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Finally Keeping Promises- That Darn Ice Cream

Finally Keeping Promises- That Darn Ice Cream


I feel like it’s been so long.

So long since I wrote anything.

So long since I’ve been teasing you with pictures of ice cream and telling you I’m going to share it.


I actually have other things I really want to write about today, like the fact that after I wrote about the possibility of us going in our pajamas to get donuts in my last post…..

Well, we did.


And I feel like talking about donuts.

I also feel like talking about my date with “my boyfriend” yesterday.


I know, right? Two weeks in a row!


But, since I feel bad for inconveniencing my family yesterday so that I could go gallivanting about to workout with my best friend Bob, I’ll try to make things up to you.

I’ll write about this ice cream instead.



So… here it is. That ice cream I’ve been showing you for weeks and eating pretty much every single night.



This is not my original recipe.

It’s Katie’s ice cream. She has a whole bunch of different options on her blog here. This is just a version of her “fairy dust” ice cream recipe that I’ve made, grown to love and have consumed a lot of lately.



Low Calorie Ice Cream

(makes two servings or one ginormous one)

2 cups nondairy milk of choice (my favorites are listed below)

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon vanilla butter and nut extract (or extract of choice)

2-4 Splenda or stevia packets (or sweetener of choice)


Here are my preferred ingredients (minus the sweetener).


Soy Slender vanilla soymilk and Silk PureAlmond unsweetened vanilla are my go to nondairy milks of choice lately.

I usually do 1 1/2 cups of the almond milk and 1/2 cup of the soy milk or just use the almond milk for the entire 2 cups.

I had to hunt that McCormick Imitation Vanilla Butter and Nut Flavor down. It gives the ice cream such a good cake battery taste.

Sometimes I sub in almond extract instead of the vanillas, but it all depends on if I had the sugar free almond syrup in my mocha that morning (I’m not kidding friends). Ha.

My sweeteners of choice are these.



Here’s the process.

In the morning (usually while I’m still in my pajamas) I put all the ingredients together.


I love using this cool adjustable teaspoon.


This thing is awesome. You can get it here on Amazon.

(Yes, it’s in my Amazon store, but I have not made over $5 to date in that store, so I’m not trying to make a profit or anything. Someday STUFT Daddy. Ha.)

I actually really want this whole set of adjustable measuring spoons and cups that I don’t really need. Again, someday.



I mix everything up and make sure the salt dissolves a bit. Then pour it into ice cube trays.


Cover and stick these babies in the freezer.


They need to be frozen for at least a couple of hours. I let mine freeze all day and since it makes two servings I use the other tray for the next day. How convenient.


When you’re ready to make the magic happen, get your cubes and put them in a Vitamix or blender.


I usually have to add a tablespoon or two of additional almond milk to help the blending process.


It’s super icy at first, but just keep blending at a low spend while using that thing to push it down. (That sounds really intelligent doesn’t it?)

Eventually it gets like this.


Then, after using a spatula (I recommend an old one because it gets cut up by the blades) to scoop it out, you get this.


Oh yes.

Depending on the nondairy milk you use one serving (1/2 the recipe) ranges from 35-55 calories.

Now, I need to tell you that it takes a little getting used to and is a bit icy, but oh my……

I am in love.

My favorite toppings/mix-ins of choice are some PB Crave Razzle Dazzle and frozen frosting.


Oh and there is usually at least one Vitatop under all the mess which may or may not be topped with some additional dark chocolate frosting.


Ha ha.


Look at this.


Last night’s went a little something like this.

Banana Chocolate Chip Vitatop with some Razzle Dazzle and this walnut butter


Topped by another Banana Nut Vitatop with low calorie peanut butter frosting.


Then this ice cream


and some fresh strawberries.




Okay friends. I’ve got to get a move on the day. It’s the first day of my official summer break from teaching PE and we’re still in our pajamas over here. But, we’ve got a lot to do.


Have a good one!


Just curious… what’s your favorite ice cream flavor ever?

Mine is old school Baskin Robbins Chocolate Peanut Butter.

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  1. 1

    Yay! thank you for sharing your tips. I actually tried this last night but couldn’t get the texture, I didn’t think about freezing it in ice cubes first. I am on it!

  2. 2

    Bob and Ice Cream?!?!? Best post ever!!

  3. 3

    you make quite the desserts my friend!! i love it! my favorite ice cream is ben & jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough. yum!

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh… Ben and Jerry’s. I miss that place. There used to be one close by, now we don’t have any. 🙁 Hope you’re doing well and resting little lady! 🙂

  4. 4
    Andrea says:

    And you and Bob MATCH!! It is like you are soul mates or something!!

    This ice cream looks fabulous. Considering I used to be a everynight Edy’s Slow Churn kind of gal, this makes me really tempted. I believe i shall pin and make soon!!

    Favorite flavor: Edy’s Slow Churn Samoa (Girl Scout cookie flavor) Oh.So.Good.

  5. 5
    Andrea says:

    Or your socks match. whatever.

  6. 6

    I’m all about the healthy food porn!

  7. 7
    Sarah says:

    Pictures of your little boys make my heart swoon. I bet it’s never a boring day at your household with those two little guys running around!! I used to live in SD for 5 years, and I miss it SO MUCH! I love reading your blog and getting dinner ideas. Broccoli roast has been on regular rotation for the past few weeks. Now I’m giving this icecream a try. Perhaps if you blended in some vanilla greek yogurt it will help add creaminess to the icy texture? hmm. I will report back with my findings 🙂

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      If you add a frozen banana or even just a half it woudl totally help with texture. 🙂 Or yes, the Greek yogurt too. If I didn’t have darn dairy issues I’d be all over that. Yes, keep me posted on your findings. He he!

  8. 8
    sarah says:

    YAY! I’m SO HAPPY you and your boys went for ice cream in your pj’s:).

    Umm, this post had me drooling aaall over my key pad . Seriously. I really want to try this badly, hmm I wonder if my magic bullet could handle ice cubes? If not, I think ill need to invest in a higher powered blender- this looks too good to pass up! And I love all your add-ins and muffiny combos- I think you are The Queen of healthy ice cream sundaes.

    I hadly ever have ice cream these days. But I used to always like mint choc chip, Haagen Daz(spelling?) Cookies & cream and strawberry sorbet. I bet your/Katies ice cream would be good with frozen strawbs in it too.

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Let me know if your Magic Bullet works. It should, you might just have to defrost things a bit first. Um…. I really think you should invest in a high power blender though. It will change your life. Ha!

  9. 9
    Missy says:

    Ive always added butter extract to my ice cream/smoothies to give that cake batter taste! I use vanilla along with it (vanilla nut is great but hard to find). I love black walnut, caramel and the peanut butter extracts too. If you wanted a creamier and less icy texture,, have you thought of adding guar and xanthan gums? If I don’t, mine are more icy and I prefer the ice cream texture! For my “ice cream” I use a little almond milk, 120 g fat free cottage cheese, 20 g fat free cream cheese, 1 dropper French vanilla stevia (or sweetener to taste), and 200 g frozen peaches. Oh and 1/8 tsp each of guar and xanthan gum. I put in my Ninja and blend til smooth (add a bit more milk usually). For about 185 calories, I have this large serving of “ice cream”!! Sugar free cheesecake pudding mix is another awesome add in!
    Sorry for the novel – I know you didn’t ask for reader recipes 😉
    But I read (and follow on IG) and love your recipes!

    Oh and my fave ice cream was alway Pralines and Cream from BR!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Missy- this recipe sounds fabulous. I haven’t added the gums to ice cream, but maybe I should. I’ve added them to smoothies before. I used to make “ice cream” with Greek yogurt and sugar free pudding mix all the time, but since this whole nondairy thing came about I’ve had to switch things up a bit. 🙂 I better keep a look out for those other extracts. You are good lady! 🙂

  10. 10
    Sara says:

    Wow. Those are some desserts! Thanks for sharing, Kristin! My favorite ice cream is Birthday Cake from Bruster’s.

  11. 11

    My favorite icecream flavor…oh gosh…there are too many to name honestly. I’m a sweets addict. Cake batter and chocolate chip cookie dough are some of my favorites right off the top of my head! I want to try this icecream ASAP, especially topped w/ your “frostings” 😀

  12. 12

    Oh stop!! I’m kinda bummed about the success of your amazon store, I just created one too, oh well I guess it shows people the products I like, even if they don’t buy anything it helps right?

  13. 13

    mmmmm! I’ve been all over anything ice cream lately. I usually do a frozen protein powder/greek yogurt/almond milk mixture and then blend. It’s the real deal! I just switch up my protein flavors and get a ton of variety. Cookies and Cream flavor has been a go-to! Speaking of Baskin Robbins, my family and I would go there once a week when I was younger. My all time favorite kind to get there was birthday cake batter. It had legit pieces of cake mixed in. Man i wish i had some right now!

  14. 14

    Can I just come live with you? I’ll watch the boys while you make us all ice cream? (and by “us” I’m including your boyfriend, Bob). Okay, good. I’ll be there soon. Haha and also, do you think this would work with a magic bullet?

  15. 15
    Carolyn says:

    Ok that dessert looks amazing (and BIG) but that’s what I love about you, you like big desserts as much as I do:). I love eating healthy but my husband always makes fun of me ifI hardly eat any dinner but then eat a HUGE serving of dessert. I didn’t realize you were still teaching PE on Friday’s. What grade level were you teaching? Enjoy the summer break. We just got done with school yesterday so summer is officially here for us too!

    I LOVE Grandma’s Cake Batter Tillamook Ice Cream. Do they sell Tillamook ice cream in stores in CA? It is seriously the BEST! I consider myself an ice cream snob too because I love it and have tried most ice cream but if its not super tasty then its not worth it to me. However, with your dairy problems it might not be the best thing for you to eat:(. Sorry.

    Have a great Friday and weekend! Take care!

    • 15.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I don’t know if they sell TIllamook ice cream here. I’ll have to look. Enjoy YOUR summer break!!! 🙂 I teach 1st through 8th grade. I used to just teach middle school though. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  16. 16
    lindsay says:

    this is just more reason why i need you live closer. Food! I’ll trade you, ice cream for healthy bites?

  17. 17
    Samantha says:

    I love making Katie’s ice creams! I have been on a big mint chocolate chip mint kick for now. It works great and it is so fun to put whatever you want in it in the final blend or on the top!

    I am vanilla person so I always go heavy on the vanilla when I make it.

    • 17.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I always go heavy on the vanilla too. I haven’t tried the mint chocolate chip yet. You use Katie’s recipe? I should get on that. 🙂

      • Samantha says:

        Yes, I use her recipe for the mint chocolate chip as well. 🙂 It is a really nice variation. Although today…vanilla in the freezer…

        • STUFT Mama says:

          I’ll have to try it. Tonight mine was almond. Ha ha.

          • Samantha says:

            And see…that is why you don’t want to make a week’s worth at a time! 🙂

            I also went through a stage in which I would process 2 full peaches (no pit) into the vanilla base – skin and all. It was incredible.

  18. 18

    Thanks for the eye candy on a Friday afternoon. I really want ice cream now.

    Favorite ice cream is anything with chocolate, peanut butter or oreos.

  19. 19

    The question is – do I have the freezer space for this stuff? I swear everytime I open it, I get knocked in the head by some falling object.

  20. 20

    Happy first day of summer vacation 🙂 Today is my last day of work before I start my one-year maternity leave and I am beyond excited! I may have to make a little ice cream to celebrate since I can’t get my favourite flavour out here on the West Coast – Moon Mist is this fruity, bubble gummy, yumminess that reminds me of childhood, I always make a point to get some when I visit my hometown.

  21. 21

    You must really love that stuff if you go through all that trouble to make it everyday! I never was big on sweets or ice cream. I’m so boring, I just want plain yogurt. But now I DO want expired sprinkles…can’t find them in the store 😉 lol

    • 21.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I know. I should make a week’s worth at a time rather than doing it every other day. Hmm…. Oh, I’ll keep an eye out for soem expired sprinkles for you. Yeah, they’re hard to come by. 🙂

  22. 22
    Lisa says:

    Yummm! I totally forgot about Katie’s recipe, I made it like 6 months ago, loved it and forgot. I need to make this again asap!! Looove this.

  23. 23
    Anna W. says:

    A girl after my very own heart! This is my favorite kind of dessert (frozen and LOTS of it!). I’ve been making Katie’s ice cream, with crap tons of add-ins, all the time since it started getting hot out. Love the frozen frosting idea! Gotta try it!

  24. 24

    I’ve been seeing all these awesome ice cream and gelato recipes but finally one that doesn’t require an ice cream maker! Love this. I’m all about the rocky road…

  25. 25

    This looks insanely delicious! I really need to make it.

  26. 26
    Amy says:

    i have been meaning to try this!! i ran out of coconut milk so once i get more-definitely making!

  27. 27

    I threw out all o my old broken ice cube trays. I need to get my hands on some like you have soon! I need this ice cream in my life!!! It looks amazing! I hope you have an incredible weekend!

  28. 28
    randi says:

    whoohoo! the ice cream post! cannot wait to make your version with all the extra goodies 😀 thank you!!!

  29. 29

    Oh wow! This ice cream looks SO good. I am going to have to buy ice trays now. My favorite ice cream is Better Batter at Maggie Moo’s, but I love any cake-flavored ice cream. It’s like the best of both worlds 😉

  30. 30
    Tracey says:

    Hmm, wonder if I could pour the mixture into my ice-cream maker??

  31. 31
    Katie H. says:

    I am a faithful reader of Katie’s blog, and have been meaning to try this for a long time! Glad to hear someone else liked it, too 🙂 I think I’ll have to do it this week, finally!

    • 31.1
      Katie H. says:

      Okay, I finally tried it. And I did not use ice cube trays, so my consistency was off. But more than that–mine was GREEN! Was anyone else’s green? Why was mine green? This is my first week experimenting with almond milk (I have the unsweetened Silk almond milk)–could that have turned it green?

      • STUFT Mama says:

        Green? That’s weird. I want to try making it green on purpose though actually by adding spinach sometime. Ha. Did you add too much vanilla or something maybe? Mine sometimes turns a weird yellow color, but never green. Hmmmm….. The consistency is a bit tricky. Mine is different every time.

  32. 32
    Ren says:

    Hi there! I recently discovered your blog and wanted to say a huge “thank you!!” for all of the recipe ideas. (I am definitely a volume eater so I adore all of your low calorie but BIG PORTION ideas) Also wanted to say I love your personality and writing style and feel really inspired when I read your posts. I’ve tried this ice cream a couple of times now and I’m having trouble with my blender wanting to blend/crush the cubes. I have a Cuisinart that CLAIMS to be able to crush ice, but mix keeps getting stuck under the blades and even when I add some liquid it still doesn’t want to blend, so I’m usually stuck with a more “icy” texture and my blender screaming bloody murder (it’s crazy loud) while nothing happens. Any tips? I’m starting to get tempted to buy a Vitamix…though they look pricy. Recommendations for models, if I do? Thanks again! And by the way, the frozen frosting is AMAZING.

    • 32.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Well….. I use my Vitamix and it still sometimes takes awhile to get the right consistency. You might want to try adding a frozen banana. It helps a lot with the texture. I have the 5200 and love it. I think that’s as basic as you get. Totally worth it. I use it EVERY DAY!!!!! 🙂
      PS- I love your name. And thank you so muhc for the nice compliments. 🙂

      • Ren says:

        Update! I was able to finally achieve the same consistency as you. I started in my blender to crush the ice, then transferred to my mini food-processor and whipped it up in batches there. Two machines is a bit much, but soooo worth it until I can convince my hubby to buy me a Vitamix 🙂 I also added in xanthan gum and it helped a lot!

        Thanks for complimenting my name! Nobody’s ever said that before. 🙂

  33. 33

    OH. MY. ICE. CREAM. DELICIOUSNESS. Seriously, you rock lady! I have done the freeze in trays and blend and it rocks!! Where in the world did you get those adorable ice cube tray covers??? I want some! 😀

  34. 34

    Oh and BTW, you’re officially going on my blog roll. Like NOW. 😀

  35. 35


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