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Healthy Red Wine Ice Cream (To Celebrate My 5th Blogiversary!)

Today is the day that Desserts With Benefits turns FIVE!  5 YEARS OLD!

I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for that long already.  And I just recently posted my 500th post too.  Proud mama moment for me right now.  So many “life events” for my widdle bloggy (and me) lately.  I’ve graduated college, became a dog mom, moved to a new state, and truly begun a new life.  I’ve come to a point in time where I need to make some big decisions.  BIG life decisions (like possibly getting my own place and a mortgage and real adult stuff like that).  More on this another time, though.  Because right now, it’s time for Healthy Red Wine Ice Cream.

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HEALTHY Red Wine Ice Cream??  Yes, really!  This creamy, sweet, alcoholic dessert is all natural, reduced fat and high protein, with no sugar added.

Oh, and did I mention it’s boozy?  Like, seriously boozy.  You can probably get drunk off of it.

Because Alcohol + Dessert = BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!!

Am I right or am I right?

Yes, Jessica!  You are right!

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Look at dat!  What a beauty.

This Red Wine Ice Cream full of antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, and yummy delicious booze.

(But really now, when you’re getting drunk off eating this sweet and creamy deliciousness, it’s not like you’ll be focusing on the healthiness of this ice cream anyways).

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Healthy Red Wine Ice Cream

Servings: 9 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
This Red Wine Ice Cream full of antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, and yummy delicious booze!


  • 32 oz Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 16 oz Half and Half
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 24 oz Your Favorite Pinot Noir! (I used Black Box Wine)
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • In a large blender, add the yogurt and half and half.  Turn the blender on, and while it's running, slowly add the xanthan gum.  Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  • Whisk in the wine, vanilla extract, stevia extract and salt.  Mix until the mixture is even and completely smooth.
  • Churn according to your ice cream makers' instructions** (I used my KitchenAid Ice Cream attachment).  I churned the mixture for about 15-20 minutes, but it never turned into a soft-serve consistency like my normal ice cream recipes do (probably due to the alcohol content).  Anyhow, pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze until it has the consistency you like (~4 hours). Serve!

Recipe Notes

**This is quite a large batch of ice cream, so make sure your ice cream maker is equipped for 2 quarts or more.  If you have a smaller scale ice cream maker, feel free to half the recipe.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
Keyword: Gluten Free, High Protein

When I was deciding on a wine to use in this ice cream recipe, I chose to use a Pinot Noir.  Partly for the lovely color it would add to the ice cream, and partly for its flavor profile.  A Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot might taste a little too strong and dry (for me, anyways).

This Healthy Red Wine Ice Cream was MADE for parties and all types of entertaining.

Game time?  YES.
BBQs, picnics and potlucks?  ABSOLUTELY.
Girl’s night?  HELL TO THE YEAAHHH.

It’s really perfect for any on-the-go entertaining this summer.

So, let’s raise a glass to growing up, and a spoonful of ice cream to our faces for coping with all that comes with adulthood.  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for DWB’s future. Whatever it is, I hope you LOVE it!  🙂


– Jess


13 comments on “Healthy Red Wine Ice Cream (To Celebrate My 5th Blogiversary!)”

  1. Happy 5th Blogiversary Jess!!! I remember your first post, is that weird?! Haha but I’ve been with ya since the beginning and I’ll be with ya till the end! <3 (Which hopefully never happens!)

    • MARINA YOU ARE THE BEST AND YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! I can’t believe you remember my first post! I can barely remember the first couple years of blogging hahaha, all I remember is that my dorm fridge and freezer were literally exploding with desserts. My roommate probably thought I never ate vegetables, only cakes and ice creams and cookie doughs 😉
      I’m so glad to have you as a reader 😀 <3

  2. Happy 5th Blogiversary Jessica, here’s to many more years for DWB! 😀 I never would have thought of making a wine ice cream, but this is such a lovely light pink colour and I bet its slightly boozy taste is deliciously intoxicating, now I can’t wait to get a big spoonful! 🙂 Happy celebrations!

    • Awww thanks Stella! I was originally only going to add 16oz of the wine, but the color just wasn’t there yet so I added another cup. Sooooo… it’s like, SUPER boozy. It’s kinda like you took a spoonful of vanilla ice cream and chased it with a sip of wine 😀
      No matter what though, it just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside 😉

  3. Ooh I love this idea! What a great treat for the warmer weather!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday to DWB!!! How exciting! And this red wine ice cream is right up my alley. I NEED IT. Especially after a long day of work. Truth: I’ve only had boxed wine in a Sangria drink at a party. But it was good, so I’ve got nothing against it!

  5. I can’t use real red wine to make this recipe because I’d get arrested XD but happy birthday to DWB–congratulations! I guess that I’ll just have to stick to fresh cherry juice!

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  9. This recipe looks very good! Thank you for sharing it! Glad to have these for my snack this week!5 stars

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