4 December

At Christmas, all roads lead home. - Marjorie Holmes

Chai Tea Ice Cream

(gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free)






This makes a great Christmas dessert – especially in the South Africa where our Christmas’ are hot!

Dairy-free Chai Tea Ice Cream

Key: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, egg-free, paleo, vegetarian, for adults too

Makes: 1 litre (1 qt.) and serves 6 to 8 adults


(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

  • 800 ml (2 cans) full cream, preservative free, coconut milk
  • 2 T. arrowroot starch powder
  • 4 chai tea teabags or 4 T. loose leaf chai tea
  • ½ cup non-GMO Xylitol or raw honey (only use honey if your little one is older than a year)
  • 1 T. alcohol-, colourant- and preservative-free vanilla extract, or seeds from one vanilla pod.



  1. Place the arrowroot powder in a small bowl with a ¼ cup coconut milk. Whisk to combine well.
  2. Place the remaining coconut milk in a medium saucepan. Add the teabags (or tea leaves) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes to allow the tea to infuse. Remove the teabags (or pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the loose tea leaves).
  3. Stir in the arrowroot starch mixture and cook for another 2 minutes, until it has thickened. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add the xylitol or honey and vanilla extract and stir until it has all combined well.
  5. Transfer the ice cream mixture to a mixing bowl, cover and allow it to cool (this could take up to 4 hours in the fridge, so perhaps do this overnight).
  6. Transfer mixture to an ice cream making machine and follow the manufacturers instructions.
  7. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer-safe container and keep frozen until ready to serve.

Mila's Meals Chai Tea Ice Cream

Tip for making ice cream without an ice cream maker


Place ice cream mixture in silicone muffin cups and freeze. When you are ready to serve the ice cream, take the solid ice cream out of the cups, chop into chunks and place in a food processor. Process the ice cream until it comes together in a ball (it will resemble breadcrumbs at first).  Stop the processor and spread out the mixture evenly in the bowl, then process again if necessary until it becomes smooth (but not too soft).

Why make your own ice-cream?


While conventional ice cream is considered a dessert or an occasional sweet treat, I feel compelled to share why I avoid it at all costs… it’s not because of the dairy!


Store-bought ice cream has to be one of the most processed artificial foods available on the market today.




Some of the ‘ingredients’ commonly include:


  • Calcium Sulphate (a common lab and industrial chemical);
  • Polysorbate 80 (negatively affects the immune system and fertility);
  • Magnesium Hydroxide (can be used as a deodorant, a whitener in bleaching solutions and it even has smoke-suppressing and fire-retarding properties);
  • HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup (GMO);
  • Potassium Sorbate (a suspected carcinogen);
  • Transfats (highly inflammatory);
  • Soy Lecithin or Soya Lecithin (a GM waste product containing solvents and pesticides);
  • Carrageenan (has been found to destroy human cells and are linked to various human cancers and digestive disorders).



Then there are the flavourings…


Here is a partial list of some ‘flavouring’ ingredients found in store-bought ice cream:


  • Diethylglycol – a chemical used instead of egg yolks. It is also used in antifreeze and paint removers.
  • Piperonal – it is used in place of vanilla – and to kill lice.
  • Butyraldehyde – a nut flavouring. It is one of the ingredients in rubber cement.
  • Amylacetate – a banana flavouring. It is also used as an oil paint solvent.
  • Benzyl Acetate – a strawberry flavour. It is a nitrate solvent.
  • Castoreum – a smelly, oily secretion that is found in two sacks between the anus and the external genitals of beavers. It is also used to flavour candies, drinks, and desserts.


Many of these ingredients feature in the “Feeding With Awareness: Chemical Cuisine” chapter of my book. You can download my Worst Offenders Chart here for easy reference when being a food detective!

Mila's Meals: The Beginnings & The Basics - Food Additives Worst Offenders

Homemade ice cream is something completely different! I sometimes offer it to Mila for breakfast! And no, not as a treat… but as a wholesome meal!

Be sure to come back to our advent calendar tomorrow to open another surprise 🙂

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