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Healthy Ice Cream Cake

Lots of different ice cream cake flavors, including chocolate mint, strawberry vanilla, cherry cheesecake and more

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It is easy to make a healthy ice cream cake by using sugar-free and probiotic ice cream. See the sections above for suggestions as to how to create your own unique ice cream cake.

Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of crumbs (cookie crumbs or ground nuts – see notes)
  • 3 cups of ice cream
  • 1 cup of whipping cream, to serve

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and combine it with the crumbs to make a dough-like paste. Press half of the crumb mixture into the base of a 6″ springform pan.
  2. Top the crumbs with 1 1/2 cups of ice cream. If you are using store-bought ice cream, allow it to defrost slightly before making the cake.
  3. Place the cake in the freezer for at least 1 hour to freeze the first layer of ice cream. Then cover the ice cream with the other half of the crumbs. If the ice cream is still soft, you won’t be able to press the crumbs into a smooth layer. That’s fine, just crumble them instead. (I’m usually not patient enough to completely freeze the ice cream before adding the second layer!)
  4. Add a second layer of ice cream using 1 1/2 cups of ice cream.
  5. Refreeze the cake. When it is completely frozen (about 3 hours), store the cake in a ziptop bag in the freezer until ready to serve. Allow to defrost for 10 minutes before serving. At this point, it can be decorated with whipping cream, fresh fruit, or fruit sauces.
  6. See the notes below for some helpful suggestions.

Notes

  • Graham cracker crumbs or chocolate wafer cookie crumbs are a traditional base for this cake. If you want to do a lower carb and refined sugar-free option, use ground nuts instead. Almond meal (affiliate link) is really easy. Otherwise, toast your favorite nuts (hazelnuts and pecans are delicious) and grind them in a food processor.
  • For a really healthy ice cream cake, I recommend making your own ice cream… see the sections above for a few probiotic and fruit-sweetened ice cream recipes. Yum!

Keywords: probiotic, gluten free, egg-free, refined sugar free, spring, summer, birthday, holiday, 30 minutes or less, 5 ingredients or less