Black Forest Vanilla Ice Milk

Ice cream, cherries, dark chocolate, summer, dessert, slimming, slimming world, weight watchers, low fat

With summer well and truly here refreshment is on everyone’s mind and hot comforting puddings are put on the back burner. One of our favourite summer desserts is “ice milk” as it is has all the taste of a premium ice cream but barely any of the fat or hefty calories of its cousin; it is almost like a dairy sorbet but a little harder. Cherries and chocolate are a winning combination in a Black Forest Gateaux so I decided to put them in this ice milk recipe with a dash of vanilla. Using frozen cherries gives the ice cream maker a helping hand and is also a far cheaper way of buying cherries. Keeping the chopped up dark chocolate in the freezer until needed is also top tip!

My family love this Black Forest Ice Milk and I love that I’m giving them something not only tasty but healthy too. Summer really is the perfect time for healthy eating and this dessert is packed with Vitamin C, calcium and iron from the cherries, milk and dark chocolate respectively.

As there is no cream in this ice cream style dessert it is harder than conventional ice cream so you need to take it out of the freezer for 10 minutes before serving. The wait will be hard, but believe me it will be totally worth it and you’ll be making this Black Forest Ice Milk again and again! Of course you don’t have to keep this Black Forest Ice Milk for dessert it’s also fabulous served in an ice cream cone and if it’s one dipped in chocolate, even better!

Black Forest Vanilla Ice Milk
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Black Forest Ice Milk, all the refreshment of ice cream but without the calories.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 1 ltr Semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • 100g Dark chocolate, finely chopped & put in freezer
  • 250g Frozen cherries
  1. Put the sugar and vanilla sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Blitz the cherries in a food processer until finely chopped.
  3. Add the milk to the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Add the chopped cherries and agitate with a whisk to distribute evenly.
  5. Using a jug, pour the cherry milk into an ice cream maker and churn.
  6. After 5 – 10 mins when milk starts to thicken pour in the frozen chopped chocolate.
  7. Carry on churning until ice milk is the consistency of ice cream (about 40 minutes in total depending on your machine).
  8. Pour into a tub and freeze for 6 – 8 hrs. (Makes just over 1 ltr).
  9. To serve, take ice milk out of freezer 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe was previously featured at Great British Chefs.

Ice cream, cherries, dark chocolate, summer, dessert, slimming, slimming world, weight watchers, low fat

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  1. Maya Russell

    Oh, yum – this looks so good. I love cherries too. Our trees didn’t produce anything this year.

    1. Camilla

      Must be saving their energy for next year!

  2. Ursula Hunt

    I added some raspberries to mine too and it was delicious

    1. Camilla

      Great stuff:-)

  3. tiggerific1973

    This sounds delish!

  4. Jayne T

    This looks amazing, my daughter would love it. :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jayne:-)

  5. Michael Botzaropoulos

    This looks delicious, Black Forest is one of my favourites too

  6. Paul Wilson

    Makes me long for those warm summer days.

  7. Tracy Nixon

    This looks different and tasty too!

  8. Anne Dalzell

    I have to get a camera down my throat today so i’m eyeing up this ice cream for afterwards. Looks so refreshing.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh hope all is well! xx

      1. Anne Dalzell

        All turned out just fine, xxx

        1. Camilla

          Great stuff:-)

  9. Maddy

    Going to try this with blackberries

    1. Camilla

      Mmm, they will have a much greater liquid content than the cherries so might not work so well, let me know how you get on!

  10. gouldie7

    We’ve got a miniature cherry tree – if you can pick them before the blackbirds steal them! This looks great!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:) I have a young cherry tree and the birds have eaten most of the tiny handful that it’s produced so far:-(

  11. bethslamin

    wow love black forrest cherries chocolate and now in an ice cream yum

  12. MaWeir

    Sounds scrumptious 😀

  13. Jen Webb

    Sounds amazeballs and so easy to make. Thanks x

  14. Anthony Webster

    mmmm Awsome !!

  15. Ursula Hunt

    pity the hot weather has disappeared, since my last comment! I must have jinxed it with my black forest vanilla ice milk :(

    1. Camilla

      Oh it hasn’t here, been really muggy too! Storm due tonight though!

  16. Deena kakaya

    Fabulous flavours and so true in that there are more forgiving ways to enjoy them than double cream x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Deena:-)

  17. Paul Wilson

    Great idea for this weather.

    1. Camilla


  18. Heather Haigh

    Sounds gorgeous. Reminds me of huge black forest gateaux I used to buy from a local bakery way back in the 80’s. i think I want both the cake and your dessert. Maybe even both together. Swoon.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather:-)

  19. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Black forest ANYTHING – yes please!! :)


    Ooooh fab Camilla – Black Forest Gateaux is probably my favourite pudding in the world so this is right up my street!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle:-)

  21. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Ooooooh, I’m heading over to GBC for a good look. I LOVE these flavours.

    1. Camilla


  22. Gary

    You had me at “black forest” !

    1. Camilla

      LOL Gary:-) My hubby loves Black Forest Gateaux too!

  23. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous cooling sweet for these hot summer days

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  24. bev

    Perfect for this weather!

    1. Camilla

      Too true:-)

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