Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday-Healthy Ice Cream???

Em here, so this is one of our VERY FIRST POSTS EVER!!! And it's summer so I feel it is relevant in that it is about Ice Cream :) Homemade healthy ice cream...too good to be true?? Check it out!

Healthy Ice Cream?
I was looking for sugar free desserts the other day and came across a recipe for yogurt, honey, cinnamon ice cream. I pinned that faster than...something really fast. I LOVE cinnamon. I love honey. I love ice cream. A combination of the three? Yes please. This sounded heavenly.

The Original Pin

You'd think with three ingredients, this would be pretty fail proof. 

What Went Wrong:
  • Our gel canister ice cream maker was way too cold and the yogurt concoction froze solidly to the sides almost instantly, so the paddle couldn't turn. 
  • With the sides of the ice cream maker coated in a solid layer of overly frozen yogurt, the yogurt in the middle just got didn't freeze much at all. 
  • I wanted ice cream and this definitely was not ice cream. It was good yogurt, but it didn't even come close to ice cream for me.
This is 20 minutes after scooping out the soft's still frozen solid. I could mortar a house with this stuff! You can't use metal on these gel canisters...and as you can see, a wooden spoon just doesn't cut it.

How to fix this:
  • Let the ice cream maker thaw out some before I try and freeze yogurt
  • Try the alternative method given in the blog of freezing in in popsicle form. 
  • Try different flavors in the yogurt...maybe I can make it less yogurty and more desserty.
    • Vanilla and caramel flavorings
    • Throw in some fresh fruit (ooh...berries!)
    • If you still want to make it healthy and sugar free but don't want the honey taste, try using Truvia or some other natural sweetener. We like Truvia at our house.
  • Buy ice cream if it's ice cream you're wanting. 

Do note, that this isn't a bad recipe at all for regular yogurt when yogurt is desired. I'm going to make it again, just not when I'm craving ice cream.  


  1. Thanks for the tip to let the canister warm up a little. We may have the same ice cream maker and I have been thinking about trying frozen yogurt for a while.

  2. My dad bought an ice cream maker in the late 70s. It came out great and all, but ultimately it was decided that buying it was just way easier.

  3. No, no, no!! The problem is not the temperature, it's the lack of sugar. The gel canisters specifically say do not use anything sugar free as it immediately turns to "ice."You can use flavored yogurts in them , but not sugar-free. You need to make sure the sugar ratio is correct in these types of ice-cream makers. Keep adjusting the honey to get it right.

  4. You can also try adding a few Tablespoons of vodka or other alcohol to help with keep it from freezing too hard. Maybe not if your feeding it to kids though...
    I don't know what ice cream maker you are using, but with mine you have to let it start moving before you add the liquid. I pre-chill my liquid by freezing about a 1/4 cup of it and melting it into the rest of the batter, it's only a few degrees difference, but the faster your ice cream or sorbet or yoghurt or whatever freezes the creamier it tastes because the ice crystals are smaller.

    1. Additionally, if you used low or non-fat yoghurt that could also be contributing to the problems.


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