I have two weaknesses when it comes to food, chocolate and ice cream. I often enjoy a bowl of ice cream of an evening, and up until recently I would serve myself ice cream and H natural yoghurt – sneaky but brilliant right :)
But at 2.5 years old, H is now totally on to me. ‘Me ice-cream mummy’. My trick is up!
I’m still trying to avoid sugar as much as possible, particularly before bed, so I was inspired to come up with a healthy alternative (for both of us), that tasted great and was smooth, creamy and of course delicious. This avocado lime ice cream is just that (also approved by a non avocado fan), so I’m sure you and any suspicious children will agree.
When you are done hang on to the avocado seed and grow a tree from it on your kitchen bench, the kids will love watching it grow. My instructions are below.
Avocado Lime Ice Cream
- 2 ripe avocados (ripe but not over mushy)
- 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or your sweetener of choice
- Remove the flesh from the avocado and place in a blender with all the other ingredients; blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness to suit. I found it it tasted sweeter the next day so don't over sweeten.
- Churn in an ice cream maker as per your machines instructions. Add to a freezer proof dish and sprinkle with the lime zest. Serve as a soft serve or freeze until you are ready to use.
Keep the seed and make an avocado tree from it. See my instructions below. The kids will love watching it grow.
To grow an avocado tree from your seed all you will need is: a seed, 3 toothpicks, a glass of water.
The pointy end of the seed should face up. Push the toothpick into the seed so you can suspend it over a glass of water. Don’t let the seed dry out, water well, the seed should be partly submerged.
After a few weeks you will notice roots sprout and a few more weeks a stem and eventually leaves. H has loved watching it grow. It’s almost time for us to plant it outside. We have another three growing on our kitchen bench now.
This ice cream looks amazing. I love avocado and lime together. I’m really excited to make this for my family 😃 pinning for later.
Thanks Lyndsay, it is a lovely combo. I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. xx
Sara @ Life's Little Sweets
When I saw this, I was like PIN! It looks SO good, smooth and creamy, Ah! Thank you for this one!
Thanks so much Sara, yes I think it is the avocado that make it so smooth and creamy. It is very good! x
What a great recipe. I have a 13 month old that loves ice cream but I always am thinking about the sugar. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to trying this soon.
Thanks Clyde, its easy and healthy so a really great option for little ones. Let me know if you and your little one love it. xx
WOW both the recipe and tree growing idea are Fantastic and inspiring! This must be the recipe to finally use that ice cream machine again!!! It’s collectie dust :(
Pin and share ;)
Thanks so much Simon, yes definitely give it a go. I’d love to know what you think. It is very yummy and a huge bonus that it is actually good for you!
Lynn | The Road to Honey
What a brilliant idea for ice cream. I love how bright and vibrant the color is and how smooth and creamy the ice cream looks. If only I lived in a city where I could have an avocado tree growing in my yard. Sigh! A girl can dream. ;-)
Thank you so much Lynn, the colour is gorgeous isn’t it! Grow an avocado tree on your bench and you may have one in a few years!
Such a unique idea! I made desserts with avocado, but I’ve never even thought of using it in ice cream. The colour is brillian!
Thanks so much Julia, yes I was thinking that it may be a little weird but it isn’t at all. Quite delicious in fact.
Vicky @ Avocdo Pesto
Looove avocado anything especially this awesome vibrant colored ice cream! And LOVE that you are growing an Avocado tree! This is so random and coincidental that I came across your blog today for the first time from the FBC FB group and just yesterday I received an email from a company with a gadget for growing your own avocado tree and they kept referencing how it was so much easier the toothpick method – which I had never even heard of, so it’s funny that today with your blog I just saw that you’re doing the toothpick method. Anyway lol sorry for the long rambling comment!
Thank you so much Vicky, yes that is a coincidence! You should definitely give it a try. The toothpick method is so so simple so I’m not sure what they would be suggesting. Love your blog and blog name xxx
I don’t even own an ice-cream maker but I want to get one just to make this! I can imagine the taste already!
Thanks so much Whitney, my ice-cream maker is an attachment for the kitchen aid. It works very well and takes up much less room than your traditional ice cream makers. xx
Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
I wanted to make avocado ice cream over the summer but I didn’t really have time to try all my recipes on the list. Looks yummy!
Thanks very much. You should definitely try it. You won’t be disappointed. xx
GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
YES please! This looks so amazing. And I LOVE the colour. I don’t care that it’s fall and I’m going to be freezing soon. So making this :D
Yay, you will love it. I eat ice-cream all year round as well. xx
Wow such a lovely color. Awesome pictures
Thanks so much Krish
wow this looks so good! I have a feeling your blog is going to very very handy for meal inspiration for my little one…
Thanks Jayne, I’m so happy you found us. xx
They look so creamy, I am on my way for some avocados! They’re amazing, healthy and you can use them to make sweet or savory dishes… Either way delicious!
Very much agree Teresa, they are so versatile. We love them and I’m sure you are going to love this recipe if you are a fan. xx
Wow! I love avocado. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
You are very welcome Kim. I’m guessing from your blog you are an ice-cream fan!!! You will love this… xx
do you change the water for the avocado seed
Hi Tiffany, I do but I don’t think it’s super important. I mostly do it so it looks nice sitting on my bench.
Yay I just cut up a bunch of avocados to use the seeds for dyeing (they make a beautiful dusky pink) and didnt know what to do with all the flesh, icecream sounds amazing to me 😄
Wow Joleen, I’m intrigued now, how do you dye with them? I hope you enjoy the ice-cream. I love it..
M Jesús Montero
Hello! it is possible to make it just with a blender? :) I don´t have a icecream machine!
Hi there, sorry for the delayed reply. I haven’t tried with a blender but I think you could let it set for a few hours in the freezer, then blend it with a high speed blender, and then put it back in the freezer until set and it would be ok. Let me know how you go xx
Growing from the avocado seed. I think its big enough to plant in a pot. Its too cold to plant outside. How big does it get? How big of a pot should I use?
Hi Christa, I have mine in quite a small pot inside but avocado trees do get big once in the ground. It will take a long time to get to that point so perhaps a small pot until it out grows it and you can transplant it to the garden. xx
WOW. This recipe is perfect as a healthy dessert for both kids and parents! Though normally my parents would avoid other ice creams because of diabetes, they really enjoyed this one without any worries. I also tried serving a small portion of this ice cream for some friends and it was gone in minutes. Everyone asked for the recipe. I saw the list of other recipes on this blog and literally can’t wait to try them out! How can you think up such beautiful and healthy recipes?!! Thanks for sharing them. I forgot about keeping the seed but I’m definitely growing the next avocado I eat…
Thank you so much Charlie, I really appreciate the feedback. I agree it is the perfect dessert for everyone, I’m glad your parents enjoyed it, my mum is also a fan and she doesn’t like avocado so that is saying something! xx
Do you know how many carbs are in this dessert? It was delicious!
Hi Joann, I’m happy to hear you loved it. I actually have no idea. There may be online calculators that will tell you but I couldn’t say for sure.