Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

It’s my birthday!  😀

Sadly though, I have an exam today  🙁

Oh yeah, and it’s in my least favorite class.  Why does this always happen to me?  Last year today, I had a Biology exam (ugh), and now it’s on the history of the middle east.  Thank goodness that my history class is the last one I have to endure for the rest of my college career!  After this semester, I can finally get to the good stuff:  Nutrition, Metabolism, Food Service, Anatomy, Physics, etc.

And don’t worry, I studied for the test so I’m not procrastinating by blogging or anything…

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Okay, maybe I am, but it is for a good cause.  I mean, vanilla bean ice cream is a classic, and now it’s healthy!  Of course the recipe needs to be shared ASAP.  And I worked pretty darn hard on the recipe (aka, it required three trials to perfect — why is it always three?)

Plus, shouldn’t I get some free time on my b-day?

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Well, I think so.

Free time with ice cream is a great time.  Free time with deliciously creamy, very vanilla-y and oh so sweet ice cream, is a perfect time.  Delectable by itself, sandwiched in between two cookies, on top of a warm slice of pound cake, or added to a smoothie to transform it into a milkshake!

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein)

Yield: ~4 cups

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein)


  • one 8oz tub Fat Free Cream Cheese (or 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Brown Rice Syrup (or honey or agave)
  • 42g (3 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1/16 tsp Salt
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • two 12oz cans Evaporated Organic Fat Free Milk (fortified with vitamin D)
  • 64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder


  1. In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, whip together the cream cheese and brown rice syrup.
  2. Add the oil, extracts, salt and vanilla beans, then whip again.
  3. Add the evaporated milk and protein powder and whisk on low until incorporated. Refrigerate the mixture overnight.
  4. Follow your ice cream maker's instructions and then enjoy!


This recipe is: refined sugar free, low fat and high protein!

Even though this Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream needs to sit on the counter for a bit to thaw, you will be glad you waited — it turns into the perfectly scoopable ice cream that is exactly like store-bought kinds.  It wasn’t too hard to scoop, it wasn’t half melted, it was perfectly soft, sweet and delicious.

Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Just a few more hours til my exam…  what a great way to spend my 19th birthday, right?!  😀

That was sarcasm.

13 comments on “Healthy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

  1. Happy birthday! This looks great.


  2. Happy birthday! I hope you still enjoy it. I once went to exam prep for the whole day on my b-day. I didn’t get to make myself delicious healthy ice cream like you so it looks like you’re having a good birthday to me. Just go out and celebrate later ok?

  3. Thanks Samantha Erin and Kat!
    Kat, exam prep for a whole day?! 🙁 I wish I could’ve shared my ice cream with you!

  4. Happy Birthday! Thanks for procrastinating and making this healthy vanilla ice cream 😉 It looks super good!

  5. Out of all the ice cream I’ve made I have for some reason never made my favorite classic – vanilla. This recipe looks delicious.

    And happy belated birthday!!

  6. your recipes are amazing!! i love them all 🙂

  7. Ah! I’m late to the party on this one, but HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY!!!
    And oh my gosh this recipe looks awesome! I’ve been craving ice cream like mad because the supermarket stuff is filled with high fructose corn syrup, or a ton of cream. But this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it ^_^.

  8. i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

  9. I’m late but Happy brithday! I hope your exam went well 🙂

  10. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes! My exam went well too (I think this ice cream is a lucky charm)


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