Brownie Explosion Ice Cream

Creamy low carb vanilla ice cream with decadent chunks of sugar-free brownies. The ultimate summer indulgence!

Low Carb Brownie Explosion Ice CreamI am officially declaring this week Ice Cream Week on All Day I Dream About Food. For no other reason than I happen to have a few ice cream recipes I’ve been hanging on to and now that it’s the height of summer, it seems like a good time to share. I was going to go all out and bring you a new ice cream recipe every day this week, but I lost steam on that idea a few days ago. To carry out such a grand plan, it meant I needed to quickly produce another few ice cream recipes last week and as I had a few other things going on, it seemed less and less like a real possibility. I’d rather bring you the two really good, well thought out ice cream recipes I already have, rather than attempting to churn out a few more just to fill the void (yep, pun intended). But to cap off the week and really make it a true ice cream social, we are going to have ourselves a fun giveaway come Friday. I think you might be able to guess what the prize is, given that it’s Ice Cream Week. Be sure to check back in for that!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, right? I mean, who doesn’t like the creamy cold stuff? I can honestly say I haven’t met a single person in my life who doesn’t like ice cream. Some people are intolerant to the dairy-filled treat, but even they usually love the stuff. And they do their darnedest to get little paws on dairy-free versions as often as possible. Summer just isn’t summer without copious amounts of ice cream to cool you off on a sweltering day.

Sugar Free Grain Free Brownie Explosion Ice Cream

And there are so many wonderful flavour possibilities with ice cream, so many amazing and creative ways to serve it up and enjoy it. I have a long list of ideas for ice cream recipes at any given moment, some more outlandish than others. I also have many grand plans for more elaborate ice cream creations like cakes and pies and sandwiches. The vast majority of these will probably never get made because I have more recipe ideas than one could possibly make in a lifetime. Actually, I have more recipe ideas than one could possibly make in 12 lifetimes. But at least I have dreams, right?

Low Carb Brownie Ice Cream Recipe with Sugar Free Caramel Sauce

I truly love making ice cream recipes to rival those that you see on grocery store shelves. I often find myself walking down the freezer aisles, thinking “well, I could make that!”. And I thought that very thing a few months ago when my son clamoured for a sugary, high-carb brownie chunk ice cream we passed by on a grocery store run. It’s so ridiculously simple and yet so decadent, putting chunks of brownie in ice cream. And I knew my basic low carb flourless brownie recipe would make the ideal chunks for a much healthier version. I just made a batch, let them cool, then chopped them all up and added them to a rich low carb vanilla ice cream. And for an extra special treat, I topped it off with some low carb salted caramel sauce. Take that, store bought!

Low Carb Gluten Free Brownie Ice Cream

Brownie Explosion Ice Cream

Yield: About 5 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

    Brownies:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener or other erythritol
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • Ice Cream:
  • 2 & 1/2 cups cream
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener or granulated erythritol
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp vodka (optional, helps reduce iciness)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin (optional, helps keep it soft in the freezer)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Instructions

    Brownies:
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter, chocolate and cocoa powder together in a medium saucepan, stirring until smooth.
  3. Stir in erythritol, vanilla extract and stevia. Let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
  5. Spread mixture in prepared pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until just barely set and middle is still not quite cooked. Watch them carefully as they can get quite dry if overdone. The edges may rise a little higher but should recede as they cool.
  6. Let cool in pan. Once cool, cut into chunks for ice cream.
  7. Ice Cream:
  8. For the ice cream, set a bowl over an ice bath and set aside.
  9. Combine cream, almond milk and erythritol in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until erythritol dissolves and mixture reaches 175F on an instant read thermometer.
  10. Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly add about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture, whisking continuously, to temper the yolks. Then slowly whisk egg yolk mixture back into cream, whisking continuously.
  11. Cook until mixture reaches 180F on an instant read thermometer.
  12. Pour mixture into bowl set over ice bath and allow to cool 10 minutes. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours.
  13. Stir in vodka, if using, vegetable glycerin, if using, vanilla extract and stevia extract. Sprinkle with xanthan gum and whisk vigorously to combine.
  14. Pour custard into the canister of an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions.
  15. Once churned, transfer half to a large, airtight container. Stir in half of the brownie chunks, then top with remaining ice cream and remaining brownie chunks until well combined.
  16. Freeze until firm but not rock hard, about 2 hours.
  17. Serve with Salted Caramel Sauce, if desired

Notes

Serves 10. Each serving has 8.03 g of carbs and 2.23 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5.8 g.

Food energy: 313kcal Saturated fatty acids: 17.24g Total fat: 27.81g Calories from fat: 250 Cholesterol: 212mg Carbohydrate: 8.03g Total dietary fiber: 2.23g Protein: 6.93g Sodium: 77mg

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Comments

  1. BEST WEEK EVER!!! Is there a problem in life ice cream won’t help make better? I think not!

  2. Is the cream, heavy whipping cream in your ice cream?

  3. This recipe looks great! Can’t wait to try it. I have made low-carb ice cream in the past even with vodka, but they always seem to be rockhard when I eat it on subsequent days. Do you have any Tips or suggestions? Or does your family usually eat it on the first day made? Thanks!

    • Carolyn says:

      Ashley the BEST tip I can give is the 2 tbsp of vegetable glycerin. It makes a huge difference. I list it as optional because it’s a sugar alcohol and is said to not affect blood sugar, similar to erythritol. But I count half the carbs in the nutritional counts here, just in case. So far, it hasn’t seemed to affect my blood sugar negatively, so that’s a good sign!

  4. Dang girlfriend. You’ve outdone yourself with this one!!! Licked the screen three times!

  5. Susan McIntyre says:

    Carolyn,

    Do you have a link for the vegetable glycerin you like to use?

  6. I used your Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie in a recipe, and put your link in the article. I hope this is okay with you. I gave you full credit here : http://cottageviolets.blogspot.com/ I really love your blog! Thanks, Theresa

  7. Crystal says:

    If I don’t have liquid stevia, can I use regular stevia?

    • Carolyn says:

      Powdered? Sure, I am just not sure how sweet it is. I think it’s more sweet than the liquid so you’d want to use less.

  8. Sherrie Lee says:

    Carolyn,

    Do you happen to know if Wilton’s Glycerin found in the cake decorating section is the same thing as vegetable glycerin? It’s used in fondant and to bring dried out gel colors back to life, so it is edible. I just don’t know enough about glycerin to know if it’s basically the same thing.

    Thanks for all your help!

    Sherrie

    • Carolyn says:

      I don’t really know, actually. It must have the ingredients on it, if it’s used in cake decorating, right? If it says 100% vegetable glycerin then I suppose it is the same!

  9. Michelle H says:

    Can I use regular milk instead of almond milk?

  10. Yum! One of my favorite homemade ice creams I’ve ever made had brownie chunks in it.

  11. Oh man! Will definitely be trying this in approximately 4 hours!

    Thanks in advance for what looks like an authoritative fix to a long-time craving!

  12. Beverly says:

    Adding 1 or 2 sleeves of Starbuck’s Via Instant coffee to the hot ice cream base would make a a delicious Coffee Brownie Chunk Ice Cream.

  13. Adrian Pearson says:

    Hi there. I’m new to this site, so apologise if you’ve answered this before.

    This recipe looks amazing. Where you list the serving/nutrition/carb content etc. how big are the servings that you have used?

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