I modified a recipe from the VitaMix cookbook to make this dairy-free, cane-sugar-free ice cream. If you count the time it takes to eat, this is actually 10-minute ice cream.
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup powdered soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups ice cubes (I used 1.5 trays)
Place all ingredients in VitaMix. Turn machine on low, variable speed 1 and quickly turn variable speed to 10 and then to high. Blend for about 30-60 seconds until the sound of the motor changes and four mounds appear on the top of the mixture. Be careful not to blend too long or the ice cream will be too melty. Made “properly,” this makes an ice cream of soft-serve consistency.
I think I might try maple syrup as the sweetener next time, if the kids are amenable. I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use any sweetener you’d like in this, just modify the amount to suit your tastes and the sweetener.