Rich and Creamy Skinny Ice Cream (sugar-free, very low calorie)

This will seem too good to be true, but hang with me. It’s for real. Delicious, creamy, sweet, frosty ice cream at 45 calories per serving (yep), no ice cream machine needed and it’s not made from bananas. And all the ingredients are kind to your body. No fakey chemical additives.

I got the recipe from Briana Thomas' blog and tweaked it a little to my liking. It’s now a very important staple in our freezer. Thank you, Briana!

Snickerdoodle recipe to come!

Snickerdoodle recipe to come!

Sound unbelievable? Well, you’ve just gotta trust me on this one. It’s positively that good. This stuff has rocked the Jackson home (we LOVE it!) and I have been so crazy excited to share it with you. The flavor is somewhat similar to a rice or soy-based ice cream, but contains neither.

It’s just yummy.

Okay, a little about one of the ingredients in this, because you may not be familiar with it yet. But it’s awesome, so I hope you get familiar. Glucomannan is powdered konjac root; a tasteless natural fiber, added to food to thicken it without using gluten, cornstarch, carrageenan or any other funky thing. You may have seen it in noodle-form; it’s used to make noodles often found in asian cuisine. 

It’s an absolutely brilliant ingredient to have on hand when making puddings, popsicles, pie filling, cream fillings, soups, smoothies, ice cream, and sooo much more. Makes it thick and rich without added fat or gluten. Love it. I found mine at New Seasons (if they don’t have it in stock, they will likely order it for you). Otherwise, just amazon it. I use NOW brand.

Cautions:

• Because it is helpful in regulating blood sugar, if you’re diabetic consult your doctor before using it because it may interfere with your meds.

• Avoid using it in solid tablet form. It’s so adept at thickening on contact with liquid that taking it in tablet form may cause blockage on it’s way down. Probably not likely, but let’s be safe and avoid all possibility. Powdered form it is!

What you’ll need:

• 1 1/2 cups almond milk

• 1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese

• 2 teaspoons vanilla

• 1 tablespoon of stevia blend (I switched the brand I use and am now using one actually just called "Stevia Blend" - found at New Seasons)

• 1 pinch of salt

• 1/4 teaspoon glucomannan (found at New Seasons)

• blender

• ice cube tray

Yields 2-4 servings – 45-65 calories per serving, without berries

Add all ingredients but the glucomannan to the blender and blend - while it’s running add the glucomannan and let it mix for a moment. It won’t look thick yet, but don’t worry, that’s coming. Pour your mixture into an ice cube tray and pop in the freezer. The tray is my own little innovation - it makes for easy access and portioning. No having to chip it out of a bowl when it’s frozen (yay!). 

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When the cubes are frozen, put several in the blender and whip it up. Voilà! So easy!

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This stuff is dreamy.

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Such a fabulous, basic vanilla, you can be limitlessly creative with it. Last night I wanted blueberries with mine, so I added some to the blender with the cubes.

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I really hope you’re as excited as I am, because this ice cream is worth being excited about. 

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(adapted from source)