cherry vanilla ice cream

by Kristina Sloggett

in cherry season, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, summertime, Vegan

Are you tired of the Summer of Cherries yet?

I hope not, because I’m just getting warmed up. (A favorite Al Pacino line… extra points if you know it.)

I am really digging the cherry tree in our yard. Even standing at the counter pitting each and every one, that has become sort of relaxing. I have cherries in my freezer, in my dehydrator, in all kinds of recipes lately.

This one is simple, sweet and satisfying on a hot day.

Hoo Haah.

cherry vanilla ice cream

dairy, egg and gluten free, vegan

4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1/4 cup almond milk (vanilla)

1 cup coconut milk (canned)
1/4 cup agave
2 tablespoons cream cheese (Tofutti)
1 tablespoon vanilla paste

In high powered blender, combine cherries and almond milk until smooth. Continue to blend and add coconut milk, agave, cream cheese and vanilla. Transfer to ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer directions. 

I’m just getting warmed up.


{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 24, 2012 at 5:30 am

You have a cherry tree?! Jealous.


2 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

I know!! we were totally surprised when the tree in our front yard started producing fruit – when we bought the house this spring we had no idea!


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

You’re killing me with the cold desserts! Looks fantastic. I sure wish you could ship some to me!


4 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

I would if I could! XO


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 24, 2012 at 6:12 am

Scent of a Woman!!!! Love that movie! I could never get tired of cherry recipes. We bought a bag the other day and we ate it all in one day…I need to get more! This looks amazing!


6 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

ding ding ding, you got it! I love that movie too, never gets old. cherries never get old – you should see how many I eat as I am pitting them… 😉


7 Caitlin@The Vegan Chickpea July 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

wow- i’m super jealous that you have a cherry tree!! i haven’t had cherries in ages because they are just too darn expensive to buy.

this ice cream reminds me of cherry water ice that i used to get at rita’s. it was always my favorite as a child 😉


8 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

the cherry expense – exactly why I feel so lucky to have a tree, this thing is GOLD! :) we have really been enjoying the tree…


9 Evan Thomas July 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

I’m so happy it’s cherry season. A little fudge sauce on this and I’d be in heaven.


10 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

yes… I definitely need to do that before this is gone.


11 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

oh wow, that looks so delicious and refreshing! i love the color!


12 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

thanks, Caralyn, isn’t the color pretty?? 😀


13 Allie July 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

I swear, every cherry recipe you post looks better than the last (and you started with some pretty high standards!). So yeah, if you’re just getting warmed up, I can’t wait to see what else is coming! Especially if I can read about it while enjoying some cherry ice cream…


14 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

I know, I will get a random idea out of nowhere, something else to make with cherries. I have not tired of them yet! :)


15 jobo July 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

OMG! the holy grail of perfect summer treat!! WANT!!!!!!


16 Eden July 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

But let me ask you this….
Can you tie a cherry string in your mouth?

I can’t. I’m not that cool.


17 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:45 am

nope, I don’t think I’ve ever even tried!


18 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

clearly we both love our cherries – this looks fab!


19 Lora July 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

I miss our cherry tree back in Germany. It produced the most delicious cherries. I absolutely love this recipe. So creative with the ingredients.


20 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

thank you Lora! I am very happy to have a cherry tree – we have many cherries to last a while!


21 Eileen July 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Man, who could get tired of the summer of cherries? Not me. And I say this having just had a summer of plums myself. :)


22 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

Mmm, plums are another summer favorite (and I bet a plum sorbet would be smashing!).


23 Diane {Created by Diane} July 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

oh I’d love to have a cherry tree in my yard. This ice cream looks amazing! Can I come lick the spoon :)


24 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

I was so happy to realize it was a fruit tree, when we bought the house this spring they didn’t tell us! :)


25 Liz July 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

We had a cherry tree in the back yard of our first house…but those were the days before I had an ice cream maker! I remember making a pie, but would have loved this ice cream. Time to put cherries on the shopping list :)


26 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

so, did you have an issue with the tree being very tall, not being able to reach the top cherries? ours is tall, and we are actually thinking about renting … a cherry picker! 😉 ha!


27 Roz@weightignfor50 July 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

OOOH….this looks sooo good Kris. We had something VERY similar to this at a Whole Foods supper club we went to a couple of months ago. I still think about it… Hope your Tuesday is going well.


28 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

thanks Roz! I want to make more before the cherries are gone – the flavor is so good! Whole Foods supper club sounds fun! :)


29 Hannah-lyz July 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Am I the only one to now have David Bowies’ “Suffragette City” in my head after reading your “hoo haah” ..?

Just me? Well ok then..

This looks simply fabulous.. I’ve just popped a cherry pit in a pot.. grow you little beauty… Grow!!!


30 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

oooh, I hope it grows! 😀 and NOW I will be singing that song all day…


31 purelymichelle July 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

okay as much as I love the sound of this recipe, I must comment on those black bowls! I love them!!


32 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

thank you Michelle! I love these too, fun little bowls. not sure where they came from – they were Jason’s before I met him! :)


33 bitt July 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Pretty sure tofutti is soy based, hence the tofu in title, but I think there might be another soy free nondairy cream cheese on the market. Haven’t tried it yet.


34 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

thanks, bitt. I made this twice, and the original didn’t have the cream cheese – forgot to take that out. edited.


35 Erin July 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I need to learn how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Also, could I sub just plain ol’ boring vanilla extract for the paste? I’m never sure.


36 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

hi Erin! yes, you can absolutely replace the paste with extract – same measures (and no! no vanilla is boring!) 😉


37 Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks! This is such an easy combo of ingredients. Love it!


38 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

…and if you wait until the end of summer, you can find a decent ice cream maker on sale! my cuisinart was… $30 on sale if I recall correctly?? very good quality.


39 Jenna July 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

this looks great!


40 Shari O July 25, 2012 at 3:33 am

interesting ingredients, sounds delicious!


41 micha July 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

love the color, these pictures look great!


42 Jackson July 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

just received cherries in my share, making this tonight, thanks!


43 Korin July 28, 2012 at 4:37 am

I found you from Cooking Light, love your blog. this looks good!


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