info.  
And oh yes, yeah for cherry season!! 
Cherry Amaretto Coconut Ice Cream
dairy free, cane-sugar free 

-2 cans full fat coconut milk this or this   
-2 1/2 cups fresh pitted sweet cherries (comes out to 13 ounces)
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use maple syrup, NOT SCD or Paleo)  
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-1 teaspoon pure almond extract  

How To:
1.  Blend the above ingredients until smooth.
2.  Add the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until thick.
3.  Transfer ice cream into a glass container and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.
4. Remove 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow ice cream to soften a bit.

*I have made this ice cream two ways.  The first is the method in this post.  The second way is to leave 1 cup of the fresh cherries out of the blended mixture.  Finely chop the 1 cup of cherries and then add them into the ice cream maker in the last few minutes of churning.  At this time you can also add in 1 cup of cacao nibs, chocolate chunks, or finely chopped almonds.  
 Cherry Nutrition 
Other ways to enjoy the beloved cherry

In a smoothie
In a pie
In my belly!
Shared on: Allergy-Free WednesdaysHealthy Vegan Fridays


  1. I think companies called things "amaretto flavoured" just to make it sound fancy. Because really, it all just tastes like almond! Not that that's a bad thing ;) This looks AMAZING! And your ingredients list is much nicer :)

    1. I agree, Gabby. And yes, I always just assumed amaretto was an almond concentrate. Anyway, almond extract works just great for that deep almond flavor.

  • AM - You're killing me!!! Please - no more yummy recipes until I'm OFF AIP! I adore cherries - and this ice looks amazing.

    Thanks for another inspiring post. If I was a nice mom, I'd make this for my kids even though I couldn't have it.

    Too bad for them I'm a meanie....


    1. Ha ha. Jen, you always crack me up.

  • Amber, this sounds beyond delicious! I'm sure coconut nectar or agave would work, too, right? I'd even venture to guess that good ole stevia would be phenomenal. I LOVE fresh cherries, and this combination with almond sounds incredibly dreamy. Off to share on FB!! :D

    1. Thanks Ricki. I would use the coconut nectar and a few drops of stevia as vegan alternative to maple syrup. Thanks for sharing lovely lady. :-)

  • GlutenFreeHappyTummyJune 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    oooh Amber! This is an irresistible combination of flavors! LOVE this!! weekend recipe for sure!

    1. Ice cream in some form will be made for sure around here this weekend. Weather calls for 103 degrees! Yikes. :-) Hope you're staying cool in NYC.

  • Heather @Gluten-Free CatJune 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Ooh, how delicious! Why oh why have I not purchased an ice cream maker yet??? I'm thinking I may just need to make a smoothie out of your list of ingredients though. YUMMY! And I love that cheesecake picture. Wow!!


    1. My ice cream maker was a great purchase. I highly recommend!! And yes, pit some fresh cherries, freeze, and use them in a smoothie version. I bet that would taste fab (maybe use almond milk instead of coconut or half of each). :-)

  • While my son wasn't feeling well last week he asked me to buy ice cream... I had a weak moment and even after reading the ingredients I did... Not something I usually do. This recipe looks amazing and I will try it the next time he asks for ice cream! Thanks for sharing!! Karen@NourishWithKaren

    1. Thanks Karen. I hope your son is feeling better.

  • gfe--gluten free easilyJuly 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Just making my way back to check out this recipe! It's awesome, Amber! I made a Chocolate Cherry Milkshake (gf/df/rsf) today. So good! I have some left for a little bit later. ;-)


    1. Oh yum, that sounds great Shirley! :-)


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