Apricot Ice Cream (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gaps)

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We made it! After a long journey, we now live in beautiful Florida. I grew up in Texas, so the South resonates with me – the friendly people, slower pace, and patriotism (American flags are everywhere!).

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If you’ve never traveled to the Destin area, you must put it on your list. You’ll love the breathtaking white sand beaches and emerald waters. We’re so thankful for the opportunity to return.

As soon as I arrived, I started asking people about co-ops and local farms to buy quality produce, meats, eggs, dairy, etc. Delightfully, I have many choices – numerous co-ops exist here. I even found some nice little health food stores in case I need to get something in a hurry. Each time I move, I look at these websites first: Local Harvest, Eat Wild and Real Milk. Then I begin to ask around. No matter where we’ve lived (including the Mojave Desert) I’ve always been able to find quality foods. You just have to look around and ask people.

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I’ve always loved Seaside, so Saturday we headed down the road to check out their Saturday Farmer’s Market. Produce, fresh eggs, cheese, plants, even Paleo chili were all for sale. It’s an idyllic place for a market. White picket fences, beautiful pastel-colored beach-side homes, little shops, boutiques and restaurants all set on the Emerald Coast.

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Seaside, FL via DeliciouslyOrganic.net

Seaside, FL via DeliciouslyOrganic.net

Seaside, FL via DeliciouslyOrganic.net

I bought a sack full of apricots and decided it was time to pull out the ice cream maker. I love this little machine! In fact, I’ve had mine for 15 years and it’s still going strong. I keep the bowls in the freezer so whenever we feel like ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, or sorbet we can whip up a batch (or a few batches to share with friends). Many hesitate to purchase one, but with all the preservatives, additives, and processed ingredients in store-bought ice cream, making ice cream homemade is a better option.

Fresh Apricot Ice Cream via www.DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo

Fresh Apricot Ice Cream via www.DeliciouslyOrganic.net #paleo


Apricot Ice Cream (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gaps)

Serving Size: Serves 6

Apricot Ice Cream (Grain-Free, Paleo, Gaps)

Anyone who owns an ice cream maker needs to purchase The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz. I substitute either raw honey or maple syrup for the white sugar with in his recipes and have always had fantastic results!

Adapted from The Perfect Scoop.


    For the ice cream:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh apricots, sliced in half, pits removed
  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh heavy cream (or canned coconut milk for Paleo
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


Place halved apricots in a medium saucepan. Pour water over and heat to a simmer over medium-low heat until apricots begin to soften, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in honey. When honey is dissolved remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Pour apricot mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in cream, almond extract and lemon juice. Chill until very cold, about 3-4 hours. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve.

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  1. Carissa Mason

    Blackberry is always my go-to ice cream for any occasion. It’s sweet, tangy, cool, and healthy! Plus I love the beauty of the black and purple swirled into white cream. Appealing and tasty!

  2. Kristie Jarmusz

    This looks delicious! I grew up in the south as well and my dad always makes homemade ice cream. My aunt has blueberry bushes in her yard so we frequently have them in ice cream. I will have to try this out as well!! Thanks for the ideas! Now, I just need to get an ice cream maker.

  3. Leah

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing this recipe, and for the chance to win an ice cream maker! Mine burned out last summer (a cheapie) so I would LOVE to win this contest! :)

  4. Maria

    I was just at Seaside last weekend. We spent the weekend at Rosemary Beach and rode our bikes Saturday morning to the farmers market at Seaside – 8 miles each way :) I want to come back!

  5. Erika DiPietro

    I have never made homemade ice cream but would love to start making sorbets and ice cream. I had blood orange sorbet on vacation recently and my husband and I loved it. So I guess that would be one that I would enjoy making.

  6. Melissa

    I’d have to say my favourite flavour is maply syrup. Sooo delicious! A friend had made it with “pudding chomaur” and it was fabulous! Best ice cream I’ve had..EVER!

  7. I have only tried vanilla…but homemade is sooo good!

  8. Katie

    My husband and I took a road trip to Florida 2 summers ago and I LOVE it there!! We stopped in Pensacola, before heading to Orlando a really beautiful place! We ate at McGuire’s Pub (there is one in Destin too) BEST steak I have EVER had…and I live in TX!
    Would love this little ice cream maker! I have never made my own, it would be fun to do with our son :)

  9. Kristin Hamm

    After surviving 5 brain surgeries and a stroke in my late twenties due to an aneurysm, I have been on a mission to remove chemicals from our diets, products and lives. I am now the mother of two beautiful daughters, but feeding my family gives me serious anxiety with the state of the food supply. This looks wonderful, I can’t wait to try it!! I would LOVE to win an ice cream maker! I am so dismayed when looking at the ice cream selection at the store (even the organic ones have tons of filler ingredients that I don’t want to feed my family)… Thanks for the inspiring post and I hope I’ll be making my own ice cream at home with one of these beautiful Cuisinarts!! Thanks!

  10. Peggy

    Hi Carrie

    I live in Fort Walton Beach. For sure, check out McGuire’s as Katie suggested. Also, check out Off-the-Vine (on line) for weekly organic produce and Mosier Farm (on line) for bi-weekly milk, eggs and more.

  11. Jenny

    I absolutely love plain old vanilla ice cream. I make it with vanilla beans, raw eggs, raw goats milk and cream. Can’t find the cream raw where I live so I make do with what I can get. I could and have eaten this ice cream for breakfast. U have eggs, milk, cream and just a small amount of some type of sweetener. Makes an absolutely lovely way to start the day!!!

  12. Oh, I am SO excited for you all to finally be HOME! What an absolutely beautiful little beachside town too! I can’t believe I lived in FL for all those years and never visited Destin. I am so thrilled you’ve found so many great real food resources. May the Lord bless you richly in your new home and all the new pursuits ahead of you. What a blessing you are – each post always inspires and encourages. Lots of blessings, Kelly

  13. Megan

    I haven’t had homemade ice cream since I was a kid and would love to be able to make some! I used to live over in that area and it is beautiful. I love the beaches in that part of Florida.

  14. Ashlee Aleshire-Ash

    I can’t say I’ve ever made homemade ice cream (though I did have homemade vanilla ice cream at a local bar/restaurant once, and it was lovely), but my favorite flavor would probably be vanilla bean or mint chocolate chip, so those would be the first two that I tried to make.

    Who ever said Vanilla was boring was a crazy person.

  15. Kaylee Trammell

    There is nothing like homemade ice cream!! We had a tradition while I was growing up for Christmas where we would eat our big meal later in the afternoon, 2-3 o’clock, then when you weren’t REALLY hungry, but you were ready for a little something, we would make homemade peppermint ice cream! Throughout the summertime, one of our favorites was “Jamocha” (chocolate/coffee ice cream). We weren’t on the whole foods train, but now that I have a family of my own, we have made some changes. It’s always fun to try and make something like I remembered it, yet feel SO great feeding it to my family!

  16. Karen

    Apricots are my husbands favorite fruit and this ice cream looks amazingly delicious! Looks like I will be making this for Father’s Day. Destin and Seaside both look so beautiful and quaint, might have to head east sometime and check it out!

  17. Joyce

    I can never choose… coconut, creamy banana or perhaps fruity strawberry. Then again.. key lime is awesome too. And peach. Nomnomnom….. The choices we have to make in life :-) #smile

  18. Tina

    I have limited experience with homemade ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana. I guess banana would be my favorite. After reading your recipe and others comments, I think I need to get an ice cream maker and start experimenting! Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

  19. Jean

    Carrie, welcome to Florida! I live on the east coast; getting rain now and for the next few days!

    My favorite ice-cream is butter pecan. I also love to make peach, strawberry and vanilla!

  20. Julie

    ANY fresh fruit ice cream is my favorite homemade ice cream. When the raspberries are ripe then I love them but stone fruit? Bring it! Thanks for the great give-away, someone will be so happy!

  21. Pat

    The pictures are beautiful. Would love to live near the ocean again. The apricot ice cream has me drooling. it looks so YUMMY! My two favorite flavors are chocolate and orange pineappleWould love to win the ice cream maker. The thought of making ice cream with fresh produce, berries, etc. is a dream. Live on a fixed income and we are trying to make all of our food from scratch. Really don’t like the additives and other nasty things being done to our food supply.

  22. Ruth

    I don’t think my commented posted before. I love just about every flavor I’ve had. Peppermint, peach, strawberry, maple, pumpkin, chocolate, cherry – Yum! Thank you so much for offering this!

  23. Jessica P.

    So far I’ve tried the banana & mango ice cream homemade and it tasted delicious! This one looks so refreshing and satisfying though :) thanks for the opportunity to win the ice cream maker!

  24. Maggie

    Hi Carrie! I’m so glad you guys are back! We are living here also. I love peach ice cream. We used to make it homemade when I was little. Apricot sounds delicious also. Thank you for the giveaway and welcome back!

  25. Lori

    Your apricot ice cream sounds amazing. I had friends who made banana ice cream for us when I was a child and I LOVED it. My favorite ice cream as an adult is Chunky Monkey.

  26. Stephanie

    Ice cream is a family favorite treat. I do choose organic ice cream with the least amount of ingredients as possible, but I know the best would be to make it homemade for my family.

  27. Kristy

    I’ve never made my own ice cream, but just bought this ice cream maker for my sister and now I’m so jealous! I imagine my favorite flavor would involve something chocolate. :) So excited to see you’re back on the Gulf Coast — we’re neighbors (I’m in Pensacola)!

  28. Gail

    My family is talking about going to Seaside this Summer! Now I really hope we do because it looks so picturesque! The ice cream looks sooo yummy! I’ve wanted a machine for years and I think this year I’m just going to bite the bullet and buy one! Funny thing, I was already going to pin your recipe then I realized you were doing a giveaway. *Happy Dance*.

    Have a beautiful, fresh start in Florida!

    *my favorite ice cream is probably coffee, or anything with large chunks of chocolate. :) *

    Hugs, Gail

  29. Cat

    Awesome timing for this recipe! I opened a can of coconut milk the other day and it was mostly cream, hardly any water! I’m going to make this as soon as I can find our ice cream maker that isn’t nearly as cute as that little red one!

  30. LouAnn

    Mmm…Mocha Chip. Butter Brickle. Strawberries & Cream. Blueberry Almond. I didn’t realize how much I miss having an ice cream maker until I read your recipe for Apricot Ice Cream.

  31. Sofia Rodman

    Dear Carrie,
    Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU, for the wonderful job with your Blog :) you put your heart & soul in what you do and one can feel it :)
    I have a passion for vanilla flavour but this peach looks delicious!
    Warm regards

  32. Gail

    I’ve made strawberry Ice cream before, but this apricot ice cream recipe is right on time!. I just picked a gazillion apricots from my tree, the wind helped. This year the squirrels didn’t get them Haha!

  33. Sheila H.

    I have that ice cream maker and love it. My daughter works at Fusion Art Glass in Seaside and Miramar Beach (Sandestin) and we are there frequently. We love the Farmer’s Market in Seaside. Hope you have found the health food store in Grayton Beach and Pensacola has Evermann’s.

  34. Michelle Miller

    Chocolate chip mint! However, I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I mostly make chocolate chip mint smoothies with spinach, coconut milk, and banana. And they taste just like the real deal :)

  35. I’ve actually only had homemade ice cream once and the flavour was speculoos. It was delicious but not very healthy. I would love to have an ice cream maker of my own so that I could start making some healthier ice cream. Since I quit eating sugar ice cream is the one thing that I still regularly crave. I think that summer isn’t going to help much.

  36. Becky

    I like vanilla. You can go anywhere with flavor when you have vanilla ice cream on hand, from berry topped to rootbeer floats, peanut butter drizzled to a simple plain scoop.

  37. Amy K

    I had tried to email this question but I could not see where I could do that on your contact page. I have a home in Sandestin and live here part time. I would love to see where you found co-ops and where to buy fresh organic veggies, eggs etc here. I know of the farmers market in Santa Rosa but that is about it. I would love to buy more local fresh produce and organic free range eggs if I knew where. Any info would be appreciated. Glad you made it safefly to Flordia. We LOVE it here!!! :-)

  38. Jill

    Coconut ice cream with toasted coconut on top. Just sweet enough without being overwhelming. My second choice is a honey-vanilla frozen yogurt I made once. We used to go to Pensacola at least every other summer when we lived in Alabama, and I loved that beach. We spent our honeymoon in Panama City but I haven’t been there for years. Hope you love that area as much as we enjoyed visiting it.

  39. Jamie J.

    Welcome to Destin Carrie! I haven’t followed your blog until now, but I friend sent it to me because I am also an AF pilot wife here at Eglin and we (try) to follow a paleo, organic diet. Some days are more successful than others! If you find a good local source of free-range non-grain fed eggs or chickens, please post! We’ve been here a while now and I’ve yet to find a reliable one :( Jamie

    • Deliciously Organic

      Hi Jamie – Good to “meet” you! :) We lived here a few years back, and I always ordered chickens and beef from http://www.peacefulpastures.com. They come through FL 3x a year and I place a bulk order and store the meat in an extra freezer. I know it’s not local, but they have great meat at great prices. I haven’t found a place for non-grain fed eggs, but I’ll let you know if I find one!

      • Sheila H.

        “For the Health of It” is the health food store in Grayton Beach that carries free range organic eggs. Also, at the Seaside Farmer’s market, Twin Oaks Farms is there selling their soy free, free range eggs. They are all priced at 6 to 10 dollars per dozen, but I am still looking for a better source.

  40. Florida looks oh so lovely, I think I need a holiday about now! This ice cream maker looks sooo good! I find it awfully difficult to make coconut milk ice cream (I’m lactose free) without one, and ice cream has always been a childhood love of mine. I miss ice cream since I can’t eat any dairy, and I really want to relive the love of my childhood :(

  41. betsyD

    I really like ice cream that’s green: pistachio and mint chocolate chip. Since eating somewhat healthier with my husband though, I don’t have ice cream nearly enough! Homemade would be such a great option, and apricot’s are my favorite fruit to grow!

  42. karen

    I made this yesterday with apricots from the farmers market and organic full fat coconut milk. It was awesome and so easy to make. I never new apricots could taste so good! Thanks!

  43. Josie

    I haven’t experimented too much with the homemade ice cream, but vanilla is always so much better homemade. I have a little ice cream maker and I’m trying out this recipe as we speak! I can’t wait to try it!!

  44. Jennifer

    My favorite flavor is really vanilla because you can add anything to it when serving. It is so versatile. I also love coffee ice cream! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  45. Marian

    Can’t think of a flavor of home made ice cream that I wouldn’t love!!! Especially like peach and also pineapple!!! This recipe looks delish. Gotta have one of those cuisinart ice cream makers- my kids would be SOOOO excited!!!!

  46. Whitney

    Hi there … I just discovered your site tonight (and signed up for emails) and have to tell you how much I love your recipes, photographs, and the overall layout! Today marks 2 weeks I’ve experimented with a self-imposed elimination diet, having cut out dairy and gluten at the same time to hopefully see some relief from my facial eczema which, while a mild case, has been a constant source of itchy aggravation for me for some time. I really feel my diet is to blame for my susceptibility to so many types of dermatitis in my adult life, so I’ve decided to try to heal from the inside out. :)

    In any case, thanks for what you do! And welcome to Florida! I live in Orlando (moved up from South Florida 2 years ago).

    Oh, I do have one question: I see you meticulously label every recipe as “free” of whatever it is free of, but in looking over this one above (the apricot ice cream), it seems it would be gluten and dairy free (using coconut milk, of course). Am I wrong? I’m a novice at all this, of course, so appreciate any tips for the gluten free “code” diets.

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Whitney

      OOPS, I had one more question (sorry!) …

      I have been a “pescatarian” for 3 years but have also cut out my beloved shrimp the past 2 weeks, so now am vegetarian. Do you have any recommendations for modifying your recipes that include meat? I’ve yet to try experimenting with tofu but it’s been purchased so it will be done. :) I’m a big fan of Gardein products but they contain wheat, so have been off the list of late. I also feel strongly about only consuming non-GMO soy, which further eliminates many meat substitutes. I feel so limited and it’s frustrating but I want to be healthy! Any advice would be so much appreciated! I hope I haven’t asked too much. Apologies if so.

      THANK YOU!

      • Deliciously Organic

        I don’t really have much advice for adapting my recipes to be vegetarian. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I don’t really agree with the vegetarian diet (unless it needs to be used for a short period of time to heal the body). Pastured, organic meats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin D as well as others. (I’m not talking conventional meat – that’s a whole different story.) But, I strongly believe in the healing benefits of pastured, organic meat. Here’s an article on this important topic: http://www.westonaprice.org/farm-a-ranch/splendor-from-the-grass

        I also don’t use any soy in my recipes (only occasional fermented soy or tamari sauce). Soy can be detrimental to the thyroid, adrenals, metabolism, etc. so I don’t advise eating it. Again, I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but it’s one I’ve throughly researched and feel strongly about. :) Here’s a great article on soy that might help you understand my perspective: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/04/soy-dangers-summarized.aspx

        • Whitney

          Thank you for this information as well. I will read the articles you linked to. I do sometimes struggle with the “meat or no meat” debate in my head and life, so I appreciate learning whatever I can. It will be hard to modify for me from a moral standpoint (NO judgement for others AT ALL) but I want to be educated so thank you.

    • Deliciously Organic

      Welcome to the site! I’m glad you’re finding it helpful! :) If a recipe is labeled grain-free then it’s always gluten free. And if it’s labeled Paleo then it’s grain-free, gluten free and dairy free. So for my recipes, if you see Paleo then that will indicate it’s both gluten free and dairy free. Does that make sense?

  47. Jane

    Hi, I can’t wait to make this. I just harvested a tree full of apricots, seeded them and boiled them in honey and water. Can you tell me how much apricot syrup (after I blend it) equals 1 1/2 pounds of apricots? I have no idea how many pounds I picked. Thank you!


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