Rocco’s Soft Serve Ice Cream

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print


Okay guys, let’s be completely honest…how many times have you turned on EWL, grabbed a heaping bowl of ice cream, and plopped yourself on the couch to guiltily enjoy your tasty treat while watching someone ELSE lose weight? A show of hands please?? That’s what I thought! Tonight, let’s swap out that high calorie, high fat ice cream for something just as delicious but without all those unnecessary calories!

On last week’s episode, Chef Rocco DiSpirito taught EWL contestant Georgeanna how to make a quick, easy, delicious alternative to regular ice cream. The recipe is so simple and so amazing, that I just had to share it with everyone!

Rocco’s Instant Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream


What you’ll need:

2 sugar free, low fat vanilla pudding snack packs (Jell-O?)

6 ounces 2% Greek yogurt (Fage 2%?)

8 packets 100% natural stevia powder (Stevia in the Raw?)

2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Almond Breeze?)

1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

The how-to:

First, freeze the pudding and yogurt in their containers until hard, at least 6 hours.

Mix the Stevia and xanthan gum together in a small mixing bowl and set aside. Pour the almond milk into a blender and scrape the insides of the vanilla bean into the milk. Cover and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the vanilla extract and turn on the lowest setting. Sprinkle the Stevia and xanthan mixture slowly and evenly directly into the vortex in the blender and blend until thickened, about 30 seconds. Turn off the blender. Add the frozen pudding and yogurt and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.


Helpful hints:

Put the canister of the blender in the freezer before you make this recipe to help combat the heat generated during blending. This will help keep your ice cream nice and frozen.

The Breakdown:

This recipe yields four 4-oz servings at 79 calories, 2.2g fat (1g sat, 0g mono, 0g poly), 3mg cholesterol, 163 mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 5g protein each serving.


So delicious AND guilt-free!

For more healthy and delicious recipes, check out Rocco’s cookbooks?The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love?and Cook Your Butt Off!: Lose Up to a Pound a Day with Fat-Burning Foods and Gluten-Free Recipes!



29 Responses

  1. I saw the soft serve & I wanted the recipe…after reading it I was shocked it is considered healthy.
    I do not consider any product put out by jello a healthy product, stevia is not a healthy choice, organic vanilla is healthy…not what was in the recipe. I was wanting to see more of Roco’s recipes, but not now. I can make a healthy ice cream with my vita mix…use frozen bananas & add any berry & U have a delicious fat free, sugar free ice cream. Regardless I love extreme weight loss show.

  2. Really surprised that this recipe is coming from someone who helps people battling with obesity everyday. So many of these ingredients are linked to dangerous side effects and bad health. To promote this solely because it is lower in calories is in my mind malicious for those that are uninformed and turn to you for healthy living advice – this does not provide that one bit.

    1. I completely agree…low fat jello pudding snacks are all chemicals. It makes much more sense to have one scoop of real ice cream made with real ingredients. We just started making our own ice cream and because it is made with only pure ingredients, it is SO much more satisfying than commercial ice cream that you don’t want or need to eat very much of it.

  3. OK you all, I’m going to reveal a BIG SECRET I made up that is so delish and all healthy. I wiz fruit in the blender until mostly smooth, but still slightly lumpy. Add plain yogurt (which I strained thru a coffee filter, so it gets thick) and wiz again. Pour into little popsicle molds and freeze. You can add sugar or splenda if you want it more sugary, but it is really good. I also made banana & chunky peanut butter the same way, no yogurt. Really good. You can get the molds at rite aid for a dollar!! Or you can use plain ice cube trays.

  4. What can you use instead of Xantum gum? It is so expensive. I know a lot of u are bashing it b/c of the ingredients, but face it, they are just trying to give us an alternative to hi fat ice cream. Especially in summer. No on says eat it every day, but an occasional treat is OK. Right? I think you can leave out the stevia and still have a sweet treat b/c the pudding is so sweet. I’ll try it and let you all know. If you want me to.

  5. I see that many are bashing this recipe. At the end of the day, it’s about your standard of healthy. I enjoy eating clean, but I’m not militant about it. I’m sure this recipe was in no way trying to encourage anything but cutting the calories of a guilty pleasure.

  6. I am surprised that an ice-cream made on the basis of chemical products is considered healthy… In my country Stevia is forbidden beacause it is registered as an addictive product dangerous for heart and tension…Puzzled about this recipe, really….

    1. I agree. I tried to post my own comment but apparently she cannot take criticism. Only positive comments about the recipe allowed.

  7. This really is all chemicals and poison to our bodies. Id rather eat real milk ice cream in the right serving size.

  8. how can you make this in your mixer because when you freeze the pudding and yogurt its hard. I broke my ninja making this because it blew the frozen pudiing out the side ot the blender so i defrosted the puddidng and yogurt and then made it in another container of my ninja but it didnt come out the best consistency. can anyone help who has made this I dont have the blender rocco used to make this that blender costs 400 dollars

  9. I tried this and it tasted fine, but the texture was slimy, I might try it with 1 tsp of xantham gum and put it back in The freezer before serving

    1. I purchased it at the supermarket in the organic food section its very expensive like 14.50 for a small bag

    1. any grocery store in the spice isle usually costs around ten dollars for two vanilla beans

  10. How is this healthy? Sugar free foods are full of chemicals….not to mention the garbage they put in Jello products…no thanks I would rather have the sugar and burn it off on the treadmill.

  11. I would love to try this, save for the SF pudding. I wonder if there is a way to make it without, because everything else is pretty natural.

  12. I cant wait to try this!!! Heidi I would love to hear what your take is on the Yonanas frozen fruit ice cream maker.. its basically a machine that you put thru frozen fruit and it turns into soft serve heaveness! frozen Bananas is the core fruit for this machine of course but you can use whatever fruits you like.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.