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Italian Ice

Cold and refreshing vegan Italian ice recipe that is easy to make and customize.

Italian ice is one of the easiest cold treats to make. It takes a bit of freezing time, but the flavour can be easily customized. I've chosen lemon in this recipe, which is a classic Italian ice flavour, but this could easily be made with orange, lime, grapefruit, vanilla, etc. You can even use canned soda to flavour the ice; however, the amount of sweetener would need to be drastically reduced.

This Italian ice is vegan; however, if you don't need it to be, you can swap the monk fruit sweetener for granulated sugar, or any other sweetener alternative you prefer. But note: Using sugar will also dramatically increase the number of calories per serving from 2 with monk fruit sweetener to 92 calories when using granulated sugar.

Adjust the amount of sweetener based on your own preferences and the flavour you choose to make, i.e., a sweet orange will require less sweetener than a lime or lemon.

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see what flavours you chose to try. Post your photos on Instagram and tag @400CalorieRecipes.


TIP: An alternate method to make this recipe is to freeze the prepared liquid in small-cube, silicone ice cube trays rather than a casserole dish, then use an electric or manual ice shaver, or high-powered blender, to crush the cubes once frozen. However, this will not give you the same level of control over the consistency.

TIP: Another alternative is to use an ice cream maker with a setting for sorbet. Once mixed, refrigerate the liquid for a few hours to make it very cold before placing it in the sorbet maker. Churn until it reaches your desired consistency. Transfer into an air-tight freezer safe tub or container and store in the freezer.



(Makes 8 servings)

  • 4 cups (1,000ml) water

  • 1 cup (200g) granulated monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar)

  • juice and zest of 1 large lemon



In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and granulated sweetener. Whisk only until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Into a small bowl, zest a large lemon then juice the lemon into the same bowl.

Once the water has cooled to room temperature, add the lemon juice and zest then mix. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, or the largest dish that can be fit into the freezer without tipping.

Transfer into the freezer and freeze for 4 to 5 hours, breaking up the ice with a fork every 30 minutes until it reaches your desired level of solidity.

Spoon and serve immediately.


Nutritional Information Per Serving (Using Sugar):

total calories = 92 | total fat = 0.19g | saturated fat = 0g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 0mg | net carbohydrates = 24.46g | dietary fibre = 0.14g | sugars = 24.2g | protein = 0.04g


Nutritional Information Per Serving (Using Monk Fruit Sweetener):

total calories = 2 | total fat = 0.19g | saturated fat = 0g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 0mg | net carbohydrates = 24.46g | dietary fibre = 0.14g | sugars = 0.2g | protein = 0.04g

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