Apr 28

Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream


Please take a moment to think about those who were affected by last night’s storms.  Especially the kids at the University of Alabama.

My cheese buddy from ‘Bama, Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate, was thankfully unharmed.  He tweeted a terrifying video a friend took of the tornado last night.

As we learn more throughout the day, keep them on your mind.



The (initial) verdict is in on my new kicks.  I’m liking the Newton Motion‘s!


A few observations:

  • I feel like my legs are being worked differently… in a good way
  • They are totally “bouncy” – I don’t know that they give my energy back, but it feels cool
  • I’m sore!  (see the first point)
  • They are effective in helping me to run midsole
  • Running midsole is probably the cause of point #1… and #3


I have a feeling my legs are going to feel a little wobbly during this morning’s run.



Have you ever walked past a display in the produce section and been stopped in your tracks by a (good) smell.  Last night my nose located some fresh strawberries at the grocery store that I couldn’t resist.

It was enough to inspire a breakfast repeat (a rarity).  Strawberries and Cream Oats were just as amazing the second time around.

My brain cells pulled through again and I remembered Leanne’s recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream.  Shout out to LeanneHealthful Pursuit for keeping me in good supply of low-sugar treats (and for teaching me to spell pursuit… it’s just one of those words for me…).

I’m fully confident that new shoes and a good test-run deserve ice cream.

Shout out to my job for keeping me in good supply of Delta Airlines’ pretzels.

I fully intended to make a nice, normal strawberry ice cream.  Then I spotted those pretzels and rekindled my romance with sweet + salty.  I was 5 seconds away from adding pepper too, but I refrained.  Next time.

This Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream was quite tasty.  The pretzels were awesome in it.  Even if you don’t add them – *gasp* – do use a shake or two of salt to bring out the strawberry sweetness.



Strawberry Pretzel Ice Cream

  • 3/4 C light coconut milk
  • 1/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum
  • 1 package of Delta pretzels, slightly broken up (probably 3-4 regular pretzels)

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the pretzels in a blender and blend until smooth-ish (I left a few bits of strawberry).

Pour into ice cream maker and make as directed by manufacturer, adding pretzels in the last 1-2 minutes.

Scoop into 2 bowls and enjoy!  (One at a time.)


- According to Leanne, you can do this without an ice cream maker by pouring into a bowl and freezing 1.5-2 hours.  You need to remove every 30 mins to whisk so it doesn’t make a strawberry ice cube.  You’d probably want to add the pretzels in the last 15-30 mins

- You could use agave, honey, or stevia rather than maple syrup to sweeten this

- You can probably do this without the Guar Gum.  It’s a thickener, so your ice cream will be more cream-like with it

- I’d love to try this will full-fat coconut milk


The Royal Wedding is tomorrow!  Are you waking up to watch it?

I was going to resist… but I may do a strategically-timed-uncharacteristically-early morning workout.



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  1. Cait @ Beyond Bananas

    Glad the new kicks are working out well for you :)
    I need to get myself a better blender. I mean – the magic bullet works for my smoothies, but it won’t create the texture i am looking for in something like this!

    1. Laura

      You can definitely do this in a Bullet – that’s what I used for this!

  2. Lee

    The AL tornados were so scary. I was thinking of Matt too. Glad he is okay.

    I don’t really have any interest in the royal wedding. I’m not a big wedding person in general.

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Genius combination, I would have never though of that. I’m gonna be shoving strawberries and pretzels in my mouth now to get the effect.

  4. Kelly

    Wow this looks fantastic! I’ve never had pretzels in my icecream but I bet this tastes delicious :) So glad to be your new follower, loving your blog!!

    1. Laura

      Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  5. Parita

    Love the sweet and salty combo!

    And yes, I am waking up to watch the wedding of our generation as some have put it! I really just want to see Kate’s dress. There’s been so much hype about it. LOL!

  6. Allie

    Glad you like the new shoes! I want to check them out now :)
    Ahh strawberry pretzel ice cream reminds me of this jello desert with strawberries and pretzels .. YUM :)
    I also can’t believe all of the crazy storms :/ everyone in that area is in my prayers :]
    Have a great day

  7. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Yes please. I’ll take two scoops!

  8. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    That sounds like a fantastic combo. I love your shout out to your job for keeping your pretzels stocked. Oh! You know what would be great if they blended up easily enough – pb filled pretzels in it!

    Finally, that video was crazy. I can hardly believe how bad Tuscaloosa was hit. Sad. :(

  9. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    That looks so good! I am totally doing the strawberry pretzel ice cream! I was horrified by the storms. We have friends there and I was more than freaking out when they started coming our way. It is just horribly sad.

  10. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh

    Omg! Sweet and Salty! THis sounds delicious. My mother in law makes a strawberry/pretzel dessert that I love, so I can only imagine how much I would LOVE this!

    1. Laura

      What does your MIL make?! (As if I need yet another dessert idea… :) )

  11. Paige

    Sounds like the perfect combo of sweet and salty!!!

  12. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    haha you have no idea how many people tell me I’ve taught them how to spell “pursuit”. Too funny! We made raspberry ice cream last night and I threw a couple of gluten free biscuits in [we didn't have pretzels :(] but it seemed to work okay! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Laura

      I bet biscuits were awesome! Thank YOU for the inspiration. :)

  13. Kristy @ KristyRuns

    Aren’t Newtons awesome! I’m still getting used to them! We need to go running in Midtown in our sweet kicks sometime! :)

    1. Laura

      That would be great! This weather makes me want to get out there ALL the time. :)

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