In our quest for relief from summer heat, adults and kids alike look for cooling treats. When it comes to healthy, ice cream doesn’t usually come to mind, but it’s sweet, creamy goodness doesn’t have to be unhealthy to be good nor bland to be healthy.
Enter the home ice cream freezer. A lot of people still get a kick out of the old crank types that require salt and a whole lot of work, but Cuisinart and other companies have made the art of homemade ice cream simple enough to enjoy often.
Most of the machines come with recipes, but either use them as a springboard for your own recipes or ignore them all together.
It’s much simpler than you think. You don’t have to go to all the trouble of creating a time-consuming custard base. In the case of healthy, good tasting ice cream, less is more.
Here are two ultra-simple recipes calling for just two ingredients, plus optional toppings.
Vanilla Almond Ice Cream
3 c Silk Pure Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 droppers of Vanilla Stevia
Pour it into your ice cream freezer and freeze for 20 – 25 minutes, depending on your freezer. No need to cure — it’s ready to eat right out of the freezer bowl. The key to excellent texture and sweetness is the lack of sugar and regular milk. After much experimentation, milk and sugar will produce a soft-serve texture every time, whereas the almond milk and Stevia produce a much more satisfying texture.
Want chocolate instead?
3 c Silk Pure Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
2 droppers of liquid Stevia, plain or vanilla.
Same instructions. You can really jazz it up — add a banana, frozen peaches, frozen raspberries. Those will have to be blended with the liquid ingredients before pouring into the freezer. Add a handful of sliced almonds or your favorite berries on top.
Want just raspberry ice cream or peach, or chocolate raspberry? Reduce the almond milk to 2 cups and add a cup of either Lifeway Kefir in your favorite flavor, or Glen Oaks Drinking Yogurt. Still healthy and very YUM!
The good news is that all of Silk Pure products are certified non-GMO (GE – genetically engineered), including their soy milk.
You can find Glen Oaks Drinking Yogurt at Safeway and the Lifeway Kefir in many flavors at Sprouts/Sunflower Markets.
Some people are still clinging to sugar or their old chemical sweeteners, sometimes because Stevia is expensive, but you can obtain Stevia in various flavors and forms from Vitacost.com. Stevia is also available at most local health food stores and grocers.