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No-Churn “Ice Cream”

By Marcus | In Recipes | on November 15, 2010

As a cheat food, ice cream really has to rank as my ultimate favorite. Unfortunately, the havoc the sugar and dairy play on one’s insulin sensitivity make it a pretty terrible choice. So I was pretty excited to try a recipe that I saw on Food Renegade’s website.

Picture courtesy of foodrenegade.com

Their recipe calls for a honey-cinnamon mixture, but I chose to go with maple syrup for a couple reasons. One, I already had maple syrup at home and secondly, it’s (very) slightly lower in sugars than honey for the same volume. Here’s the ingredients I used:

  • 2 cups Fage Total (full fat) plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 omega-3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 2T vanilla extract
  • 2T spiced rum

The creation itself is ridiculously easy. You whisk together everything but the cream in one bowl, then whip the cream in another bowl until medium peaks form. Once that happens, fold the cream into the other ingredients, mix well then transfer to containers and freeze. Wait at least 6 hours, and you’ll have a frozen treat.

In the original recipe, they mention using vodka to prevent the mixture from getting too hard so that’s why I used rum. My version came out slightly crystalline, as it cracks more so than scoops so either I need to either omit or use more rum in the future. Check out the original post for more recipe variants.

Now some of you may be curious how this stacks up against other ice creams, so I chose a “healthy” option — Straus’ vanilla ice cream — which is from a dairy that at least partially feeds their cows grass. I also chose a typical ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry’s that people like — Chubby Hubby. You can see in the table below that there are a lot less carbs (i.e. sugars) in the No-Churn ice cream. Likewise, you know everything that went into the ice cream you make… unlike all the goop that makes up Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, or worse yet something like a generic store brand.

1/2 cup serving size Calories Protein Carbs Fat
No-Churn ice cream 239 3 8 21
Straus Vanilla 240 4 19 15
B&J Chubby Hubby 340 7 33 20

Now it should go without saying that this should NOT be an everyday food. Just because it’s a healthier creation by no means makes it fit for consumption daily. As with some of the other treats you’ve seen us post, these are what you might choose to use for a cheat meal on a paleo/primal diet. Don’t get it twisted and somehow think you can eat this ice cream for breakfast, Ruth’s carrot muffins for lunch and Avelyne’s banana cream pie for dinner and you are “eating primal”. If you do believe that, you either rode the short bus to school or you’re named Brian* — but I repeat myself.


WOD 11.15.10

Back Squat 3×5

Then, for time:

  • 15 Back Squats
  • 2 rounds of 3 Muscle Ups (or sub 8 KB Snatches),12 Burpees, 40 Dubs
  • 15 Back Squats

* – j/k buddy but I owed you one!

6 Comments to "No-Churn “Ice Cream”"

  • Brian says:

    November 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM -

    Duh Marcus, you only eat ice cream for dinner!

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  • Pooja says:

    November 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM -

    duhh, it’s pizza for breakfast =P just kidding hehe. see ya’lls tonight :)

  • Ruth says:

    November 15, 2010 at 11:16 AM -

    6 hrs? Dang, I thought the 1-2hrs I have to wait for my churned ice cream was a long time!!

    Sounds yummy, though, can’t wait to try it!!

  • Alia says:

    November 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM -

    Where do you find full fat Fage?

    1. Marcus says:

      November 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM -

      @Alia – It’s getting harder to find, but I found the big tub (17.6oz) at Whole Foods in Redondo Beach. I have also seen the smaller single serving 7oz (?) ones at Target in their new grocery area.

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