Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream


The great thing about having an ice cream maker is that you can pour pretty much anything in there and it comes out resembling ice cream. My go-to is pureed cottage cheese, but I decided to attempt freezing cheesecake batter. I baked some low-carb grain-free graham crackers for making graham cracker crumbs. I will supply the recipe for doing so, but there are certainly easier options. You could buy some pre-made graham cracker crumbs and just use them sparingly. Or, you could toast some coarsely-ground almonds with cinnamon and sweetener. I think that the Emerald cinnamon roast almonds taste a lot like graham crackers; you could probably crush those up and use them as a topping. 

In any case, this was seriously good.

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM
Serves about 4

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 oz straberries, washed, stemmed, and sliced
  • 6 oz cream cheese (full fat or Philadelphia brand low fat), cubed and softened
  • Sweetener (your choice; I used stevia) to equal 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs vodka (optional; use if you are planning to keep the ice cream in the freezer for a while, as it will keep it soft)
  • Graham cracker crumbs (see above description for diet-friendly ideas, or use the below recipe to bake your own)
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except for the strawberries and graham cracker crumbs. Puree until smooth.
  2. Stir in the strawberry slices. 
  3. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Serve topped with graham cracker crumbs.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 scoops plain or vanilla whey protein
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (I used Penzeys Vietnamese cinnamon)
  • 1 Tbs good-quality raw honey
  • Sweetener to taste (I used stevia; amount depends on the sweetness of your protein powder. Start with the equivalent of 1/4 cup sugar, taste, and add more if necessary)
  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white (or 6 Tbs liquid egg white or egg substitute)
  • Extra cinnamon and granular sweetener for sprinkling
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (except sweetener) in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter in a standing mixer or electric hand mixer. Add the egg, vanilla, sweetener, and honey. Beat until smooth. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
  4. Form dough into a ball and place on a large sheet of parchment paper. Top with another sheet of parchment. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 1/8"-14" thick, then remove the top sheet of parchment. Use a pizza cutter to trim the edges and score the dough into large crackers. Prick all over with a fork. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon and granular sweetener. 
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve.

7 comments:

Kiersten said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I made this, but used coconut milk for almond milk because it is what I had on hand. Absolutely FANTASTIC! Thank you soooooo much!!

Lisa said...

That looks deliciously creamy and the cream cheese would add such a nice tang to it all. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your ice cream up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweets-for-saturday-21.html

Julie said...

i keep forgetting about my ice cream machine until i come across someone's post where they remind me about it! this ice cream looks amazing! thanks for the recipe lady :)

Erica said...

Thanks everyone! Kiersten, I'm glad to hear that you tried it, coconut milk sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I made this Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream but unfortuantly I do not have an ice cream maker. I divided the milk in half and heated half the milk in the microwave and added 1 tsp. unflavoured gelatin. I put it in the fridge to set then added it to the mix. It was fabulous! This is going to be one of my favourite recipes. Your recipes are amazing. Are you on Facebook?
Joan Mercantini

Erica said...

@Anon, glad to hear it can be made without an ice cream maker! I just made a Facebook page today for this site, there is a link on the right sidebar of the main site.

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