Vanilla Ice Cream without the Cream and a {Giveaway}

The dish used in the picture was my Nana's (maternal Grandfather)

UPDATE: After some more research I've come to know that Vanilla Bean Paste is actually NOT HALAL.

When I bought my ice cream maker attachment I was so excited.  Then I looked for recipes and they were all loaded with cream.  So my search for a great ice cream recipe without the cream began.  After much searching I found a recipe that we all love.  And what would a great vanilla ice cream be without great vanilla flavour!

The regular vanilla extract is something that is not Halal due to the presence of alcohol.  So for Muslims we need to do a little searching to find a Halal vanilla extract.  Some Halal Meat Stores carry vanilla powder but this has a very fake taste.  At the recent Toronto Halal Food Festival there was a restaurant that was selling Halal vanilla extract.  Luckily I only picked up one...was tempted to pick up a couple.  There was something a bit off in the taste and smell.  After much searching the BEST vanilla is Nielsen-Massey's Vanilla Bean Paste.

It is my go-to vanilla.  It has the little vanilla seeds so you get that great look in your ice cream.  To make this ice cream I used 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and it gives a great vanilla flavour.  My husband thought it was a little too much vanilla.  I thought it was fine so if you want maximum vanilla flavour use 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.  If you would like a more subtle vanilla flavour adjust the amount down.

After posting this I came to know that Vanilla Bean Paste has trace amounts of alcohol making it Haram.  Nielsen-Massey's Vanilla Powder contains no alcohol making it suitable to use.

This ice cream is also a great dessert to have during Ramadan.  With the fasts so long there isn't a lot of time between eating and sleeping.  I crave something sweet but I feel so full.  This ice cream was the perfect dessert to get some sweetness and not feel stuffed!

Vanilla Ice Cream without the Cream
Adapted from Eating Well

Note: Vanilla Bean Paste is NOT HALAL.  You can substitute a vanilla powder but I have not tested this so cannot say anything about the results.

1 1/2 tsp gelatin
1 tbsp water
3 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (depending on how strong you want the vanilla flavour)
4 egg yolks
1 tin condensed milk (low fat is fine)

In a small bowl, add the water and sprinkle the gelatin on top.  Give it a stir.

In a medium saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups milk and the vanilla bean paste.  Heat over medium heat until steaming.

In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk.  While whisking, slowly pour in the steaming milk.  Return this to the saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until custard lightly coats the back of the spoon, 3-5 minutes.  Do not let the custard boil.  Place a strainer over a large bowl and pour the custard in.

Whisk in the gelatin until it is dissolved.  Whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.

Whisk the ice cream.  Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufactures directions.  When pouring the custard into the ice cream maker, if there are bits of gelatin at the bottom of the bowl don't pour them in.  When you are done churning the ice cream it will not be scoopable.  Freeze in a container.  Once frozen you will be able to scoop it.


Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  To celebrate Nielsen-Massey has generously offered to give one Chocolate & Chillies reader one 4 oz bottle of Vanilla Bean Paste OR one bottle of Vanilla Powder.  The Vanilla Bean Paste contains trace amounts of alcohol while the powder contains no alcohol.  This giveaway is open to Canadian and American residents only.  Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Disclosure:  I was sent a free bottle of vanilla bean paste to try.  All opinions are my own.


  1. I would like to win as I haven't tried this paste before and I use vanilla in my desserts

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  2. Because it sounds like a better substitute than the vanilla powder I'm using!

  3. Asi, I was thinking today how I would love to make my own ice cream...esp. after watching an episode of max & ruby with Niz...they made their own berry ice ream! I love the pics. Mashallah. The bowl is too cute!

  4. Looks so creamy... I love 2 make icecream at home...

  5. WOW! Ice cream without cream! That's got to be the biggest oxymoron of all time LOL! This ice cream looks crwzy creamy and delicious! InshAllah once I get back I will be making this forsure! Btw, where did you find the halal gelatin? I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

    1. Halal gelatin is easily found in the Halal Food Stores in Toronto. A few years ago you couldn't find it but now I've seen quite a bit.

    2. that's awesome! I haven't seen it here yet, so maybe when I come to visit Toronto next inshallah I'll grab some (and maybe meet you! :) )

  6. I want Vanilla Bean paste so that I can make my own delicious vanilla ice cream!

  7. I'd love to win because I've never used vanilla bean paste before.

    I can't wait to make this! I've been looking for a a nice, light ice cream recipe for my new ice cream maker.

  8. I would love this vanilla for when I bake with my son.

  9. I would love to try this recipe and like that it is without cream. Anything vanilla works for me, even though most think of it as the most boring flavour for ice cream.

  10. I'd like the vanilla bean paste because I'd really like to try making ice cream at home.

  11. I would love to use vanilla paste in my baking if i won!

  12. I've never tried vanilla paste before but I am a huge vanilla fan in baking, ice cream, you name it so I'd be curious to try it.

  13. I want to try it out -- I've never used it before.

  14. I would like to try to start baking more. I have never used vanilla bean paste so it would give me the impetus to try some new recipes.

  15. Because I would like to try vanilla paste in place of vanilla essence or extract.

  16. A coworker just made a whipped cream with vanilla bean paste and I sooo would like to try that!

  17. I love baking and as many of us would agree vanilla is the most loved flavor. I have been looking for halal vanilla options and would love to try the vanilla powder. Great giveaway

  18. I'd like to win this to give to my wife, who's the baker in our family.

  19. I've always wanted to try vanilla bean paste, so I'd love to win this.

  20. The texture looks lovely. You have made me very curious to try this out

  21. Jzk for sharing your experience! Really appreciate the clarification on vanilla essence halal / haram debate! I had no idea!


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