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Maple Vanilla Ice Cream :: Refined Sugar Free with Dairy Free Option

August 18, 2014

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Maple Vanilla Ice Cream :: Refined Sugar Free With Dairy Free Option
Ever since I was a little kid vanilla ice cream has always been my favorite.

During the summer months when raw milk and cream are flowing abundantly we enjoy making ice cream once or twice a month, and most often my kids, and my husband especially, request vanilla.

I created this twist on the classic vanilla ice cream a couple years ago when I wanted to let my much smaller girls have some tastes of ice cream, but wasn’t ready to let them have refined sugar yet. I remember being surprised at how much I enjoyed the rich maple flavor, and it has quickly become one of my go to ice cream recipes.

Maple Vanilla Ice Cream :: Refined Sugar Free With Dairy Free Option
I have been using tapioca flour or gelatin instead of egg yolks in my ice cream for the last year since discovering one of my daughters just doesn’t handle eggs real well. We also have some family that is over often that is severely allergic to eggs. The tapioca flour gives a wonderful rich fluff to the ice cream, and the texture is amazing.

Maple Vanilla Ice Cream :: Refined Sugar Free With Dairy Free Option
We celebrated my little one’s first birthday this weekend and she was able to have her first taste of nourishing raw ice cream with a hint of maple – needless to say she was in love and had a few baby spoonfuls with her cupcake!

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5 from 2 votes

Maple Vanilla Ice Cream

My kids request this flavor specifically when the ice cream craving hits.
Prep Time5 minutes
Chill1 hour
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade maple vanilla ice cream, maple vanilla ice cream, maple vanilla ice cream recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 3 cups whole organic cream Preferably raw. Or if possible low pasteurized, non homogenized. If you are dairy free using whole coconut milk.
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup raw honey works too or a combo of both! If you have a little one under age 2 just use the maple syrup as honey is not recommended under age 2.
  • 3 TB tapioca flour
  • 1 TB vanilla extract almond extract is delicious too!
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Optional tablespoon of organic vodka to help keep the ice cream from freezing rock hard.


  • Using hand beaters, blend everything in a large mixing bowl and then set in your fridge to chill for an hour.
  • After the ice cream chills, give it a quick blend through again and then put in your ice cream maker to process according to your manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Transfer to the freezer. If you choose not to use the vodka you will have to bring the ice cream out to room temp for a little bit so it is scoopable.


  • If you want the nourishment of pastured egg yolk in your ice cream and can handle eggs, go for it! You can take a TB or 2 of the tapioca flour out and add in about 3 yolks.
  • This is a safe source of coconut milk to use instead of the dairy if you don’t have access to a good source or can’t handle the dairy.
  • Raw honey works well for the sweet if you wish! And adds wonderful beneficial minerals and enzymes! It won’t have the maple flavor, but the honey flavor is so yummy too! It is not, however, recommended that little ones under the age of 2 have honey, so stick with the maple syrup if they will be eating it too.
  • Here is what tapioca flour looks like!
  • We source our pure maple syrup locally – ask around at farmer’s markets for a source!
  • I really adore my simple ice cream maker it makes a great gift or gift to yourself! I actually have my eye on this bigger ice cream maker since most of the time I have to make a double batch to feed all of us or to supply enough for a birthday party.

Let me know if you give the ice cream a try!

This post was shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays!

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  • Reply Jessica August 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I really need an ice cream maker…or to come to your house!

  • Reply Susan@learningandyearning.com August 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Homemade raw cream ice cream! Oh my, there’s nothing better. I’m going to try the vodka next time I make mine. It’s always perfect if we eat it right away, but after it’s been in the freezer it gets too hard.

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I know it! And yes the vodka makes it easy to scoop right out of the freezer 🙂

  • Reply Raia August 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    This recipe seems to be the kind of thing that is best made when there aren’t a bunch of little kids around who you have to share with… 😉 Haha.

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Haha! Truth be told I often double batch and don’t show the girls the second container full 😉

  • Reply The Food Hunter August 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love making ice cream..this is a great flavor

  • Reply Susanne Runion August 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    5 stars
    I have been making ice cream almost every day this Summer and will definitely have to try this. I am really excited to try using the gelatin and tapioca flour, I would never have thought of this. Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Great Susanne! Let me know what you think!

  • Reply Jacquelyn @ LittleOwlCrunchyMomma August 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I love that shot with the cream dripping across the table, too! Yum. 🙂

  • Reply Chloe August 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

    This looks delicious! I have never made my own ice cream before, but I have always wanted to try!

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to try it!

  • Reply Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook.com August 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Hi! Found you through the excellent article you wrote on preserving seasonal produce, shared by The Prairie Homestead. As a sufferer of many food allergies, I am excited about all the great recipes and ideas on your site. I am allergic to eggs and make my own ice cream, and didn’t know about using tapioca flour in the mix. I am looking forward t exploring your site. Many thanks, Rebecca

    • Reply Renee Kohley August 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for your kind words! You will love the texture the tapioca gives to your ice cream 😉 Most of my recipes are egg free as we have quite a few egg allergies in my surrounding family – let me know if I can help with any egg swaps – took me some practice but I have it pretty down pat now!

      Thank you for stopping by! I hope you find a few recipes that will work for you!

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    Hi Renee,

    Where can I get Organic Vodka? Also can you please share the type of container you used to store this ice-cream in the freezer? I got an ice-cream maker for Christmas and would love to try this recipe. 🙂


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      Hi Swarna! Our local grocer carries Organic vodka. And I store the ice cream in empty coconut oil containers – the big ones 🙂

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    Thank you! 🙂

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    This sounds so good I will have to quadruple it!

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    Thank you for the great GREAT information
    You share with us!!

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    If using coconut milk, should i refrigerate and only use the cream that rises to the top or the whole can?

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      Hi Gina! That is up to you – using just the cream will definitely give you a thicker ice cream, though when I make the ice cream with coconut milk I use everything to save some money and have more. It is slightly “icier” but really not very noticeable. It is really personal preference!

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    Can I make this ice cream without a ice cream maker?

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      Hi Gabrielle! This recipe will work best when churned in an ice cream maker!

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