3 Ingredient Avocado and Cherimoya Ice Cream gets its creaminess from avocado and its exotic flavor from cherimoya. This creamy frozen deliciousness is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, paleo, and totally unique! Is it "ice cream?" I'll let you be the judge!
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - Recipe Inspiration
I like to claim cherimoyas are native to Peru. 😊 My first experience with these unique and tasty fruits was summer 2017 when my husband and I went with UT Rio Grande Valley Studies Abroad to the Peruvian Andes.
The San Pedro Market in Cuzco is a wild, crazy, colorful, and amazing open air market with everything from farm fresh produce to cooked meals to jewelry and clothing. The cherimoya is on the right above the watermelon.
This is so fun, and I'm looking forward to a repeat in just a couple of weeks! My cherimoya, lucuma, and naranja was just fabulous. Can you tell? It's all fruit... nothing but the fruit!
Cherimoya (also called chirimoya and chirimuya by the Quechua) is an edible fruit thought to have originated in Peru, Equador, Colombia, and Bolivia. Its creamy texture has given it the nickname "custard apple," and Mark Twain referred to it as "the most delicious fruit known to men." My husband and I agree with Mark Twain!
Cherimoya are a good source of vitamin C, B complex vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. For more on the health benefits, see Cherimoya Fruit Nutrition Facts.
🍦 Is it "Ice Cream?"
Is it "ice cream" if it has no "cream?" I believe it qualifies! The mouth feel of this frozen treat competes with a high fat ice cream. Because AVOCADO!
🥑 Are Avocados Healthy?
Avocados are loaded with nutrients! A single 3.5 ounce serving contains:
- Vitamin K - 26% RDA
- Folate - 20% RDA
- Vitamin C - 17% RDA
- Potassium - 14% RDA
- Vitamin B5 - 14% RDA
- Vitamin B6 - 13% RDA
- Vitamin E - 10% RDA
This delicious fruit contains healthy unsaturated fats, no cholesterol, a good amount of fiber, and antioxidants. There is evidence that shows avocado may help with absorption of plant-based nutrients, and its anti-inflammatory properties relieve arthritis pain. For more on the health benefits of avocados, see 12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado.
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- cherimoya pulp - If you're fortunate enough to get your hands on fresh cherimoyas (and can afford them!), by all mean use fresh. However I find the Goya Cherimoya Pulp is really good.
- avocado - You'll need 1 large avocado, or 2 small avocados.
- agave nectar - You can substitute honey or other liquid sweetener, but you may need to increase the amount.
- sea salt
Now that we know it's okay to eat it, let's get started. Finding cherimoya in non-tropical countries is nearly impossible, and when we have them in south Texas (sub-tropical), they're about $7.00 apiece. However, I recently discovered Goya has Cherimoya Fruit Pulp. APPLAUSE.
This non-dairy, 3-ingredient frozen treat requires just a few minutes of active time...
- Make the ice cream base - Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until very smooth and creamy, and then taste the mixture.
- Freeze the ice cream - If you are happy with it, pour it into the bowl of your ice cream freezer that you didn't forget to freeze ahead of time! LOL. I have done this... more than once. Serve immediately or freeze for later. (See Tips and FAQ).
How long can I store my ice cream? When the ice cream is frozen, either serve immediately, or scoop into an appropriate container and freeze it. NOTE: Leaving the ice cream short-term is fine. While the texture stays creamy, the taste was a little oxidized after almost a week in the freezer.
Sweetener? I specify agave nectar because it is not granular and does not mess with the creaminess of the ice cream.. Honey is another good option. Agave nectar is sweeter, though, so you'll want to taste and adjust if necessary.
Why add salt? The salt enhances the flavor of the fruits, but is totally optional. If you're skeptical start with ¼ teaspoon.
Ice cream freezers vary in freeze times. Refer to your manufacturers instructions for more accurate time to freeze.
I hope you love this creamy, delicious 3 Ingredient Avocado and Cherimoya Ice Cream as much as we do!
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