Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream

Scott loves ice cream.

And Skylar loves avocados, especially locally grown avocados.

 

And I like using up extra bananas I have laying around.

I have a whole What to Make with Ripe Bananas post, too

But back to that “ice cream” and the recipe, you see, Scott loves the real kind of ice cream…

…But what I made isn’t the real kind.

But he still loved it.

 

 

Just blend everything together and either eat immediately or freeze extras for later.  Easy.

How does it taste?  Wonderful!

Would I call my “ice cream” Ben & Jerry’s?  No.

I would call it better than Ben & Jerry’s.  Yes!

I am very picky with desserts.  I have a raging sweet tooth, I love fattening, sugary, buttery, rich, decadent, creamy, luxurious desserts and this passes muster.

The avocado really makes it oh-so-creamy and the sweetness from the banana and the sugar help it to really become “ice cream”.

If this recipe looks similar to you, it’s because it’s a spin-off of my Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie In A Bowl

The ice cream, however, is sweeter and much thicker than the smoothie.  As ice cream should be.

Even if you don’t like avocados, it’s ok.  You will still like this, I promise.

Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream

Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free!

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 medium banana (previously frozen in chunks is optimal)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c milk (nut milk, vanilla flavored nut milk, milk, cream, vanilla Coffeemate, or water)
  • 1/2 c sugar (add/reduce/omit as desired, or use stevia or vanilla NuNaturals stevia drops, to taste, or agave)
  • 1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend everything in Vita-Mix or blender until smooth.Vita-Mix Tips: If you are using a Vita and the mixture is extremely thick, add more milk/agave/splash of water until blending is easier and blend on High. Don’t be afraid of High.  Better to do this on High for shorter duration than lower speed/longer duration.

    Store in container in the freezer.  Mixture will freeze solid in the freezer and if so, let thaw for 5 minutes on countertop until you can scoop it out.

Only Eats

From my last post about Trips, Workshops, & Conferences it sounds like some of you are going to try to attend some in the future.  Me too.  I’ve got a few things on the horizon that I’m really excited about!

Questions

1. Have you ever made your own ice cream or “ice cream”?

I hesitate to use quotation marks once around “ice cream” because for me this recipe is just as good as real ice cream.

I cannot eat real ice cream; something about the dairy in ice cream or frozen yogurt just kills my stomach.  I can drink cream in my coffee, but I just can’t eat ice cream.

But since the avocado in this recipe adds such a layer of creaminess, and it’s well-sweetened recipe, I didn’t miss the real ice cream.  Nor did Scott who’s the pickiest person when it comes to ice cream!

And for anyone who doesn’t like avocados, I promise tt doesn’t “taste” like an avocado.

Nor does my Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

It’s kind of like people who say they don’t like tofu.  Really?

Follow these tofu preparation & cooking steps and then tell me if you still don’t like tofu.  I bet you’ll change your mind.

2. Do you like avocados?

Yes, in all forms!

I have Cheater’s Guacamole in case you’d rather keep your avos savory rather than sweet.

3. Best thing you’ve ate or done this weekend?

Being on the beach in Aruba with Skylar for me has been awesome.

Happy Memorial Day and if you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

164 comments on “Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream”

  1. hi averie!
    i have tried to make this twice and while i LOVE the flavor, it gets really icey in my freezer and even though i let it thaw 10-15 minutes before eating, it is still icey =( so we have been enjoying it as pudding, right after we make it. any ideas on how to make it creamy, like how yours looks in the photos?
    thanks!!

    • It could be the milk you’re using; some milk is going to ice over more, i.e. cream won’t do it as much as skim or a nut milk

      Your freezer could be too cold by a few degrees.

      You may not be blending it long enough in your blender. You have to blend for a LONG time to get it creamy….5+ minutes perhaps. I’d try that and make your freezer warmer by a couple degrees; that happens to food to me as well if my freezer is too cold.

      LMK what you try!!

  2. Made this tonight in my ice cream maker. I used almond milk (unsweetened) and sugar in the raw. It came out fine. It was a bit sweet, though! Tastes pretty much like banana-vanilla-y to me…can’t tell anything avocado about it. Great recipe!

    • Glad you enjoyed it and I like my ice cream sweeet. But of course, scale back on the sweetener, to your taste. Plus everyone’s avocados and bananas are different ripeness and sweetness levels so sweeten to taste. Thanks for LMK you made it!

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  4. Looks delish! Averie, how do you stay so svelte with all those sweets?

  5. Amazing! I am one of those people with a standoffish relationship with avocado. It is not the taste that bothers me (I agree, it is mild) it is the texture. I can only eat avocado if it is paired with something really crunchy. But this recipe was fantastic I only had plain kefir so that is what I used for the liquid. No avocado issues at all. I am regular raw banana ice cream maker. I am going to have to add this into rotation.

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  9. how many would this serve? i’m planning to try the recipe out for a get-together (3 adults, 6 kids) and am wondering if i should double or triple?

    thanks!
    angie

  10. Hi Averie,

    I was wondering if this would work in an ice cream maker as well… Minus the ice of course, as we do not own a vitamix.

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  14. Just made this for my daughter and I and we loved it! Next time I may try a little less sugar though, 1/2 cup was a little too much for me! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I just made this (with coconut milk and replaced the sugar with a 1/4 cup combo of agave nectar and honey. I was slightly skeptical at first, but I dipped my spoon into the blender to try it and fell in LOVE…I may or may not have double dipped. This is absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing!

  16. I don’t have a vita mixer but I do have a green star juicer that turns frozen fruit into “ice cream”. I think I will try to adapt your recipe for my juicer and see if it comes out.

  17. OMG!!!!! Wow. This is FANTASTIC. I had made an avocado lime “ice cream” a while back, but it was just too sour. We substituted liquid stevia for the sugar, and it is absolutely wonderful. I’ve not had sugar or fruit (except limes and lemons) and almost no carbs for the better part of this last year (medical diet), so this is quite a treat for me. We made a triple batch :) Thanks so much for this recipe, and all your inspiring ideas. It’s wonderful to see people experimenting and allowing creativity to reign. We will be trying the vegan fudge for sure. All the best, Pam

    • Glad you are so happy with this and thanks for the high praise – it’s one of those recipes that I know sounds a little like, huh really? But it doesn’t disappoint and glad you loved it and thanks for the field report!

  18. I just made the ice cream and OMG it is delish! Now just have to wait for it to be frozen.. My 2 yr old twin boys love it too. Great way to incorporate something they normally wouldn’t eat! Thanks for the recipe!

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  20. Put in a handful of dates instead of sugar. Tastes amazing!

  21. I had to come and tell you that I made this “ice cream” today and it is amazing! I absolutely love it! It’s so creamy and flavorful! I used unsweetened coconut milk and agave. It was perfect and came together in no time! Thanks so much for an awesome recipe! I will definitely be making it regularly!

    • Oh yay!! Glad you loved it so much! I think it’s a great alternative to real ice cream if you want to avoid dairy since avocado is so creamy and rich! Glad you loved it & thanks for lmk! ;)

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  23. Making avocado flavored ice cream seems unique. Thank you for posting this article.

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  25. Another successful recipe for me to keep on file! Really enjoyed this and so very easy!

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