Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

I've found that I often prefer a lighter ice cream without all the heavy cream and eggs. Here is a recipe I found for a simple ice milk that can be tweaked with variations (add your favorite fruit, nut, etc.) This originally had more sugar, but I found it too sweet, and now the sugar matches this similar recipe for "Tahitian Vanilla Ice Milk" on this site. Cooking time is freezing time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine milk, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir till sugar is dissolved.
  2. If using Ice Cream Machine: Add milk mixture to an ice cream machine and process 20 minutes or until mixture thickens. Pour into tupperware and freeze 8 hours or overnight. Consistency may improve by stirring every 4 hours or so until fully frozen.
  3. If not using Ice Cream Machine: Pour into shallow freezer-proof dish and put in freezer. Stir every 2-4 hours once crystals form. Follow above directions for freezing.
Most Helpful

This is great! So simple to do, with stuff you already have on hand! If you keep your ice cream maker in the freezer like I do you can have this in like 20 mins.!!! I did this with my toddler and he loved making his own ice cream. I love that it is healthier than traditional ice cream, and just as yummy! I followed the directions exactly and found it to be sweet enough for sure. I may even reduce the sugar a bit next time. I can't wait to do this again....thanks for posting!

Bexxx May 06, 2010

I made this last night with fat-free milk and vanilla bean paste. It was fantastic! I couldn't believe how light and fluffy it became! Definitely a keeper recipe for us. :-)

thegoldengirl April 27, 2011

I saw this intriguing recipe during Spring PAC 2010 & had to make it as it looked too ingredient-friendly & easy to do otherwise. Made exactly as written for those w/no ice cream freezer, I thot the sweetness was spot on. I somehow missed the word *shallow* & froze it in a plastic ice cream tub I had saved for storage, so my freeze time was longer. W/no ice cream freezer, the texture is more crystalline than creamy & I wonder if using an immersion blender on the nearly frozen mixture might chg that to some degree. Using half milk & half vanilla-flavored yogurt may be another option. Next I think I will indulge my creative nature by making 2 half recipes ~ use half yogurt in 1 & whiz banana into the other. Adding nuts, choc chips or marbling w/a thick fudge sauce are options, but they prob should be folded into the nearly frozen mixture so they incorporate well & do not settle to the bottom. Thx for posting this recipe for us & for some fun dys spent in my kitchen as I get creative. :-)

twissis May 04, 2010