Honey Sweetened Vanilla Ice Cream
March 26, 2017 Updated July 27, 2019Categories: Sweets - Ice Cream - Dairy
This recipe for homemade, honey sweetened ice cream will be the easiest ice cream you'll ever make with an ice cream maker!
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Makes: 1 1/2 quarts Difficulty: Medium• Gluten free • Egg free • Grain free • Soy free •
This recipe requires an ice cream maker, or the knowledge on how to make ice cream without one.
If you use an ice cream maker, this is the easiest ice cream you could ever make!Use all organic ingredients, and ensure any packaged items are labeled gluten free.
Shopping Tips - what to look for to get the best gluten free, real ingredients for this recipe:
whole full fat milk, heavy cream, and other dairy products - Raw organic is best. Non-homogenized, organic is preferred if you don't have access to raw. Never buy Ultra High Temperature (UHT), or Ultra-Pasteurized milk; you will need to carefully check the label, as it's not always obvious.
The issue of what type of milk is best is far too broad of a topic to cover in depth here. Whether you want cows milk, nut milk, coconut milk, or some other type of milk will be a personal choice.
However, here are some general guidelines to help you when choosing your milk. You can research further if it's an area of interest to you.
Non-dairy milk - Most of these are really just fake food. Most only exist because people are used to white stuff to put on cereal and in coffee, etc.
Very few things in nature look and behave like dairy milk. They have to create unnatural compounds that look and behave like milk.
This category of products is quite challenging to find products that are made out of real ingredients. You will need to really read a lot of labels to find something that is not loaded with food additives, flavorings, binders, fillers, etc.
Many of these additives are very tough on anyone with any sort of digestive problems, which those who must eat gluten free do have.
Nut milk should only contain nuts and water.
Coconut milk should only have coconut milk, coconut cream, ground coconut and water or coconut water, or some combination of these ingredients.
Soy milk is not even remotely natural, or normal. White liquid does not come out of a green soy bean in any natural way. Large amounts of additives are added to it to make it resemble milk.
Rice milk should only have rice and water.
If you really want these, many of them can be made fresh at home, and you can completely control the ingredients that go into them. Check out You Tube for tons of videos.
Check out the following 4 articles to help you find the best type of milk for your personal taste:
You want to find raw, unfiltered honey. It has many nutritional benefits over pasteurized and filtered honey.
The best place to buy it is directly from the bee farmers, either at their farm or at a farmer’s market. Sometimes smaller health food stores may carry it. There's limited regulations on the word raw, so often store bought raw honey won't actually be raw. You can hunt for a farmer who is located next to organic land or wild land, and it will be the least contaminated.
Raw unfiltered honey will not be crystal clear. It should be crystal like, and have small or tiny "floaties." These floaties are bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis, and even broken bee wing fragments. Some farmers will have some light filtering, which will be simply a course sieve. This will remove the wings, but leave in the smaller bits of pollen and propolis.
Over time, raw honey will solidify. You don't want it filtered, or heated, or treated, which completely removes any benefits of honey.
For additional reading on raw and unfiltered honey, check out these 3 articles:
You want to look for organic real vanilla or vanilla extract, and not artificial.
There are artificial versions of vanilla called vanillin or vanilla flavor. You want to make sure you don't buy those. You also have to watch out for vanillin and vanilla flavor on labels, as it's an indication of an artificial ingredient, and not real vanilla.
Check out this article on real vanilla and more details on what to look for:
• 1 cup Whole full fat milk, well chilled • 1/2 cup Honey, raw and unfiltered • 2 cups Heavy cream, well chilled • 2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
- For best results, put the freezer bowl in the freezer until you’re ready to pour in the ice cream mixture.
- Mix the milk and honey together in a medium sized bowl until the honey is fully blended in. If the honey is very thick, you may need to melt it a bit so it's a little more liquidy, but be careful to not let it get too hot.
- Stir in the cream and the vanilla. Do not whip the cream, simply stir it in.
- Cover the mixture and put it in the fridge until it's really cold, especially if you had to warm the honey.
- Take the freezer bowl out of the freezer. Put it in the ice cream maker. Stir the cream mixture to make sure it's blended well and pour it into the ice cream maker bowl.
- Turn the machine on and mix until thickened, about 30 minutes.
- Put the ice cream in an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve. 2 or more hours in the freezer will give the ice cream a firmer consistency.
Scoop, and enjoy!