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This recipe was updated 2/24/16.
This creamy fall-flavored ice cream is based off of one of my favorite childhood memories: maple leaf cookies at Grandma Yoder’s house.
Creamy maple ice cream with cookie crumbs…and if you like, pecans and sugar-free maple syrup. With those toppings, it reminds me of a fall-flavored butter pecan. Or maple pralines.
I just use store-bought sugar-free syrup (sweetened with Splenda), but if you want to make your own with a better sweetener, Gwen has a recipe for homemade syrup.
Instead of making cookie crumbs, you can cut up some of my pecan pie bars into pieces and stir them into the ice cream. Delish!
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- ¾ cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 farm fresh egg*
- 1 T vegetable glycerin, optional but highly recommended
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp. maple flavoring (I use Watkin's brand)
- 6-7 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (a doonk is 1/32 tsp.)
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. glucomannan
- 1½ T butter, melted
- 3 T low-carb flours of choice (I used a combination of oat fiber and almond flour; use gluten free versions if necessary)
- 2 packets Truvia (1½ tsp.) or ¾ tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend
- Dash of vanilla extract
- Blend all the ice cream ingredients in a blender until smooth. Churn in an automatic ice cream churn according to manufacturer's directions.
- Meanwhile, combine all the cookie crumb ingredients, press them onto a greased metal baking sheet, and broil until lightly browned. Freeze to cool quickly.
- When the ice cream is done, stir in the cookie crumbs by hand and freeze the ice cream to firm up some more, if desired. Serve.
- Like most homemade ice creams, this recipe is best eaten fresh (unless using vegetable glycerin, which gives you more flexibility-see below). If you have leftovers, freeze them and when you're ready to eat them, either let them sit out on the counter for 30 minutes or so or defrost them for a few seconds in the microwave.
- I recommend adding 1 T of vegetable glycerin to this ice cream to keep it from sticking to the sides of the ice cream maker and to keep it softer and not let it get hard so fast in the freezer. If you freeze the ice cream for an extended length of time in the freezer, it will still freeze hard, but if you let it sit out to soften up a little, the glycerin keeps it scoopable instead of icy. Transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the refrigerator 3 hours before serving for optimum texture, or let it sit out on the counter for 30-40 minutes.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you could try freezing the blended ice cream mixture in ice trays, letting the cubes set out a bit to soften, blending them in a high-powered blender to soft-serve consistency, stirring in the cookie crumbs by hand, and freezing to the desired hardness.
Instead of making cookie crumbs, you can crumble up some of my Pecan Pie Bars and stir them in instead!
Pecan Pie Bar recipe
- Glucomannan (this helps thicken the ice cream and make it creamy)
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder is a low-glycemic sweetener that does a wonderful job of sweetening with a rounded flavor and no stevia aftertaste. It and THM Sweet Blend can both be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
- Imitation Maple Extract (I use Watkin’s)
- Oat Fiber (you can purchase a gluten free product from the Trim Healthy Mama online store)
- Almond flour
- Vegetable Glycerin
- I use this Ninja blender system and love it!
- Cuisinart 1 1/2 qt. Automatic Ice Cream Churn (buy an ice cream maker. End of story.)