Monday, July 16, 2012

Avocado-lime ice cream


Don't be afraid of using avocados in desserts. I've been reading all sorts of ice cream recipes since getting my ice cream maker and avocado keeps popping up and sticking in my head. I used avocado before in chocolate pudding, but up until now that has been the extent of my adventures in the world of sweet avocados (which are a fruit, by the way). The avocados make this ice cream so thick, rich, and very creamy. Most of the recipes I saw used a little lemon or lime juice (to keep the avocados from browning), but I wanted to use the limes to add so extra tartness and flavor punch to the ice cream. A lot of the recipes used sour cream as well. I almost went with just milk, but since I had an open container of sour cream, I gave it a try. It worked.


So if you haven't used avocados in a sweet way before, I hope I am convincing you to give it a try. The ice cream recipe is really quick and easy - no cooking needed. Plus since it's so thick, it sets up pretty quickly. This recipe is inspired by numerous avocado ice cream recipes out there and it will make about 1 quart of ice cream.

Avocado-lime ice cream
3 small-medium ripe avocados
zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 cup full fat sour cream
1 cup whole milk or half and half
3/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch of sea salt

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree (or use the "cream" setting) until completely smooth. Transfer the mixture to a metal bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until very cold (about 3 hours).

Churn and freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to directions. You can either eat it as is (it will be soft) or place in a freezer container and freeze for about 2 hours for a harder ice cream.  


What was I cooking one year ago?: tarragon and grape chicken salad
Two years ago?: grilled pork and stone fruit with balsamic, honey, and black pepper glaze

22 comments:

  1. I just cannot bring myself to 'cook' or 'freeze' an avocado.... even with the lime it seems kinda strange, but I trust you! I'm sure it is delicious! (btw - i'm jealous of your ice cream maker - i want a new one!)

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  2. I don't have an ice cream maker but love the color of your avocado ice cream. I bet it was very creamy.

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  3. Hi Amy ,

    WWWoWWW !!!

    Looks AAAwesome...

    Keep on Dear..

    www.southindiafoodrecipes.blogspot.in

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  4. This looks delicious! I bet the flavor is very refreshing...and I bet it's super creamy from the avocado!

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  5. wow, this is such a creative ice cream! we love avocado, so we will definitely be trying this!

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  6. There's an ice cream place around here that has avocado as one of its monthly special flavours, and it is so good. I bet this is too - lime sounds great in there.

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  7. I love avocados so much, but I've never tried them in a recipe like this. I'm sure the avocados make the ice cream wonderfully creamy - can't wait to try.

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  8. Your avocado lime ice cream looks so fresh. :)
    I don’t mind eat this ice cream every day. LOL.
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    It is absolutely free and fun to make others hungry!

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  9. I would love to make this at home! I've sampled avocado ice cream at a local shop and loved it, it's got such a mild, fresh flavor! And it's such a pretty green! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  10. great ice cream and what a lovely color

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  11. What great flavors for ice cream!

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  12. I would never think to have ice cream in this flavor- how fun!!

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  13. I've known avocado as dessert. So having it in sushi was weird. Or having it in salads was weird. But I've never had an avocado ice cream. Time to put my love for avocado to a test :D

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  14. I was thinking of using my ice-cream machine since the sun has decided to turned up! I mean once a while! LOL This is indeed a very interesting recipe & looks so tasty too! :)

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  15. I've done avocado in creme brulee and buttercream frosting before and I think ice cream is going to have to be next! This looks great.

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  16. I've been using avocado in most of my recipes lately (I seem to be obsessed) so I'm loving this! And I bet the lime adds so much delicious flavor! :)

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  17. Whoa...I've never thought of putting avocado in ice cream...but that's so smart. It's so naturally creamy, it could only make the ice cream that much more luscious!

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  18. Avocado in ice cream sounds delicious!

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  19. Your Avocado ice cream looks delicious…so creamy! I made Avocado Ice cream not so long ago and it was a big hit in our house!

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  20. this looks + sounds soooo good - yum! such a pretty color, too!

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  21. This sounds really perfect for a hot sunny day like today. I've enjoyed everything dessert-based that I've incorporated avocados into before, but I've never tried them in ice cream. I bet this is creamy and divine:)

    I don't have an ice cream maker, but I don't let that stop me!

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