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Avocado ice cream is a delicious treat to enjoy while getting all of the health benefits of avocados. I created this avocado ice cream recipe to make a dairy free and refined sugar free version of some of the recipes I found.
I love avocados, I love them so much I have one every day with lunch. So, when I came across an avocado ice cream recipe, I knew I had to make some. Avocados are the perfect fruit for making “ice cream” because they are so creamy!
This avocado ice cream might look a little like the pistachio ice cream with the green food coloring that your friends used to love, but it’s green because of the avocados! Not only is it super-delicious and yummy, but it’s healthy too, so indulge as much as you want!
I’ve been trying to sneak more avocados into my family’s diet because they are so healthy. This ice cream is an easy way to get the great health benefits of avocados! My family loves this avocado ice cream recipe and usually asks me to make more anytime we don’t have some in the freezer.
Why is this Avocado Ice Cream Recipe so Healthy?
First of all, I have to say that this avocado ice cream recipe is great because it’s a good option for anyone that is either dairy free, gluten free, egg free or nut free! It’s even Paleo!
The main ingredient in this ice cream is avocados, a super-food for your health. I don’t like to go a day without an avocado! I like to have one at lunch, in a salad or even just alone! One reason avocados are beneficial to health is because they are an excellent source of vitamins, such as E and K and many minerals, like potassium and magnesium.
Secondly, avocados boast that they are a wonderful source of carotenoids and these are most ample right beneath the skin. Studies have found that carotenoids are involved in adding to the anti-inflammatory properties of vegetables. You may have heard of them under the names of beta-carotene, lutein or alpha-carotene.
But, most famously, avocados are known for being full of healthy fats! These fats are great because they have been found to boost the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients (the carotenoids above) in the foods that you eat with it! Also, these healthy fats are wonderful because they hold you over to the next meal!!!
Besides being anti-inflammatory, nutrient and healthy fat rich, another bonus you get from avocados is they are good for your liver. They also help you absorb fat soluble nutrients and have been found to prevent and treat oral cancer cells!
How I Created this Dairy Free Recipe for Avocado Ice Cream
I’ve seen other avocado ice cream recipes on Pinterest and they look so delicious, but many of the recipes had milk and refined sugar. I try to avoid all refined sugar as it is not good for your health. Refined sugar has been found to feed cancer cells, cause headaches and depression. It has also been found to exacerbate so many health conditions. I started experimenting by combining and subtracting parts of different avocado ice cream recipes I found. I also wanted to make the recipe as simple as possible. I’m currently on a dairy free diet, so I wanted to find an alternative to the milk in most of the recipes as well. All you need for this recipe is 4 ingredients and you can make it in 10 minutes, no ice cream maker needed!
Key to Using a Perfectly Ripe Avocado
When you’re ready to make this avocado ice cream recipe, be sure to have some great ripe avocados. Ripe avocados are best for making the ice cream because they are soft and easy to mash.
How do you know if the avocado is ready to use for this ice cream? It will be very dark and if you press on it your finger will sink in a bit. If it doesn’t budge then you know it’s too hard.
By the way…. to get the best health benefits from the avocado it is suggested to peel the skin off, like a banana. This way you will be sure to get the meat right below the skin.
Avocado Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 Avocados
- 1/4 cup Raw Honey
- 1/4 cup Full Fat Coconut Milk or any other kind of milk (almond, regular milk)
- pinch Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp Lime juice
- Peel avocados or cut them in half and remove the pit, scraping out the flesh.
- Smash avocado meat with a fork until no lumps or place in a blender.
- Add all of the other ingredients and blend on medium until you get a nice smooth consistency. If you don't have a blender, you can mix them by hand.
- Take it out of the blender and pour it into a container. Freeze it for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
I tried this and loved it! I’m surprised how simple it was to make! I softened it once frozen in the fridge for 30 min… Added a side of honey n shaved dark chocolate.. The fam enjoyed it!
Happy the fam enjoyed it!
Has anyone used dates for sweetner
Do you have any info on the the nutritional stats on this? I am losing weight so I track everything and would love to know the calories. We made two batches last night, one according to the recipe, and one with cocoa powder. Both were fantastic. Thanks!
I didn’t calculate the nutrition information. There are sites that will give you it, if you enter in the ingredients though.
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I need to exchange the honey with stevia. Do you have any idea how much stevia I would use? (powder or liquid).
Love your blog! I would like to review your recipe on my blog and send some traffic over to your blog.
Thank you Elaine! I haven’t used stevia too much so I’m not sure on the amount. Maybe just add a little at a time and taste it.
Would this work in an ice cream maker? I have a small counter top size. Thanks!
I would think so, but I haven’t tried it in one myself.
I stumbled upon a sale of avacados for a quarter at aldi, aand bought several. Sliced some for my 18month old, ate some myself etc.. few days go by
Im digging in the refrigerator and realize i have 4 avocados that are ripe, almost too ripe. Pintrest here i come..
I found this recipe and made it with whole milk. O my!! The baby lives it, my picky 12 year old loves it, my even pickier and type 1 diabetic husband love it (in smaller quanties due to the honey).
Thank you!! Will be making this again and again!!
So glad you liked it!
I think this would be excellent with matcha green tea powder in it! Looks good! 🙂
That would be a great combination.
Re: avacado — make guacamole and then heat to make a soup….great!
You can add cocoa powder and green color will be gone. To sweeten add banana. I use avacados instead of mayonnaise for potato salad, chicken, salmon and tuna salads. I add three ripe avacados to home made cake mix or store bought cake mix. It is thicker texture and if you want you can add 1/4 cup water. The dessert comes out thicker than a cake but delicious!!
I’ll have to try it with cocoa powder; that sounds delicious!
I made my avocado ice cream with agave and used the juice from a whole lime and used almond milk. Absolutely delicious! A friend-who is avoiding dairy- tried it and she liked it, too. I also cut out a chunk and grated it into a bowl with a box grater; a little messy but it was so good! I will definitely make this again.
Happy you like it! Thanks for sharing how it turned out.
well i made mone and put it in freezer. tasted good. i used lemon 1/2 juice.
next time i will make bigger quantity.
thats if the kids eat it.
Glad you liked it 🙂
Hi !! nice recepe!!
Kndly help. I bought an avocado. It’s green in color and hard to touch n cums wrapped in a cling film here in mumbai.what should I do to ripen it. In yr image it shows d avocado dark blackish purple sort of color.wod appreciate an early reply . Kndly email to me also pl.
Okay, take film off and put in a paper bag to ripen on counter — check each day or put in fridge and check each day — fridge may take longer to ripen.
I just made the ice cream but I ran into problems. I just put it in the freezer but I didn’t taste it yet. I did not use a cheesecloth but rather a fine strainer for the coconut milk, and I used kosher salt instead of sea salt. I found that the coconut milk left over a lot of pulp. After adding the mixture to the blender, I found that the 1/4 cup of coconut milk was not enough to get the mixture to blend, I added more milk and it still didn’t mix well, probably due to the thickness of the honey and avocado. I had a hard time scraping the mixture from the blender jar which it stuck to. I ended up with just barely one full pint container of ice cream and that was all I got. I also added 4 pistachios in the blender. The pulp I’ll end up using for coconut milk which I put in an empty milk container. Even if the ice cream is delicious, it’s not worth the hassle for me.
If you’re making homemade coconut milk, I would try using a cheesecloth. It really helps to remove the pulp.
Tried this recipe last night and it was absolutely amazing! Thank you x
Happy to hear you enjoyed it!
you can put whole avocados in freezer I would imagine if you took a very ripe banana and froze it and put it and the frozen avocado in the blender with the banana you might not need any sweetener of any kind, and it would be soft serve ice cream ,,, and I could see adding vanilla extract or cocoa or both to it as well…
Definitely, you can store them in the freezer 🙂
I have over 10 ripe avocados and want to try this but I’m worried I’ll make too much and it won’t last. What’s the freezer life on this before they turn brown? Do you have a trick to keeping it green?
It should freeze for a long time. I would guess 6 months to a year.
Tried it, awesome!
Glad you liked it!
I can not have any dairy/calcium – why is milk need in this?
It’s not a dairy based milk. It’s coconut “milk”.
Coconut milk is dairy free. You can use any other kind of milk, such as almond or rice milk.
This may sound like an odd question but is it going to taste just like an avocado? Olike this recipe for the health benefits, but I am not a fan of avocado and the ingredients people are talking about adding like chocolate and banana just seem strange to add to the flavor of avocado so I thought I would ask.
With the honey and being a cold treat it has a little different taste. I’m trying to think how to describe it lol. The avocado ice cream tastes delicious with nothing else. But then, I wouldn’t like just biting into an avocado without having something else with it, like dipping chips in it or having it in salad. If that makes sense.
Is the avocado flavor totally killed and the ice cream tastes like a common one?
You can taste the avocado 🙂
I love avocado all by itself, i cut it into little bte size pieces, i think it has a very mild, neutral taste
My husband and I tried adding some cocoa powder to make chocolate avocado ice cream.
It was delicious! 🙂
That sounds yummy!
Hi do you recall how much cocoa powder you added? Thank you.
I have sensitivity issues to honey… Any ideas what I could use in its place?
You could use stevia or maple syrup.
Or agave nectar
agave has a case of mistaken identity, or false representation. Agave syrup is a high fructose syrup (like HFCS)…a mono saccharide which is worse than sucrose, a disaccharide. Will make you insulin resistant even faster than regular old sugar. Avoid.
You may want to consider a product called Pyure which is a stevia blend that removes the stevia aftertaste. I love it. I use 8 teaspoons in a gallon of cold brew Lipton ice tea with a pinch of baking soda and WALA! The best tasting ice tea you’ve ever tasted! I also mix a half teaspoon of Pyure with a half teaspoon of coconut oil with a half avocado blended to a pudding consistency that works great in eliminating a craving for sweets. As far as any other sweeteners, before you buy, you should definitely read Dr. Mercola’s article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/07/sugar-substitutes.aspx) where he explains the difference between sweeteners and why you should all artificial sweeteners. You should also avoid all forms of fructose. It is extremely important that everyone read this article as it easily explains what you should use and why. Stevia can actually increase your insulin levels if you are deficient and it will not affect your insulin levels if you have normal levels. This is a natural sweetener that works WITH your body and does not cause inflammation like other sweeteners. I cannot understate the importance of grasping and using this information to protect the health of you and your family. Best of health to all.
OR brown rice syrup, it’s allergen friendly.
I used monk fruit extract
Ever since my stomach hurt from eating regular ice cream and quit using granulated sugar, I’ve been looking for a good ice cream recipe. I am doing Blood Type/Genotype Teacher diet and this looks like it’s worth trying. Thanks.
Hope you enjoy it!
I was wondering if you have tried making this with stevia in place of the honey and how much stevia you would use.
I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure it would come out great!
I really like your website and appreciate your healthy inexpensive ideas…..
I am going to try your avocado ice cream. I am wondering why you advertise it as “No Sugar Added” when the third ingredient is honey, which is sugar. I do not have problem with adding sugar/honey but I would hope you would not misinform folks. Honey is sugar, it may have additional value – but it is sugar.
Thanks for reading my feedback.
Oh my, I’ll fix that. Thank you for catching it. It should say no refined sugar.
I love everything avocado, so avocado ice cream? Bring it.
Wow, what a creative idea! I bet my kids would LOVE this. I will be trying it for sure!
This looks delish! Can’t wait to try! Thanks 🙂
How many servings does this make with 1 cup being the serving size,
It made about 6 to 8 good sized scoops.
Looks good. I’d experiment with it… I wonder how this taste.. if you added a little vanilla extract?
Also, be neat if you could cover the green color somehow and fool people into thinking it’s vanilla ice-cream or maybe ‘mint’.. until they tasted it.. ha 🙂
I also really love avocados. You could put them in smoothies. I tried one once of avocado, 1/2 orange juice; 1/2 vanilla rice milk.. which is really good.. Could probably add a banana too for added boost.
You could definitely add a banana and other fruit too. Vanilla extract sounds like a great idea! Let us know how it is if you give it a try.
We just made avocado icecream,thankyou it’s so yum,margaret
So happy you like it! Thanks for coming back and sharing how it turned out 🙂
I can not wait to try this, but I do not see where I am suppose to put the lime and salt?. Did I miss it?
Have recently been dx. with insulin resistance and have really been getting tired of my ” go to” coconut ice cream that I either make or buy. Thanks for your experimentation! I love your site…help me alot :O)
Thanks Debbie! You can add the lime and salt right to the mixture in the blender, so they get thoroughly mixed. 🙂
I’d like to try this recipe but may I ask Why lime? I am not really a fan of citrus. Is it necessary? What does it taste like without it?
You can leave the lime out. It just gives a little extra flavor, but it’s not necessary. I leave it out sometimes just because I don’t buy limes that often.
Is there any way to make it pistachio flavored while keeping it natural? It would be so cool! The coloring, like you mentioned, is perfect for it.
That sounds great! I’m not sure how to do it though lol.
Almond extract will make it taste like pistachio ice cream.