Lite on the sugar homemade banana ice creamPosted in Desserts, Food on August 27th, 2009 by monicajane
I quit eating sugar for the most part about 3 years ago when I discovered I’m hypo-glycemic. It’s not been terribly difficult as I have never had much of a sweet tooth. On the rare occasions I feel like sugar I tend to indulge as my appetite for it is quickly relieved.
About two weeks ago I had a thought that I have from time to time. “I want ice-cream!” I don’t have this thought very often but when I do it’s really the only time I miss desert or sugar.
I thought though, “I really don’t like sugar that much, I like the creaminess of the ice cream.” So the idea to buy an ice cream maker was born. I went straight to Amazon and bought a nice little 2 pint Cuisanart ice cream maker. And the fruits of that labor just got put into the freezer right before I thought of writing this post. I haven’t had ice cream in several years either. I tasted it and it’s pretty scrumptious.
I thought a lot about how to make a delicious, healthy, (except for the fat, but when you use organic, grass fed cream, well the fat becomes much less of an issue!!) ah…back to the topic at hand….delicious, healthy, essentially sugar free ice cream. My final recipe:
1 very ripe banana
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 pint low fat milk
1 egg and 2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
2 tsp Stevia (a natural sugar-free herb that tastes sweet)
1 tbsp Agave Nectar (the same plant that produces tequila, produces this low glycemic natural sugar which actually has some additional nutritional value unlike processed sugar)
All of the ingredients are cooked into a very light custard by cooking very slowly over low heat until thickened and then refrigerated overnight and then put into the pre-frozen ice cream maker the next day.
The recipe that I used as inspiration called for a cup of sugar which I was avoiding.
3/4 cup of agave nectar is equivalent to a cup of sugar and 1/4 tsp of Stevia is equivalent to 1 tsp sugar. So do the math. This is very lightly sweetened. Of course the very ripe banana helps with the sweetening too. In any case it’s awesomely delicious and very low in sugar!!!