Holly's no fat, virtually no calorie Ice Milk Recipe
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Recipe for basic VANILLA ICE MILK. (Makes one quart+)


Cuisinart and (optional) Ice Crusher

I use an 11-cup Cuisinart, but a 7-cup Cuisinart also works. Maybe even a blender, but I haven't tried it.

I don't like grating the ice in the Cuisinart, so I have bought an Ice Crusher*. Either way is very noisy, but does the job.


1 tray ice cubes (or 2 trays of tiny ice cubes for easier grating in a Cuisinart)

1/4 cup skim milk, 30 cal. Add 1/3 cup powdered skim milk (81 calories) for creamier result.

2-3 tsp vanilla

8 tsps sugar, 124 cal., or equivalent sweetener (add more or less to taste, 0 cal.)

Procedure:  This is noisy. I advise ear plugs. Or Ear Muffs** 1. If you have an Ice Crusher, grate the ice cubes. No need for tiny ones. Skip step 2.

2a. If you have tiny ice cubes (trays available at Dixon's Hardware in Harvard Sq.) use the slicing blade to grate the ice cubes.

2b. If you're using large ice cubes, insert the grating disc into the Cuisinart. Grate up the ice. Dump the resulting snow into a bowl. Put the slicing blade into the Cuisinart. Dump snow back in.

3. Add milk, vanilla, sweetener.

4. Turn on Cuisinart and beat about two minutes. Scrape down the sides to get all the ice to mix in and continue beating 2-4 more minutes until there is about a quart, i.e. the bowl is almost full. The result is something like a soft ice cream, or whipped cream. The longer you whip it the less dense and icy, but lighter and foamier and bigger it gets.



Add 2 tsp instant coffee and/ or 1 or 2 Tbsp cocoa, 54 cal/Tbsp. (& cinnamon?).

2. FRUIT. This comes out thicker, denser, more like sherbet. Bananas, peaches, or pears makes it creamy. Use less sugar (sweeten to taste).

Grate up 1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh or frozen fruit:

Strawberries (56 cal/cup), blueberries, mango, pineapple, a banana (peel it before freezing), peaches, apple, prunes, etc. Try a combination. Strawberry-banana and strawberry-blueberry are popular. Some fruits improve the whipping, others inhibit the foaming somewhat, esp. citrus. You may want to add the fruit after whipping up the ice cream.

3. CREAMSICLE or Lemon flavor

Add a few drops of orange/lemon oil at the end.

4. Use your imagination.

EAT IT ALL IMMEDIATELY. It only keeps for around half an hour in the freezer. (Then it becomes solid, so you have to grate, add more liquid and beat it again.) Even if you were to devour the whole thing, it has almost no calories, esp. if you use no-cal sweetener. Indulge yourself.

* Ice Crusher: I use this generic one which works well.

** Ear Muffs: I use these Ear Muffs which are very effective.

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