Honey Vanilla Bean Custard Ice Cream

by brenda on February 22, 2012

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I do not have a photo of the ice cream, just a simple vanilla bean. This means that the multiple times we have made this recipe, either:

  1. We liked it so much that we gobbled it all up before we could take a picture
  2. It melted and would not have made a very nice picture.
  3. The camera needed charging.
  4. My SD card was too full from all of the other yummy recipes I take pictures of.
  5. The electricity was out and we were eating our ice cream (before it melted in the chest freezer) by candle light (which wouldn’t make for very good photo lighting).

Take your pick. 😉 Whatever it was, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this recipe! And if you happen to take a photo, you can send one my way and I’ll post it for everyone! 🙂 Note that this is not GAPS legal, sorry GAPsters! It is made with real food, though–so once you transition off of GAPS, this is a wonderful treat!

Honey Vanilla Bean Custard Ice Cream

2 vanilla beans
2 c raw cream
1 c raw milk
1/2 c raw honey
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Use kitchen shears to cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise. Use a butter knife to scrape the seeds into a saucepan. Place the vanilla beans in the saucepan as well. Add in the heavy cream, milk, honey and egg yolks. Set the saucepan over low to medium heat and whisk occasionally, until steaming. Remove the pan from the heat. Discard the vanilla beans. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  2. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Freeze with an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s directions.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Aimee June 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi! I am still relatively new to GAPS but it looks like all the ingredients are GAPS legal for full GAPS. Why do you say it isn’t GAPS legal? I know ideally we would consume milk fermented in some way but my nutritionist said we could have raw milk on full GAPS. Thanks so much for the great recipe! So excited to try it!!


Trisha Hughes October 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

I am curious as well. My book says we can transition to raw milk once diary is tolerated & my GAPS guy is doing great on occasional raw milk!


Jennifer Proctor June 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi! Thanks for a great recipe! For those who are dairy free, could coconut or almond milk be subbed? Is there a sub for the cream? Or would cream of coconut work?


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