Low Fat Pumpkin Maple Ice Milk Recipe

by Lesli

in Frozen Desserts

WOW!  Mmmmm…. mmmm… mmmm!  I just had a rich creamy bite of what tastes like the best pumpkin pie you’ll ever have… except it’s actually a creamy, delectable “ice cream”.

OK, it’s actually an “ice milk”, but it’s nothing like the crummy ice milks you get in the grocery store.

Have you ever been trying to eat healthy, maybe lose a few pounds (or even a few hundred pounds… um hmmm, I can relate) and you were craving ice cream so badly that you settled for what the grocery store had to offer?  If so — and if you bought the low fat or low sugar variety — you probably found it to be way too sweet, unbearably gummy, and more icy than creamy.  I can honestly tell you I’ve never found one brand of reduced “anything” ice cream that I’ve even thought was worth eating.  I’d rather go without, thank you very much.  Or worse yet, far too often I’ve opted for the way too fattening and bad for you, full fat ice creams!

If you’ve been where I’ve been, I know you’ve experienced what I’ve experienced!  Well, move over sister, today is a new day!  Trust me on this, if you love pumpkin pie, and you love ice cream, you’ll L-O-V-E this Pumpkin-Maple Ice Milk recipe.

  • First of all it falls within my “MAGIC” range.  You know what I mean… anything under 8% total fat calories.
  • Secondly, the flavor is to die for!
  • Thirdly, you can pronounce every ingredient in it and each and every one of them is good for you!
  • Fourthly (is that a word?), did I mention it’s delicious?  Well it is!

Today is a beautiful spring day, the doors are open wide, and I was in the mood for ice cream!  If you haven’t had home-made ice cream since the days of the “old-clunky-fill-it-up-with-salt-then-crank-the-handle-til-your-arm-falls-off” variety of ice cream makers, you’ve been missing out on one of life’s greatest treats!

cuisenart-ice-cream-maker1 A few years ago I got my Cuisinart ICE-20 Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice-Cream Maker and I love it!  It’s one of my “Can’t Live Without Items” that you can find in my Healthy Shop.  It’s normally over $90, but as I write this, it’s on sale in my Amazon store for just $39.50!  I use it all the time.  It’s so simple to mix up a few ingredients and in as little as 25 minutes, I have fresh, homemade, healthy ice milk, frozen yogurt or sorbet!  My friends, it’s time to enjoy frozen dessert again and this recipe is a great place to start!!

I hope you’ll make this and let me know if you love it as much as I do 🙂


  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Coconut Secret – Raw Coconut Nectar Low Glycemic Sweetener (adjust for personal preference)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup organic skim milk
  • 1 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (really, just a pinch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skimmed milk


  1. Combine nectar and egg in a bowl; stir with a wire whisk until blended.
  2. Heat 1 cup skim milk in a saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form around edges of pan. (Do not allow milk to boil.)
  3. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk into nectar mixture; add to remaining hot milk, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until mixture reaches 160ᵒ, stirring constantly. (Mixture will not be thick.)
  5. Pour into a bowl; stir in remaining ingredients.
  6. Cover and chill.

When chilled, pour mixture into the freezer can of a ½-gallon electric freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Allow to ripen 1 hour in freezer can.

NOTE: Learn more about what Coconut Secrets products are all about and I L-O-V-E Coconut Secret so much .  They’re nothing short of spectacular!

YIELD:  10 Servings (serving size 1/2 cup)

Calories:  111 (6% from fat)
Protein:  4.3g
Fat 0.7g
CARB 22.5g / FIBER 0.4g / CHOL 23mg / IRON 0.8 mg / SODIUM 62mg / CALCIUM 163 mg

Do you have a favorite low fat ice milk recipe?  I LOVE COMMENTS so chat away!

Peace, Love, and Sexy Desserts!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }


I don’t have an ice cream maker. I do have a food processor. Can I still make this ice cream? If so, how?



Hi Andrea, I’ve only made this ice cream in an ice cream maker. I do make some “ice creams” in my VitaMix, but this recipe wouldn’t work in the VitaMix. I wouldn’t think it’s possible in a food processor either because there’s nothing to freeze the ingredients. If you really want to make ice cream, you can get ice cream makers very inexpensively these days. I highly recommend the Cuisinart ice cream maker. It’s only about $50. I think I wrote about it and gave the specific model I use in one of my blog posts. I hope you can find an ice cream maker that works for you because this recipe is so delicious! Thanks for stopping by 🙂



I was looking for ways to utilize my fresh cooked pumpkin and just HAPPILY ate my DELISH treat – THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Y U M M Y and it completely satisfies both the I-need-dessert spot and the I’m-craving-something-pumpkin spot!

I dropped the recipe in an online “calorie count” recipe calculator tool and my numbers varied from your breakdown so thought I’d share because I like my numbers better. Each individual ingredient appeared to be correct (however, it’s late and I am quite tired!) so I’m thinking the numbers I came up with are good but would love to hear your thoughts.

Breakdown is for 10 servings with 1/4 cup sweetener:
81 cal / Protein: 4.3g / Fat 0.7g / CARB 14.7g / FIBER 0.8g / CHOL 23mg / IRON 3 % / SODIUM 63mg / CALCIUM 15%

Because this is such a healthy recipe, I prefer to consider this recipe as 6 servings and still love the breakdown results (134 cal / 7.8 protein / 1 g fat)! I LOVE that the fat comes only from the pumpkin and the egg – both extremely nutritional in such moderate quantities!

The counter didn’t have Coconut nectar so I noted ‘honey’ but since honey is a little higher in calories/sugars, the Coconut nectar would slightly improve this already great breakdown.

FYI: I’ve never had the coconut nectar before, had to go buy it – folks should know it might be in the “RAW” section (it took the diligent effort of a determined New Leaf associate to find the it because it was not with the agave / sweetener section!).



So glad you loved it Jill! It’s one of my favorite fall/winter treats. I agree… it completely satisfies. So far as the calculations, I like your numbers better too 🙂 In all reality, when the ingredients are whole and good for me and I eat a reasonable portion, I don’t sweat the numbers too much. So far as the Coconut nectar, good suggestion to look in the raw section. I’m sure different stores put it in different locations. My local Gooseberry Market puts it with all the other sweeteners. Did you love the Coconut Nectar as much as I do? Have you tried the Coconut Crystals. Love, love, love!! Thanks for visiting AHK. Hope to see you again 🙂



PS – you have a fatfree pumpkin spread on here but I can’t get a recipe to pull up for it…maybe a broken link or something? I can see the pic though and it sure looks good…



Hi Jill, sorry you had trouble accessing the recipe. Give this a try… Fat Free Pumpkin Spread.


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