Vanilla Ice Milk… a healthier alternative to ice cream

So what’s up with this ice milk stuff? Well, when I was buying a box of DQ ice cream sandwiches, I noticed that the package said ‘Ice Milk Treats’…. I first thought “WHAT!? Not even real ice cream?!!?! BUT why do they taste so much like ice cream… texture and everything?!”. The mystery goes unsolved.

Anyways, that’s kind of how I started to get curious about ice milk. I searched up some recipes and decided to try this one. Sounded simple enough with only three ingredients, plus I already had a frozen ice cream can.

To test this recipe out, I scaled the original recipe down to 10 servings which gave me just under a quart of Vanilla Ice Milk

  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to your taste preference)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Whisk all ingredients together, then add into ice cream can and freezer according to manufacturers instructions.

Once the ice milk was done, the texture was very similar to actual soft-serve ice cream, just a lighter and healthier version I guess… surprisingly wasn’t very icy either. However, I did find the ice milk a touch too sweet for my taste; reducing the sugar to just 1/2 C for this recipe would probably be better. Though it’ll probably never compare to DQ’s ice milk sandwiches, it’s good enough for me.

Vanilla is good but chocolate is so much better.

I initially wrote this post before trying chocolate ice milk and just gotta say… Currently loving chocolate ice milk… Made two batches within the last week already! Better than chocolate ice cream in my opinion.

  • 2 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips or cookie crumbs (optional)
  1. Mix sugar and cocoa together until well combined. Add milk and whisk until dry ingredients are completely dissolved. Freeze according to manufacturers instructions.

Best. thing. ever.


17 thoughts on “Vanilla Ice Milk… a healthier alternative to ice cream

  1. I’m relived to have found this – I started making my own ice cream recently with goat’s milk (which has a slightly higher fat content than cow’s) so a healthier version is definitely needed, especially coming into summer, as I’ve been eating loads. An easy chocolate version makes this even better!


  2. Looking forward to trying this, but…You didn’t specify, but I’d assume you need to use whole milk to get the right consistency, no? Have you tried it with 1%?


    • Thanks for stopping by! I believe I used either 1 or 2% milk for this recipe – can’t say for sure but definitely not whole milk because we never buy that stuff! It was still slightly icy, but I’m sure if you used a full-fatter milk, it’d be more smooth.


  3. Super happy to have found this recipe! Previously addicted to ice cream until I got to darn lactose intolerant- planning to make this with lactose free milk:)


  4. Hi Janine – this looks fabulous, and so simple! I got an ice cream maker last summer, so I’m looking for new (and slightly healthier) ways to use it. This will be next on the list for sure! Have you tried adding any fruit in with the vanilla version?


    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you are going to try this recipe. And no, I actually haven’t tried adding any fruit in the vanilla version, but I’m sure it would taste great! Let me know how it goes if you try it =)


      • I finally made this recipe – it was delicious! I actually made it to use as a filling for some peanut butter cookies I made that turned out really flat and chewy… Perfect for homemade ice-cream sandwiches. I stuck a glob of ice milk between two cookies, squished it down a bit and rolled the edges in flaked coconut for extra flavour and to keep things a little neater. They turned out wonderfully. I can’t say it was a guilt-free indulgence since the ice milk was sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies, but at least it’s light-ER, and still tasted amazing! I’ll definitely be making it again, but I’ll try your recommendation and go for the chocolate next time. :)


  5. Hello! So happy to have found this recipe. I’m wondering what you’d think of using skim milk? I’m lactose as well but wonder if you need some fat in the milk? Would using coconut milk work? thanks so much!


    • Hi! I haven’t tried skim milk, just wondering if it would be too icy because there isn’t much fat? I think coconut milk should work though because it has quite a high fat content! Let me know how it goes ! 😊


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