Occasional Treats Real Food Tips

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free Option

May 3, 2015

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free OptionI have one of those kids that has her mind made up.

You know the type. She decides she wants something and she won’t let you forget about it until it happens. I have *no* idea who she gets this from…ahem…but each of my 3 kids is so different from the other, and this kid just has this driven focus on her ideas that you just can’t change!

Soooo…last year after we went blueberry picking, she decided that for her birthday next year she wanted a blueberry cake with blueberry ice cream. And she has reminded me of this desire every week since last summer 🙂

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free OptionSince we live in blueberry country, I literally have a shelf full of 60-70 pounds of frozen blueberries to play with all year, so I was excited to pull out the last bag from our picking last summer to make her birthday wishes come true.

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free OptionI decided I didn’t want a full on blueberry ice cream since we were also having blueberry cupcakes at her party, and thought adding a “pie filling” type swirl would do the trick. She was thrilled – and it turned out really delicious!

You can’t go wrong with fresh, whole cream and real blueberries swirled together! It was pretty amazing!

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free OptionProduct links in this section are affiliate links. It does not cost you anything and helps maintain the free information on this site, as well as answer the questions of “what brand do you use?” Please know I never personally recommend any product I wouldn’t use on my own family.

A quick note on ice cream makers! I have a super simple ice cream maker that works so well. You really don’t have to overspend on one unless you want to. It is a nice investment for your kitchen, and I have had mine for over 6 years now and it still runs perfect (and it gets a work out in the summer!). I do have this larger ice cream maker on my wish list so I can make birthday party amounts of ice cream without doing it in batches/shifts though 😉

Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream :: Dairy Free Option

Blueberries make a perfect addition to homemade vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Chill8 hours
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry swirl ice cream, blueberry swirl ice cream recipe, homemade blueberry ice cream
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com



  • 1 ½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 TB water
  • 2 TB tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup raw honey or pure cane sugar if your blueberries are on the sour side you may want to add more – ours were from our summer picking picked at the peak of the season so they were very sweet!


  • 2 cups organic whole cream Preferably raw. Or preferably not ultra pasteurized. If you are dairy free you can use whole coconut milk.
  • 1 cup organic whole milk Preferably raw. Or preferably not ultra pasteurized. If you are dairy free you can use whole coconut milk.
  • 1/3 cup organic pure cane sugar Raw honey or pure maple syrup works too
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 3 TB tapioca flour If you tolerate eggs, you could use a few egg yolks instead for creaminess!
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 TB organic vodka This is optional and the ice cream will be fine without it – but it does keep the ice cream from getting rock hard in the freezer. If you choose to leave it out you can just leave the ice cream on the counter for a bit before scooping.


  • Make the swirl. Put the blueberries, water, and tapioca in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Once everything is warmed through and thickened, turn the heat off and add the raw honey. If you are using pure cane sugar you can put it in right along with the berries so it can cook/dissolve. Set the berry mixture aside.
  • Make the ice cream. Put all the ice cream ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend with hand beaters to combine. Put the ice cream mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes, stir through, and then process in your ice cream maker according to your manufacturer’s instructions. Mine goes for 30 minutes. I have a very simple ice cream maker and it works great - no need for fancy equipment if you can't do it!
  • Transfer the processed ice cream to a container with a lid, and fold in the blueberry mixture.
  • Freeze the ice cream

Looking for more frozen treat ideas? Check out my Treat Ideas board on Pinterest!

More real food ideas you might like:

Blueberry Breakfast Bars

Blueberry Breakfast Bars :: Gluten, Nut, & Refined Sugar Free // Raising Generation Nourished

Maple Vanilla Ice Cream

ice cream landscape

Tropical Blender Sorbet

Tropical Blender Sorbet :: Refined Sugar Free & Dairy Free

Blueberry Jam

jam landscape

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Blueberry Birthday Cupcakes! :: Gluten, Egg, & Nut Free w/ Dairy Free Options - Raising Generation Nourished May 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    […] since it’s not a birthday party without homemade ice cream in our house, we made blueberry swirl ice cream to go with our blueberry cupcakes, and I had one very happy 4 year old on my […]

  • Reply Jessica May 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

    5 stars
    This looks so pretty and yummy! What a good mama you are. 🙂

  • Reply Steph May 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Yum! Both the blueberry cupcake & this ice cream look soooooo good, we will definitely have to try them out!! We have made your straberry cake & ice cream recipes and they were also delish! In fact on the way home from church yesterday my husband asked if we can get some cream this weekend to make homemade strawberry ice cream! A total win in my book 🙂 Your pictures are so pretty, I’m sure this was a very fun birthday party for a 4yo 🙂 God bless!

    • Reply Renee Kohley May 4, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Thank you Steph! So glad to bring some real food treats to everyone’s home!

  • Reply Asha May 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I thought this was supposed to be dairy free? At least that was mentioned.

    • Reply Renee Kohley May 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Asha! Thank you for catching that! I’m sorry -yes it can be made dairy free by swapping the cream/milk for coconut milk! Coconut milk works great in any ice cream recipe! I added that to the recipe – thank you!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish May 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This looks SO good! I love that swirl, yum! I love that she had her mind made up a year in advance 🙂

  • Reply Michellette "MimiCuteLips" Green May 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

    5 stars
    I love a woman that knows what she wants even is she is little. lol She totally reminds me of my three year old. I’ve never tried making ice cream but this looks so yummy. My kids would love me for sure if I made this for them.

  • Reply Rachelle J May 7, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. I’m going to try to make this this weekend!

  • Reply Christy Maurer May 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I WISH I lived in blueberry country! It is expensive to get them here! I love blueberries and that ice cream looks so yummy!

  • Reply Harriet May 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I could totally enjoy that ice cream right now

  • Reply becca May 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    OMG I love all things blueberry. I must try this.

  • Reply Sara R May 7, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    YUM! This looks absolutely delicious! Wish blueberries were more readily available where I live! (:

  • Reply Shonda May 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    First blueberry cupcakes and not this ice cream. You are on a roll. Yum!

  • Reply Shonda May 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    now not ‘not’

  • Reply Uplifting Families May 7, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Yummy, I miss my grandmother’s homemade ice cream. I love the idea of adding blueberries or other fresh fruit.

  • Reply Yona Williams May 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Holy cow…that looks absolutely amazing. I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, but I’ve been warming up to them more and more.

  • Reply No Ordinary Liz May 8, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    OMG!!! This looks so good! Thank you for making my mouth water! I want to make this and put this on a warm blueberry pie! Pretty pictures!

  • Reply Antioxidant Rich Berry Gummies - Raising Generation Nourished May 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    […] also make for great classroom birthday treats. We definitely do up fun birthday ice cream and special birthday cakes at home to celebrate, but I don’t think cupcakes need to be consumed […]

  • Reply Heather May 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm


    Sorry this may be a lack of knowledge on my part, but is it safe to put vodka in it if you are going to be giving this ice cream to children? & do you use coconut milk or coconut cream instead of the whole cream? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley May 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Heather! I don’t worry about the vodka since it is such a small amount dispersed in a large amount – but you can for sure leave it out if you wish. I have always made my ice cream with it and I serve it to my girls without hesitation – they get a small scoop and that is that 🙂 And you can use just whole coconut milk instead of the cream!

  • Reply 9 Frozen Treats to Stop Buying and Start Making - Live Simply June 12, 2015 at 12:51 am

    […] Flavor Swirl Ice Cream: Whatever your fancy, you can swirl just about anything into ice cream. This blueberry swirl ice cream can be swapped for strawberries, raspberries, peaches, or cherries. Or if sweet, salty, creamy […]

  • Reply Caramel Swirl Ice Cream - Raising Generation Nourished June 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    […] More real food recipes you might like :: Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream […]

  • Reply 50 Paleo Ice Cream Recipes - Paleo Recipes, Gluten-free Recipes and Grain-free Recipes July 10, 2015 at 12:09 am

    […] 4.] Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream […]

  • Reply 50 Summer Berry Gluten-Free Desserts | Only Taste Matters September 1, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    […] Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream from Raising Generation Nourished […]

  • Leave a Reply

    Recipe Rating

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.