Friday, April 17, 2009

Primal/Paleo Avocado Ice Cream (Dairy-free!)

Photo courtesy of joyosity

Remember those ice cream cones you ate when you were a kid? Sometimes you miss them as an adult, especially if you A) have a dairy allergy/intolerance or B) choose to eat primal-/paleo-style or C) are "dieting". Well, I say everything in moderation, and sweets fit into the "every once in a while" category.

Avocados are Mother Nature's green butter. Avocados are real food! It is mostly composed of monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, which is known to lower total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol and raise "good" HDL cholesterol. It also has the most fiber of any fruit! Avocados also have lots of vitamin Bs, vitamin K, potassium, and a multitude of phytonutrients that have yet to be discovered.

Avocado ice cream??? Some of you may say, "Ew!" to having avocado in your ice cream, but unless you try it, you really won't know for sure, will you? I found this recipe refreshing and good on a hot day. Adjust the agave nectar or sweetener of your choice to taste -- I don't like sweets so I keep it minimal. I'm still working out the kinks to this, without adding any additives or ingredients I don't normally eat. If you have suggestions, let me know!

2 C coconut milk (not the butter/oil!)
1 peeled & seeded avocado
2-3T raw honey or agave nectar

Mix all items in a blender. Take top portion of blender (where all your yummy is stored), cover with lid, and stick into the fridge for at least an hour or two (or overnight). Once chilled, put into an ice cream maker for about 25 minutes or so. Enjoy and savor every bite!

Thanks to Diane for her Friday Foodie Fix on Avocados for inspiring this blog entry!


  1. WOW, I've never seen anything like this. It looks really good and I'm going to give it a try. I like every ingredient and I kept my ice cream maker for some strange reason. I wonder what it would taste like with a little cayenne pepper added. Hmmm. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Cayenne pepper might be a great addition to give it a little heat! A little lemon might be good too. I will have to try next time!

  3. Hi Erica,

    That sounds interesting! I've known people to mix avocado with coco powder and making avocado pudding.

    I love finding ways to make healthy treats.
    I'm trying a raw papaya ice cream this weekend. I'm gonna make with stevia rather than honey.


  4. Yes, I saw cocoa powder and carob avocado ice cream recipes out on the net. I might try that when I get the rare chocolate craving! Papaya ice cream sounds great too. With the sweetness of the papaya, I can't imagine you would need to add much stevia or sweetener.

  5. Hi Erica: I am very new to the primal lifestyle and I was searching for paleo ice cream, which brought me to your site. Thanks for the post; I'll have to give it a try. FYI: I also have two house rabbits!

    Agnieszka T.

  6. Hi Agnieszka!

    Don't you love house bunnies?? I love mine, except for the massive load of bunny hair everywhere. Enjoy the ice cream!