Lightened Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Instead of regular granulated sugar, we used an all-natural granular sweetener in this reduced-sugar, reduced-fat homemade vanilla ice cream.

Yield: Makes about 1 qt. (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 9 Hours, 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 92
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 42mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 76mg
  • Calcium: 106mg

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream*
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract

Preparation

  1. 1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
  2. 2. Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla.
  3. 3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.
  4. 4. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  5. *Granulated sugar may be substituted.
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  8. Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream: Stir in 1/2 cup drained and coarsely chopped canned, pitted cherries in heavy syrup and 3 Tbsp. bourbon halfway through freezing. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 110; Fat 5g (sat 3g, mono 2g, poly 0g); Protein 3g; Carb 20g; Fiber 0g; Chol 42mg; Iron 0mg; Sodium 76mg; Calc 108mg
  9. Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream: Substitute 2 Tbsp. instant espresso for 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste. Stir in 1/4 cup shaved semisweet chocolate baking bar halfway through freezing. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 103; Fat 6g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 0g); Protein 4g; Carb 21g; Fiber 0g; Chol 42mg; Iron 0mg; Sodium 76mg; Calc 107mg
  10. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream: Omit vanilla bean paste. Stir in 1 tsp. Key lime zest, 1/3 cup Key lime juice, and 1/2 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers halfway through freezing. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 104; Fat 6g (sat 3g, mono 2g, poly 0g); Protein 4g; Carb 21g; Fiber 0g; Chol 42mg; Iron 0mg; Sodium 102mg; Calc 106mg
  11. Banana Pudding Ice Cream: Preheat oven to 400°. Peel 3 medium-size ripe bananas, and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a 2-qt. baking dish, and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. butter, cut up. Bake 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool 30 minutes. Gently mash into chunks. Prepare ice cream as directed, stirring in bananas and 1/2 cup coarsely crushed vanilla wafers halfway through freezing. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 172; Fat 7g (sat 4g, mono 2g, poly 0g); Protein 4g; Carb 36g; Fiber 1g; Chol 47mg; Iron 0mg; Sodium 100mg; Calc 112mg
Note:

We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Granular Sweetener for Ice Cream. Note that the total time listed for this recipe does not include freezing.

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