If you're looking for a guilt-free indulgence that's both delicious and nutritious, our Avocado Ice Cream is here to satisfy your cravings. This creamy treat is not only easy to make but also packs the goodness of avocados, making it a perfect guilt-free dessert or snack option. Let's dive into the recipe!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 cup of coconut milk or heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of your preferred sweetener
- 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- Optional: Chocolate Truffles
- Optional: 1/4 tsp of pure peppermint extract (for exciting flavor variations)
1. Prepare the Avocados
Start by selecting ripe avocados. Ripe avocados ensure a smooth and creamy texture for your ice cream. Scoop out the avocado flesh into a bowl.
2. Blend the Ingredients
In a blender, combine the ripe avocado flesh with the coconut milk (you can use canned full-fat coconut milk) or heavy cream, your choice of sweetener, pure vanilla extract, and any optional ingredients you'd like to add, such as chocolate truffles or peppermint extract.
Blend all the ingredients together until you achieve a velvety, smooth consistency.
3. Churning or Freezing
Now, you have two options to continue the ice cream-making process:
Using an Ice Cream Maker:
Transfer the blended mixture to an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer's directions. Churning incorporates air into the mixture, giving you that classic ice cream texture.
Alternatively, if you don't have an ice cream maker, you can transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover it, and place it in the freezer for an hour or two. Check it periodically until it's firm enough to scoop out.
4. Optional Presentation
For an impressive presentation, you can portion the ice cream into empty avocado shells and place a chocolate truffle in the middle. This not only adds a delightful surprise but also enhances the overall aesthetic.
1. Chocolate Ice Cream:
For chocolate lovers, blend in three tablespoons of unsweetened or Dutch cocoa powder into the avocado ice cream mixture.
2. Mint Chocolate Chip:
If you enjoy the refreshing taste of mint chocolate chip, add a quarter teaspoon of pure peppermint extract before blending. Stir in a handful of chocolate chips into the ice cream at the end for that perfect crunch.
3. Vanilla Bean:
Replace the vanilla extract in the recipe with half a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or use the flecks from inside half of a small vanilla bean pod for those lovely vanilla bean specks.
4. Coconut Avocado Ice Cream:
For a tropical twist, use canned coconut milk or coconut cream instead of heavy cream. You can also top it with shredded coconut or Coconut Whipped Cream for an extra coconut flavor burst.
5. Chocolate Chip:
For some extra texture and sweetness, blend in a third cup of regular-sized or mini chocolate chips into the healthy ice cream, or simply stir them in after blending.
To make avocado nice cream, blend one ripe banana into the mixture. You can omit the sweetener in the recipe and use a few dates instead if desired.