Faux Avocado Mint Ice Cream

FullSizeRender (28)

Ice cream is a sinful combination of cream and sugar that should be eaten on the rarest of occasions and never in large portions. Who’s ever said that??

If you are looking for an ice cream that won’t have you browsing the amount of calories, fats and sugar on labels at the supermarket, then you have come to the right place.

When you’ve just begun to change your life and eat consciously and nutritiously, finding appropriate desserts can be so daunting that sometimes all you wanna do is give up and grab that pint of ice cream in the frozen desserts aisle. Everyone talks about healthy breakfast foods or dinner items but not many people consider dessert. What will you have for dessert as ‘health conscious you’? What are the ‘dessert starved’ vegans, vegetarians and health conscious folk scarfing down when they have a sweet tooth? No doubt, we are eating buckets full of avocado mint ice cream- no sugar, no cream, no unhealthy fats- pure deliciousness.

Avocado mint ice cream is fall on your knees begging for more, smooth and so yum, you’ll wonder why people are still eating the traditional stuff. The main ingredient of course is avocado. I found a huge one which had fallen from the tree in my backyard and knew that I just had to use it in this recipe.

FullSizeRender (25)

I sliced that baby up and into the freezer it went.

BUT the star of this ice cream and the one ingredient that makes all others look real good is bananas! Frozen bananas to be exact. (They are my absolute favourite fruit and we have a ton of trees in the backyard- all organic).

IMG_0866

Can hardly wait till this bunch is ripe and ready.

The bananas help to combine everything and keep them together and not all separated or melty; they are like egg substitutes in that way; without them, this recipe would not work out so well. Bananas also add sweetness to the ice cream but I added 1-2 tablespoons of honey to even out the flavour since the avocado can be a bit over powering. As the ‘cream’ I added coconut milk which I extracted from the coconuts at home to get that rich coconut flavour but of course you can use canned coconut milk as a substitute and it will come out tasting just great.

Mint was my extra flavouring and something I decided to add last minute. I actually used peppermint oil which is super concentrated so only a few drops are needed to give that minty flavour. I first thought to incorporate some Jamaican dark chocolate in the ice cream after I blended all ingredients but I ended up using it as a topping instead because I realized I’m not a big fan of small pebble-like ingredients in my ice cream. I prefer that completely smooth mouth-feel but please don’t hesitate to add chocolate (vegan or otherwise) to your version of this recipe; you can even add berries or coconut flakes, whatever you like.

FullSizeRender (26)

I blended all ingredients in a high powered blender, gradually. Then spooned it all out into a deep dish (I actually ate some as soft serve before freezing, which was awesome!). Then I covered it closely with plastic wrap and popped it in the freezer. In 45 minutes I was knee deep in ice cream heaven.

I love this recipe because it is so simple and really satisfies my craving for something sweet. And lets not forget, it’s 100% health approved!

Check out the recipe below.

Share your thoughts on this recipe by leaving me a comment!

Faux Avocado Mint Ice Cream

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

A great dessert alternative- healthy and oh so good!

INGREDIENTS

1 large avocado or 2 medium sized

2 super ripe bananas, frozen

1/2 cup coconut milk

1-2 tablespoons organic honey

4 drops of peppermint oil or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 pinch salt

dark or vegan chocolate, shaved or grated

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the bananas and freeze them from the day before in a zip lock bag.
  2. Cube avocado in medium sized pieces and store in an air tight container or zip lock bag and freeze for 1-2 hours, until firm.
  3. Add the bananas and coconut milk to a high powered blender, blend on high until smooth.
  4. Add the frozen cubed avocado. If you don’t have a high powered blender, note that you will have to add the frozen avocado 1 -2 cubes at a time and blend until incorporated (it does not have to be completely smooth).
  5. Add the honey, peppermint oil and salt. Blend on high just until everything is smooth.
  6. Transfer to a deep dish (this is where you would fold in the shaved chocolate, if that’s your thing). Cover with plastic wrap and ensure that it is touching the surface of the ice cream to prevent any sort of skin from forming.
  7. Freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. Serve with shaved chocolate on top or any preferred topping and garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Share your thoughts on this recipe by leaving me a comment!

I hope you shine today!heart

 

 

3 thoughts on “Faux Avocado Mint Ice Cream

  1. Rasheed :D says:

    Wow, just wow! Your blog grabbed my attention at each line and made my mouth water uncontrollably! Keep doing what you’re doing Kristina! You’ve got a lifetime fan!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s