Friday, May 25, 2012

Yummy Avocado Banana Ice Cream

OK, bear with me here. When I first heard about this dessert I was pretty cynical. I like bananas. I LOVE avocados. But together? Frozen? Um, not exactly appetizing.
But because I have been known to eat an entire vat of guacamole all by myself, and I have been known to do this often, I just had to try it.
A friend told me about it earlier this week and was raving. She said she couldn’t believe how good it was. I was so curious I didn’t waste much time making it myself.
My friend found it on Pinterest, then I got home and searched and found it immediately as well. We both used the recipe found here at Averie Cooks
I had everything but the avocado, so I picked up a ripe one today. It took minutes to make. And did I mention the best part? You do not need an ice cream machine!
There are only six ingredients:

Avocado Banana Ice Cream:
1 ripe avocado
1 medium banana
1/2 cup milk
1 cup ice (optional but I think it helps give it a frozen consistency)
1/2 cup sugar (I think you could do a little less. I may try 1/4 next time.)
tsp vanilla
The only time in this recipe is the freezing – cut up the banana and freeze it beforehand:

Mine was mostly frozen when I made it, but not completely. I was a little anxious to try it. :)
You just dump everything in the blender:
blender ice cream
Looks SO appetizing, I know. ;) Just WAIT.
Blend till smooth.
This is when I noticed a tiny bit of avocado on the sides of the blender and while pushing them in to the mixture I gave it at quick taste. Even drawing the spoon up to my mouth, I didn’t believe it was going to be good.
But let. me. tell. you. IT IS GOOD. I quite literally said out loud, “NO way.” And then I tasted it again to make sure.
Um, I’m not kidding you, this is amazing. I tried it again. And again.
Mine wasn’t quite frozen enough, (frosty, but not frozen) so I poured it into a container, tasted it some more. Put it in the freezer, couldn’t stop thinking about it, went back 20 minutes later to check on it (duh, not frozen), tried it again.
Still GOOD.
About 90 minutes later I gave up and got it out:
No I didn’t eat the whole bowl. I wanted to.
OK seriously, it’s scrumptious. Smooth and creamy and sweet. It would have been just as good as a smoothie too (just don’t freeze afterwards). I’ve also heard that it does not get brown with time.
I am going to play with adding a little less sugar next time and maybe just a tad less vanilla. I think it would be just as flavorful with a little less.
It’s been smokin’ hot today and will be this weekend, so I’m going to try and make it last. ;)
I mentioned it on Facebook earlier this week and some were talking about avocado and chocolate? A pudding I think? I’ll believe anything after trying this. Have you tried this ice cream? Tried a weird food combo that was surprisingly good? Two of mine – ranch dressing on pizza and Wendy’s fries dipped in a chocolate frosty. ;) YUM.
Hope you have a LOVELY Memorial Day weekend!

58 comments:

  1. I don't know...can I trust you? If you say it's good, maybe I'll give it a try. I like that you don't have to have an ice cream machine, b/c I'm pretty sure I donated ours in the last big purge.

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  2. Ok, I LOVE frosties and fries! When I saw the post about avocado and banana, I was apprehensive!! (kind-of like the orange paint thing!)
    I am a HUGE fan of guac and I like bananas, so I think I'm going to give this a try. I can't even IMAGINE putting the two together, but I'll try (almost) anything once.
    Have a great holiday weekend!
    Angela

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  3. I just made a banana, spinach and strawberry smoothie this morning, super yummy! Even my kids liked it, which was surprising since it was very green:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  4. I'll have to try this. I had tried a previous Pinterest ice cream that was just bananas, cocoa powder, and sugar. And it was GROSS. The consistency was all wrong. I've found I have to be wary of some things on Pinterest. :) But since you gave this rave reviews, I think I'm headed to the store tomorrow to find me a ripe avocado.

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  5. Did and done! So yum. Thanks!

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  6. Ok...I am not a huge "I will try anything at least once" person but this actually looks like something worth tasting. Never made homemade icecream before. Any tips or "watch out for this" things?

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  7. oh my gosh I can't wait to try this!!!

    I lived in the Philippines for a few years and they made avacado ice cream (as well as corn, and cheese flavors etc.) i LOVED the stuff!!!


    ooooh yum! can't wait!!!

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  8. This sounds very good! Bananas and avocado mashed and mixed together was actually the first solid food my kids ate. A midwife/friend recommended it because it was a good way to introduce babies to flavors and food texture, but I never thought to try it frozen together!

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  9. The other recipe you are talking about is chocolate mouse. 2 ripe avacados, 1/2 cup agave 1/4 cup cocoa powder. It's yummy! My toddlers didn't like it (probably tasted too avacado-y) but I loved it! ~Kimberly (berly02 at hotmail dot com)

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  10. I love that you love this!! It's most definitely my new favorite dessert. I will have to try the Wendy's fries in the frosty next! ;)

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  11. Great timing! My husband and I were just talking about making our own ice cream. I learned that commercial ice creams contain something similar to antifreeze, so that the ice cream is scoop-able and not rock hard. And that's just a start for all the chemicals that can be found in ice cream. We'll give your recipe a try. Thanks!!

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  12. avacado and strawberries are super good together too!

    i'm totally making this tomorrow...

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  13. I've actually made the pudding with the avocado and it is good. I believe I used this recipe. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3148
    I'll have to try the "ice cream".
    Thanks for being the guinea pig. Ha! Ha!
    Have a lovely day
    Kim

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  14. Thanks for posting! I may just have to try this since I could eat avocados all day everyday. Haha.

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  15. Count me in for trying this recipe. I love all the ingredients. Maybe it can get the full-fat ice cream monkey off my back.

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  16. okay this STILL sounds disgusting to me, but i spread raspberry preserves on cheese and eat it occasionally. it's so weird, but my dad used to do it.. there is something about the salty cheese with the sweet raspberries. i find it to be so yummy, but the sound of it is still so gross! : )

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  17. A local vegetarian restaurant near us makes an awesome dark chocolate mousse that has avocado in it. You don't taste the avocado - it just adds body to the smooth mousse which has a strong dark chocolate flavor - it's awesome!

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  18. so after dreaming about this last night after reading your post, I had an avocado calling out to me. We whipped up a batch, and yes, our family had it for breakfast. Soooo good, and the girls were hesitant to try it at first, but loved it. I agree that 1/2 the sugar would be fine as it's soooo sweet. I wonder about using splenda or another sweetner to make a less calorie intense version. Thanks for posting about this. I will make it at my next bbq just to see the reaction of my guests =)

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  19. I like avocados and I like bananas (but not if they're getting too ripe). Hmmm....together as ice cream or smoothie? Maybe. If it really tastes icky, we have two dogs that'll eat it up for sure...haha!

    I see you used Almond Milk. Maybe that's why it was a tad bit too sweet. I'll probably use soy milk or lactose free milk plus cut the sugar content down. Do you think it'll be about the same?

    Anyway,I'm eager to try this since I have a ripe avocado right now!:-)

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  20. I lived down in Brazil where they use avocados as a sweet food rather than savory. Puddings, Popsicles, ice cream, smoothies! Yum!

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  21. I'll have to give it a try. Mashed frozen bananas with a little bit of vanilla is pretty good, too, but I bet the avacado puts it over the top.

    I eat a lot of strange food combos. I grew up eating olive and mayonaise sandwiches and I still love them. I've never met another person who's even heard of it.

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  22. Eeeeeeekkkkk...I think my stomach just turned a little bit. :P But because of your raving reviews, I might have to give it a try! I love ranch on pizza and am a huge fan of dipping my fries in frosties, so...maybe my taste buds are similar. lol! thanks for the review!

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  23. I'll have to try this recipe-I love avocados! We just got a Vitamix a month ago and it makes frozen treats a breeze-I don't even need ice, just lots of frozen fruit!

    My favorite recipe is chocolate-banana ice cream. You use frozen bananas, unsweetened almond milk and cocoa powder (we use organic, raw cacao). It is AMAZING! Because the bananas are so sweet we never need to add sugar. TRY IT! There are several recipes on Pinterest for it. :)

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  24. Check this out! Hard boiled eggs dipped in cocktail sauce!!!

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  25. Oh.my.word. That actually sounds REALLY good to me! Am I crazy? Maybe! But I want to go get the ingredients right now (kids ate the last bananas!). The true taste test will be my husband. I might make it and not tell him what's in it until he has a try. Thanks for sharing!!
    XO, Barbara
    http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/

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  26. Okay, I'm totally trusting you on this one! We're having friends over tomorrow and I'm planning on serving it for dessert!
    Jaye

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  27. Sarah, this sounded really interesting and of course I totally trust your opinion, so I whipped up a double batch with almond vanilla milk, 1/2 the sugar as suggested plus I added two tablespoons of Chia seeds and 1/4 cup of almonds... O.M.G. It is delicious! Really, really good! I am going to take it to a party tomorrow! Your basement looks great by the way!

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  28. I eat ketchup with my grilled cheese!

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  29. Ah, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ranch and pizza and fries and a Frosty!!! I will have to try the avocado and banana ice cream.

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  30. I've made the avocado and chocolate pudding and it's amazing. I'm going to try your banana concoction next. I wonder if it would work with a different fruit like strawberries?

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  31. I have read that avocado is sometimes used to make ice cream, so this didn't shock me. Thanks for sharing, I love when you share recipes that you tried & liked. Will have to try.
    Chrissy

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  32. Thanks! Sounds good---I'll try it!

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  33. So when I saw this I immediately thought of my husband. He served a church mission in Brazil and one of his favorite foods there was avocado smoothies. It's pretty much the same minus the banana. The kids and I made your version as a smoothie for him to celebrate his birthday. He loved it, of course. But my favorite reaction was the kids: "I don't think I'm going to like that. Eww, that looks like guacamole..(Then they would try a bite)...Wow! This is really good! Can I have more?!" I agree it was a bit too sweet. You could probably even try it with out any sugar, since the bananas are pretty sweet as is. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. I go to a Vietnamese Restaurant and that serves the most delicious Avocado Milk shake thought you might enjoy it.

    Avocado Milkshake

    Makes about about 2 1/4 cups, enough to serve 2

    1 ripe medium avocado (6–8 ounces)

    1 cup ice (8 ice cubes)

    1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

    1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

    Scoop the avocado into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients, puree until completely smooth.
    Will be thick.

    For another version,
    Hershey’s syrup is poured into a glass, the syrup is poured around the wall of the glass. Then pour in the Avocado shake.

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  35. I just had to see if this was the real deal, and IT IS!! What took it over the top was a last minute addition of semi sweet chocolate chips. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing this!

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  36. I would LOVE to try this but I can't afford the calories (according to my app it is 784 calories. I hate dieting!!) I have a Vitamx and whip frozen bananas all the time to make "ice cream". If you wait until the banana is very very ripe with brown sugar spots and then freeze it (out of the peel) it is so sweet. I wonder if you could do without any sugar in your recipe in that case and cut the cals in half.

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  37. I have had bananas and avacados before in smoothies and it's a great combination. I buy old discounted bananas in the produce department and freeze them in the peels. Then when we make smoothies we just peel and throw them in the blender. I usually add strawberries or some other fruit. I will have to try just the two, but I love the pretty green color it makes! I am sure it's yummy!

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  38. I'm glad you like my recipe! Thanks for trying it!

    Keep me posted if you make others!

    Averie @ www.averiecooks.com

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  39. I think that sounds delicious! I am going to try and experiment for our dessert tonight. Thank you for sharing!

    Nikki @ProjectHome

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  40. I'm with you on the frosty and fries! Weird but delicious! And it has to be Wendy's. Anything else would be uncivilized!;)

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  41. Tried it. Left it in the freezer too long (overnight since I forgot) I mostly taste bananas. It's alright nothing I'd HAVE to make again. Probably different if it was not frozen. It has a healthy base then the sugar comes in. HA The 6 year old ate it the 3 year old who eats everything won't touch it.

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  42. my husband likes ranch on his spaghetti!

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  43. I have heard of this but never tried. Since I like both bananas and avocados, I will have to try it.

    Have to wait for my 3 avocados to ripen.

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  44. Not a big fan of avacados...love bananas...but these reviews are making me want to try this recipe. Does it have a strong avacado flavor? Any other avacado dislikers try this recipe?

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  45. this is so great and just in time for summer. i found you through blog hopping and i am so glad i did. i am a new follower- thanks so much!!

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  46. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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  47. This looks sooo good to me! I'm not grossed out at all. :) Probably because I use this flavor combo all the time in smoothies. And no ice cream machine necessary is definitely the best part (since I don't have one). I'll be making this tonight!

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  48. Wow this looks amazing. Always wondered how avocados would taste in ice cream, this one makes me want to try it :)

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  49. I'm trying this tonight...I'll post on my blog what I thought of it! Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  50. I tried this out and indeed it was good BUT I also tried just blending up some frozen bananas by themselves (as a commenter mentioned above) and that was DELISH! It is so amazing how one minute your frozen bananas are sort of mushy and the next you have full blown ice cream texture...from bananas...who knew??

    One thing is for sure: Marked down bananas are going to be on my shopping list from here on out.

    Thanks for posting this and also Thank you to the poster who mentioned the plain bananas!!!

    www.ninasarena.com

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  51. I've heard of avocado smoothies before. This sounds GOOD and I just put the recipe on a post it in my purse.

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  52. We follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for my daughter's autoimmune illnesses and can't eat sugar or milk. I replaced them with honey and homemade almond milk (I didn't strain it - just added water and almond flour to the blender, combined them, then added the other ingredients). Turned out great. My daughter loved it and my non-SCD family members liked it too. Not sure how close it is to the intended taste, but it works for us. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  53. I wasn't too sure about this combo until I got to the part where you mentioned your love of French fries dipped in frostys. And at that point, I knew I could trust you [and your taste buds] because that is also one of my favorite weird combos.

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  54. it looks so good and easy! I would try this so my son want to eat avocado.

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  55. This is such a great idea! I love ice cream that packs a punch of vitamins and antioxidants.

    I’d love for you to share this recipe (and any of your other favorite avocado recipes) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen of Dine & Dish right now.http://bit.ly/NKF4rk

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  56. I love bacon and chocolate :)

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