Homemade Sugar Free Ice Cream

By Anne Kinsey

Homemade ice cream is a special and comforting treat. Just because you need to watch your sugar does not mean that you cannot enjoy a bowl of ice cream now and then. Some advance planning ensures that you enjoy your bowl as much as anyone else.

Choose a Recipe

There are specialty sugar-free ice cream recipes available on the Internet. Many of them incorporate pudding mix and evaporated milk, along with artificial sweeteners of one form or another. You could go this route, or you might consider using an old favorite recipe and adapting it to be lower and sugar. This might be a more natural option, especially if your old standby does not include highly processed ingredients.

Pick Your Sweetener

Since you will not be using processed white sugar to sweeten your ice cream, pick a different sweetener. Stevia is a natural alternative sweetener from a South American plant that is a hundred times sweeter than sugar. A little bit goes a long way with Stevia. Some more naturally minded people also like to use Xylitol or erythritol. If you are not concerned about keeping things natural, Splenda is easy to measure and use like sugar.

Making and Storing Your Ice Cream

Follow your recipe to make your homemade ice cream. If you are using a sugar-free recipe, this will not be hard, but if you have chosen to adapt an old recipe it will take some tweaking. If you are using Splenda, simply follow the directions for substitution on the bag. If you are using Stevia or other sweeteners, add a tiny amount to your ice cream batter at a time and taste as you go along until you reach a level of sweetness that pleases your palette. Once the batter is perfected, freeze it in your ice cream maker and store in an air-tight container in the freezer until ready to serve.