Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream 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.

total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 14-ounce can nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla bean


    Step 1

    Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small bowl; let stand, stirring once or twice, while you make the base for the ice cream.

    Step 2

    Pour 1 1/2 cups milk into a large saucepan. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds into the milk and add the pod.

    Step 3

    Heat the milk mixture over medium heat until steaming. Whisk egg yolks and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the back of the spoon is lightly coated, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not bring to a boil or the custard will curdle.

    Step 4

    Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean large bowl. Add the softened gelatin and whisk until melted. Whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

    Step 5

    Whisk the ice cream mixture and pour into the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. If necessary, place the ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week.


Equipment: Ice cream maker


Tip: Jazz up homemade ice cream with stir-ins, like crumbled cookies, toasted nuts or chopped fruit. Here are few tips to get you started:
• Stir-ins should be small, about the size of a pea.
• Cool toasted ingredients completely before adding them to the ice cream maker.
• Check your ice cream maker’s instructions when it comes to judging the volume of your stir-ins. In general, we recommend 1 cup of stir-ins per quart of ice cream.
• Add stir-ins to the ice cream maker during the last 5 minutes of freezing.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 cup Per Serving: 200 calories; protein 8.3g; carbohydrates 35.3g; sugars 35.1g; fat 2.6g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 80.1mg; vitamin a iu 398.5IU; folate 14mcg; calcium 250.1mg; iron 0.2mg; magnesium 43.8mg; potassium 614mg; sodium 95.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg. Exchanges:

1 low-fat milk


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