Everybody loves ice cream, but unfortunately not everybody can enjoy it as often as the rest of us. People with diabetes, for example, often have to miss out on their favourite dessert. That just seems unfair!
So is there a way to make no sugar ice cream?
Yes, it is possible, but it revolves around using a sugar substitute instead. If you’re comfortable with using sweeteners, then you’re in luck.
If you prefer to keep things natural though, do read on, we have a suggestion for you too!
Making No Sugar Ice Cream Using Sweeteners
First of all, for those of you who are happy to use sweeteners, you can simply make your ice cream in the normal way. Instead of using sugar, you can add your sweetener to the mixture instead.
Sweeteners tend to taste sweeter than sugar, so this is not going to be a direct one-for-one substitution. All sweeteners are different, so you’ll need to experiment to get it right. Another thing to note, is that the lack of sugar will affect the consistency of the finished product. Again, experimenting is the key to getting it as close to real ice cream as possible.
The Cuisinart ICE40BCU ice cream maker is the best machine around for experimentation, as it allows you to make two different batches at once. It’s perfect for this purpose!
Here’s a basic no sugar vanilla ice cream recipe:
2 Large Eggs
0.5 Litres of Double Cream
Up to 200g of Sweetener (You must experiment with this as all sweeteners are different)
0.25 Litres of Milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
Whisk up the eggs until they are light and fluffy, then whisk in the sweetener a little bit at a time. Once completely blended together, add the milk and cream and continue to whisk until everything is well mixed together. Finally, mix in the vanilla extract and add to your ice cream maker (following the manufacturers instructions for freezing)
Making Natural No Sugar Ice Cream
For those of you who like to keep their food completely natural, I’ve got a simple solution in store for you! One ingredient banana ice cream!
All you need to do, is grab a few ripe bananas (the riper the better) and chop them up.
Throw your banana pieces in a bowl, and place them into the freezer.
Once frozen, simply add your banana pieces to a blender and whizz them up! The Russell Hobbs Desire Jug Blender is my favourite model (easily tough enough for frozen fruits).
That’s it! You’ll see that the pieces quickly blend into a thick, ice cream like texture.
Ok, it’s not quite the indulgent creamy ice cream treat that Ben and Jerry provide! But trust me, it’s a delicious alternative which is completely fat free and contains absolutely no sugar!