The hot days of summer call for an easy no-churn avocado ice cream with chocolate! Its so quick and easy that you can get the kids involved to make this ice cream! Best part is that its all vegan.
We are a home of ice cream fanatics and we are not afraid to take our ice cream very seriously!
Whenever we find ourselves in an ice cream place, we have to try every flavor they have. Pralines and cream? Caramel pecan? Rocky road? Chocolate fudge brownie? Its so hard for us to choose just one flavor and we are those people who hold up the line, as we try to figure out which flavor to go with.
Hello all, its Rini here from Healing Tomato and today I am bringing you a vegan ice cream recipe that is simply irresistible!
Whenever we eat ice cream at a restaurant, we always layer it. I am a cone person and I am not afraid to layer 3 different flavored scoops. One of them is always Pralines and cream! That happens to be my favorite flavor.
Make Avocado Ice Cream in a Blender
For the longest time, I always thought that you can't make ice cream at home unless you have an ice cream maker or an ice cream churner. A friend finally showed me a banana ice cream she made at home with just a blender and I was floored by the taste!
If you are like me and don't own an ice cream maker, you and I can still make the ice cream at home. The blenders of today have come such a long way that they can blend ingredients to a creamy consistency with ease.
So, pull out your blender or food processor and go nuts with your ingredients. The Avocado ice cream layer in my recipe only needs 3 ingredients. I put in avocado, coconut milk and maple syrup. But, you can add ingredients like pistachios, walnuts, dried cranberries and mint. Only the sky is your limit...
For the chocolate layer, I added unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla essence and a pinch of salt. The salt is optional, but, it helps even out the bitterness of the cocoa powder. What ingredients do you like in your chocolate ice cream?
How long should I freeze avocado ice cream?
Let's face it, its hard to wait for ice cream to turn into, well, ice cream!!! Patience is truly a virtue when it comes to waiting for ice cream to freeze!
When I was making it, my senses experienced its delicious aroma and tasted the flavors. As I put it into the freezer, I wondered why it can't come out of the blender as a fully formed ice cream?
Someday, we will have technology that will make instant ice cream at home. And maybe flying cars will be a thing too! But, until that happens, we have to contend with waiting-for-it-to-freeze process!
My personal opinion is that ice cream should be frozen overnight for best results. But, if you just can't wait to dig in with your spoon because it looks sooooo good, then wait for 3-5 hours. The key is to make sure that all the layers have frozen to the point that it is easy to scoop. The chocolate ice cream layer in my recipe takes a little longer freeze, so, 5 hours would be the minimum time to keep it frozen.
Also, I always like to cover the bread pan to prevent freezer burns on the ice cream. I like using wax paper to cover it, but, you can also use a clean shower cap or foil.
You also don't need any fancy ice cream containers, either. I used my 5" by 3" bread pan which works well for any ice cream recipe.
Shopping list for this avocado ice cream
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Milk
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Vanilla Essence
- 5" by 3" bread pan
- Wax Paper
Benefits of Avocado
I had no idea that avocado has 20+ vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body! This avocado is a super food of epic proportions!
Which one of these avocado benefits is your favorite?
- It has potassium which is good news for those with high blood pressure
- It has luten that is really essential for your eyes
- It has folate which is important for cell repair and pregnant women
- Its a good source of B Vitamins (especially B-6)
- It has 6g of monosaturated fat which is the really good kind of fat.
Other Uses of Avocado
Have you tried an avocado hair mask? Or how about an avocado facial?
Avocado is my favorite natural skin and hair moisturizer. Living in Florida can be hard on the skin and hair. Humidity is not my friend, but, avocado is truly is my BFF!
A simple mask is to mix agave and avocado. Blend it or mash it with a spoon before applying it to a clean face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing it. I like to take off the mask using a warm towel, but, washing it off works just as well.
For the hair mask, mash a banana and avocado together. Add a 2 drops of peppermint oil and mix. Spread it all over your scalp and down to the ends of your hair. Wrap it in a bun and place a shower cap on it. If you have time, run a blow dryer over it cap because the heat will make all the difference.
I would really love to see how you use avocado in your daily life, so, comment below with your favorite avocado use.
Types Of Maple Syrup
One of the things I miss about going vegan is honey. Honey was my favorite things to use in smoothies and ice creams. It was also a crucial in many of my favorite natural skin care recipes.
Maple syrup is a great substitute for honey in vegan diet. It has the same sloooow pour that honey has, but, it comes for vegan-friendly sources. The good news is that it freezes really well too, so, its perfect for ice cream recipes.
Did you know that Maple Syrup is graded? I was surprised to see different grades of it when I first researched it. First of all, Canada has its own grading system which is different from the US. In the US, there is a standard grading which is basically A or B. Don't you wish it was that was the case in while you were in school?
Vermont has its own very strict grading system which is based on product quality and density. I just love a good Vermont maple syrup, don't you?
The US standard is Grade A and Grade B. A has light amber, medium amber and dark amber. My favorite is dark amber and that is what I used in this recipe. However, you can go with any grade that you have on hand.
Grade B is the really good stuff! Its really really dark and taste really good. However, its not one of those things that can be eaten raw. Its good for cooking and baking. A friend sent me pure Grad B Maple Syrup from Vermont a few years ago and I treasured it. It was some of the best maple syrup I have tasted.
So, let me share my recipe with you below and let me know what you think of it?
Vegan Avocado Ice Cream with Chocolate
The easiest vegan avocado ice cream you can make! You only need a few ingredients to make this no-churn avocado chocolate layered ice cream.
Avocado Ice Cream with Chocolate
For the Avocado Layer
- 1.5 Avocado
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Milk Full Fat
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup Grade A Dark Amber
- 1 drop Vanilla Essence Optional
For the Chocolate Layer
- 2.5 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ¼ cup Coconut Milk Full Fat
- ⅛ tsp Salt Optional
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup Grade A Dark Amber
- 2 drop Vanilla Essence
The Avocado Layer
- In a blender or food processor, add the ingredients for the avocado ice cream layer
- Blend on slow until its a creamy consistency
- Transfer to a 5" by 3" bread pan
- Tap the bread pan on a flat surface to level the avocado layer
- Using the back of a spoon, smooth out the top of the avocado ice cream
- Cover with wax paper and refrigerate while you make the chocolate layer
The Chocolate Layer
- Place all the chocolate layer ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy
- Give it a quick taste. If it tastes bitter, add 1 Tbsp more maple syrup
- Remove the wax paper from the bread pan
- Gently pour over the avocado layer
- Cover with wax paper and freeze
- Freeze overnight before serving