Can Ice Cream Be Healthy?
Just about every kid loves ice cream. And while it is never going to be the healthiest of treats, there are things that you can do to improve its overall nutritional value. By making your own ice cream at home you can control what goes into the finished product. You can use sugar-free or reduced fat ingredients that can make it a little less of a unhealthy indulgence and still provide your kids something that they will enjoy.
To get started, it is best to pick up an electric ice cream maker. These are not all that expensive, and they are a great little investment into your child’s happiness and health. Some of the top rated home ice cream machines can be purchased for around $40 or $50. Not only are they rather affordable, but they are also simple to use and it is something that your kids will definitely enjoy participating in.
This is where you can oversee the production of the ice cream and you can use some healthier alternatives in various recipes. Fat free or reduced fat creams and milks, sugar free syrups, and even fresh fruits can be used to make something that will still tastes sweet and delicious.
Having your own machine also is great for experimentation. You and the kids can try endless different ice cream recipes or you can still with the traditional chocolate or vanilla. But having an ice cream maker in your kitchen offers you the ability to produce anything you want.
Below are just a couple of recipes that you can try at home. These are not exactly great for the diet, but with a little ingredient manipulation you can make them to be as healthy as you choose.
Vanilla Caramel Cookie Ice Cream
This recipe is wonderfully creamy without the use of eggs. It strikes an utterly delicious and irresistible balance between sweet and salty flavors. It is one of those ice creams that everyone loves. It is made from a few simple ingredients. However, the base has an incredibly silky and rich texture. So for your perfect scoop, first you need to prepare the caramel sauce.
Heat 1 cup of sugar in a large pan.
Stir until it begins to melt.
Then cook, until it turns into a dark amber color. Add 1 cup of heavy cream, until all the caramel has dissolved.
Then remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
Allow it to cool down.
For the ice cream base, take a large bowl. Whisk together, 1 cup of whole milk, 3/4 cups of granulated sugar until it is dissolved completely. Add 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Pour this into your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl. Allow it to run for 15 minutes. Add in the caramel sauce, and 1 cup of coarsely chopped vanilla cookies. Allow it to run for another 10 minutes. Transfer this mixture to a container. Place it in your freezer for about 5 hours to completely firm up. Serve chilled- fast, easy, delicious, and absolutely fantastic!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream
It is packed with sweet, rich cream, a fragrant splash of dark chocolate, and some crunchy chocolate cookies. This classic recipe is a large crowd pleaser. Additionally, it is one of the easiest flavors to make at home. The crushed up chocolate cookies and additional bits make it extremely delectable.
To prepare it, take a large bowl. Combine 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of whole milk, and 2/3 cups of granulated sugar.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large pan. Heat over medium flame until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of dark chocolate and mix well. Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Allow it to run for 20 minutes. Next, place the chocolate cookies into a gallon size plastic bag.
With the help of a rolling pin, break up the cookies.
Store the pieces in the freezer. Next, freeze your ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
When it is nearly finished freezing, pour the frozen pieces of chocolate cookies in your machine. Allow it to mix thoroughly. When it is done, add some chocolate chips.
Then store it in an air tight container. Allow it to freeze for about 4 hours. Serve chilled- citrus, chocolate chips, yummy, and, of course, chocolaty!
Keep It Simple
With a little ingredient control, and just the right amount of sweetness, your kids can have a great tasting frozen delight that is not as bad for them as store bought ice cream. There are tons of yummy ice cream recipes online that you can kids can prepare in your own home. You can reduce the fat and the sugar and still provide something that they will go nuts for.