Homemade Almond Milk Ice Cream–in 5 Minutes!

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We may live in Southeastern Idaho and only have about 2 months of warmer weather, but a cold treat is always welcome in our home. My toddler is 18 months and I am always having to come up with fun activities she can do that will keep her attention. Luckily, this homemade almond milk ice cream is something she can ‘make’ herself once I put the ingredients together. This simple recipe takes only 5 minutes to make and is a cold, delicious treat that’s also healthy. ;)

5 minute homemade almond milk ice cream


1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
*You can use 1 tbs of raw sugar if you’d like (or equal amount of sugar substitute). However, I always use my homemade chocolate syrup with the ice cream so I omit the sugar altogether.)
5 tbs rock salt
toddler making ice cream


Here’s where my little helper came in handy. I let her play with the bags and it amused her for a while. It was nice and cold to play with so that helped with it being so hot. She mainly tried to unzip the bag…Haha.Put the almond milk and vanilla into a sandwich size ziploc bag. I buy the cheap ones so I double bagged. Be sure they are zipped shut. Add the ice and the salt into a gallon size ziploc bag and put the liquid bag into the larger one with the ice. Zip shut and shake for 5 minutes. you’ll end up with ice cream that is comparable to soft serve and will melt before too long.

After I let her go at it for a couple minutes I took over and shook it into ice cream real fast.

For the chocolate syrup you’ll need:

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar or substitute equivalent
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pour warm water into small saucepan and whisk in cocoa powder until completely dissolved. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil for three minutes over medium heat. You can use it immediately but you need to let it cool before transferring to a storage container. This yields 2 cups and stores best in a glass jar. We store the majority of ours in this handy squeeze bottle and the rest in a jam jar in the fridge. =) This way, it’s easy for using as a topping, putting into drinks, and even a little decorating if I wanted.

finished almond milk ice cream and chocolate syrup

Well, there you have it, what free things can you do with your kids??

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I have been looking for a recipe…because the store bought almond milk ice creams are soooo expensive!

    P.S. – I did not know thatvyou lived close to my “hometown” :-)

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  3. I tried making this and after 10 minutes of vigorous shaking all I had was ice cold almond milk. After that nonsense I think it’s worth it to spend $30 on an ice cream maker.

    • I had that problem the first time around. I added more ice to the outer bag and more salt. The salt makes the ice get much colder. My toddler did all the shaking for our ice cream and it still turned out scoopable.

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