Strangley Delicious: {Vanilla Maple} Snow Ice Cream

Vanilla Maple Snow Ice CreamI’ve seen snow ice cream floating around the web a lot lately (like here, here, and here)…  Some recipes use eggnog, some use sweetened condensed milk, some use vanilla pudding powder, and others use raw eggs.  The trouble is that I wouldn’t feel good about giving any of those things to my little lady.  So today we set off to create a healthier version.  (It would have been a shame not to with all of this snow we’ve been getting in the Okanagan!)  

I’m happy to report that the end result turned out wonderfully!  It was sweet, creamy, and delicious – a perfect afternoon treat.

IMG 4279Here’s our line up of ingredients…  Cream, vanilla almond milk, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla, and some really good cinnamon. 

IMG 4261Oh, and a bunch of this – light and fluffy freshly-fallen snow.

IMG 4249To get us started, Gracen poured both the cream and vanilla almond milk into a large mixing bowl.

IMG 4251Then she added some pure maple syrup…

IMG 4254Some pure vanilla…

IMG 4257And a few pinches of cinnamon.

IMG 4259Then she stirred everything up.

IMG 4262The next step involved adding the snow.

IMG 4263The monkey requested a mitten in order to get the job done.

IMG 4265With all of the ingredients added, it was time to mix, mix, mix.

IMG 4266We found that alternating mixing with a sort of mashing motion worked really well and broke up the clumps at the same time.  Here’s what our batch looked like once it was ready.

IMG 4267To serve it, I added a little sprinkle of cinnamon (Miss G loves it and it has great health benefits, so we add it to a lot of things) and topped it with a pecan.

IMG 4270Not only was it delish, but it was a really fun snowy day activity.


Vanilla Maple Snow Ice Cream
  • 3/4 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of cream
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • a couple of pinches of cinnamon
  • 6 cups of freshly fallen snow
Add the milk, cream, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl and stir well.  Add the freshly fallen snow and mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed and clumps are broken up.
A couple of quick tips based on our experience…  
  • You do have to work a little bit quickly in order to prevent the snow from melting and turning your ice cream into soup.  If needed, you might be able to buy yourself a few minutes of extra time by placing your large mixing bowl into an even larger bowl lined with ice.  
  • This ice cream is best made and served fresh.  After a few hours in the freezer, ours pretty much turned into an ice block.
  • If you don’t have snow where you are, processing ice cubes in a blender or food processor until fine is a fairly effective way of making your own snow.


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7 thoughts on “Strangley Delicious: {Vanilla Maple} Snow Ice Cream

  1. I never heard of people eating snow… like making something to eat with real snow! lol. my parents taught me that eating snow is unhealthy and dangerous when I was little. So I would have never thought to make something with it. lol. obviously it is not unhealthy as my mom always taught me.

    1. Your mom was probably trying to protect you from the nasty yellow stuff! ;) I would only ever consider using freshly fallen stuff because, well… you never know!

  2. Ohhhhhh this sounds delicious. It’s on our Winter Bucket List we’re now just waiting for the snow.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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