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Avocado Ice Cream

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Avocado Ice Cream belongs to my survival kit. Generally, as long as I am armed with two crucial pieces of information, I can persevere almost anywhere: #1) Where is the nearest Nordstrom; #2) Where is best ice cream—and not in that order.

Avocado Ice Cream with dark chocolate chunks. Ultra luscious and made with Greek yogurt!

In my current hometown of Madison, WI, Uncle Nordy and I are hours apart, but I am comforted by the proximity of the second half of my life-essentials list: Avocado Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chunks. I need only hop over to my freezer for a double scoop of what I’ve dubbed to be Madison’s front-runner for best ice cream. I’m on my second batch in 10 days and have no intention of rationing myself.

Avocado Ice Cream with dark chocolate chunks. Ultra luscious and made with Greek yogurt!

Cue me, reading your mind: “Avocado Ice Cream, what? That sounds disgusting.” Follow my logic, and let’s do a little avocado-ice cream analysis.

Avocados are velvety and rich, as is ice cream. Avocados are creamy and luscious, as is ice cream. Avocados are packed with omega-3s, healthy fats, and other wholesome goodness our bodies crave; ice cream is healthy for our personal state of well-being. Clearly, these two culinary powerhouses are destined to join forces!

Avocado Ice Cream with dark chocolate chunks. Ultra luscious and made with Greek yogurt!

I’m that cliché person who when asked what sole food I’d want on a desert island will answer ice cream. (I mean really, besides pizza, is there another respectable choice?). I eat ice cream almost every night, and of the dozens (maybe hundreds) of ice creams I’ve tried, Avocado Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chunks is one of my all-time faves.

If you are still creeped out by the idea of avocados in ice cream, please don’t be. Avocado gives this ice cream a luscious, buttery texture, without the need to add gobs of heavy cream. Lime juice brightens the flavor and, as far as the dark chocolate chunks…I just couldn’t control myself, which also happens to be my motto when in the proximity of a carton of ice cream and a spoon. Good thing Avocado Ice Cream gets its richness from healthy avocados and Greek yogurt!

Avocado Ice Cream with dark chocolate chunks. Ultra luscious and made with Greek yogurt.

The best part: although Avocado Ice Cream is a healthy twist on a classic frozen dessert, it tastes indulgent. Because avocados do have fat (the healthy kind), Avocado Ice Cream still feels like the satisfying treat you deserve. Now, get your avocado on with Avocado Ice Cream!

I use and LOVE this ice cream maker. More affordable than many ice cream makers on the market, it’s compact (a requirement in my space-strapped kitchen), hooks right up to my revered KitchenAid stand mixer, and most importantly, it makes perfect ice cream every time. For an ice cream fiend like me, it’s a must have!

Avocado Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: about 1 1/2 quarts

Avocado Ice Cream

Creamy, luscious avocado ice cream with Greek yogurt and dark chocolate chunks. Finally, a healthy ice cream that tastes totally indulgent.

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, ripened (such as hass), about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup reduced fat plain greek yogurt, 2% or higher
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (choose something with 60% or higher cacao solids. I splurged for Ghirardelli–it's worth it!)

Directions

  1. Slice avocados in half and remove pits. With a spoon, scoop the insides into a food processor in chunks. Add sugar, Greek yogurt, heavy cream, lime juice, and salt. Puree until smooth and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. About 10 minutes before the freezing time is complete, add the chopped chocolate and continue to mix. Serve immediately (the mixture will have the consistency of soft serve) or freeze in an airtight container for up to 4 hours for a firmer consistency.
  3. After 4 hours, the mixture will become very firm. Let rest on counter 15-20 minutes prior to serving.
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I originally shared the recipe for Avocado Ice Cream at Food Fanatic, where I contribute as a Stealthy-Healthy blogger.

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

59 Comments

  1. The little spoons! You found them! :)

  2. I’m totally intrigued by this! I made avocado chocolate pudding and loved it … so I’m thinking this is probably pretty great too!

  3. Amazing! I cannot wait to try this!! I love avocados!

  4. I never doubt anything thats avocado-related. Heading over to the recipe now :)

  5. Yes! Love avocados and have been wanting to make an ice cream using them! I hadn’t thought about using lime juice to keep it brighter – this is so perfect!

  6. This has totally peaked my interest.. I gotta try this.. :)

  7. I had some avocado pops the other day…and it was DELICIOUS, but I love yours even more as it has chocolate! Yum!

  8. I am very intrigued by this ice cream…I have never had avocado ice cream, but it sounds delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. If I could eat just this ice cream on a desert island for the rest of my days, I would not hate that. :) This looks so good!

  10. Oh my this looks so delicious, what a creative ice cream flavour!

  11. I can only imagine how amazing this taste! And your kinda my hero for adding dark chocolate chunks.

  12. For the record, never once did I think “that sounds disgusting”. More like “WHERECANIGETSOMERIGHTNOW?!?!” Yours looks incredible, and the addition of dark chocolate chunks just pushes it over the edge.

  13. Avocados are the perfect texture and consistency for ice cream. I really hope I start seeing more of it at stores and ice cream shops. Until then, I’ll stick to your lovely recipe and make my own :)

    • Thanks so much Todd! I’m actually surprised it hasn’t caught on in retail stores, but this recipe is so darn easy, I think I’d stick with just the same. Hope you love it too!

  14. This looks so creamy and delicious! I need to make some soon!

  15. Have I told you yet how glad I am to see you on FF, too? I am. Also, I’m intrigued by this avocado ice cream situation. I just made ice cream for my church small group tonight with gobs of heavy cream, and while it is delicious, I feel a little bit like I need to go run…to the freezer for more. Haaahaha. JK. Sorta. No, not really. I’m totally getting more. And then running tomorrow.

    Sorry for the babbling. That’s what ice cream brain will do for you.

  16. oh my gosh..I am loving this! I never would have thought to put Avocado in Ice Cream! AND chocolate! you’re some kinda genius..I can only imagine how creamy this is! And I could feel better about eating it…I have literally been eating ALLLL the foods in my freezer just to make room for more ice cream, no joke. Im obsessed as well. You are not alone! ;)

  17. Oh I could totaaaaaaaaaally get down with this! P.S. YES – Nordstroms is the best! xo

  18. definitely checking this out! sounds so intriguing :)

  19. I think if I could only have one food one a desert island, it’d be avocado! Hehe. Also this looks like aaaamazing ice cream :) I will have to try!

  20. As someone who enjoys avocado so much, I need to try this recipe. Perfect for hot days like…now. :)

  21. I’m headed to Madison this weekend for the half marathon any places I should visit?

    • Reba, I’m sooo happy you asked. First of all, good luck on the race! Second of all, here’s a list of some of my favorite eats.
      #1. The Old Fashioned. Located right on Capitol Square and the ultimate Madison experience. It’s very important that you go here and order the fried cheese curds with the following dipping sauces: Smoked Paprika (must have), tiger blue (another of my faves), and buttermilk ranch (classic). Get yourself a brandy old fashioned while you are there (their classic with Korbel or the Apple Jack are great choices). It’s packed 24-7 with locals and vistors alike, but WORTH it!
      #2. Graze. Right next to the Old Fashioned. Amazing views of the Capitol building. Killer cocktails and great food too!
      #3. Lazy Jane’s. A bit more off the beaten path, but incredible breakfast. Scones are must and I also love their seitan hash. Cash only, but they have an ATM on sight.
      #4. Sardine. For a classy dinner or brunch.

      Hope that helps! GOOD LUCK on your run. You will be fabulous!

  22. The link indicating which ice cream maker you use is not working, which one do you use?

    • Hi Ritu,
      Sorry about that! Thank you so much for letting me know that the link wasn’t working. I’ve updated it now, so you should be able to see the ice cream maker. I absolutely love it!

  23. What gorgeous looking ice cream Erin! Mmm, it actually looks like chocolate mint so the idea of avocado as an ingredient messes with my mind! Heading over to check out the recipe now xx

  24. I can’t imagine how creamy this is. I’m a fool for avocado!

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