Indulge in the delightful simplicity of homemade vanilla date ice cream! This easy-to-make treat combines heavenly vanilla with the natural sweetness of dates. With just a few ingredients, you can enjoy a velvety ice cream that will satisfy your cravings.
There are no added sugars, only the natural sugars in the dates, which I think makes it even more incredibly delicious!
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🧾Ingredients in This Recipe
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👩🍳How to Make This Recipe
Before starting your ice cream, put the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer. It is best if you leave it in the freezer overnight.
After freezing overnight, you are ready to scoop and serve. This ice cream doesn't freeze as hard as other homemade ice creams because of all the dates, so be sure to give it that full freeze or enjoy it like a soft serve!
For extra tasty flavor and texture, top the scooped ice cream with roughly chopped pistachios before serving.
📋Ice Cream Recipe FAQs
An ice cream maker churns a mixture of cream, sugar, and any flavorings like vanilla by continuously stirring to freeze it slowly. It helps to create creamy ice cream through the process of rapid cooling and adding air into the mixture.
I use the KitchenAid mixer ice cream attachment. It works great and does not require a separate appliance like most ice cream makers. However, it does take up quite a bit of room in the freezer. So plan ahead when you want to make ice cream!
The difference between ice cream & gelato is the milk-to-cream ratio. Ice cream is 1:1, and gelato is 2:1. Sorbet does not have dairy. Instead, it is fruit and water-based. Sherbet has some dairy but is still fruit and water-based like sorbet. It is also almost always less than 2% fat.
You might think that if there is no added sugar, it isn't sweet. But that isn't true at all! Dates are considered a whole food, but are actually 80% sugar. So take precautions if trying to minimize your sugar intake.
Yes, and they are an essential ingredient! Eggs add texture and stability to ice cream mixtures by emulsifying the fats and preventing ice crystals from forming. You can find vegan ice creams without eggs but the texture is noticeably different, partly from the lack of eggs.
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Vanilla Date Ice Cream (No Added Sugar)
- 5 egg yolks
- 300 g Medjool Dates pitted and rough chopped
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- Put the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer.
- Whisk the yolks together and set aside.
- Add half of the dates to a food processor with the milk. Run until well combined, 3-4 minutes.
- Warm the milk & date mixture with the vanilla and rough chopped dates until it just lightly simmers. Use a whisk to break up the chunks of dates. (If using a vanilla bean, slice lengthwise, scrape out the specks of vanilla, and add the bean and specks to the milk mixture.)
- Temper the egg mixture with the milk/date/vanilla mixture.
- Return to the sauce pan and cook until thickened, stirring slowly and constantly. It should get to 170F.
- Remove from heat. Add the cream. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, add your chilled ice cream to your ice cream maker. Churn (stir setting) until it is the thickness of soft serve ice cream, 20-25 minutes.
- Transfer to a container you can freeze, cover with parchment paper, and freeze at least 4 hours.
- Optional: Top with roughly chopped pistachios before serving!