Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
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Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Field editor Rebecca Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah shares her recipe for yummy "light" ice cream. It's smooth and creamy with wonderful vanilla flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Reduced-fat granola, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup (calculated without granola): 182 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add half-and-half; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Quickly transfer to a large bowl; place bowl in a pan of ice water. Stir gently and occasionally for 2 minutes. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. Fill cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. If desired, serve with granola. Yield: 1 quart.
Originally published as Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p19

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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laurievano 63642
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"I'm not normally a fan of vanilla but this is amazing - very creamy and does not taste low fat. With this basic recipe you could also add fruit too!"

kimbo75 137581
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"This was fabulous! It was so rich and creamy I couldn't believe it was low fat! I added some chopped peaches the last few minutes of churning and it was spectacular"

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