Gluten-Free Ice Cream – An Easy Recipe to Beat the Heat

McDonalds Ice Cream with Peanuts
I had a conversation recently about the merits of ice cream versus cheese. While I stood by cheese for its diversity and its ability to serve as main course, garnish or dessert, he felt that ice cream was superior for its ability to make a person happy.
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As the summer progresses, his argument is starting to resonate.
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Many mainstream ice cream offerings are gluten-free. After avoiding the obvious gluten-y flavors like cookie dough and cheesecake, the options abound. Simple ingredients such as cream, sugar, vanilla or chocolate are naturally gluten-free.

Since completing my gluten-free soft-serve round up last summer, Pinkberry has added coffee to their flavor offerings and Grom gelato, that I first tasted in Florence, has added a West Village outpost – all gluten-free flavors are marked right on their menu.
Grom Gelato YUM
If you are ambitious enough to make your own ice cream, the options are even more plentiful. Something simple like David’s Easy Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe looks sublime. But if you are going to the effort to make your own, perhaps try a more unusual flavor like Deb’s Fennel Ice Cream Recipe, David’s Candied Bacon Ice Cream (yes, that says Bacon) or this Honey Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream Recipe from Cooking Light. I first discovered ricotta gelato during a summer in Sicily and still dream of those cones full of sweet and creamy gelato topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Even with those dreams dancing in my head, my all time favorite ice cream has to be the Toasted Almond flavor from Fosselman’s in Alhambra, CA. Thank goodness I have a ticket to visit my family this summer in California; I won’t have to wait too long before indulging.

What are your favorite ice cream flavors?

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Cassandra said,

June 23, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

Strawberry cheesecake – not easily come by in gf.
But I’m also pretty happy with vanilla and mint chocolate chip. :)

Katya said,

June 24, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

Rocky Road, though this flavor may be a bit childish, I don’t care. I especially like Ben and Jerry’s phish food.

Jenn said,

June 24, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

Mint Chocolate Chip:) It is the perfect ice cream especially on a date!

TJ said,

June 25, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

I really don’t care for ice cream. It’s unfortunate to be that way when you’re gluten free, since many restaurants will only offer us ice cream for dessert. I LOVE gelato – but only in Italy. The best I ever had was a coconut version at the train station in Venice. I’d never tasted any ice cream that good before or since.

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