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Last summer, we had an amazing peach tree. While the wasps and birds got to some of the peaches, and some fell off the tree, we still got at least 500 peaches from it. There was no way we could eat or store all those peaches, so I gave plenty away to the neighbors and made lots of treats with them. With the rest, I peeled, quartered, and froze them. And thank goodness I did, because shortly after I picked the last of the peaches at the end of the season, we got a few really bad storms that included a LOT of wind that ripped the tree in half, and it had to be removed.
So no new peaches this year, but since I had frozen so much last summer, I still had enough left to make more ice cream. Now, I’ll readily admit that last summer, when I was not of the paleo persuasion, that I made an amazing peach ice cream. I found the copycat recipe for the Ben & Jerry’s Georgia Peach ice cream, and people, it was good. But loaded with milk, cream, and sugar. That just wasn’t going to fly this year. But dangit, I really wanted that ice cream. The ingredients are very basic and simple, and I felt confident that I would be able to paleoize their recipe and still be able to enjoy my favorite ice cream treat with far less guilt.
Paleo Police Disclaimer
Now let me take a break in the post to insert a little disclaimer here. Eating paleo is all about getting healthy, removing the junk from your diet, and getting back to our ancestral roots. Ice cream isn’t really a paleo food. It’s got plenty of honey and almonds that should not be consumed in large quantities. I know that and I’m betting that most (if not all) of you know that too.
Clean eating, clean paleo, does not include eating paleoized foods, including cookies, cakes, ice cream, and any other food that would normally be loaded with non-paleo ingredients or combined in a way that is less-than-natural.
So if I know all this, why do I make, eat, and include these non-clean paleo recipes on my site? Because I don’t think it’s possible for the vast majority of people, myself included, to maintain a healthy, paleo lifestyle by going cold turkey. I would one day love to not want a cookie or a bowl of ice cream. But for now, I’m not to that point yet. So rather than indulging in a food that will do damage to my body, I will find a suitable substitute until that wonderful day where I no longer crave it. Indulging in a healthy treat every now and then is far more sustainable for me than going cold turkey and falling (hard!) off the bandwagon later.
Back to the recipe. I want to tell you that this does include raw eggs. I am not uncomfortable at all with this. I have eaten this ice cream, and even raw cookie dough (gasp!) and have never once gotten sick. I know, knock on wood. But to be on the safe side, I would recommend using pasteurized eggs to reduce the risk of getting a foodborne illness. Wow, this post is just full of disclaimers. Maybe I should have just kept it to myself. No. Ice cream is good, so here you go.
Maybe I’m feeling a little spicy because of my lack of sleep last night. I need someone to explain to the 2-year-old that 4:30am is not, in fact, the time to wake up in the morning, declaring she wants to go downstairs for breakfast. No sweetie, you still have 4 hours to go, get back in bed. Oh, you don’t want to? Well, let’s go sit on the couch and watch Bee Movie while it’s still dark outside. Sounds like a blast. Or not. Good thing I have ice cream waiting for me in the freezer, right?
Dairy-Free Peach Ice Cream
- Add the chopped peaches and honey to a medium saucepan. Simmer on low just until the honey easily incorporates into the peaches and peach juices. Remove from heat.
- Add the lemon juice and stir until combined. Strain the juice out of the peaches into a bowl and set aside. Put the peaches in a small bowl and store in the refrigerator for later.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until light-colored and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the almond milk and gelatin and whisk until well combined.
- Add the reserved peach juice and stir until combined.
- Freeze ice cream:
- If you have an ice cream maker, add the almond milk mixture to it and freeze according to manufacturer instructions.
- If you do not have an ice cream maker (like me), pour the mixture into a standard loaf pan and place in the freezer. Remove and stir around every hour, breaking up icy chunks. This is in place of the churning from the ice cream maker.
- When the ice cream has stiffened, but not quite done yet, add the reserved peaches from the refrigerator.
- If using the freezer method, do not add the peaches yet. Wait until the ice cream is pretty much done, then transfer it to the bowl of a high-powered blender or food processor. Process until the ice cream is nice and creamy, then mix in the peaches and follow the steps below. Put back in the freezer to firm back up before serving.
- When the ice cream is ready, transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer or eat right away (right away is best).
- Try to eat within 1 week, same day, if possible. If stored too long, it will get too hard and start to crystallize.
**Note: This ice cream is not thick and creamy like store bought, but is still delicious. After a day in the freezer, it can start to get more like an ice, instead of a cream. This might be avoided by making it in an ice cream maker, but I can’t say for sure since I don’t have one (yet).