A month before I had our twins, I received doctor’s orders to stay off my feet to delay their entry into this world as long as possible. With a 23-month old, and 6 infertility procedures under my belt, I needed help, so we asked a young Filipino woman to come and stay with us for a time. She needed help and so did we. Medy taught us how to make an amazing typical Filipino avocado ice cream.
I just have to say: if properly made, avocado ice cream will not hardly taste like avocado. It will taste like slightly nutty, velvety cream, but the avocados must be absolutely ripe!
Through the years I’ve experimented with Medy’s tropical recipe to make it dairy-free and refined sugar-free, and it’s still just as fabulous. Minimally honey or real maple syrup sweetened (and sometimes a dash of stevia), the secret to this recipe is a generous splash of my exotic Madagascar vanilla extract!
Avocado ice cream is perfect for those hot dog days of summer but rich and satisfying anytime! The good fat in avocados keeps the finished product from freezing hard.
Avocado Ice Cream Recipe
Ingredients (serves 6-8):
- 8 small or 4 large perfectly ripe avocados
- 1 /4 – 1/3 cup raw honey, maple syrup, or sugar to taste
- 1/ 4 cup full-fat coconut milk or other milk (almond milk, raw milk….) (or how to make coconut milk)
- 1/2 tsp. of sea salt
- 2 tsp. real vanilla extract
- add a splash of lime or lemon juice, optional, to keep it from turning dark as avocados will
Note: Only use absolutely ripe avocados. For a slightly less sweet ice cream, use 1/5 cup of your sweetener and add stevia of your choice to taste. Or use stevia altogether.
1. Cut avocados in quarters, pop out the pits, and peel down the heavy skin.
2. Smash the soft avocado meat with a fork until no lumps remain. This takes no time at all with a potato masher when they are truly ripe!
3. Add sweetener and all other ingredients and mix thoroughly with spoon. Taste test for sweetness at this time.
4. Put mixture in blender for extra smooth consistency, optional
5. Pour into your freezer container and freeze for at minimum 3 hours or overnight.
Tip: Save a couple of clean, empty ice cream containers and their lids to re-use just for your own homemade ice cream!
Avocados are a Superfood:
- Made up of heart-healthy, plaque-busting, weight-reducing mono-unsaturated fatty acids
- Prevent birth defects. Eat a single avocado each day, and you’ll fulfill 41% of the daily recommended value of folic acid.
- Regulate the blood sugar levels – are full of monounsaturated fat that slows the release of sugars into the bloodstream, prompting less insulin release.
- Smooshed up, makes a wonderful brain-nourishing baby food.
- Rich source of vitamins and minerals – Avocados are full of potassium (way more than bananas) and magnesium, two nutrients known to help reduce blood pressure. They are also rich in Vitamins A, B9, B6, B5,C, K, and E along with copper, bio-available iron, and phosphorus.
- 14 other benefits here.
Thank God for Medy, allowing me to rest! It kept our twins safely inside for 1 more month, allowing me extra special time with our active toddler – not to mention, learning a bit of fabulous Filipino cooking!
Good health to you and Bon appétit!
Have you ever had this typical Filipino avocado dessert?
Thanks for reading!