Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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I’m a big believer in letting kids help in the kitchen. I’m also a big believer in sanity, and sometimes these values collide. “Let’s make breakfast together!” can – and has – quickly devolved into the following phrases.

Ummm, why are the eggs in the cast iron grill pan? How are you going to scramble them?

Top left . . . no, your other left.

Yes, cinnamon and cumin do look the same – but they taste VERY DIFFERENT. (Blech!)

Still, as someone who began married life not knowing how to make much more than hamburgers and spaghetti, I know the value of these practice sessions. Whether it’s something simple like grating cheese for grain-free mini-pizzas, measuring herbs for sweet dreams tea, shredding chicken for tortilla soup, or something more advanced, I know they’re developing skills that will last for a lifetime.

Though obviously not the focus in my kitchen, desserts are one of the potami’s favorite things to make. This no-cook strawberry ice cream recipe is perfect for those who are just learning. Little hands can cut strawberries with a butter knife, measure/pour ingredients into a bowl, and mash the strawberries with a potato masher – or their fingers! Then all that’s really left to do is toss it in the blender and pour the chilled mixture ice cream maker.

When all is said and done you’ve got fresh, creamy ice cream that is bursting with flavor, barely any mess to clean up, and kiddos who are building confidence in the kitchen. Pretty sweet, huh? Don’t be surprised if they ask you for a copy of The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook For Kids so they can learn more!

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe - Super easy and bursting with flavor. Great to make with kids!

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Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Calories 0kcal
Author Mommypotamus


  • 1 lb strawberries (about 4 cups – previously frozen strawberries can be used if thawed)
  • cup sucanat / rapadura
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups cream
  • natural red food dye (optional - I didn’t use any in the ice cream pictured)
  • 2 tbsp rum or vanilla extract made with vodka or rum (optional)


  • Trim tops off the strawberries and cut them in half. Place them in a bowl along with lemon juice, salt and sucanat, then mash with a potato masher.
  • Pour strawberry mixture into a blender with the cream and rum if using. Puree until smooth. (If you have an immersion blender, you can puree in the bowl.)
  • Cover and chill for at least four hours. I usually make mine a day in advance and chill overnight.
  • Pour mixture in an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Enjoy right away as a soft-serve, or transfer to a container and place in the freezer until firm.


*This keeps the ice cream from becoming as hard as a rock. As I mention in my post on making homemade eggnog, Appleton Estates rum is non-GMO. I prefer not to add rum in this recipe, so I let the ice cream soften at room temperature for a little while prior to serving.


Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Crisp – With a scrumptious crispy topping layered over a thick, juicy strawberry filling, this dessert is easy and delicious.

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Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits – These biscuits are so simple and delicious! If strawberries aren’t in season, the post includes suggestions for different fruits that go well with this recipe.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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5 thoughts on “Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe”

  1. Hi. I have a strawberry mixture that already has plenty of sugar in it. Do you think that would work for this, and can I get away with not adding any more sugar?

  2. Hi,love your website. I just made this using a can of coconut cream and jaggery instead of the cream sucanat. All I can say is WOW….delicious n so simple. My strawberries were frozen n cream was chilled so all I did was dump everything in my blender….it was basically already ice cream…but I churned for a few minutes as well.