Homemade Avocado Ice Cream
Okay, I admit it. When talking about fruit-flavored ice cream, avocado is one of my favorites. It all started when we went to an all-you-can-eat restaurant and I picked avocado ice cream for dessert. OMG, I had three bowls! It was so delicious! Since then, it became my favorite.
I’ve seen several brands of avocado ice cream in the supermarkets. Believe me, I tried them all. But unfortunately, none of them can match the one that I had at the restaurant. It was to my joy, though, when I found out that this flavor of frozen treat can be easily made at home. That allowed me to add as much avocado as I want to achieve that rich avocado flavor.
BTW, I am talking about real avocado and not just artificial flavoring…
It’s no secret that avocados have powerful health benefits. They are unique. They are actually high in demand because they contain healthy fats, which could benefit the body more than you could imagine.
So, yes, adding fresh avocados into your ice cream recipe would definitely benefit you big time. Aside from they are incredibly nutritious and loaded with heart-healthy fats, they also contain lots of fiber. Experts say that eating this type of fruit can help regulate cholesterol levels, too. Plus, just like other fruits, they are chock-full of antioxidants.
This ice cream recipe will surely make you appreciate more the flavor of avocado. Made with fresh fruit and a few basic ingredients, this can rival the branded avocado ice cream out there.
2 ripe avocados (peeled, halved, and pitted)
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 ripe banana (cut and frozen)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
about 5 large mint leaves
- Put a loaf pan in the fridge and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes. Or better yet, leave it there overnight.
- Put avocados in a high-speed blender and then add the solid part of the coconut milk. Set aside the liquid for later use. Also add banana, lemon juice, maple syrup, and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan. Distribute evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours.
Before serving, it is highly recommended to let the ice cream soften for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Avocado ice cream has lots of variations. If you want yours to be pure avocado, just leave out the banana and even the mint leaves. But if you are a fan of mint and you want to turn this recipe into mint chocolate-avocado ice cream, all you have to do is to double the number of mint leaves and fold in chocolate chips in the end. That would be a good variation!
There are also many things that you can top this avocado ice cream with. Of course, number one on the list is nuts. Pistachios and almonds are excellent!
There you go with another great ice cream recipe. And take note, this one here doesn’t require an ice cream maker at all. 🙂