Kids in the Kitchen – {Dairy & Soy Free} Vanilla Ice Cream

ice-45My Mom always seems to buy me the best kitchen gadgets and appliances, and this Cuisinart Soft Serve machine is definitely one of them.  I’ve had it for about 6 years and only have used it a couple of times because it’s a bit of a mess to clean-up and was always just easier for me to purchase soft serve at an ice cream shop, but now with the food allergies that isn’t so easy.

For this weeks Kids in the Kitchen I decided to try our hand at making some homemade dairy-free ice cream for my daughter and me.  Many of the recipes called for a ton of ingredients or ingredients that I didn’t have on-hand so I decided to modify one I found on the Cuisinart website {recipe below.}

I let my daughter help with the mixing of the ingredients.  She got the biggest thrill out of watching the machine at work:


Just like the recipe stated the consistency was more of an ice milk.  After the machine was done mixing we had a taste test.  Immediately it reminded me of a Chick-Fil-A Ice Dream and was pretty good.

Here’s how it looked after the mixing was complete:


I decided to just do a taste test of the ice cream (I didn’t want to spoil our dinners,) and froze the rest overnight.  I brought it out the next evening while dinner was being prepared and let it sit about 3o minutes before I scooped some out for us to enjoy.

I also sprinkled some ground up Enjoy Life chocolate chips on the top and garnished with some dark chocolate as well.   


We had a fun time making the ice cream and learning about mixing ingredients and also the patience of waiting for it to get done.  Although I wouldn’t put the taste of this ice cream super close to “real” ice cream it definitely does satisfy a sweet tooth and surprisingly was a pretty close taste to the Chick-Fil-A version.  Now only if I could mimic their milkshakes?!  If you’d like to try it yourself the recipe is below!



{Dairy & Soy Free} Vanilla Ice Cream
A basic vanilla ice cream where any type of dairy free "milk" can be used. The final product is a bit icier than traditional ice cream, but the flavor has not been compromised!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 3 cups dairy free milk - I used So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine all of the ingredients. Cover, refrigerate, 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Turn the Cuisinart® Ice Cream Maker on; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 30 to 35 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
  1. Any dairy-free milk can be used including Soy, Hemp, Almond, Rice.
  2. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of soy milk powder. I substituted with corn starch and it seemed to work fine.
  3. The consistency is less creamy then traditional ice cream but still very tasty!
Adapted from Cuisinart Original Recipe
Busy Bee Kate


Come join me and my co-hosts, Melinda of LookWhatMomFound…andDadtoo!Sarah of Play to Learn with SarahPaula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly SaraReesa at Momma Lew, and Jeannette from EcoIncognito each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

– picking fruit and using in recipes

– preparing healthy snacks

teaching about colors, shapes, sizes and textures with food

– having a tea party

– trying a new recipe together

– pouring from measuring cups

– creating new family friendly recipes

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