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October 6, 2011

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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It's my birthday!  :D

Sadly though, I have an exam today  :(  Oh yeah, and it's in my least favorite class.

Why does this always happen to me?  Last year today, I had a Biology exam (ugh), and now it's on the history of the middle east.  Thank goodness that my history class is the last one I have to endure for the rest of my college career!  After this semester, I can finally get to the good stuff:  Nutrition, Metabolism, Food Service, Anatomy, Physics, etc.

And don't worry, I studied for the test so I'm not procrastinating by blogging or anything . . .

Okay, maybe I am, but it is for a good cause.  I mean, vanilla bean ice cream is a classic, and now it's healthy! Of course the recipe needs to be shared asap.  And I worked pretty darn hard on the recipe (aka, it required three trials to perfect--why is it always three?)

Plus, shouldn't I get some free time on my b-day?

Well, I think so.

Free time with ice cream is a great time.
Free time with deliciously creamy, very vanilla-y and oh so sweet ice cream, is a perfect time.

Delectable by itself, sandwiched in between two Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, on top of a warm slice of Pound Cake, or added to a smoothie to transform it into a milkshake!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:  [low fat, low sugar, high protein]
(makes ~4 cups)
   one 8oz tub Fat Free Cream Cheese
   84g (1/4 cup) Brown Rice Syrup
   42g (3 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any neutral oil)
   2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
   1 tsp Stevia Extract
   1/16 tsp Salt
   1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
   two 12oz cans Evaporated Fat Free Milk (fortified with vitamin D)
   64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder

1.  With a hand mixer or stand mixer and a large bowl, whip the cream cheese with the brown rice syrup until it has an even consistency
2.  Add the oil, extracts, salt and vanilla beans, then whip again (for a tutorial on getting the beans out of the vanilla pod, click here)
3.  Add the evaporated milk and protein powder and whisk on low until incorporated.  Refrigerate the mixture for 2 hours or overnight
4.  Follow your ice cream maker's instructions and then enjoy!

-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:  add 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
-Apple Pie Ice Cream:  add 2 Apple Pie Larabars, chopped into small chunks

Even though this ice cream needs to sit on the counter for a bit to thaw, you will be glad you waited--it turns into the perfectly scoopable ice cream that is exactly like store-bought kinds.  It wasn't too hard to scoop, it wasn't half melted, it was perfectly soft, sweet and delicious.

Just a few more hours til my exam . . . what a great way to spend my 19th birthday, right?!  :D

That was sarcasm.


  1. Happy birthday! This looks great.


  2. Happy birthday! I hope you still enjoy it. I once went to exam prep for the whole day on my b-day. I didn't get to make myself delicious healthy ice cream like you so it looks like you're having a good birthday to me. Just go out and celebrate later ok?

  3. Thanks Samantha Erin and Kat!
    Kat, exam prep for a whole day?! :( I wish I could've shared my ice cream with you!

  4. Happy Birthday! Thanks for procrastinating and making this healthy vanilla ice cream ;) It looks super good!

  5. Out of all the ice cream I've made I have for some reason never made my favorite classic - vanilla. This recipe looks delicious.

    And happy belated birthday!!

  6. Ah! I'm late to the party on this one, but HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY!!!
    And oh my gosh this recipe looks awesome! I've been craving ice cream like mad because the supermarket stuff is filled with high fructose corn syrup, or a ton of cream. But this looks amazing! I can't wait to try it ^_^.

  7. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

  8. I'm late but Happy brithday! I hope your exam went well :)

  9. Thank you all for the birthday wishes! My exam went well too (I think this ice cream is a lucky charm)



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