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A brief culinary interlude: Coconut vanilla ice cream with strawberries in it

I know dessert is not paleo. Sadly, we can’t all be Kurt Harris! (I mean that, I would love to be Kurt Harris.) This is for special occasions. 🙂


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 1 can light coconut milk (13.5 oz) – I find that the inclusion of light coconut milk helps create a more scoopable texture if the ice cream is not all to be consumed at once. If you and yours will consume all the ice cream as soon as you are finished making it, or if you have the forethought to take the container out of the freezer a half hour before you plan to eat some, or if you don’t mind nuking the whole shebang in a microwave for 20 seconds, feel free to go with 2 cans of full fat coconut milk.
  • 2-5 egg yolks (This is an arbitrary number of egg yolks. I’m sure the lecithin helps add richness and mouthfeel, but I just do it for the lovely golden color.)
  • Sweetener to taste (I used 8 packets of Truvia, but no doubt a bit of honey or soaked, pulverized dates would work well and be more paleo)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 TBSP vanilla extract
  • A cup of chopped strawberries, possibly sprinkled with a bit of wine vinegar or lime juice, if you’re feeling sassy


  • Whisk the eggs for a minute or so
  • Add the sweetener and salt and whisk until eggs and sweetener are combined
  • Add the coconut milk to the egg-sweetener mixture, as you continue to whisk
  • Add the vanilla while whisking away
  • Adjust the amounts of sweetener and vanilla to suit your taste. When the mixture tastes good to you, pour it into your ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
  • When the ice cream maker signals that it is done, use a spatula to incorporate the strawberries into your ice cream
  • Serve and enjoy!
  1. zanjabil
    May 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    This sounds delicious. I’ll have to try it, not real big on ice cream but occasionally I want in the summer months, and I love anything coconut.

    • commutergrrl
      May 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      I hope you like it!

  2. Scott
    September 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    How’s your TMI symptoms going lately? I’ve been Paleo about 95% for a month or so, and have decent energy, (not so much weight loss though, guess calories count), but I’m also checking out the critics’ arguments and people who aren’t having success to play it as safe as possible. Your post on Richard’s blog concerned me, and your post about losing menstrual function was definitely something to be checked out. Is that going better these days?

    Also, from your posts about letting down your parents, both with the weight and sexual issues, I wanted to say that although some people (your parents, friends) may judge you by these things, i.e. your value as a person and the respect you deserve will fluctuate in their eyes, that doesn’t have to be so in your eyes. These socially imposed values (reproductivity, thinness) do not have to be your values, and you can have true self-respect and be happy in spite of what other people think. A great source for this I found is The Blueprint Decoded by Real Social Dynamics. It talks about, among other things, living in your own reality with your own values and boundaries. The problem is, it seems you’re taking your father’s judgment and society’s judgment and their realities too personally, literally your self-worth and confidence are attached to them. This is completely normal and natural to think this way, parents’ judgments are usually good for you, and it’s just unfortunate you’ve been placed in this experience.

    However, and it takes time to change old habits, you can slowly start to live by your own rules and expect other people around you, parents included, to respect them. Otherwise, you can lessen or eliminate your time in your life with them and find people who do respect your reality. As I heard from Tim Ferriss once (not exact quote), “Most people spend way too much time trying to impress people that don’t like them anyway.” Now, I definitely agree that being thin and sexy may have more people respect you and see value in you, and I think it’s not a bad goal in itself (although I’ve actually been really attracted to some chubby girls, more than thin ones, so don’t assume thin is better!), you will be a winner in the social value realm, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy now just being you and doing the things you like. You can find people who respect you and like you for you anyway. It may take more work because I agree many if not most people will judge you by these superficial things, but the funny thing is I’ve found that those friends who like and respect you for you regardless of how thin you are or whatever are the best ones anyway, the people that make you feel the best and support you no matter what. Anyways, enough therapist rant, hope this post added some value to your life.

  3. Alan
    December 19, 2010 at 3:42 am

    wonder if you’ve seen carbsanity.blogspot.com

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