February 24, 2012

Vanilla Avocado & Banana “Ice Cream”

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Friday Friday Friday! 

The weekend is so close I can almost smell it. It's going to a relaxing weekend at that too, so excited!

Plus I have to say 'Thank You' to everyone who took the time to click on my little hot pancakes picture yesterday on Foodbuzz' Top 9 to come check me out... I hope you enjoyed my little corner of the internet and even more so I hope you try my pancakes... they are seriously our of this world.
So onto today's indulgent treat...It's Ice Cream. Well, kinda.

I am talking avocados and bananas.

Now I really wasn't sure about this combination but unknown to me, it's actually Banana and Avocado Month. Who knew?!
Ok, so the combination get's its own month on the food calendar, that's ok but it wasn't until I saw Averie's amazing recipe on her adorable blog that made me just jump off the couch and into the kitchen for my blender.

I mean how good does this look {and even better, you don't need an ice cream maker which is perfect because that item is still on my wish list}.
So I of course snuck a few nibbles before it was actually fully frozen because, well, I had to. 

Then I really put this ice cream to the test... Paul. 

My boyfriend is by far the largest ice cream fanatic I know. He can devour an entire container of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream in one sitting. No joke. I too like ice cream but I am becoming very aware of just how lactose I have become in the past year so I steer clear of as much dairy as possible these days.
The best part about this ice cream is that it's not just healthy, it's dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free... amazing!!!!
This "ice cream" took little to no effort and just a little waiting before you can dig in if you really want that hard ice cream texture but you can absolutely dig right in once it's blended. It has an amazingly light flavor and is deliciously satisfying. 

Garnish with a little mint and I am a happy girl.
Vanilla Avocado & Banana “Ice Cream”
Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
1 medium frozen banana (in chunks is optimal)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c vanilla coconut milk (vanilla flavored nut milk, milk, cream, or water)
1/2 c amber agave (add/reduce/omit as desired, or use raw sugar or truvia)
1 cup ice cubes (optional)


Blend everything in a blender until smooth.


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.


Note: After a week, this ice cream had not turned brown even though avocados tend to oxidize rapidly. And, the flavor still tasted spot-on.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 
Recipe adopted by Love Veggies and Yoga 



Enjoy!

14 comments:

Margherita @TheIronYou said...

Never thought of avocado+banana ice cream...I'm intrigued!
I'm gonna try this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
Love&Light
Margherita

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Laura, this is amazing! What a creative bunch of flavors combined to make one stellar ice cream. Thanks for sharing. You have a great blog and I'm happy to have found you!

Joanne said...

Now that's an icecream. What interesting flavor combinations. Thanks for sharing :)

Choc Chip Uru said...

Looks simply wonderful - I hate avocado but this ice cream is too intriguing (and I eat avocado mashed into vanilla ice cream on a regular basis) - though I am the epitome of unhealthy eating, I think I am going to love your blog :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: 2 Twix Fudgy "Whities"

Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

Looks amazing! Wish I could have avocado, but I'm allergic!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

I've tried a version of Avrie's ice cream before as well... but I'd had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! I love the creaminess the avocado adds. Gorgeous pics!

Carrie said...

This is genius! I've done banana "ice cream" this way. It was awesome and a kid pleaser... I can't wait to add in avocado!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

So glad you like my recipe! I saw this get featured in the Top 9 and was like...wait, that looks familiar...and yes, it is :) Glad you made it!

Amy said...

This sounds so delicious! I love avocados in ice cream they make it so silky! Congrats on the Top 9 again :)!

Kim Bee said...

Congrats on top 9 chickie! You know me and ice cream. Love it. The avocado is pure genius!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Ok, this is a cool idea! Never would have even thought about combining bananas and avocados!

Magic of Spice said...

What an intriguing combination, I would never have guessed they have their own month :) Looks really creamy and delicious!

Grubarazzi said...

I really love this combination. How unique and cool!

Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies said...

Interesting combination! I have to try this..I have a frozen banana in the freezer and a ripe avocado in the fridge...I know what I'm making for dessert tomorrow!