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Chocolate Ice Cream Poppers for Diabetics
I've just discovered ice cream poppers. They are small, homemade, ice cream bites that just pop into your mouth.
I am diabetic, gluten sensitive and grain free, so I always try to make my own ice cream. I couldn't believe it when I read the ingredients on some ice creams, they contained wheat. That is enough to make me feel very sick, so I don't. I can make ice cream that is so delicious that I don't even want any other.
I found a great grain-free, sugar-free chocolate ice cream recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, "Satisfying Eats," by Melissa McGehee.
Ice Cream Poppers are Born
I use to have an ice cream maker, but gave it away, so I decided to pour the ice cream mixture into a mini ice tray. I also poured some of it into ice cream popsicle molds.
After everything was frozen, I took one of the cubes out and popped it into my mouth and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creaminess of the ice cream as I let it slowly dissolve in my mouth. I ate 3 or 4 of them and really enjoyed them.
Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Popsicles
The next day, I tried one of the popsicles. It was just as flavorful and creamy, but was hard to get out of the mold. It was also more than I wanted to eat at one time.
I've made up my mind that the next time make this ice cream, there will be all poppers and no popsicles. They are just such an easy, quick treat to have on hand and very satisfying.
- Blender: I like my Nutribullet.
- Mini Ice cube tray
- Prep time: 30 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: Freeze to make 24 mouth-sized poppers but varies
- canned coconut milk
- almond milk
- unsweetened cocoa
- stevia powder to taste
- Or Homemade ice cream liquid blend of your choosing
- I mix a blend of canned coconut milk, Almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia in my Nutribullet (or blender of your choice.) The full recipe can be found in Melissa McGehee's cookbook, "Satisfying Eats." It is gluten free and sugar free.
- Pour the blended liquid into the mini ice cube tray and freeze until hardened.
- When ready to eat, twist the ice cube tray to loosen the ice cream poppers.
- Take one cube out and pop it into your mouth. Saver the creamy, rich flavor as you suck on the popper. Feel free to pop as many as you want.
The Amazon link for the cookbook is for the Kindle version and a printed version. I love having it on my Kindle because I take it to the store to refer to if I'm looking for ingredients on the spur of the moment.
My Blender Choice
I had the small Magicbullet for close to ten years and recently upgraded to this 600 Watt Nutribullet unit. Now beside making great smoothies, this new one has the power to make this ice cream blend, puree fruits for home made jam, nut and seed flours and even nut butters.
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't have a use for it, it sits out on the back of my counter all the time. It is quick, convenient and easy to clean.
I find that the mini ice cube trays are usually the right size for just popping the ice cream cubes into your mouth. They are small enough for you to pop 2 or 3 at a time and still keep you colorie intake low.
There are larger ones, that they make for RV's but they are a little too big for my liking. You'll just have to try it out for yourself.
My grain-free Recipe
You might want to check out one of my Hubs for an ice cream I make using the Yonanas soft ice cream maker. It is 100% fruit, dairy free and has no artificial sweeteners. I do add some nuts and unsweetened cocoa to add variety. You could also make the Poppers from this mixture.
I usually eat half of it right away as a soft ice cream and then put the rest into ice cube trays and into the freezer for another time.
Do you have any favorites that would work for Poppers?
I would love to hear about them. Please share them in the "Comments" section below