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Avocado Ice Cream

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.
http://www.wellplated.com/avocado-ice-cream/

I originally shared the recipe for Avocado Ice Cream at Food Fanatic, where I contribute as a Stealthy-Healthy blogger.

59 Responses to “Avocado Ice Cream”

  1. DessertForTwo — August 12, 2013 @ 7:30 am (#)

    The little spoons! You found them! :)

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      All thanks to you my dear! I now am a proud owner of adorable baby spoons, in 3 colors. So fun!

      • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 13th, 2013 @ 7:25 am

        They’re adorable!! Where DID you find them!?

        • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

          The place of all that is beautiful: Crate and Barrel. They are called condiment spoons and they come in tons of adorable colors. I got mine on sale for about 90 cents each. Go crazy!

  2. Ashley — August 12, 2013 @ 7:37 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      Ooooooh avocado chocolate pudding has been on my list as well. Sounds so good. If you loved the pudding, you would be ALL OVER this Ashley. I just know it :)

  3. Tieghan — August 12, 2013 @ 8:06 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:43 am

      Thanks Tieghan! And I seriously think you’d be all over this!

  4. dixya| food, pleasure, and health — August 12, 2013 @ 8:16 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:42 am

      You are a wise lady! Further proof that avocados are the answer to everything, maybe even world peace ;-)

  5. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — August 12, 2013 @ 8:21 am (#)

    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!

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:42 am

      Do the lime for sure Mary Frances! Hope you love the luscious ice cream magic that avocados create. Thanks so much!

  6. Erika — August 12, 2013 @ 8:23 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      Thanks lady! Seriously, I can’t believe I have been holding out on making this. Further proof that avocados are crazy amazing in everything!

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 12, 2013 @ 9:27 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:35 am

      Avocado pops? I need to try those next! Sounds totally fab-u-lous. Thanks Angie!

  8. Happy Valley Chow — August 12, 2013 @ 9:35 am (#)

    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. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 12, 2013 @ 9:45 am (#)

    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!

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      Let’s just hang out somewhere tropical with personal half gallons of ice cream, shall we? Think of how great our tans will be! ;-)

  10. Natalie — August 12, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      Thanks so much Natalie! I know it sounds odd, but the avocado makes it creamy dreamy. I’m hooked!

  11. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 12, 2013 @ 10:08 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      I did it just for you Nicole, lol. Really when are dark chocolate chunks not a good idea? Thanks so much!

  12. The Sketched Chef — August 12, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#)

    Yum, this is so creative !

  13. Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) — August 12, 2013 @ 10:55 am (#)

    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.

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      Whooo hooo Nora! Now that is the kind of reaction I’m after. Yay! And really, can we go wrong with chocolate? That was rhetorical ;-)

  14. Todd @ HonestlyYUM — August 12, 2013 @ 5:37 pm (#)

    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 :)

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      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!

  15. Julie @ Table for Two — August 12, 2013 @ 7:30 pm (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 12th, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

      You absolutely should! Thanks Julie :-)

  16. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — August 12, 2013 @ 11:01 pm (#)

    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.

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:03 am

      Stephie, as per usual, I love your style: Ice cream now, run tomorrow is my kind of prioritization. Thanks for the warm welcome to FF too! I’m in great company :)

  17. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 13, 2013 @ 7:27 am (#)

    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! ;)

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      Cheers to you, fellow ice cream lover! I respect your freezer priorities–hope you love this avocado version!

  18. ashley - baker by nature — August 13, 2013 @ 7:48 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 9:59 am

      Thanks lady! Shopping date soon?

  19. Sarah — August 13, 2013 @ 8:50 am (#)

    definitely checking this out! sounds so intriguing :)

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 9:57 am

      Thanks Sarah! And I know it sounds odd at first, but avocados totally rock the ice cream house. Hope you give it a shot!

  20. Ashley Bee — August 13, 2013 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    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!

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

      We clearly need to combine forces! I’m sure we are destined for survival :)

  21. Linda | The Urban Mrs — August 13, 2013 @ 3:43 pm (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

      Agree Linda! If you love avocado, this ice cream has your name on it :)

  22. rebacox — August 13, 2013 @ 3:57 pm (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 13th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      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!

  23. Ritu — August 14, 2013 @ 12:31 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 14th, 2013 @ 7:05 am

      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!

  24. laurasmess — August 14, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#)

    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

    • Erin Clarke — August 14th, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

      I’m so tricky that way! ;-) Thanks Laura! Hope you love the avocado twist.

  25. Bake Your Day — August 15, 2013 @ 9:26 am (#)

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

    • Erin Clarke — August 15th, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

      ME TOO! Thanks so much Cassie. Here’s to avocado love for a lifetime!

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