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1 WW Freestyle Point | 85 Calories
Hallelujah I have won the jackpot with this one! Truthfully, I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth and I am obsessed with chocolate. When I started Weight Watchers Freestyle and saw how many points were in my measly tablespoon of mini chocolate chips I used to put into my pancakes, I was panicked. I didn’t think I could survive this program, I need chocolate in my life. That was until I made this 1 WW Freestyle Smartpoint Chocolate Ice cream.. which I have since had, almost every single night.
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First off and foremost, this recipe uses Monkfruit/Erythritol blend to sweeten the ice cream. I have seen a ton of posts in my Weight Watchers Facebook groups asking how people sweeten their coffee, what sweet treats they have, etc. I really don’t think I could have as many treats or have my coffee as sweet if it wasn’t for my Monkfruit/Erythritol blend.
What is Erythritol?
I am so glad you asked because this comes up a lot! I remember telling a member of my family who regularly uses Stevia about it. They instantly told me that they don’t want an artificial sweetener which is why they use Stevia. This is when I realized that not a lot of people know about Erythritol and they are missing out.
Erythritol is an all natural, ZERO carbs, ZERO sugar and ZERO calorie replacement for sugar. It’s made from sugar alcohols that naturally occur when fermenting a type of corn or wheat starch. Now I don’t want to get into all of the science behind it, but if you’re unsure about it, I highly recommend you check out this article by Healthline. Healthline uses science based evidence to review Erythritol and whether or not it’s safe to consume and for your body.
The basic points from Healthline’s article are:
- Erythritol contains 70% of the sweetness of table sugar, while only having 6% of the calories
- After long term feeding of erythritol to animals, no serious side effects were observed
- Erythritol is better for dental health
- Erythritol doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin levels like table sugar does
- Some sugar alcohols can cause digestive upset in some users
I have been one to experience serious bloat and stomach upset after aspartame. Fortunately, I haven’t had any issues since I began using a Monkfruit/Erythritol blend.
Where can I buy Erythritol?
One of the next most common questions I am asked when I tell someone about how amazing this natural sugar substitute has been for me, they ask me where to get it.
- Bulk Barn
In the U.S:
- Most grocery stores, Walmart
I exclusively use this brand for my coffee. It’s what I started with and it makes the perfect coffee every time!
Perfect, now that we’ve reviewed how to sweeten this amazing 1 point chocolate ice cream, let’s get back to it.
This chocolate ice cream, or chocolate “nice cream” as I like to call it, is best served with some light whipped cream. I have found that it beautifully pairs with the ice cream to give it an additional sweetness and airiness.
My favourite combination is with light whipped cream and strawberries, unsweetened coconut also makes an amazing topping!
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Have a favourite low point treat that keeps you satisfied? Let me know in the comments below!
1 WW Smartpoint Chocolate Ice Cream
A deliciously sweet and chocolatey low point treat to curb those chocolate cravings!
- 1 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Monkfruit/Erythritol blend or other sugar substitute*
In a bowl, mix together the plain greek yogurt and unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix well. It’s important to mix these two ingredients first or the cocoa powder does not mix in as smoothly.
Mix in the skim milk, water, vanilla extract and monkfruit/erythritol blend. Mix until smooth.
Place in a container in a thin layer and freeze for one hour or until ice cream consistency achieved.
Optional: Top with light whipped cream (highly recommended), fresh fruit or unsweetened coconut.
1 WW Freestyle Smartpoint | 85 Calories, Carbs 32.9g, Fat 0.5g, Protein 12.5g per serving
This dessert is best served once the greek yogurt has frozen to ice cream consistency. When left in the freezer over night, the greek yogurt will freeze solid. When this happens, I take out the ice cream about an hour before I would like to enjoy it and keep it in the fridge.
* If using another sugar substitute, be sure to use the quantity that will match 1/4 cup of table sugar. Monkfruit/Erythritol is a 1:1 ratio, other sugar substitutes may not be.