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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22 Responses

  1. Yum! Those are both quick recipes that would keep kids busy…and give them a delicious treat at the end. Great idea!

  2. This is such a neat idea! When baby girl is a little older, we will have to try this. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  3. MommyFerg02 says:

    Yummy! We are going to have to try this!

  4. This looks amazing! Pinning 🙂

  5. Trisha says:

    This sounds (and looks) delicious! thanks for the recipe! Definitely going to try this out!

  6. Patty A says:

    Looks yummy

  7. YUM! I’ll have to try this out soon. Thanks!

  8. Bonkers4coupons says:

    what a great summer yummy treat. Thanks for sharing!

  9. LeettleBaby says:

    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” 🙂

  10. Sarah Main says:

    Found this recipe via Pinterest! What a happy find! Posted it on my own blog, with credit to you of course! http://sunshineandthekiltedchris.blogspot.com/2013/01/almond-milk-vanilla-ice-cream-in-10.html

  11. Looks delicious! I am partial to coconut milk and make quickie ice creams with that all the time. 🙂

  12. This looks fun! My 4year old would love it. thanks.

  13. This looks amazing! My daughter will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Amber says:

    I never thoght of using almond milk for making ice cream. This looks so good and easy. I must try!

  15. Ben says:

    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.

    • GreenGrizls says:

      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.

  16. Laura B says:

    I love homemade almond milk ice cream. And I can’t wait to try making my own chocolate syrup to go with it.

  17. Erin M says:

    This sounds delicious, thanks for the awesome recipe!

  18. I. Hill says:

    Just tried it! Turned out well. Did have to add more salt to the ice. Thanks for the recipe.

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