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How to Make Homemade Gourmet Low-fat, Sugar-Free Chocolate Ice Cream with an ice cream maker (directions, recipe, with photos, easy and free)

How to Make Homemade Sugarless, LowFat Chocolate Ice cream; 
Using an Ice Cream maker with Ice and Salt!

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Home made  chocolate ice creamIf you love really good chocolate ice cream, but are on a diet that restricts sugar, calories and/or fat; this one's for you.  My kids prefer this over full fat, full sugar ice cream! And it tastes SO MUCH BETTER than store bought Low-Fat ice cream. It is actually quite easy, costs less than store bought! The only special equipment you need is an ice cream maker (either electric or manual) that uses salt and ice for cooling.  These directions will work fine for all ice cream makers that use ice and salt; such as (but not limited to): Aroma, Hamilton Beach, Richmond Cedar Works (RCW), Rival, Oster, Rival (8400, 8401, 8401M, 8405, 8410, 8420, 8450, 8455-X, 8550, 8550-X, 8600, 8605,  8650, 8620, 8704, 8704P, 8706, 8804, 8806, F64306, etc.) Waring, White Mountain ice cream makers and many others.

 If you have an ice cream maker that uses a gel container that you pre-freeze, see these instructions instead!

If you are looking for an instruction manual for your ice cream maker, we have them, too! See this page.

Directions for Making Homemade Low-Fat, Sugarless Ice Cream


  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you will need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer, - OR if your fruit is VERY sweet, you be able to get away with no added sweetener.
  • 1/4 cup fat-free powdered milk
  • 8 egg yolks - if you want to avoid even the fat in these, you can use Egg Beaters - 1 14 oz carton (the short one, not the tall one) of Egg Beaters (or the whites from 8 eggs)
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half (which DOES contain "corn syrup", which is a form of sugar, so you may want to use 1 more cup of nonfat milk instead - it works almost as well)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ice cream maker that requires ice
  • 1/2 cup sugarless chocolate syrup.

Equipment Hamilton Beach 68330N 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker

  • 1 ice cream maker
  • ice cubes (about 8 tray's worth)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) table salt
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 wooden or plastic spatula




Step 1 - Be sure you have plenty of ice and salt

There's not much point in trying to make ice cream if you need ice for the ice cream maker. For a typical 2-quart ice cream maker, you will need approximately: 2 cups (500 ml) table salt and 8 trays of ice cubes. It is NOT NECESSARY to use rock salt or crushed ice in most units (certainly not the Oster's). 

Step 2 - Heat the milk, Stevia (or Splenda, if you prefer), and powdered milk

Nonfat dry milkHeat the milk, sugar and powdered milkIn a large pot ( 4 quarts or larger) with a heavy bottom (for even heat distribution), mix the fat-free milk, Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you will need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer, and powdered, nonfat, dry milk. Bring the mix to a low simmer over medium heat and stir to dissolve the Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you will need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer, , then turn the heat down and just keep it warm.



Step 3 - Get the egg whites or egg substitutes ready

Get the egg whites or egg substitutes ready As noted in the ingredients, egg yolks are not fat free and do have 215 mg cholesteroSeparate 8 egg yolksl per each egg yolk, so for this recipe we use an egg substitute, like Egg Beaters or Better'N Eggs. You can, of course, use 8 regular egg yolks. eggs

Step 4 - Whip the egg whites until thickened

Whip the egg whites until thickenedWhip the egg whites until thickenedPut the egg whites in a medium bowl and whisk until they are thickened (it only takes about 2 minutes.  I use a hand mixer on low speed.

Note: the yellow color in the egg beaters comes from carrageenan, a natural food additive made from seaweed, which also helps to thicken.  Of course, you can use plain egg whites instead.



Step 5 - Slowly add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg whites

Slowly add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg whitesWhile constantly whisking, slowly add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture and whisk until it is blended (a few seconds).




Step 6 - Pour the egg white mix into the pot of hot milk

Pour the egg mix into the pot of hot milkThen pour the egg mixture back into the pot of hot milk and increase heat to medium. Stir the mixture constantly with a wooden or plastic spoon, until the mixture is thickened (like gravy) and registers between 170 F and 180 F (check with an instant-read thermometer, like the ones with a probe).




Step 7 - Add the light cream (or half and half) and vanilla and refrigerateAdd the light cream and vanilla and refrigerate

Stir in non-fat half-and-half and vanilla. Cover and pop into the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before continuing on to step 8. Overnight or even 24 to 48 hours is fine.





Step 8 - Mix the milk/cream mix with the fruit and put the canister in the ice cream maker

About 45 minutes before you want to serve the ice cream, stir the milk/cream mixture. Remove the freezer canister and pour the milk/cream/fruit mixture from step 8 into the freezer bowl. and put the cover on the canister.  Put the canister in the cream maker.   Layer ice and salt solution as follows:
A. Pour 1 cup (250 ml) cold water into Ice Bucket.
B. Place a 1 inch (2.5 cm) layer of ice cubes around Cream Canister in Ice Bucket.
(Hint: Cream Canister should stand straight while layering.)

Ice cream makerwith iceC. Sprinkle 1/3 cup (75 ml) table salt or 1/4 cup (50 ml) Kosher (coarse)
salt on ice.
D. Continue layering ice and salt to the top of the Ice Bucket.
E. Pour 1 cup (250 ml) cold water over top ice layer.

Step 9 - Add the salt and ice and turn on the ice cream maker!

Turn the ice cream maker on and let the maker work until starts to thicken, about 20 minutes.  From time to time, add more ice cubes and salt as needed.

How much more ice?  To the top[.  How much more salt?  Just sprinkle some on the ice, like a teaspoon full.

Step 10 - Add the chocolate syrup

Now is the time to add the chocolate syrup, if you are making chocolate ice cream.  I add about 1/2 cup of chocolate syrup - I use the Hersey's sugar free syrup, but both the variety and amount are a matter of personal taste preferences!

You can tell when the ice cream is done, by simply checking the consistency through the opening on the top of the ice cream maker.  You will also hear the motor straining, as the ice cream freezes.  On some units, the directions with the maker tell you to let it work until the motor stalls and stops.

When it is done, the ice cream should have a soft, creamy texture. If you want firmer, harder ice cream, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place it in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Step 11 - Enjoy!

Home made  chocolate ice creamHey, once it reaches the consistency you like, it's time to eat!  That's it!  You made great homemade Low-Fat, sugar-free ice gourmet cream!




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Tips and Comments

  • A visitor suggest using Xanthum gum, which is available in the health food store, instead of egg yolks.  Some grocery stores carry it if they have an extended health section.

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