Raw Milk Ice Cream

Prep time: 1 day 3 hrs     Cook time: 0 min      Rest time: 1-2 hrs    Total time: 1 day 5 hrs

Macronutrients per batch: 50g fat | 36g protein | 225g carbohydrates

Makes: 6 cups

Make it Carnivore, Sugar-Free, Keto, Zero Carb: Do not include the dates or vanilla (the result will taste identical to milk)

With just four simple whole ingredients, this raw milk ice cream is nutrient-dense, decadent, and is naturally sweetened with dates.

raw milk ice cream


What you need to make Raw Milk Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • Raw milk (ASHLEY20 for 20% off); Note: if you’re located in Austin, TX, ask me about a local source for raw A2 milk.
  • Pitted dates (or honey, maple syrup, or date syrup); Note: to date, I have tried honey, blended dates, maple syrup, and date syrup to sweeten this ice cream. Date syrup wins by a landslide!
  • Vanilla bean
  • Vanilla extract (optional, but highly recommended for flavor)
  • Sea salt (ASHLEYR for 15% off)

Equipment:

Substitutions

Pasteurized milk will work in place of the raw milk, although if you are going to use pasteurized milk, I would use cream instead if you have access to it. This way, you can skip the “cream to the top” step.

You can substitute the dates for honey, although I do highly recommend dates with this recipe due to its maple syrup-y flavor. Any type of date will work. I used Medjool. If you don’t have a vanilla bean, you can double the vanilla extract.

raw milk ice cream


How to make Raw Milk Ice Cream

Prep work: 24 hours prior.

To prep the raw milk (ASHLEY20 for 20% off), leave it sitting (preferably a fresh, unopened container of raw milk) in your fridge for 24 hours prior to making the ice cream. The goal is to get the cream to accumulate at the top of the container, so when you pour out your 4 cups, it’s mostly cream. There is a photo of this in the “Tips to make the best…” section above. And don’t fret – some cream stays behind, so this method won’t ruin the taste or texture of the remaining milk.

Don’t forget to freeze your ice cream maker bowl 24 hours in advance as well.

Prep work: 2 hours prior.

Soak the pitted dates for 1-2 hours in a bowl with water.

Note: skip this step if you are using honey, date syrup, or maple syrup instead of the dates.

Note: to date, I have tried honey, blended dates, maple syrup, and date syrup to sweeten this ice cream. Date syrup wins by a landslide!

raw milk ice cream

Make the ice cream batter.

Drain the soaked pitted dates and place them in your blender along with the sea salt.

Pour the raw milk (remember, don’t shake it!) into the blender.

Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the blender, and add the vanilla extract.

Note: if you do not have a vanilla bean, use 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Blend the batter until it’s mostly smooth. Some chunks are okay if you prefer them. They end up as chunks in the ice cream!

raw milk ice cream

Make the ice cream.

Remove your ice cream maker bowl from your freezer, set up your ice cream maker, and turn it on so it begins to churn.

Pour the ice cream batter into the machine. It should fill up to the brim. I placed about 95% of my batter in (it filled almost to the top), and I let it churn and thicken a bit before adding the rest. You may get a little overflow. This is fine.

Let the ice cream maker run for 20 minutes (or longer if you prefer your ice cream thicker).

Eat your ice cream!

Note: If you eat the ice cream right after it’s finished churning, it will have a texture of soft serve. My husband loved it like this! If you store it in the freezer for 1-2 hours, it has a wonderful creamy texture (similar to standard ice cream). If you store it for longer, you may have to thaw it out a bit before scooping it.

Store it in the freezer as you would regular ice cream.

Serving hack: after you scoop some ice cream into a bowl to eat, salt the top with a generous amount of sea salt. My husband pioneered this and it was a game-changer. It brings out a warm caramel flavor and is so delicious. Enjoy!

raw milk ice cream

Tips to make the best Raw Milk Ice Cream

  • To date, I have tried honey, blended dates, maple syrup, and date syrup to sweeten this ice cream. Date syrup wins by a landslide!
  • To prep the raw milk, leave it sitting (preferably a fresh, unopened container of raw milk) in your fridge for 24 hours prior to making the ice cream. The goal is to get the cream to accumulate at the top of the container, so when you pour out your 4 cups, it’s mostly cream. There is a photo to demonstrate this below. And don’t fret – some cream stays behind, so this method won’t ruin the taste or texture of the remaining milk.
  • Don’t forget to freeze your ice cream maker bowl 24 hours in advance.
  • When you add the ice cream batter to the ice cream machine, it should fill up to the brim. I placed about 95% of my batter in (it filled almost to the top), and I let it churn and thicken a bit before adding the rest. You may get a little overflow. This is fine.
  • If you eat the ice cream right after it’s finished churning, it will have a texture of soft serve. My husband loved it like this! If you store it in the freezer for 1-2 hours, it has a wonderful creamy texture (similar to standard ice cream). If you store it for longer, you may have to thaw it out a bit before scooping it.
  • Serving hack: after you scoop some ice cream into a bowl to eat, salt the top with a generous amount of sea salt. My husband pioneered this and it was a game-changer. It brings out a warm caramel flavor and is so delicious.

raw milk ice cream

A few of my other favorite sweet eats:

Sweet Beef Bark

Blueberry Pancake Cookies

Strawberry Truffles

Crunch Bars [with Beef]

Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Spongey Cake Bars

Maple Bacon Doughnuts

Raw Milk Ice Cream

raw milk ice cream

 

Raw Milk Ice Cream

With just four simple whole ingredients, this raw milk ice cream is nutrient-dense, decadent, and is naturally sweetened with dates.
Prep Time1 d 3 hrs
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time1 d 5 hrs
Food Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet Preference: Desserts, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Ice cream, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free
Servings: 6 cups
Author: Ashley Rothstein

Equipment

  • Ice cream maker
  • Storage container for ice cream
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raw milk*
  • 1 cup pitted dates (or 1/2 cup raw honey, maple syrup, or date syrup)...I recommend date syrup!***
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeds scraped)**
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional, but highly recommended for flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Prep work: 24 hours prior.

  • *To prep the raw milk (ASHLEY20 for 20% off), leave it sitting (preferably a fresh, unopened container of raw milk) in your fridge for 24 hours prior to making the ice cream. The goal is to get the cream to accumulate at the top of the container, so when you pour out your 4 cups, it's mostly cream. There is a photo of this in the "Tips to make the best..." section above. And don't fret - some cream stays behind, so this method won't ruin the taste or texture of the remaining milk.
  • Don't forget to freeze your ice cream maker bowl 24 hours in advance as well.

Prep work: 2 hours prior.

  • Soak the pitted dates for 1-2 hours in a bowl with water.
  • Note: skip this step if you are using honey, date syrup, or maple syrup instead of the dates.
  • ***Note: to date, I have tried honey, blended dates, maple syrup, and date syrup to sweeten this ice cream. Date syrup wins by a landslide!

Make the ice cream batter.

  • Drain the soaked pitted dates and place them in your blender along with the sea salt (ASHLEYR for 15% off).
  • Note: if you go through tons of salt in your household like we do, check out this salt purchasing hack that will save you money + make things more efficient. We started this last year, and I'm so happy we did!
  • Pour the raw milk (remember, don't shake it!) into the blender.
  • Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the blender, and add the vanilla extract.
  • **Note: if you do not have a vanilla bean, use 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Blend the batter until it's mostly smooth. Some chunks are okay if you prefer them. They end up as chunks in the ice cream!

Make the ice cream.

  • Remove your ice cream maker bowl from your freezer, set up your ice cream maker, and turn it on so it begins to churn.
  • Pour the ice cream batter into the machine. It should fill up to the brim. I placed about 95% of my batter in (it filled almost to the top), and I let it churn and thicken a bit before adding the rest. You may get a little overflow. This is fine.
  • Let the ice cream maker run for 20 minutes (or longer if you prefer your ice cream thicker).

Eat your ice cream!

  • Note: If you eat the ice cream right after it's finished churning, it will have a texture of soft serve. My husband loved it like this! If you store it in the freezer for 1-2 hours, it has a wonderful creamy texture (similar to standard ice cream). If you store it for longer, you may have to thaw it out a bit before scooping it.
  • Store it in the freezer as you would regular ice cream (this is the container I used; here is another idea).
  • Serving hack: after you scoop some ice cream into a bowl to eat, salt the top with a generous amount of sea salt. My husband pioneered this and it was a game-changer. It brings out a warm caramel flavor and is so delicious. Enjoy!

Notes

To make this recipe Carnivore, Sugar-Free, Keto, Zero Carb: Do not include the dates or vanilla. The result will taste identical to milk, but the texture should turn out the same.

What I used for this recipe:

A few of my other favorite sweet eats:

Sweet Beef Bark

Blueberry Pancake Cookies

Strawberry Truffles

Crunch Bars [with Beef]

Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Spongey Cake Bars

Maple Bacon Doughnuts

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Ashley Rothstein
Ashley Rothstein

Ashley Rothstein develops tasty, whole food, animal-based, fat-filled recipes that include a moderate amount of minimally toxic plant foods. To fix her own health issues, she bounced around between the carnivore, keto, and paleo diets for a few years. After experiencing and studying each diet philosophy, she learned she feels her best by merging the three and following an animal-based diet with time-restricted feeding. As a glut at heart, she likes to channel her creativity and create meals that are healthy but also satisfy her inner gluttonous spirits.

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