Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Half baked ice cream

It got kind of melted while I was photographing it :\


Ben and Jerry's "Half Baked" is my all-time favorite ice cream. They describe it as, "Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Creams with Fudge Brownies and Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough". I got the crazy idea to make a healthy-ish version of this.

I made it as follows:
  • Made a batch of vanilla cottage cheese "ice cream" (like I used in the ice cream bars)
  • Mixed in hunks of April's protein cookie dough. This stuff is awesome and really tastes like cookie dough, especially if you add chocolate chips or cacao nibs! Substituting cashew butter for peanut butter makes it even more cookie-like.
  • Made a batch of chocolate cottage cheese "ice cream"
  • Mixed in chunks of 1-carb brownies
  • Swirled the two flavors together
It definitely took some time and effort, but it definitely satisfied that craving!

HALF-BAKED ICE CREAM
Makes about a pint

INGREDIENTS

For the cookie dough ice cream:
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp stevia extract or equivalent sweetener (basically enough sweetener to equal 3-4 Tbs sugar)
  • 1 Tbs vodka (optional, to keep ice cream soft)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (my favorite for this is True Protein milk protein isolate in cookie dough flavor, but any vanilla protein powder would work great too)
  • 1 Tbs nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond, or macadamia would all be great)
  • About a teaspoon of cacao nibs or chocolate chips or chopped up dark chocolate bar (optional but recommended)
For the chocolate fudge brownie ice cream:
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp stevia extract or equivalent sweetener (basically enough sweetener to equal 3-4 Tbs sugar)
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites or nondairy milk of choice (i.e. almond milk or lite coconut milk)
  • 1 Tbs vodka (optional, to keep ice cream soft)
  • About 1/3 of a batch of 1-carb brownies, thoroughly cooled and cut into cubes
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the nut butter, protein powder, and a teaspoon of water. Mix until smooth. If necessary, add more water, a teaspoon at a time, until you have something with a cookie dough consistency. Mix in the cacao nibs or chocolate chunks. Form into small balls and set aside in the fridge.
  2. Puree the remaining ingredients for the cookie dough ice cream together. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions. Mix in the cookie dough balls and set aside in the freezer.
  3. Puree all the ingredients for the chocolate fudge brownie ice cream together except for the brownie chunks. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions. Mix in the brownie pieces.
  4. Gently swirl the two ice creams together, being sure not to overmix. If desired, top with extra brownie and/or cookie dough pieces. Eat right away or store in the freezer.

    12 comments:

    *Naomi* said...

    ice cream and vodka? yes please!

    Erica said...

    Hahaha, well it's just a little bit to keep it soft in the freezer, but you can always pour a lil extra on the side ;)

    christina said...

    This looks AMAZING!!!!!!

    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

    Oh delicious!! I love the presentation in the martini glass as well :) What a great blog you have, consider me your newest follower! xoxo

    Amanda said...

    Half Baked is my fave ice cream for sure. We are ice cream soul mates ;) Thanks for coming up with this, I'll have to give it a try soon.

    Erica said...

    @christina, Kelly, and Amanda: Glad you ladies liked the recipe, and definitely let me know if you give it a try!

    Alycia [Fit n Fresh] said...

    So I made the chocolate chip cookie dough portion of this last night and I've gotta say it was pretty delicious! Mine ended up a little on the tart side because I only added 1 tbsp of agave as a sweetener (I really need to get my hands on some stevia). Next time I'll sweeten it up more just a tad.

    Awesome recipe! (:

    Erica said...

    Alycia: Oops, I always make it with sweetened protein powder...I probably should have mentioned that!!

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    Janelle Deeds said...

    Oh no! April's Cookie Dough link is broken ... any chance there is another link or recipe out there?

    Erica said...

    Janelle: It's just 1 Tbs nut butter (any kind!), half a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and 1 tsp water (might need 2 or 3 teaspoons if you are using a blend with casein or if it contains thickeners like xanthan gum). Just mix it up with a fork until it's a cookie dough consistency. HTH!

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