Make Your Own Ice Cream!

For this recipe you will need an ice cream maker. A friend of mine gave me a basic little Cuisinart Ice Cream maker and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have a bit of a Pinkberry obsession but it can be quite expensive, so I make my own frozen treats from time to time. This also is a good idea for cutting back on calories and fat. By substituting plain yogurt and lower fat milk instead of heavy cream you cut a lot of fat out. You can control the amount of sugar added too. I keep a little fat by using heavy cream to keep the ice cream creamy but I use plain yogurt, for it’s obvious health benefits and I love the tangy flavor it has.

*Be sure and follow directions for your ice cream maker before preparing ice cream….

Here’s what you will need:

  • ice cream maker
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cold coffee
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs cappuccino instant powder mix
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp coffee extract
  • dark chocolate espresso beans ( toffee bars are good in here to0)

Coffee Flavored Ice Cream Yogurt-

  1. In a bowl whisk together cream and coffee (day old coffee works perfect for this) then add plain yogurt and coffee extract, whisk until smooth.
  2. Add in cocoa powder, sugar and instant cappuccino powder. Whisk again until ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Turn on ice cream maker and pour in mixture. Churn for 20-25 minutes.
  4. For the candy: put espresso beans or candy bars into plastic zip-lock bag (eyeball how much candy you want mixed in. i did about 1/2 cup). Use a rolling pin or bottom of a pot and smash up candy. Pour into ice cream maker about a minute before ice cream is done.

Tips:

  • Serve in chilled bowls or chilled martini glasses for a little flash!
  • You can omit instant cappuccino powder and use 1/4 cup sugar instead.
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