Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Chocolate Milk Ice Cream - No eggs and cream yet creamy!

If you would recall... I have posted only two ice cream recipes before at here and here and the last one was dated July 2011.

You may be wondering... have I given up making and eating ice cream since July 2011? Absolutely not! So, what happened???

I'm always in the pursuit of finding an ideal ice cream recipe...
An ice cream that is guilt-free with no cream and eggs.
An ice cream that is not overly-overloading with sugar and fat for us to eat everyday.
Not forgetting, an ice cream that has to be creamy and delicious enough for us to indulge.

How is this possible??? Kind of impossible, I suppose. And, this is the reason why I have not been posting any ice cream recipe.

Being a logical person, I've decided to list down my objectives in order to obtain my ideal kind of ice cream and here are my YES and NO:
  • YES: I want a nice and creamy texture for my ice cream.
  • NO: Definitely a big NO for icy gritty after-taste.
  • YES: I love to have a flavourful ice cream.
  • NO: Not the thin, watery and tasteless kind of texture.
  • YES: Nice if the ice cream is LOW in fat and sugar...
  • NO: I should say NO to 35% fat cream and eggs
  • YES: LESS sugar if possible
After countless numbers of trial and error, I finally achieved this basic chocolate ice cream recipe with a good balance of sweetness and texture with the minimal amount of fat added and this is the ice cream that we have been eating for the past two years. I'm proud to say that both my in-house food critics (my husband and son) have given me their thumbs up when they first tasted this ice cream and afterwards, I have no complains at all whenever I served them these ice cream.

This, I would say is definitely a great excuse for us to eat ice cream everyday!

chocolate milk no cream ice cream
My low fat chocolate Oreo ice cream
The ingredients that I have used
Just mix and cool... Easy!
This is the fun part! Wearing an angry bird tee is giving my son a lot of bashing power!
Churning the ice cream
More Oreo, please!
Serving the ice cream...
chocolate milk ice cream
Nice and creamy with no icy grits
Before proceeding to my no-cream ice cream recipe, I have just realise something when my son and I were enjoying these packets of Oreo... Hey! Oreo is actually Milk's favourite cookies. So, you can imagine that the our chocolate milk ice cream can be so yummy with Oreo!

They are our favourite cookies too!

Here's my ideal basic chocolate ice cream recipe.

Make about 1L of ice cream

50g cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed)
2 can evaporated milk, 375 ml each (98% fat free)
120g condensed milk (about 1/3 of 400g can, can be 99% fat free)
16g gelatin (about 4 sheets) *see note

Extras: 150g Oreo cookies, roughly chopped

(optional but my son loves this addition due to Oreo-bashing - LOL!)

Place cocoa powder, evaporated milk and condensed milk in a pan over medium low heat. Whisk constantly until well mixed.

Soak gelatin sheets in water just before use. Squeeze gelatin sheets to remove excess water and whisk in the softened gelatin into the ice cream mixture.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 3-4 mins. Pour into a container and chill in the fridge for at least 3-4 hrs or overnight. This well-chilled ice cream mixture will become jelly-like and this is the consistency that I'm after.

Pour the chilled ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker and allow the maker to stir until the ice cream texture forms. Stir in 3/4 amount of the Oreo cookies only when the 90% of the ice cream texture is almost achieved. 

 ice cream maker is not available, as suggested by, pour ice cream mixture into a shallow container and freeze for 2 hours until frozen at the edges. Beat with electric beaters, then return to freezer. Repeat 2-3 times, then freeze until firm.

When the ice cream texture is formed, transfer the ice cream mixture into a freezable container and top the ice cream mixture with the rest of the Oreo cookies. Freeze the ice cream overnight or until firm. Serve.


The strength of gelatin can vary very much from brand to brand. This one that I'm using is imported from Germany and they are not the Titanium-strength kind. The correct amount of gelatin to use can be subjective due to the brand and quality used. To know the most ideal amount required, I have tried using one, two, three and ultimately four sheets of gelatin and eventually found out that four sheets of gelatin leaves is the best amount for me to use.

If you are a vegetarian or can't consume gelatin, xanthan gum, Guar gum or locust bean gum are great alternative gelling options. As excessive intake of Guar gum can possibly result in some side effects, xanthan gum seems to be the better option being also more easily available than locust bean gum.

Personally, I think that xanthan gum is easier to use as powder form for baking but difficult to dissolve well in liquid desserts. Most of the time, I still find undissolved lumps within my ice cream mixture even I have pre-dissolved it before adding into my ice cream. For this reason, I would prefer to gelatin for a smoother texture. The recommended amount of xanthan gum to use is 1/4 tsp for every liter of ice cream mixture.

Enjoy the treat

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  1. Hi Zoe, ha haa! The way your son gave those Oreo cookies a good bashing as if they were his enemies ... cute. The ice cream must be delicious !

  2. wow... that's an awesome icecream... gotta try this soon...

  3. Zoe, your chocolate milk ice cream looks so yummy and even more so with oreo cookie bits!! Love how your helper thrashed your oreo cookies. This ice cream recipe is going on my to-make list especially with the low fat point!

  4. oh wow! zoe! my thumbs are up for these for sure

  5. Zoe, this is exciting! Your boy looks like he was really enjoying pounding the Oreos :) Your egg-free and cream-free ice cream looks very good. I have to try it sometime!

  6. Zoe, I'm sure this chocolately ice cream is rich and creamy. Like the picture of your son pounding on the cookies... hahaa, so cute! I usually used a rolling pin to smash it :D

  7. Love this, omg, especially the pics of your son bashing the Oreos into small bits. The action captions are so old-school TV Batman! POW!

  8. Oh, dear. I know I'll just get addicted to this one. I can munch on Oreo cookies all day. In ice cream? Arghhh..! I could probably finish a tub. I don't know if I should 'unfriend' you, Zoe ...haha ..for tempting me so much ^.^

  9. Eh, my comment dissapeared again ahh? I wanted to say you are a super woman Zoe! You can whip up anything from bread to cakes to cookies to roast chicken to ice cream! Pass me the whole tub, I'll lick it clean!

  10. How interesting.. I haven't seen such ice cream recipe with condensed milk :) looks really super creamy and delicious!

  11. This does look so creamy and delicious, love the oreo addition :D
    New must make recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Aiyo Zoe! I have to place a tub of ice cream in front of me when I look at your ice cream post! Feel like buying an ice cream maker also, here is really hot! 30C+ for 9am in the morning! shoot up to 40C+ in the afternoon...and the worst is summer not here yet!

  13. Think I'll have to try your egg-free and cream-free ice cream. I like to see your Boy in action!

  14. Hi Zoe, your ice cream looks great! And I love that little comic snippet of your son crushing Oreo cookies. Too cute!

  15. Great looking ice cream! Glad you kept working on the recipe until you found something you liked (and that was relatively healthy). This is wonderful -- thanks.

  16. I also make chocolate ice cream this week! I love that you added the crushed oreos in it. A bit of crunch in creamy chocolate ice cream sounds amazing!

  17. As soon as we're done moving I'm unpacking my ice cream maker - it's ice cream season! (It's also been super de dooper hot here)

  18. Zoe, I saw oreo! I need a few scope of ice cream now after seeing yours, nice!

  19. Oh, just realise that you have posted 2 ice-cream recipes! I always wonder whether should I just go to k-mart to grab a aud$30 ice-crem maker? Yes? No? If my boy sees this he will surely ask me to make.

    1. Hi Jessie,

      I started by using the Sunbeam ice cream maker which costs me about $50. It works well but not on hot sunny days. Eventually, our ice cream maker can't cope with our needs and so I upgraded mine to something that makes more than a liter of ice cream a day :p

      I think you should buy a basic ice cream maker first and see it goes. If you need another one with higher capacity, you can always buy an upgrade version later.


  20. I LOVE chocolate ice-cream (I just had a container for dinner LOL). I want to try some of this right now, please :)

  21. Now I feel like buying an ice cream maker too!