|Cookies and Cream Ice Cream|
Making homemade ice cream sounds like a pain in the tukus. To mimic the real deal (IMO), you need to own an ice cream maker, and this step alone stops many people in their tracks.
But here's the deal: making your own ice cream is 1) inexpensive 2) easy and 3) SO WORTH IT!!!
Inexpensive: I ordered my ice cream maker on Amazon for $50, and I've used it successfully for three years now. Store-bought ice cream can rack up to that same amount in just a few shopping Trips!
Easy: this particular recipe is on the "complicated" end, and all it involves is making a simple batch of cookies, heating and chilling ingredients, then your ice cream maker does the rest of the work! You can 100% make this even simpler by purchasing store-bought healthier cookies like Newman's Own.
WORTH IT: No fillers, preservatives, refined sugar, stabilizers, hormone-saturated dairy. Completely customizable to your particular taste buds and insanely delicious.
Most importantly, making homemade ice cream is incredibly rewarding! There's something irreplaceably magical about enjoy a scoop-laden cone that you created from start to finish, 'cept the cone.
Cookies n' Cream is America's number one favorite ice cream (according to Google), and it was my husband's request. Thus, no-brainer that I needed to make and share a healthier LL Balanced version.
And boy did these turn out! I served them on the 4th of July to pool-goers who'd already eaten one of my Blueberry Lime Popsicles, and they were still snarfed down in minutes. Everyone felt like a kid getting to enjoy their childhood favorite ice cream, sans guilt. The key to this particular recipe lies in adding starch to the simmering liquid, then allowing it to cool completely. The result is a creamy, luscious texture that rivals any freezer-section find.
I hope you and your family will invest in an ice cream maker and have fun experimenting with your own favorite flavors. In the meantime, this recipe is a great first step!