Sunday, April 14, 2013

Almond Milk Frozen Desert

Many in my family have lactose issues so they can't drink regular cow's milk.  Instead we use almond milk.  It is delicious and it is really good on cereal.  I haven't had it to drink plain, but my husband drinks it just like regular milk.  Today I tried making a frozen desert with this almond milk.  I won't call it ice cream because it turned out slightly icy.  It was more like a sorbet or sherbet.  I have this wonderful little ice cream maker.  It won't surprise anyone who has read my blog that I bought it at a thrift store.  I can't remember what I paid for it, but it is a great little machine.  It is the type that has an insulated freezing canister that doesn't need salt.  I just keep it in the freezer at all times so it is always ready to use.  It is electric with an on/off switch.  Just plug it in and turn it on.  It makes really good ice cream so I thought that there was no reason why it wouldn't work for almond milk.  I think the lack of butter fat was the reason it wasn't as creamy. 

I took 1 1/2 cups of almond milk,  1 cup of sliced strawberries and enough sweetener for taste.  I mixed it up (actually I put it in the blender) and then poured the liquid into the ice cream freezer.  I let it stir for twenty minutes.  The result was wonderful.  It tasted good and was frozen to a soft serve consistency. I think another time I will let it go for thirty minutes for a product that will be a little more frozen.  Next time I will try chocolate. 

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