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Sea Salt-Caramel Ice Cream

Hands-on time 17 mins
Total time 6 hrs, 47 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Whole-grain ice cream? Yep, that’s right! This is not a gimmick recipe that inserts whole grains where they have no place; there is a real purpose here. Thick, mild-flavored Millet Cream serves as the “thickener,” providing a rich, creamy texture without any actual saturated fat–heavy cream. You must be sure to get the Millet Cream as smooth as possible. If you have a high-powered blender, this is the place for it. I use an individual smoothie blender (geared toward pulverizing ice), finding it does a better job than my full-sized blender; I just whir the Millet Cream in batches.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt (such as sel gris)
  • 2 cups Millet Cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 229
  • fat 6.9 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sugars 31 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 25 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 0 mg
  • sodium 296 mg
  • calcium 140 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 3 minutes). Continue cooking, without stirring, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is light amber in color. Remove from heat; carefully stir in butter and evaporated milk (caramelized sugar will harden and stick to spoon, and mixture will bubble vigorously). Place pan over medium-high heat until caramelized sugar melts. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Place pan in a large ice water–filled bowl; let stand 10 minutes or until cooled, stirring occasionally.
  2. Combine caramel mixture and Millet Cream in a large bowl; refrigerate until well chilled.
  3. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 2 hours or until firm.

Cook's Notes

Executive Editor at Cooking Light, Ann Pittman, explores whole grain's all-around awesomeness in her new book, Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice. This complete guide to healthy, hearty, and incredibly versatile whole grains includes something for everyone and offers innovative new techniques to ensure the most flavorful results. From simple, delicious sides to satisfying mains and sublime desserts, this James Beard Award-winning author educates, inspires and does not disappoint. Discover a whole new way of looking at whole grains, how they are prepared, and how they can be incorporated into a healthy diet at every meal.

Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, March, 2016, Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice;