Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

July/August 2008

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Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream. Our version has all the richness you'll need but about 90 fewer calories than store-bought premium ice cream and a whopping 15 grams less total fat and 10 grams less saturated fat per serving.

"This is the best recipe for homemade ice cream! It tastes a lot like frozen custard. My kids (8 and 6) also said this was our best batch yet! "
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

10 Reviews for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Finally, a recipe for vanilla ice cream that works!

A rich and creamy ice cream recipe that actually tastes like you want it to. I have never made a batch of ice cream that I was happy with until I tried this one. It's is rather expensive, 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream at the store is ~$4. I figure the equivalent amount using this recipe is more like ~$15. I am going to try and replace the vanilla bean with 3 tsp of vanilla extract. That should knock off about $6. Hopefully it tastes the same. We'll see.

No need for "heavy cream".
Good taste but not that much healthier

Looking at the back of my Blue Bunny brand premium vanilla ice cream ( not low fat,or sugar free, regular vanilla ice cream) it lists the following for a 1/2 cup serving: 130 calories, 7g fat so this recipe is not really all that healthy compared to store bought. It has about half the fat but many more calories per serving. Not sure health wise how this stacks up to other homemade recipes but if you're counting calories the store bought regular vanilla has less with only a few more g fat.

Good taste and easy to make.
Confused about quanity

So the recipe states that this makes 1 quart but the ingredients alone are 6 cups. With expansion during the freezing process I expect this to yield around 7 cups. That's almost 2 quarts.

Flavor Boom

I added a cup of strawberries and put it in my food processor after freezing it for 2 hours. The flavor was good pre-strawberry, but once I added them, it seemed like the flavor just exploded! I was so happy with the turnout, since I am a big ice cream fan and this is a lot healthier (tastier maybe too) than store bought. If you have the time, try it. Definetly worth it.
Look up how to make ice cream in your food processor to learn more. Amazingly easy.

Super simple, the recipe turned out great!!
wonderful recipe

This is one of the only homemade ice cream recipes that I've made that doesn't turn into an ice brick in the freezer the next day. It will turn rock solid eventually, but it takes a while. Most of the ice cream is gone by that time.

not rock solid

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