Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for YouWhether you live the raw, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or low carb lifestyle, you are sure to enjoy this savory delight from Les Starks of Whitewater, author of Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for You. The simple recipe is easy to make and tastes like fresh strawberries.

Note that Starks’ recipes are made using the Vitamix blender and adjustments will have to be made if using a different high power blender. Each recipe makes two 6- to 8-ounce servings.


  • 1 cup frozen, soaked almonds
  • 3/4 cup water; Intensify the fresh strawberry flavor by replacing the water with 3/4 cup fresh strawberry puree, made by blending fresh strawberries in the Vitamix until liquified.
  • 1/2 to 1 level scoop stevia powder or 7 to 15 drops liquid stevia
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 12 ounces frozen strawberries

Preparing the almonds for ice cream:  Almonds have to be soaked in purified water in the refrigerator for twelve hours or longer, then rinsed, drained and frozen before they are ready to be used in ice cream. Almonds should be soaked in enough water to cover them by three inches or more, to allow for the water they will absorb. After draining the almonds, re-cover with water, drain them again, and repeat rinsing until water runs clear. Thoroughly drain the almonds in a colander or strainer and store in freezer bags. Freeze for twelve hours before using in ice cream. Each recipe for ice cream will take one cup of frozen, soaked almonds.

Step One: Make the almond cream:  Start blending almonds, water, and stevia on VARIABLE power 1, gradually accelerating to power 10. Switch the machine to HIGH, and blend until completely smooth. Add coconut oil, and blend, accelerating from 1-10 on VARIABLE. Switch the machine to HIGH, and blend until the coconut oil is incorporated.

Step Two: Incorporate the frozen ingredients:  Add frozen strawberries. With the machine set on HIGH, use the tamper to push the strawberries down into the spinning blades, and blend until the mixture is smooth.

The result is a creamy, smooth and flavorful delight…Enjoy!

Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for You is available at Amazon.com.

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