Simply Summer Strawberry Ice Cream

I have returned from a trip to Northeast Iowa, where my parents grew up and my extended family still lives.

I sat around a campfire, hiked through a forest with breathtaking views, took our dog for long walks, talked with my 90-year-old grandma, watched a 3-year-old blow our her birthday candles, and waded in a river. It was summer at its best - and simplest.


It was an experience I'll think about this winter when the slow is drifting outside my door and suddenly feel warmer.

When I returned home to bills, work, and responsibility, I wanted to capture the essence of the past few days in food form. I kept coming back to sweet desserts and the brightness of the season's produce, and decided to make a strawberry ice cream. With just four ingredients, it's exactly what I wanted: simple.


What does summer mean to you? Do you have any particular experiences, smells, or tastes that take you there no matter what?

Simply Summer Strawberry Ice Cream

  • 2 cups soy creamer (coconut milk would also work if everybody likes the flavor)
  • 1/3 cups syrup (I used apple syrup - available at my local grocery store, it was cheaper than maple and has a subtle fruity taste)
  • 1.5 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1.5 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and run through a food processor
  1. Mix together all ingredients and run through ice cream maker according to directions until solid but still soft.
  2. Freeze; thaw for several minutes before use.


  1. I did not know that apple syrup even existed! How cool!

  2. I've never heard of it either! No High fructose corn syrup, I assume? This ice cream looks SO beautiful!