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Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

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. + freezing
  • Makes
    1 quart


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 182 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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  • Joy
    Nov 3, 2018

    Half and half what? Cream, milk this was asked previously and no answer was forthcoming

  • Lesley
    Apr 29, 2018

    What is half-and-half? I live in Australia and I don't know what we call this

  • laurievano
    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
    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