Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

homemade low sugar stevia ice cream

 When Strawberries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Collide

If my last post on making your own ice cream didn't excite you, then maybe this Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream will.

One of the best ways to sweeten low-sugar ice cream is to add fresh ripe chunks of fruit. My favourite fruit to add are strawberries but the possibilities are limitless.   There just something about strawberries that combine perfectly with the fresh taste of vanilla ice cream.

For me, ice cream is never complete without some dark chocolate chunks but of course this is entirely optional :)

If you are new to making your own fresh homemade ice cream please see my tips and tricks in this post first.

Low-Sugar Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

*recipe by Less Sugar Naturally*

Homemade low sugar stevia ice creamIngredients:

1 lb of strawberries, washed and cut
2 cups of whipping cream
1 cup of milk
1 Vanilla bean
2-3 Tbsp of sugar
20 drops of SweetLeaf or Nunaturals Liquid Stevia
30 grams of chocolate chips (optional)

Homemade low sugar stevia ice creamInstructions

1. Wash and cut up 1 lb of strawberries into small 1 cm pieces. Set one cup aside and refrigerate. These pieces will be added whole later on.

2.  With a sharp knife, slice open the top of a vanilla bean and use your knife to get all that vanilla goodness out.

Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream
3.  In a saucepan, combine milk, vanilla (pod and all), remaining strawberries, and sweetener (sugar/honey and/or fruit and/or stevia).  Slowly warm mixture on medium-low heat for a few minutes.  Keep stirring and don't bring to a boil. . This is just to let all the flavours marry. Turn heat off, skim off any skin that has formed, and let cool for a few minutes while you clean up.

Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream
4. Put contents in a jug, take the pod out, and give the mixture a quick couple whirls to puree the berries.

5. Add the cream and pod back in.  Stir and refrigerate preferably overnight.

6. Take the pod out.
Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream
7. Get the rest of your berries, optional chocolate chips, and any equipment you need chilled and ready to go.

Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream kitchenaid attachment
8. Follow your ice cream maker’s manufacturer directions. I use the Kitchenaid ice cream attachment available at Amazon or Amazon Canada where I bought mine.  Give the ice cream mixture one last stir, and slowly pour the contents in.

9.  When the ice cream is done add strawberry pieces and optional chocolate chips.  I do this with a spatula by hand.

Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream
10.  Fill silicone molds and freeze.   I use these Wilton Easy Flex Silicone 6 Cup Muffin Silicone Pan (Found here on Amazon or Amazon Canada).  Most low-sugar ice cream will need to be refrigerated for at least half an hour (in molds) to a couple of hours (in a container) to firm up.

11.  Pop them out of the molds and freeze in a large Ziploc.  Serve as is or with strawberry sauce.
Homemade low sugar stevia ice cream

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