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How To Make Ice Cream In A Vitamix (the Healthy Kind)

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For me ice cream falls in its own food group. The food group that will forever stay in my paleo food pyramid. This doesn’t mean that I overindulge in the commercially made sugary kind. I make my own paleo friendly ice cream at home and put whatever I want inside.

I know that when it comes to making ice cream at home, most of us give up on the idea as soon as we hear the words ‘churn by hand’ or ‘get your ice cream maker ready’ (ps. I don’t own one). BUT, not knowing what ‘churning’ is or not having an ice cream maker shouldn’t stop you. If you have a high-performance blender like Vitamix, you can make gorgeous, guilt free ice cream in no time. Here is the lowdown!

To make ice cream, or ice cream like dessert and sorbet in a Vitamix or another high-speed blender you need three key ingredients.

1. Something icy such as frozen bananas, frozen berries, frozen yoghurt, ice cubes, frozen coconut milk and so on.

2. Some liquid – not a lot but just enough to get the blending started, and often to add some creaminess. Most of the time it will be some kind of milk, yoghurt or cream. Coconut water, regular water and juice can also be used.

3. Flavours & textures – unsweetened cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, sweeteners (dates, honey, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup), berries, citrus juice, nut butters, coconut butter, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, seeds, superfood powders, and even some flavoured liqueurs (OMG!).

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Here I’ve put together three simple foundation recipes to get you started. You can create your own simple or elaborate flavours depending on what you have in the house or what fruit might be in season. Check out this round up of Top 20 Vitamix Ice Creams on my sister site Happy Body Formula for inspiration.

Version 1  – Plain Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) choice of cream -for primal peeps this can be full cream or half & half, and for dairy free versions use coconut cream or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup desired sweetener, depending on how sweet you want it
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla, or other flavouring such as peppermint oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosewater
  • 2 cups frozen milk cubes (either coconut, almond or rice milk, cream diluted in water for primal)

Makes 2-3 cups

Version 2 – Chocolate Ice Cream

  • 1 cup (240-250 ml) non-dairy milk of choice or full cream and water combined
  • 1/2 cup (about 35 g) raw unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup desired natural sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups ice cubes

Makes 3-4 cups

Version 3 – Banana Nice-cream 

  • 2 frozen bananas (pre-sliced bananas will blend easier)
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon desired sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (maybe a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon)

Makes 2 servings

Note: For each 1 cup of frozen fruit or berries, add 1/3 cup of liquid or milk.

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  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High – over 5-7 seconds.
  4. Use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  5. In about 30-40 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form.
  6. Stop the machine and don’t over blend as the mixture can start to melt. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer container for later. Re-blend after storing in the freezer with a little liquid.
These directions are written for the C-Series Vitamix machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 64-ounce container. You can use other high performance blender such as Blendtec or even try the Nutribullet, but make sure to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Join the conversation

Have you made ice cream using a Vitamix or other high performance blender? Got any tips or suggestions. Tell us below.

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6 Comments
  1. I’ve tried so many recipes (not these yet). Each time it tastes great when it’s newly made but after being in the freezer say, overnight, it’s hard as a rock. Is that “normal”?

    1. Yes, all ice cream will get really hard in the freezer…not sure about rock hard????. When I worked in an ice cream, I remember the display freezers were always set to a warmer temperature than our big freezers, so that it was easier to scoop the ice cream. Let it out of the fridge and see if it softens to the consistency you prefer.

  2. Could be one of two things that went wrong. 1) Liquid to ice ratio was off 2) You spun the blender too long thus heating up your mixture to the point that it is no longer of solid consistency and thus becomes a looser frozen substance. Such as a smoothie.

  3. I have an ice cream maker, but it’s packed away while I’m on a month long trip across the country with my daughter in our rv. I did bring my vitamix though. This will be perfect to keep us out of the dairy free (but chemical laden) ice cream section at the grocery store. Thank you.

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