5 Minute Low Carb Mixed Berry Soft Serve Nice Cream makes it so that any time an ice cream craving hits, you can have a delicious low-carb alternative!
I’m a firm believer that with a little creativity, just about anything can be re-made into a low-carb version of itself that tastes just as good, if not better, than the original. And usually, the remake is healthier too, and full of real-food ingredients. This 5 Minute Low Carb Mixed Berry Soft Serve Nice Cream is the perfect example of that!
How to Make Instant Ice Cream in 5 Minutes
Frozen fruit is the secret ingredient that lets you blend up ice cream almost instantly (ok not exactly instantly, but if you give me 5 minutes, I’ll give you a pretty fabulous ice cream!). Frozen bananas are a popular choice for making a quick ice cream-like treat, but I love using berries to keep it lower in carbs.
5 Minute Low Carb Mixed Berry Soft Serve Nice Cream uses frozen berries as the base, and is blended up with grass-fed heavy whipping cream for a texture that’s rich and creamy just like the real thing.
How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker
If you use chopped frozen fruit as the base, you can blend it up with liquid in a food processor or blender. For the smoothest consistency, use a high-speed blender (I love my Vitamix).
How to Make Healthy Ice Cream (aka Nice Cream)
One of the easiest ways to make healthy ice cream is to use frozen fruit as the base. Instead of a custard base (made from dairy, eggs, and sugar), you’re getting the nutrients from fruit. I find that fruit like banana, berries, mango, pineapple, etc. blend up better than citrus fruits, or something like apple.
How to Make Low-Carb Ice Cream
Omitting the sugar-heavy custard base of regular ice cream helps to keep this low-carb. Be mindful of what liquid you use; many juices can be high in sugar. For this 5 Minute Low Carb Mixed Berry Soft Serve Nice Cream, I opt for grass-fed heavy whipping cream, which ads healthy fats.
Also, choose your sweetener wisely. Honey and maple syrup are delicious choices, but if you want to keep things low-carb, stevia may be a better option.
Playing with the Flavors of This 5 Minute Low Carb Mixed Berry Soft Serve Nice Cream
You can change the flavor profile by doing any of the following:
- Swapping out the berries for another kind of fruit (or using only one type of berry instead of a mix like I did)
- Using a different liquid (I’ve also used green tea for a sorbet-like treat)
- Using a different sweetener; if stevia isn’t your thing, go with honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, simple syrup, etc.
Other Instant Ice Cream Recipes:
- Easy No-Churn Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt from Healthy Sweet Eats
- Raspberry Coconut Ice Cream from Vegan Family Recipes
- Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream from Pinch of Yum
- 3-Minute Easy Cherry Chocolate Sorbet from An Edible Mosaic
- Yields: 2 servings
- Serving size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 179
- Fat: 12
- Saturated fat: 8
- Trans fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 14
- Sugar: 9
- Sodium: 90
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 1
- Cholesterol: 50
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
- 5 tablespoons grass-fed heavy whipping cream
- 1 to 2 (1g) packets stevia
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until smooth, tamping down as necessary. Start with 1 packet of stevia and add more if desired.
- Serve immediately.
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