Strawberry Cheesecake ‘Blizzard’ (No sugar added)

Before being introduced to banana soft serve I would have never thought to make ice cream out of frozen fruit.

Sitting outside on a hot summers day soaking up the sunshine and cooling off with a cup of fudgy banana soft serve opened up a whole new world for me.

I’ve never been the same since.

Would you judge me if I said I regularly eat ice cream for breakfast? [with protein powder and probiotics... it's basically a smoothie, right?]

Or, that I’ve ran to the store at 11pm just to buy gluten-free graham crackers when a hankering for strawberry cheesecake ice cream struck? Well, actually what I had originally wanted to make were these strawberry shortcake sandwiches, but I didn’t want to wait for the coconut milk to harden.

I had a bag full of frozen strawberries, coconut milk ice cubes from Kevin’s pina coladas [another recipe I need to share!] and loads of fresh strawberries. What’s a girl to do?

Make strawberry cheesecake blizzards. That’s what.

How I lived in fear of food and constant deprivation is beyond me. But it’s treats like this that solidify the fact that you can eat tasty, delicious things and feel good about what you’re putting in your body.

And boy does this ever feel good!

Strawberry Cheesecake ‘Blizzard’

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

These blizzards are great as an afternoon treat. Try keeping the ingredients in the freezer for quick preparation.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 lite coconut milk ice cubes, about 1/2 can frozen
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened original almond milk
  • 4 fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs


  1. Place coconut milk cubes, frozen strawberries, lemon juice, vinegar, and vanilla in your food processor. Pulse with the “S” blade until mixture is broken up. It should look like pieces of hail in the bowl. This process takes about 30 seconds of pulsing on and off.
  2. Continuing to pulse, add non-dairy milk slowly. Use up to 1 cup. Discontinue when mixture forms a ball.
  3. Remove ice cream ball from processor and place in a large bowl. Mix in fresh strawberries and graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Serve immediately

Note: add honey or coconut sugar if you don’t like the slight tartness. I loved it!

Note to self: pour more coconut milk in the ice cube trays before heading to the gym this morning. I sense another late night ice cream session in our future.


Oh, and please join me in welcoming the newest addition to our Kevin’s family.

I wish I could say that she’s all mine, but I’d be lying. She’s pretty cute though, don’t you think?

So the deal is: I stole Kevin’s camera when I started the blog. Sharing a camera between an avid photographer and food blogger isn’t exactly ideal [aka it sucks].

Since he was into photography before me, I thought it only fair that he get the first new camera. The operative word being first… but don’t tell him I said that :P

We took our cameras out to the backyard last night to play around with the dogs for a bit. It was so fun getting to shoot with him!

Have a great Wednesday, and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win bean pasta!

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  1. your ice cream posts kill me! and graham cracker crumbs…graham crackers have a special place in my heart, you know ;)

    and new camera = always exciting. hmmm…i wonder if you’ll be trading him yours for it? ;)

  2. 8 lite coconut milk ice cubes = thanks for the reminder that I used to freeze coconut milk all the time…and havent for..years. Whoops! need to get back on that b/c it does make for great smoothies.

    your strawberry creation looks amazing! the photography is gorg, too. It’s HARD to photograph things that can melt! Forces you to be…fast!

    And congrats on the 7D. Nice! I bought the 5D a few mos ago and would snuggle with it if I could :) Now the question in, what lens are you using with it? I see it has a kit lens. I believe that’s the lens that came with my Rebel. But once I got the 24-70mm I haven’t taken it off!

    LMK how you like the camera, how it compares to the other one, the lens choices, etc. I could geek out forever on you :)

  3. I’ve been going hog wild making different variations of banana soft serve this summer, so I am psyched to try this strawberry cheesecake version! I love your idea of freezing coconut milk in ice cube trays for easy processing.

  4. Oh look at all your beautiful sunshine and yummy icecream! In Australia, we’re in the cold dark depths of winter; a dark night of pouring rain, and windy… yet I still want to eat your icecream! It would be just the distraction from my uni assignment that I have no motivation to do!
    Leanne, good luck with your race, you must be getting really excited now? Are you doing the full or half? Kick ass! I bet you will :)

    • At least you don’t get snow! That’s a bonus, believe me :) Yes, I’m getting pretty excited. This week has been somewhat of a rest day before the big event, so it’s been nice to try and relax. I’ll be doing the half this time. Then I’m taking a week off before I continue training for a full. Thanks for the encouragement! (and enjoy your ice cream. You could do what I do in the winter when I want ice cream – sit on a heating pad while you enjoy it haha)

      • A heating pad! Now you’re thinking! We do get snow, but nothing useful or fun – just enough to make it miserable and close the roads, but not enough to play in :(
        Run fast! Have fun x

  5. Love love love fruit ice cream!! And coconut milk ice cubes? What a great idea. I can’t wait to give this a shot! Glad you don’t have to share a camera anymore…I’m ordering a new lens today and finally branching out from the 18-55mm!!

  6. congrats (to Kevin…) on the new camera. :) that’s exciting. I was once again BLOWN AWAY yesterday by the awesomeness of how fun a camera can be. I absolutely love mine.

    as cheesecake is one of my very favorite things on EARTH, this looks amazing. honestly, I just learned to appreciate the strawberry a few years ago (grew up not liking them at all!), and this summer especially I am really loving them. Mmm…

    • I can’t get over the fact that you didn’t like strawberries! My goodness. I’m happy you’ve changed :P

  7. Oh, that looks absolutely fabulous! No judgement here. I actually had ice cream for breakfast this morning. In fact, that was my post title: “Ice Cream for Breakfast”. We should start a club.

  8. Oh i cannot wait until summer (Still winter here is Australia) I will be putting this recipe in my to do list for when the weather warms up! YUM! I am SO jealous of your partner…. 7D! I would still that camera as well! Lol

  9. You my friend are a dessert genius!! Holy Cow!!! Every time I come here at 11:26pm I am starving right before my bed time!

    I must make this like ASAP!!

    Hey, I need a good salad to bring to a party saturday….a green salad, any suggestions??

  10. Yay! I can’t wait to make these Berry Simple Cookies! We are GF and SF and my kids love all the snacks I make them off your blog! Thanks!!

  11. Wow, the Strawberry Cheese Cake Blizzard looks delicious! I wrote down the recipe!! Will be making.. thanks for the recipe! (:

  12. Oooh…I have to try this one out! It sucks that I discovered this in the fall – wish I knew about frozen fruit ice creams in the summer!

    • heh just sit on a heat pad and eat it! I do it every morning with my COLD smoothie :)

  13. oh my goodness, YUM! i couldn’t believe these were vegan when i saw the thumbnail photo. i can’t wait to give these a try!

  14. While this looks completely delicious and I can’t wait to try it, I can’t help but feel it should be called no added sugar instead of sugar free… Or natural sugar or something. I almost didn’t look at your recipe because I avoid sugar free products like the plague because the chemical sweetener is so bad for you and makes me sick. I thought from your title this would contain that chemical! I’m pleased to see it doesn’t but feel that as delicious and healthy as this is (I’m sure) the title is slightly misleading ;)

    • Thanks for the feedback, Shannon. I’ve heard that from a couple of people just in the last couple of days so I’ve gone ahead and changed the title. Thanks again!

  15. YUMMY!
    My favorite treat at Cold Stone Creamery was Strawberry IceCream with graham crackers and chocolate chips mixed in, back when I used to go there.
    This is a PERFECT substitute ~ I made it exactly as described (but did add the palm sugar in the batch the rest of the family ate) and then also added a few dark chocolate chips (cocoa nibs would probably work also), and it was simply wonderful!
    Thanks for the delicious recipe & keep up the good work ~ your recipes and your photos are inspiring people everywhere!

  16. Great blizzard. We loved it! We didn’t have any strawberries so we used raspberries and it was delicious. Thanks for the great idea!!

  17. This recipe was so delicious!!! However I didn’t manage to make it into an icecream- like texture…. I used full fat coconut milk rather than lite, and it ended up coming out like a smoothie. Any suggestions? I seem to always have this problem!

    • Sounds like you may have processed it for too long. That, or your berries weren’t frozen through. Or, too much milk? Did you follow the recipe completely?

  18. Hi Leanne!
    I was wondering if you use lucuma in any of your recipes? What do you think of it?
    Can’t wait to try this treat! It IS such a pretty picture…..yum

    • Hi Deb – I have used it in one of my recipes… I love using it but try to limit my use of expensive ingredients on the blog as I find a lot of people either can’t find them, or don’t want to fork over the cash. I add it to my personal creations all the time though. I love the stuff! How about you, do you use it often?

    • Hi Jaime – you could freeze it and then add it to the food processor to whip it up and make it creamy again when you’re ready to eat it. It’ll get quite hard in the freezer.

  19. I made this ten minutes ago and I had to tell you right away how good it was! I’ve missed blizzards since I stopped eating dairy and this definitely quenched my craving… for now :) I made it for my family who doesn’t generally appreciate my healthier cooking and they loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  20. So happy to find this site! I am in the process of cutting out processed / chemical filled “food” from my families diet and recipes like this help me to not have a rebellion on my hands! That being said I always have a problem knowing if these kind of recipes calling for coconut milk mean canned coconut milk or the carton that you get in the dairy section. I’m hoping its the carton because I almost always have it (or almond milk) on hand for smoothies. Could almond milk be substituted? Looking forward to making many of your yummy recipes! Thanks

    • Hi Misty! Way to go in getting your family on the healthy living train. That’s so awesome. For this recipe, you can use any type of milk you’d like. Just make sure you pour it into an ice cube try and freeze before use. Enjoy!

  21. Hi! This looks amazing! I live in México and it’s impogssible to find gluten-free graham cracker crumbs. What do you recomend as a substitute?

  22. This was delicious! I made the frozen cubes with my own coconut milk and decided not to filter out the coconut flakes – it was nice to have the little coconut pieces in there! I also used coconut sugar instead of graham cracker crumbs because I always thought they tasted/smelled similar. It worked out quite well! Thank you so much for sharing all of these fabulous recipes!!!!!!!

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