The Most Delicious & Guiltless Ice Cream

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When I was growing up in China, we didn’t celebrate Christmas; I never even heard of Christmas.  But we did celebrate Dec. 26th — Chairman Mao’s birthday.  We would cook longevity noodles in the kitchen that we shared with our neighbors.  We would bow in front of a Mao portrait and wish him ten thousand years of life.  I realize now that my parents probably only did the celebration for the sake of the kids and the neighbors.  They would not want the neighbors to report them for not loving Chairman Mao enough to wish him a long life.  And they certainly didn’t want to destroy the illusion for their children, who were brought up to worship Mao.  They believed that worshipping Mao as the saint and savior would make their children safer and happier.  Not worshipping Mao would be dangerous to their wellbeing.

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The Mao badge collection was my most valued possession during childhood. This photo was taken in the 80s in LA by my friend, Anchee Min.

Strange how I still wake up on December 26th every year and involuntarily think, “It’s Mao’s birthday.” 

Today, the thought of Mao brought me back to those years of food scarcity and what I was willing to do for a bowl of ice cream. 

I heard from other girls that you would be rewarded with a bowl of ice cream if you were lucky enough to have your tonsils removed. It was a minor surgical procedure performed without anesthesia. I convinced my mother to let me have the operation, but when I was given a bowl of ice cream to soothe my throat, swallowing hurt so badly that I gave my reward to my brother.

Nowadays ice cream is everywhere, and I have had decades to recover from my tonsillectomy so ice cream is once again a great love of mine. However, we all know how overindulgence in ice cream isn’t exactly healthy…

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Guilt Free Ice Cream

I improved on my old guilt free ice cream recipe by using the evaporated milk and adding more dark chocolate.  The result is a much richer and more delicious ice cream. 

Ingredients for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:

1 12oz can 2% Evaporated Milk

2 cup non fat Greek Yogurt (I used Fage)

7 tablespoon Xylitol or other sweetener

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum

3 tablespoon 100% Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

3 tablespoon 100% Unsweetened Chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients in a blender.  Add to ice cream maker.  Let it churn until ice cream congeals and hardens, about 25 to 30 minutes. 

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Audrey made the gingerbread cookies to go with the ice cream.  And she typed the following recipe form me.

Healthier Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients:

1/2 cup apple sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar or xylitol

3 tbs. coconut oil

1 egg

1/3 cup maple flavored syrup

3 cups 100% whole wheat flour

2 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

Preparation:

Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and wrap in plastic wrap.  Leave the mixture in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.

Roll out and cut.  Preheat oven at 350F and bake about 12 minutes or until light brown.

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4 thoughts on “The Most Delicious & Guiltless Ice Cream

  1. 陈老师,我重启了机子,才登上来。
    一直有在看您的美食博客,“四美具,二难并”,让人欲罢不能。深夜看美食图片就是自虐。不过,我就很快地掠过图片。更喜欢看您写的散文。您的每篇文章,有美食内容,但都有一些回忆的内容,把回忆和美食结合起来,我非常enjoy。其实想一直把帖子“批阅”完,那样我自己都会觉得自己freak,所以随缘来comment吧。我突然有个问题:您当年过海关时,带了那么多毛主席像章,海关不会查吗?会否觉得,激进左翼人士之类的?

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  2. Oh, the Queen talked to me! Thanks to the internet, thanks to the Party, thanks to CCTV…
    I am so excited that my heart is feeling like exploding. Me and my heroine get connected.
    But i still want to keep this news in myself, not telling my parents that CHENCHONG talked to me. Let’s see how long i can take it.
    I can’t help typing English because i’m busy with translating and i’m too happy.
    Oh, i shouldn’t have opened this page because i’m distracted wordy now. 关于“天真”一说,有些道理。以前,我有点“别人说什么我信什么”的倾向,现在不这样了。我觉得现阶段的商业和市场营销是一个原因吧?在北京,很多中介行业的话都不能信。人们对商业机构的信任是最低的。有时觉得大浪淘沙,好的最终会留下来。有时候觉得劣币驱逐良币,无好转的希望。
    打扰了,您随意。

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