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Low Carb, THM Friendly Chocolate Ice Cream {THM-S, Gluten Free, Grain Free}

Low Carb, THM Friendly Chocolate Ice Cream {THM-S, Gluten Free, Grain Free}

The recent purchase of an ice cream maker has effectively changed my dessert world! I love the fact that I can have rich, creamy ice cream on hand – but mostly I love the fact that it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish! I would highly recommend the Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White
if you are looking for an ice cream maker! It is amazing!

This recipe is nearly the same as my Vanilla ice cream, but the inclusion of good cocoa powder makes this a rich, creamy, decadent chocolate delight! If you are looking for rich, chocolatey goodness, you will not be disappointed!

First I blend the ingredients and pour them into my ice cream freezer bowl. 


Set the timer for 25 minutes and let the ice cream maker work its magic! When you come back you should find this! 


The immediate texture of this ice cream (when it has finished churning), is very similar to a Frosty! If you like it this way, you can eat it immediately! If you like it a little more firm, just pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. After it has frozen solid, (If you do not include the recommended vegetable glycerin), you will want to let the ice cream set on the counter for a few moments to soften.

My whole family loves this ice cream! I hope yours does, too! This is great with fresh strawberries! 


Low Carb, Sugar Free Chocolate Ice Cream

{THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Grain Free}

Recipe:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1/4 cup quality cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbl vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbl vegetable glycerin (optional – helps keep it “scoop-able”)

In a blender, blend the cottage cheese and half & half until completely smooth. This step is very important – nobody wants cottage cheese lumps in their ice cream – Gross! Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Pour into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturers instructions (mine only took about 25 minutes). Transfer to a freezer safe container and keep airtight in the freezer. If you do not add the vegetable glycerin, you will want to set the ice cream on the counter for a few minutes to soften.

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Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream {THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}

Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream {THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}


I recently bought an ice cream maker, (Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, White ) and I must say it was a life-changing experience! The one I purchased was one of the newer ones – no salt or ice required, and my ice cream is ready in about 20 minutes! Now that’s what I’m talking about – creamy, delicious, guilt free ice cream in less than half an hour? Count me in!

When I was trying to find ice cream recipes, I kept seeing instructions like “refrigerate for four hours” or “place in refrigerator overnight.” I told my husband, “I can’t wait four hours for ice cream! I need some now!” (I know, I know, call me impatient if you must!)

Many low carb ice creams rely on cottage cheese and almond milk – and while those variations are good, I wanted a “real” ice cream texture and mouth feel. So, I headed to the kitchen, did some experimentation, and came up with this amazing recipe. I couldn’t believe it when I tasted it – it tastes like “real” (read sugar-laden) ice cream! I was in love!

Low Carb, Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream

{THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free}

Recipe:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup Half & Half
  • 1/2 cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1 Tbl vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbl vegetable glycerin (optional – helps  keep it “scoop-able”)

In a blender, blend the cottage cheese and half & half until completely smooth. This step is very important – nobody wants cottage cheese lumps in their ice cream – Gross! Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Pour into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturers instructions (mine only took about 25 minutes). Transfer to a freezer safe container and keep airtight in the freezer.  If you do not add the vegetable glycerin, you will want to set the ice cream on the counter for a few minutes to soften.


That’s it! 30 minutes, and you can have your own delicious, sweet, creamy homemade ice cream! (Guilt-free, too!) The add-ins or toppings are endless! We like to top our with this AMAZING caramel sauce!


And maybe a few Lily’s chocolate chips!

This would also be delicious with Easy Berry Syrup/Sauce {THM-FP, Sugar free, Gluten free, Low Carb}

Check out my chocolate ice cream recipe!

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Links below are to THM Gentle Sweet (The recommended sweetener), the ice cream maker I use, the recommended (but optional) vegetable glycerin,  and a handy dandy ice cream tub in which to keep your frozen goodies!

Easy Berry Syrup/Sauce {THM-FP, Sugar free, Gluten free, Low Carb}

Many mornings I love to have berries and yogurt for breakfast. (Check out my Homemade 000 Yogurt.) Frozen berries are available year round and many times they are the most economical choice for my budget. I’ve found that I can great deals on them at Costco – and they usually last me a couple of months! I have been making this simple berry sauce for months – and it literally takes less than two minutes (Drive-Through-Sue for sure)! 

First of all I measure out my berries in a microwaveable container – my amount of berries varies depending on what fuel type I want for the morning. (Remember that you can have up to 1 cup of berries and stay in FP mode — with the EXCEPTION of blueberries – only 1/2 cup of those – otherwise you cross into E territory, which is perfectly fine!) After I measure them out, I add sweetener to them. You can use Xylitol or Gentle Sweet, whichever you prefer.  

 Mixed berries with Xylitol

  Blueberries with Gentle Sweet
Next, pop the container in the microwave for 1 minute. It breaks down the berries and makes an awesome syrup/sauce! (This could also be done in a sauce pot on the stove, I am sure)

   
 
Next step is to enjoy! This sauce is amazing on yogurt, but it is also great for pancakes, cheesecake, cottage cheese – you name it!

   
 Recipe:

  • 1/4 -1/2 cup berries
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbl of xylitol (use 1 Tbl of Gentle Sweet)

Combine in a microwaveable container and microwave for 1 minute. Enjoy!

Samoas Coffee Creamer {THM, Low Carb, Sugar Free}

Samoas Coffee Creamer
{THM, Low Carb, Sugar Free}  
I have a confession to make — I used to be addicted to coffee creamers. At any given time you could find 3-5 different flavors in my fridge. About four years ago I went on a very strict (NOT THM) diet for a period of time. This diet included cutting out sugar, and when it was all said and done, I found that my love for flavored creamer was gone. Now I just prefer half & half or occasionally some heavy cream. But I know there are many Mamas (and Papas) who still love their coffee creamer! And it is so easy to make your own at home – you don’t have to feel deprived! 

Samoas Coffee Creamer

1 cup half & half

1/4 tsp. caramel extract

1/4 tsp. coconut extract

1/8 tsp. butter extract

1/2 tsp. cocoa powder 

2 Tbl. THM Gentle Sweet 

Mix all ingredients together and heat over low heat until cocoa powder and Gentle Sweet are melted and fully incorporated. (You just want to heat it – not boil it.) That’s all! 

Now, I have another confession to make – I am not a lover of sweet coffee. That being said, you may want to play with the amount of sweetener/flavoring to get the taste you want. As written, this creamer is not a very strong flavor – it is pretty mild. 

  This morning I topped my coffee with sweetened whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and Lily’s chocolate chips! It was a very indulgent cup of joe! 
  What is your favorite creamer flavor?

Easy THM Pizza Sauce Sugar Free

Pizza sauce isn’t that expensive, but it can be hard to find a pasta\pizza sauce with no added sugars. Fortunately, this sauce is easy to make (and is super cheap too)! So, what do you need?

THM Pizza Sauce

1 can tomato paste

1/4 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Onion powder

1/2 tsp. Dried Basil

1 tsp. Dried Oregano

1/2 tsp. Olive oil

1/2 “doonk” stevia extract (optional)

10 Tbl. Water

Salt, to taste

That’s all! Dump all the spices in and stir well, then add the water and stir until incorporated. This makes about 1 1/4 cups of sauce.

  
   
I used to always buy pizza sauce until one day when my Mom & I were making pizza. “Why don’t you just make your own? It’s easy, and it tastes better!” Turns out she was correct – and I’ve been making it ever since!

Let me know what you think! I used this sauce today on some meatballs – I added mozzarella cheese and stuffed it in a Joseph’s Pita. YUM! A THM meatball sub!