My family loves ice cream. I love to spoil them, and therefor it is a necessity to stock home-made ice cream in my freezer to keep them happy. This recipe is incredibly easy and very creamy. It can even be made without an ice cream machine and still tastes amazing. Although it does contain sugar, it is still much "healthier" than store bought ice cream. I have tried a lot of home-made vanilla ice cream recipes, and some of them are quite difficult to make. The trick with most basic home-made vanilla ice cream recipes, is to make a custard and make sure that the custard mixture coat the back of a spoon after it is cooked.
Ice cream only requires 5 ingredients or less: cream, milk, eggs, sweeteners (honey, maple syrup or organic sugar) and a natural flavoring such as pureed fruit or vanilla pods.
I never questioned the ingredients in this cold, creamy treat, but my view changed after I was listening to a health coach who mentioned that ice cream is considered as one of the most unhealthy things to eat. My curiosity was sparkled and I started to do a bit of research on the topic. Let me share some of my high-level findings with you so that you can make better health choices next time you want to treat yourself.
AVOID THESE INGREDIENTS WHEN BUYING AN ICE CREAM
Corn Syrup Solids Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are all made from corn, and bottom line, all are sugar and genetically modified)
Mono- and Diglycerides
Soy Lecithin or Soya Lecithin
WHAT MAKES ICE CREAM TOXIC?
Consider you opt for a soft-serve ice cream with strawberry syrup or chocolate syrup, you’d have to contend with these ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, E330 citric acid, E405 propylene glycol alginate, E412 guar gum, E413 tragacanth, E414 acacia, modified corn starch, E296 malic acid, E211 sodium benzoate & E202 potassium sorbate, artificial flavors, E129 FD&C Red No. 40, E133 FD&C Blue No. 1.
I don’t know about you, but if I read about those ingredients, it feels like I am an experiment in a lab instead of enjoying the sun in the Summer while eating my delicious ice cream.
But there is hope. You can make this delicious recipe in a “jap-trap” (that is the Afrikaans word that means “very quick”) and enjoy the happy feeling and delicious taste your get when you eat this creamy treat.
I would like to give credit to Tessa Kiros, the author of the recipe book, Falling Cloudberries, for this recipe. I found this recipe in her book and I think it is a brilliant easy vanilla ice cream recipe.