Sunday marks National Ice Cream Day — so is ice cream Paleo?!

Sunday, July 21st was National Ice Cream Day — which naturally got me to thinking about ice cream!

National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July in the United States.

ice cream collagePresident Ronald Reagan designated July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984 as National Ice Cream Day with Presidential Proclamation 5219 in 1984.

President Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation’s population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Today, National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July, even though the presidential proclamation only mentioned the month and date in 1984.

So is ice cream Paleo?

Technically NO, considering that ice cream is filled with sugar and made from milk — and dairy is not typically allowed on the Paleo diet.

HOWEVER, you CAN still enjoy ice cream on the Paleo diet — just not in its traditional form.

Some examples include this recipe, for Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream via TaylorMadeItPaleo.com — featuring ingredients like coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey and sunflower seed butter.

Photo Courtesy TaylorMadeItPaleo.com

Photo Courtesy TaylorMadeItPaleo.com

For this recipe — you do need an ice cream maker, which I DO NOT have on hand.

This recipe, for Mini Layered Ice Cream Pops from PaleoOMG suggests if you do not have an ice cream maker, you can toss your ice cream ingredients into a bread pan, place it in the freezer and scoop it out when it’s solid, after of course, whipping your ice cream ingredients together.

Photo Courtesy PaleoOMG.com

Photo Courtesy PaleoOMG.com

For this recipe, you add the cashews, chocolate chips, ice cream and nut butter in layers, before sticking a stick into the middle of the ice cream pops, and let them harden.

This recipe from PaleoParents.com suggests making frozen yogurt out of BUTTERNUT SQUASH — calling it the “Healthiest Ice Cream EVER.”

Photo Courtesy PaleoParents.com

Photo Courtesy PaleoParents.com

Ingredients include squash, coconut oil, coconut milk, egg yolks, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon.

The squash must first be roasted and then cooled, before combining it in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.

Then, it is placed in an ice cream maker before it is placed in the freezer for a few hours.

This frozen custard is topped with “Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix” including coconut chips, almond slivers, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Again, I think you could employ the PaleoOMG recipe here, and skip the ice cream maker part of this recipe, and freeze your custard in the freezer.

If you try it, let me know how it works out!

Finally, if you’re not up for making your ice cream or custard homemade, try Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream — made with grass-fed cream!

jenisI have tried the coconut flavor, and it is divine! Sadly I forgot where I bought it, so next time I see it I’m stocking up!

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