Low Fat Almond Vanilla Ice Cream

Sasha Kamen


This is low fat and low sodium, but it sure doesn't taste like it! You can also use 2% or whole milk if you aren't watching fat and calories. Substitute pecans for the almonds and add 2 tsp. butter flavoring for butter pecan ice cream.

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3/4 cup almonds, divided
2 cups 1% milk
4 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean

How to Make Low Fat Almond Vanilla Ice Cream


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place almonds on a cookie sheet and toast for 15 to 18 minutes. Allow almonds to cool.
  • 2Meanwhile, heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, about 10 minutes, until steaming, do not allow the milk to boil, remove the milk from the heat.
  • 3Place 1/2 cup of the toasted almonds into a food processor, process until finely chopped.
  • 4Stir finely chopped almonds into the hot milk, mix well and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.
  • 5In a large sauce pan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar, until smooth.
  • 6Pour almond milk mixture into egg yolks and sugar mixture, split the vanilla bean into half lengthwise, and add split beans with vanilla seeds into saucepan with all the liquid.
  • 7Gently heat over medium heat, stirring constantly using a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. This will take about 15-20 minutes.
  • 8Transfer into a sieve on top of a medium bowl. Sieve out the solids, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. This should result in a smooth vanilla almond ice cream base.
  • 9Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until thoroughly chilled, preferably overnight.
  • 10Pour into ice cream maker and process for about 25 minutes. Follow any specific directions for your ice cream maker.
  • 11Coarsely chop remaining 1/4 cup toasted almonds. Add into ice cream maker near the end and process another 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 12Place the frozen ice cream in a reasonable sized container. It can be served immediately, or you can freeze it until it firms up if desired.

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About Low Fat Almond Vanilla Ice Cream

Course/Dish: Ice Cream & Ices
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Low Sodium
Hashtag: #ice milk

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