I love ice cream. I especially love creamy and delicious probiotic ice cream. This recipe is my FAVORITE because it is so easy to make, and it is a great base recipe for all sorts of flavors.
How to make probiotic ice cream
To make probiotic ice cream all you need to do is make no-cook ice cream with cultured dairy. It’s really that simple!
Most ice cream recipes are made with a cooked, custard base. This helps give the ice cream a creamy texture and prevents ice crystals from forming. However, using honey instead of sugar also helps to keep ice cream soft and creamy. So this no-cook recipe is honey-sweetened for a deliciously creamy and probiotic dessert.
Options for cultured dairy
While I usually make probiotic ice cream with milk kefir, this recipe will work with all different sorts of dairy cultures. Here are a few different options:
- Milk kefir grains can be used to culture both the milk and whipping cream.
- Cultured buttermilk and yogurt are both options for cultured milk.
- Sour cream and creme fraiche are options for cultured whipping cream.
This is a great vanilla ice cream base that can be turned into all sorts of different flavors. Flavors added during the initial mixing stage of the recipe result in full-flavored ice cream. Adding flavors during the last 2 minutes of churning provides a swirl effect.
Either way, I don’t recommend adding fruit to this recipe as it will change the volume and consistency. Here’s my recipe for a probiotic fruit ice cream with lots of fruit flavor options. And if you are looking for a low-fat frozen treat, try making frozen yogurt.
Here are some flavors that can be added to this ice cream. Feel free to mix and match adding a few different flavors to a batch of ice cream! I like chocolate with hazelnuts; lemon with mint and pumpkin pie spice with walnuts.
Added to the initial recipe mix
- Chocolate: 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- Peanut butter: 1 cup peanut butter
- Herbs: Use up to 1-2 cups of finely chopped fresh herbs. I recommend trying mint, rosemary, basil, or lavender.
- Spices: Add 1 Tbsp of ground spices to this ice cream. Chai spice, pumpkin pie spice, or green cardamom are all delicious.
- Lemon, lime, or orange: 2 Tbsp of zest to a batch of ice cream.
Added during the last 2 minutes of churning
- Roasted nuts: 1 cup of roasted and chopped nuts.
- Swirled sauce: 1/2 cup of chocolate, caramel, or strawberry sauce for a pretty, swirled ice cream.
- Cookies and cream: Add up to 1 cup of your favorite cookies chopped up.
- Candy: Use up to 1 cup of chopped candy.
- Chocolate chip: Either use 1 cup of mini chocolate chips or chop up a bar of dark chocolate (my favorite).
Probiotic Ice Cream
This simple, no-cook, vanilla ice cream is a perfect basic recipe for all your favorite flavors. It uses cultured dairy (for a probiotic kick) and honey for a creamy and delicious treat. See the section above for 10 flavor additions.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Frozen
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup milk (milk kefir or yogurt)
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (depending on taste)
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- Added flavors (see section above)
- For a dose of probiotics use cultured milk and whipping cream. See the section above for suggestions, including milk kefir, yogurt, buttermilk, and more!
- Mix all the ingredients together. The honey needs to be really runny to mix properly into the cold milk, so warm it slightly, if necessary.
- Cool the ice cream mixture in the fridge for up to 3 hours before putting it in the ice cream maker.
- Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to churn the ice cream.
- Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
- I typically use milk kefir and kefir cultured whipping cream in this recipe. It adds both flavor and probiotics! See the section above for other options.
- Don’t replace the honey with sugar, or you will end up with ice crystals and hard ice cream. Honey helps keep this recipe creamy!
- This recipe is designed for a 1.4L ice cream machine. I have this ice cream maker, and I love it!
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