Mango Ice Cream Bars

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Ever since I tasted the mango sorbet at Maggie Moo’s I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a mango frozen dessert.  Mangos were on sale at the store today, so I bought 4 in hopes of trying this out.  Tonight’s experiment came out real tasty, though not quite as good as the sorbet at Maggie Moo’s, I confess.   Not as creamy and smooth, but just as tasty, I think.  🙂  I found some mango extract at my local Indian grocery not long ago and added 1/2 tsp. to the mix as well.  Not sure it’s essential, but it sure was good in these bars.  Mangoes are not suitable until the higher fruits rung of the Atkins foods ladder, during pre-maintenance.  These only have 81 calories apiece, but are fairly high in carbs because of the mangoes themselves, accounting for 2/3 of the calories and carbs in these.  But they are a nice occasional treat when you get to the higher fruit rung of the ladder.  For those focusing on lower calories like me these days, to get my last 20# off, these will work nicely!  Only 81 calories!!

INGREDIENTS:

4 mangoes, peeled, seeded and pureed

1 c. heavy cream

1 c. 2% milk (or almond milk if you prefer)

12 drops EzSweets (small bottle) sucralose (or ½ c. sugar equivalent of your choice)

½ tsp. mango extract (optional)

2 T. glycerine

1/4 tsp. xanthan gum

DIRECTIONS:  Peel mangoes.  Cut flesh away from the large flat seed and place the flesh into a blender or food processor.  Process until fairly smooth.  Scrape into an ice cream maker, add cream, milk and sweetener and turn on ice cream maker and turn just until half frozen.  Using a spoon, scoop the semi-firm ice cream into popsicle molds and freeze for several hours until well set.  You’ll likely have to run warm water over the mold to loosen the bar so you can slide it out.  ENJOY!!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 bars, each contains:

81 calories

2.88 g  fat

13.54 g  carbs, 1.24 g  fiber, 12.30 g  NET CARBS

1.62 g  protein

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