Gather your ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
You can use 1 tbs of raw sugar if you'd like (or equal amount of sugar substitute. However, I always use my homemade chocolate syrup with the ice cream so I omit the sugar altogether.)
5 tbs rock salt
Put the almond milk and vanilla into a sandwich size ziploc bag. I buy the cheap ones so I double bagged. Be sure they are zipped shut. Add the ice and the salt into a gallon size ziploc bag and put the liquid bag into the larger one with the ice. Zip shut and shake for 5 minutes. you'll end up with ice cream that is comparable to soft serve and will melt before too long.
After I let her go at it for a couple minutes I took over and shook it into ice cream real fast.
For the chocolate syrup you'll need:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar or substitute equivalent
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pour warm water into small saucepan and whisk in cocoa powder until completely dissolved. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil for three minutes over medium heat. You can use it immediately but you need to let it cool before transferring to a storage container. This yields 2 cups and stores best in a glass jar. We store the majority of ours in this handy squeeze bottle and the rest in a jam jar in the fridge. =) This way, it's easy for using as a topping, putting into drinks, and even a little decorating if I wanted.
Well, there you have it, what free things can you do with your kids??