Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips #MysteryDish

by Krista on January 29, 2014 · 49 comments

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips  | Paleo | Dairy Free

A Dairy-free and Sugar-free  Strawberry Ice Cream sprinkled with Orange Zest and Mini Chocolate Chips, the perfect dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Welcome to another addition of Mystery Dish! For those of you who are new to Mystery Dish here is a quick run down. There are 12 bloggers in this group, each month, one of us “hosts” the Mystery Dish ingredients for that month. {meaning we pick the ingredients the other bloggers have to use to cook with}  Once the ingredients are given we have until the end of the month to come up with a dish. Then we reveal those dishes to YOU! :)

This month, Allie over at Baking a Moment was the host, and let me tell you. I was actually a little stumped this month. First time ever! I was really trying to stick to the Paleo diet and wanted to make a dish that we could eat, that had a couple of the mystery dish ingredients in it, and stay budget conscious. The ingredients this month were:

  • Champagne
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Beets
  • Filet Mignon
  • Lobster
  • Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Rose Water
  • Rice

Now you see my dilemma.  My first idea was to make Beet Ice Cream using coconut milk and then added some chocolate chips. I know, sounds kinda weird. A vegetable ice cream!?!? But thats what Mystery Dish is all about right? Well, let me tell you. NOT GOOD!!!!  Vegetables were not meant to be in ice cream. So, that one got thrown out.

Second attempt was to make Strawberry Orange Ice Cream {using Coconut Milk} and then throw in some Mini Chocolate Chips. Ding ding ding… we have a winner!

Not only is this dish dairy free, it is also sugar free, which makes it Paleo! {woot woot} It is also absolutely delicious! The strawberries totally make this dish shine, the coconut milk makes it nice and creamy and then there is the zing from the orange zest. I hope you give it a try, it will definitely wow you!

To get started, place freezer safe bowl and freezer bowl of ice cream maker in the freezer 24 hours prior to making the ice cream. Hull and halve 2 cups of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips 7Place in a blender. Add two 15 oz. cans of Coconut Milk. {usually in the Thai or Asian section of the grocery store}.

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips 3Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh orange zest. Next add 1/3 cup of agave nectar. Blend until smooth.

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips 4Add 1/2 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, do not blend again.

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips 2Transfer strawberry mixture to ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker instructions to churn ice-cream.

Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips 5Eat right away or transfer to prepared freezer safe container to eat later.

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Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips #MysteryDish
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A dairy free and sugar free Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 cups of strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 15oz. cans of coconut milk {full fat}
  • ½ teaspoon of orange zest
  • ⅓ cup of agave nectar
  • ½ cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips cookies
  1. Place freezer safe bowl and freezer bowl of ice cream maker in the freezer 24 hours prior to making the ice cream.
  2. Place strawberries, coconut milk, orange zest, and agave nectar in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add ½ cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Do not blend.
  5. Transfer strawberry mixture to ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker instructions to churn ice-cream mixture.
  6. Eat right away or transfer to prepared freezer safe container to eat later.

For More Mystery Dish Ingredients look below:

Mystery Dish January Collage

1. Carmelitas by Pass the Cocoa
2. Strawberry Champagne Cupcake Trifles by The Dessert Chronicles
3. Strawberry Orange Stuffed French Toast by I Dig Pinterest
4. Strawberry Orange Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips by Joyful Healthy Eats
5. Chocolate Strawberry Pudding by See Hubby Cook
6. Chocolate Doughnuts with Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing by Chez CateyLou
7. Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) by The Pajama Chef
8. Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze by The Well Floured Kitchen
9. Chocolate-Filled Cream Puffs with Strawberry Sauce by Culinary Couture
10. Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes by Yummy Healthy Easy
11. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milkshake by I Want Crazy
12. Strawberry Rose Chocolate Verrines by Baking a Moment

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Dani @ See Hubby Cook January 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh my gosh, I’m picturing your face after tasting the beet ice cream and am cracking up! I can’t see it being very tasty either, although I bet it was a gorgeous color. I think cucumbers and carrots may be the only kind of veg I’d be willing to attempt putting in ice cream (cucumber melon smells good, so it has to taste good right? And come on, carrot cake ice cream. Yes). I didn’t know you were going Paleo, this had to have been TOUGH thinking up something. Way to show up the challenge by killing it with what looks to be delicious ice cream goodness. You can take anything the gals throw at you ;-)


Krista January 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

haha.. well my face was pretty funny but my husbands was hilarious!!!! He looked and me like I was crazy. I thought it was a good idea, but CLEARLY soooo not. Thats the fun of mystery dish though. :) The whole paleo thing was for a 21 day fast we did with our church, but I will probably stick with it for the most part.

That carrot cake ice cream sounds good!


Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

This looks so amazing Krista!! I love the use of coconut milk and fruits!! You definitely made the ingredients work for your diet. I’m thinking I need to invest in a nice cream maker considering how much we consume in the summer.


Krista January 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Oh for sure you do. Plus, ice cream goes perfect with all those sweet treats you make. :)

The coconut milk in this was a perfect substitute for regular milk, it was just as creamy as the original.


Mimi @ Culinary Couture January 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I love that you took a Paleo route here! Now I just need to get my hands on a darn ice cream maker!


Krista January 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

haha… you can make it without an ice cream maker too. Just blend it like normal and then throw it in the freezer safe glass bowl and your good to go. The ice cream maker just makes it more soft serve consistency. :)

Reply January 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I say no matter what time of year it is Ice Cream Is always good!


Krista January 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Totally right with that Lara!


Christine @ January 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Yum…..! Strawberries and oranges were meant to be together, and ice cream is one of my guilty pleasures.


Krista January 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Right!? Seriously so good together! :)


Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission January 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Krista – That challenge sounds like a lot of fun! I love what you came up with within those ingredients. Nailed it. :)


Krista January 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Thanks so much Chelsea! :) We have guest posters each month if your ever interested in joining. It really is fun and challenges your culinary skills. {especially for me this month}


Allie | Baking a Moment January 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gah! You must’ve been cursing my name over that list! Sorry!!! But I must say, you really knocked it out of the park! The photos are gorgeous and the flavors sound phenomenal… :D


Krista January 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

haha… no worries. I was up for the challenge. I was just wishing I was off the paleo! I was thinking filet mignon with creamy mushrooms sauce and goat cheese. None of which I could have. :( Thanks on the photo props.. means alot girl! :) Great ingredients this go around Allie!


Melanie @ Carmel Moments January 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Looks delicious! I don’t think beets in ice cream would be good either but you found a winner for sure! :)


Krista January 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Thanks Melanie.. yeah i guess my “thinking out of the box” with the beets back fired. But luckily I got this winner. :)


Krista January 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

haha.. I know. I just thought, well, they are naturally sweet.. and I like them.. Why not try them in ice cream? bahahah.. not good! :) Glad I switched to the strawberries, MUCH better!


Rachel @the dessert chronicles January 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

I am so impressed that you kept this Paleo and it looks so delicious! You can never go wrong with ice cream!


Krista January 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Thanks Rachel, it was definitely a challenge but we came out with a fantastic finished product! :) You are so right, can never go wrong with ice cream.


Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy January 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Seriously dying over this ice cream! It looks and sounds SO GOOD!!!!! We both had issues this month, huh? I had serious recipe block! You did great though, this ice cream sounds like a total winner!


Krista January 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

hahaa.. I know! Oh well, it happens to the best of us. :) Although, I’m kinda glad I wasn’t the only one that had “recipe block” this month. Your cupcakes seriously sounded sooo good Jen, can’t wait to try those. Thanks for the sweet encouragement chica, hope you have a great rest of the week!


Danelle January 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Yum! And good to know beets don’t make good ice cream. ;)


Krista January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

hahaa.. yes.. you live and you learn. This was not a good learning experience… on my taste buds that is. :) hehe


Gloria // Simply Gloria January 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Hey, at least you tried it with the beets. But, I’m really liking your creation! Sharing on Fb today. (=


Krista January 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Very true, the beets were fun and the color was awesome but not so good on flavor. The second time was the charm. :) Thanks so much for sharing sweet friend. :)


Mary Frances January 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Oh wow, this ice cream is so pretty! Love the pink and how festive it is :) Beets would’ve been impressive, but you can’t go wrong with strawberries. Or ice cream. Especially ice cream! :)


Krista January 31, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Thanks Mary! Yeah, the beets were super pretty.. and awesome redish pink color but totally not there on taste. You are right, you can never go wrong with strawberries or ice cream. :)


Jodee Weiland January 31, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I love the ingredients used to make this ice cream. The flavor must be absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!


Krista February 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Thanks Jodee! It was fun experimenting with the ingredients, and even more fun eating it. :)


Lisa@ Cooking with Curls January 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

That ice cream looks amazing Krista! It would have been interesting to see the photos of the beet ice cream! :)


Krista February 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Thanks Lisa! Yeah, I was thinking about saving them because the color was awesome! But, once I tasted it I deleted the pictures right away.


Cindy Eikenberg February 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Krista, this ice cream looks so wonderful and love the flavors! I cannot stop laughing over the beet ice cream, I would have LOVED to see that. Totally inspiring me to open up the ice cream maker I got for Christmas, which has not made it out of the box yet. Thank you SO much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you are having a great Saturday and enjoy the weekend!


Krista February 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Yeah, I wish you would have been here to see my face AND my husbands face after trying it. eek….

Glad I’m inspiring some homemade ice cream, can’t wait to see a recipe coming out of Little Miss Celebration soon for ice cream then, ready go! :) Hope you have a great weekend too my friend.


Cate @ Chez CateyLou February 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I can’t believe this is paleo! It looks so creamy and so full of flavor! I’m glad you tried again after the beet ice cream :)


Krista February 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I know right! Love it! The creaminess from the coconut milk is awesome. I’m glad I tried again after the beet ice cream too Cate. :)


Chris @ Shared Appetite February 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Oh man, I so love the idea of doing mystery ingredient posts! It must be so much fun! Almost like being on an episode of Chopped!


Krista February 1, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I know! Its my favorite part about the mystery dish challenge, but it always challenges your “culinary chops”.

I keep telling my husband that we need to have a chopped date night, where he just shows up with random ingredients, gives me 45 minutes and I have to create a dish. I think I’d be more nervous about the time then anything else. :)


Kelly February 2, 2014 at 6:28 AM

This ice cream looks incredible Krista! I love the coconut milk in here – you did a great job with the ingredients and keeping this paleo girl :)


Krista February 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Thanks Kelly, it was definitely a little tricky but I was up for the challenge and this one was definitely a winner! :)


Julie @ This Gal Cooks February 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Mmm. This looks good. Strawberry, coconut, chocolate. A wonderful combination! I love that it’s sugar free. Pinned!


Krista February 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Thanks Julie, it felt just as good in my tummy after I ate it too! :) Thanks for the pin friend!


sarah k @ the pajama chef February 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

i am so impressed with this ice cream! it sounds amazing. and the fact that it’s healthy-ish too?!? even better! what a great mystery dish recipe :)


Krista February 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

haha.. thanks Sarah! I was fun to mess around and make! And yeah for a healthy dessert. :)


Karly February 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

This looks like my kind of ice cream! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!


Krista February 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Well I have more and I like to share, just bring a spoon. :) Thanks for the party Karly, always have fun!


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