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Gelato Ice cream Recipe with Reduced Sugar

Updated on September 9, 2012

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Since it is too hot to turn on the oven and make my miracle chocolate cake. I am sharing my reduced sugar gelato ice cream.

What inspired me to buy a gelato maker instead of a regular ice cream maker? Two things: my passion for Italy and the day I saw Victoria Gotti in Italy eating Gelato every chance she got.

What is the difference between gelato versus regular ice cream maker? Gelato is more dense with less air whipped into the cream and flavors are much more intense. Anything rich in flavor, you eat less and reduce you calories. Regular ice cream contains more air whipped into the cream, more ingredients, higher sodium and higher sugar levels, milder flavors.

Sugar and Sugar Substitute. You can use regular sugar if you are not concerned about the carbs. I use Somersweet because it is equal to meausuring sugar with no aftertaste at all. It is a very fine powder form which reduces any graininess in ice cream. Splenda may be acceptable substitute, but it may also be more grainy texure then Somersweet brand.

OPTIONAL - Cornstarch. "Master,mind behind Jeni's Ice Creams, Jeni Britton incorporates cornstarch to improve creaminess and reduce hardening and ice crystals as the reduced sugar recipes freeze."

I am creating a newer cornstarch method for ice cream. Activate the cornstarch separately from the milk mix. Add one tablespoon cornstarch in a custard cup and 3 Tablespoons water. Cook in the microwave on high for 25 seconds. When it comes out, it will look like gel. Add 2 more tablespoons water and mix well. You will add this into the milk mix 1 tablespoon at a time and mix very thoroughly. You may need to smash gel chunks against the side of the bowl to better incorporate it into the liquids. If there is any tiny chunks left, that is ok. I usually leave the small amount in the bowl that settles instead of pouring it into the icecream maker.

When you add the cornstarch, I highly recommend you strain the liquid prior to pouring into the ice cream maker to further elimate gel chunks. When I didn't strain it, I could feel a few frozen tiny chunks, but they desolved in my mouth and didn't have any bad taste at all.

I have done this recipe without the cornstarch, so you can too; especially if you are eating it the same day and to keep the sugars and carbs down. Cornstarch adds 7 grams of carbs to the recipe. This is a no egg and no cook recipe other than when you add the heated cornstarch.

Gelato Maker. I have the DeLonghi GM6000 Brand gelato maker.

Goodie Add In's You can add mini chocolate chips, candy pieces, or fruit pieces to enjoy any of your favorite treats in the icecream. You can add Mint Chocolate extract if you love a mint smell and flavoring. I use Watkins brand. Or add some toppings to your ice cream in the bowl after it is done and ready to serve.

Preparing and making homemade icecream

Vanilla Gelato Icecream
Vanilla Gelato Icecream
Gelato Maker
Gelato Maker
Mixing the ingredients, adding Somersweet sugar subsitute
Mixing the ingredients, adding Somersweet sugar subsitute | Source
1 serving of Vanilla Gelato Icecream with reduced sugar and carbs
1 serving of Vanilla Gelato Icecream with reduced sugar and carbs

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 28 min
Yields: 40 oz or 1.2 L - 1 pint 8 servings


  • 1 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Somersweet - sugar substitute, I have not tried it with Splenda, so I am not sure if it will have a grainy texture with it.
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, I use Watkins
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 5 Tablespoons Water

How to make Gelato Icecream

  1. Mix the milk, cream and sugar very well, add vanilla extract.
  2. In a small custard cup, add the cornstarch and water. Mix and heat for 25 seconds to activate the cornstarch. It will be gel when it comes out.
  3. Add 2 more tablespoons water to the gel cornstarch mixture and mix very well.
  4. Mix the prepared cornstarch into the milk and sugar mixture. Stir 1-2 minutes. Smash any gel chunks against the side of the bowl.
  5. Pour into the ice cream or gelato maker.
  6. Turn the machine on according to the directions and let it run 25 minutes in a Gelato machine. The time should be longer with an ice cream maker, check your instruction book to apply the right amount of time.
  7. Remove ice cream from the maker and place in freezer safe containers to store or serve up with cake or just add your favorite toppings!

Carbs and Protein per Serving

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 cup
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 5 g2%
Sugar 5 g
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you Kelley! I still need a trip to Italy. Gelato is awesome, so rich. Perfect treat and love it after BBQ meals for some reason.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Oh I think I want one of these now. I love gelato! It reminds me of my visit to Italy! Voted up and shared. Take care, Kelley

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I think a regular ice cream maker will do just great. The only difference is the the amount of air they whip into the cream. A less expensive ice cream maker works. Check some reviews to purchase a quality machine.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      This looks so good! I just want to ask if gelato maker really produces different texture compare to an ice cream maker.

      Is the difference worth the price you'll spend more in buying a gelato maker? :)

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      An ice cream maker just fine and cost less.

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      I need to get a gelato maker. LOVE the reduced sugar version! Thanks for sharing.