Homemade ice cream! What’s not to love?
While it’s a lot easier to just visit your favourite malls or confectioneries and get yourself a tub of your cherished ice cream brand, I still find so much pleasure and satisfaction in whipping up my own homemade ice cream from time to time, especially when I’ve got guests to impress. LOL.
And yes, you heard right! You definitely can make an ice cream without an ice cream maker. You don’t need to own an Ice Cream maker to be able to whip up this lush and yummy Vanilla Ice cream, absolutely no churn required. It’s so easy to make, and requires no fuss or stress. Just mix and freeze, simple!
This Homemade Vanilla Ice cream involves just three ingredients; two ingredients actually though the third ingredient (Vanilla extract) adds so much flavour to it. This recipe can be used as a base for any other Ice Cream recipe, simply replace the Vanilla extract with any other flavour you prefer or go all out by adding Chocolate Chunks, Oreos, Nuts or Fruits.
Just so you know, homemade ice cream has a tendency to freeze solid if it’s not frozen properly. It has to be stored in an airtight container and the temperature of your freezer should not be too high.
If you still end up with solid Ice cream, do not panic. Just pop it in your FRIDGE half an hour before serving, this will help soften it up and you’re good to go.
How To Make Ice Cream In Nigeria – Vanilla, Chocolate or Banana
- 500g cold Whipping Cream/Double Cream/ Heavy Cream
- 200g Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract OR 1 Vanilla Bean
Tip: For chocolate ice cream, you can use 1 tablet of melted chocolate or Oreos cookies.
For Banana taste, simply make use of fresh bananas or banana extract or flavour
- 2 Glass bowls (1 should be big enough to accommodate the ice cream mixture; the other should be big enough to accommodate the first bowl).
- Electric mixer/whisk
- Airtight container/ loaf pan
- Ice cream spoon (optional)
Note: Freeze the pan before use and make sure that the other ingredients are cold.
You can get the whipping cream/heavy cream at major supermarkets like Shoprite, Park ‘n’ Shop, Adidde, etc.
- In a bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
- Pour the cold whipping cream or heavy cream in another bowl (preferably a large one), and beat or whip the cream for 3 minutes, on high speed with an electric mixer or whisk. (Note: If you are using a manual whisk, be prepared to expend some energy and a lot of elbow grease.)
- Beat the cream until it forms a stiff peak.
- Now combine the whipped cream and the condensed milk together. Mix well and pour into an airtight container, cover, and put in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours or until it is firm.
- You can also use a frozen loaf pan if you have one.
- Take out of the freezer, serve and enjoy.
Video: How to Make Nigerian Ice Cream
Health Benefits of Nigerian Ice Cream
There’s nothing like a refreshing scoop of your favourite ice cream on a hot summer day – but if you’re very health conscious, you might pass on ice cream no matter the season.
Well, what if I told you it isn’t so bad for you after all? In fact, if eaten in moderation, ice cream has some surprising health benefits. Check them out!
A Good Source of Minerals
Ice cream is also a dietary source of two important minerals. It is particularly rich in calcium and phosphorus, with about 10 percent of the adult recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of these minerals in a single, one-half-cup serving. Both calcium and phosphorus promote strong, healthy bones.
In fact, consuming plenty of calcium, but not phosphorus, wouldn’t do your bones much good. While good amounts of these nutrients don’t make ice cream a health food, you can consider them a modest perk when you do indulge.
A Source of Energy
Ice cream is rich in carbohydrate, with about 15 grams in a one-half-cup serving. A serving also contains about 7 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein, making it an energy-dense food. Ice cream is a good choice when you need energy or if you are pursuing a program to gain weight
Bananas Are A Great Source Of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 from bananas is easily absorbed by your body and a medium-sized banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs.
Vitamin B6 helps your body:
- produce red blood cells,
- metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy,
- metabolise amino acids,
- remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and
- maintain a healthy nervous system.
You can just imagine all the healthy goodies you enjoy when enjoying a banana-flavoured ice cream. If you’re a pregnant woman, banana-flavoured ice cream is a great option as the Vitamin B6 helps meet your baby’s development needs.
Manganese In Bananas Is Good For Your Skin
One medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs. Enjoying a banana-flavoured ice cream is a great way to allow the Manganese present in it help your body make collagen and protect your skin and other cells against free radical damage.
Chocolate Is Good For The Heart
A small bar of chocolate every day can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are:
- Lower blood pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate every day can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
- Lower cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.
So, what are you waiting for? Go whip up some chocolate-flavoured ice cream!
Who Should Steer Clear of Ice Cream?
People with lactose intolerance
While ice cream definitely has a lot of health benefits, Ice cream may cause problems for certain people because it is dairy-based and contains lactose, a milk sugar. These individuals, referred to as lactose-intolerant, are deficient in lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose, and may experience digestive upset if they consume ice cream.
If you are lactose-intolerant, taking a lactase supplement when consuming ice cream may alleviate this problem, or you can make ice cream with a similar frozen product made with soy milk or another dairy substitute.
Ice cream is a high-fat food, since it must contain greater than 10 percent milk fat to be designated ice cream. Milk fat is largely cholesterol, a saturated fat. When your blood cholesterol level is too high, it can build up as plaque, a fatty deposit in your arteries that interferes with blood flow and raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Ice cream is also high in sugar, which makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content. In turn, too much sugar may contribute to health problems such as weight gain, cavities and increased levels of blood triglycerides, another unhealthy type of fat.
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