We love making ice cream in our Blendtec. The problem is, our two-year-old daughter is severely allergic to dairy. So she had NEVER had ice cream. The milk in the recipe isn't the hard problem--we can easily substitute her almond milk. But the recipe also calls for powdered milk. I was told that any kind of powder will work, so I ordered an expensive, organic protein powder and added it to her milk one time. She refused to drink it. I emailed the company to learn that they use latex gloves to load the empty cannisters onto their conveyors (she's severely allergic to latex, too).
The other day, I was looking in the pantry and noticed our full box of infant rice cereal. I thought to myself, that's a powder, too, right?
So I decided to experiment and see if it would work. And it did!!
So, to make dairy-free ice cream in your Blendtec, add (in this order):
2/3 cup almond milk (or rice milk, or whatever. I use vanilla almond milk)
2/3 cup infant rice cereal
2 tsp vanilla (I omit this because I use vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups ice cubes (sometimes I replace some of this with frozen berries)
2/3 cups almond milk (again, I use the vanilla)
(The extra almond milk is needed at the end, I believe, because the rice cereal absorbs so much moisture.)
Once all of this is in the Blendtec, just press the ice cream button!
Within about 1.5 minutes, you have ice cream!
I have gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate chips, and the kids love these on top.
My daughter LOVED her first ever taste of ice cream!!!
I think I may try this next time with some finely ground coconut flour. Yum!!