Desserts are a problem when you can’t digest (or don’t eat) cow’s milk. Restaurants and ready-made versions are all but impossible, and a certain amount of creativity is needed to make them at home. A lot of the time, I don’t bother – I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth.

Ice cream, by its very nature, is a tricky one. I’ve had goat’s milk ice cream, which is only available in vanilla. I don’t like the soy milk versions, and am wary to try any of the other vegan versions as they are expensive and if I don’t like them…. Earlier this year I was thrilled to find a stall selling buffalo milk ice cream at the Edible Garden Show – it was the first ice cream I’d had in over a year.

Recently I have had access to an ice cream maker, and so I have been experimenting with making my own, cow-free ice cream. My first attempt was based on a recipe from the Oatly website, for easy strawberry ice cream. What you end up with is more like a sorbet than a true ice cream, but it’s delicious!

Strawberries and Oatly

This recipe only has 3 ingredients – 400g strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar (about 100g) and 266 ml Oatly. If the quantities look odd, it’s because the Oatly recipe called for 300g strawberries, and my carton was bigger. It would be even nicer made fresh with homegrown strawberries from the allotment. Maybe next year!

Ready to blend

I washed the strawberries, cut the stalks off and then everything gets blended together…


Once it has been through the ice cream maker, it looks like this:

Oatly strawberry ice cream

It really smells – and tastes – like strawberries, it’s heavenly. A nice treat for Wimbledon week – a little lighter then strawberries and cream! When it was first made, I found it a little on the soft side, but if you have the time you can pop it in the freezer for a little while to harden up. I’m still getting the hang of the ice cream maker, so that might make a difference. If you freeze it overnight, it sets solid – you’ll need to give it a few minutes to warm up before it’s scoopable again. I suspect it would make nice ice lollies though :)


If you’re reading this post via Google Reader, then you need to find a new way of doing so before the end of the month – Google Reader is being retired on 1st July 2013. I have swapped over to Feedly, but if you’d like a run-down of more options, Veg Plotting has a good post on this topic.