I have always seen Butter Pecan Ice Cream at the grocery store, but I've never actually bought it or tasted it. I'm the type of person who finds an ice cream they like and stick with it!
The only flavors I used to buy were Oreo and cookie dough... nothing else.
I don't like change, I like routine.
But, there are times where I will crawl out of my shell to try something new. I did this first when I made my Spiced Pumpkin & Maple Ice Cream. It was so creamy and flavorful that it spurred something in me (and my ice cream maker) to make another great flavor...
Butter Pecan sounded good. But then again, so did maple... and cinnamon!
So I made an all-in-one ice cream, and each of the flavors went perfectly well together. Since I've never tried storebought Butter Pecan ice cream, I don't really have anything to compare this ice cream to, but for some reason it tasted very similar to oatmeal raisin cookies. Probably because oatmeal raisin cookies use a whole lot of butter and cinnamon.
This ice cream was absolutely addicting, even without the butter. I kept wanting more and more!
I feel like that's the typical reaction when having ice cream... well, since it's healthy... ;)
I scooped myself some more and some more.
Maple Cinnamon Butter Pecan Ice Cream: [low fat, high protein]
(makes ~5 cups)
16oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
168g (1/2 cup) Pure Maple Syrup
42g (3 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any neutral oil)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Stevia Extract
1/2 tsp Butter Extract
1/8 tsp salt
1+1/2 tsp Cinnamon
one 12oz can Evaporated Fat Free Milk (fortified with vitamin D)
78g (1/2 cup + 1 tbs) Dried Nonfat Milk
1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
1. Whip the cream cheese, maple syrup, oil and extracts in a large bowl (or better yet, a stand mixer) until it has a uniform texture
2. Add in the salt, cinnamon, evaporated milk and slowly stir, being careful not to splash
3. Add in the dried milk and whip until any clumps are gone
4. Follow your ice cream makers' instructions. For me, I added the pecans about 5 minutes toward the end of the cycle, you can also top each ice cream individually with it
Mmmm... delicious fall flavors fused into a summer treat!
Let's all turn up our heaters and pretend that it's summer... you know, just so we can enjoy this ice cream to "cool off."