My taste buds are in their happy place! Avocado… yum! Strawberry… yum! Lime… yum! Tangy greek yogurt… yum! Chocolate… double yum!
ALL IN ONE COLD CREAMY CONCOCTION = HEAVEN!!
So it all began late one night after 17 hours of dreaming about avocado ice cream. I’m not even exaggerating. In fact it was longer than that, but we won’t even count the hours I spent the night before on Pinterest drooling over other avocado ice cream recipes (this one inspired me).
Naturally I fell asleep thinking about this cold, creamy, beautifully colored heaven and woke up at 5am (I am NOT a morning person!!) unable to stay in bed any longer without finalizing my plans to get avocado heaven in my mouth.
I quietly crawled out of bed not wanting to wake my boyfriend on my crazy mission (I am pretty sure he would actually find my NEED for ice cream at 5am fairly normal all things considered in my life). Unfortunately, I failed to put my ice cream maker base in the freezer the night before. (I have a Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker and I LOVE it!) So my first goal was get this baby in the freezer asap!
Next was to decide officially on the flavors I wanted in my bowl of heaven later. I had some perfectly ripe avocados I had been waiting to find a perfect use for so I checked that off my list. My fridge has also been full of fresh strawberries lately… when I say full I mean like 3+ containers at all times! I love strawberry season! Based on my Pinterest exploration, it seemed almost unanimous that lime was a must have pairing with avocado.
The only thing left to decide was to go with a dairy free option? or low fat? or traditional egg based ice cream? or use creamy coconut milk? or try to make my first ever frozen yogurt! My curiosity and slight fear of the already high fat content of avocados… I know they are healthy fats and soooo good for you but sometimes my calorie/fat content driven brand takes over. I am working on it.
This time my mind ended up being very smart. I opted for a dairy free milk base with added greek yogurt for the live cultures, probiotics and low fat content. Win. Win. Win. The other awesome part of this was the ability to CUT OUT ALL ADDED SUGAR since most greek yogurts on the market are already sweetened… especially flavored ones. I chose Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt in Vanilla and Key Lime! I love their flavors and that they only use Evaporated Cane Juice and Stevia to sweeten their products instead of
nasty high-fructose corn syrup!! I knew I wanted to use vanilla an lime in my finished product so I figured these flavors would be the perfect addition.
About Chobani® Greek yogurt
- More protein per serving than regular yogurt
- Only natural ingredients
- No artificial flavors or sweeteners
- No preservatives
- Made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones**
- Includes live & active cultures
- Three types of probiotics
- Gluten free
- Kosher certified
- Vegetarian friendly
- Less than 5% lactose
The only other ingredients I needed now was my favorite unsweetened almond milk, vanilla extract, fresh lime juice and sea salt! That’s only 7 ingredients!! Check out your favorite ice cream ingredients next time you are at the store… I promise there are WAYYYY more than seven! If you want to get superrrrr technical there are other ingredients in the yogurt I used… but guess what?? YOU CAN PRONOUNCE ALL OF THEM!!
Rule of Thumb: Can’t pronounce it?? Don’t eat it!!
Wanna know what is easy to pronounce… CHOCOLATE!!
So I said 7 ingredients huh?? Welllllll I lied! I used 8. But in my defense the decision to add chocolate was completely last minute. As in so last minute the frozen yogurt was done and I kept the machine running longer than necessary just to add the chocolate chunks in. Ooopppsss! Have I mentioned I like chocolate?! Like a lot?! It’s so weird to me that I do like chocolate because growing up I hated it! Mom always got all the Hershey Bars and Tootsie Rolls on Halloween and the Neopolitan was always just a sad container of 1/3 chocolate when I was finished with it.
Then something happened. I not only started liking chocolate (admittedly it was a slow process of tasting lots of high end yummy chocolates) I started craving it! Anddd not just once a month…. all the time! Morning. Night. Skinny days. Fat Days. I wanted it. Oddly, I still am a devoted vanilla ice cream kinda girl but give me chocolate toppings any day 🙂 Hey on a rare occasion you can even keep the ice cream and give me the toppings and I am happy! But only on a veryyyy rare occasion!
All that being said, the chocolate (I used this kind) is not a necessity in this recipe and the use of dairy greek yogurt is totally up to you. Although I have not tried it, I am pretty certain any non-dairy yogurt like So Delicious Coconut Yogurt would work perfectly fine, making this Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo Friendly and Vegan (if you leave out the chocolate or use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips).
I will now apologize in advance for the slow load time on this page due to the amazing photo shoot I had with this heaven!
This entire recipe made approximately 4 cups, or 8 servings according to the standard ice cream serving size of a 1/2 cup. But all joking aside… WHO ONLY EATS 1/2 A CUP OF ICE CREAM?!! Seriously, I have never once sat down with 1/2 a cup of ice cream and been satisfied. That is like three bites straight from the carton while I am serving the actual bowl of ice cream I am about to eat.
Soooo I will give you the amazing nutritional facts for the measly 1/2 a cup (114 calories, 5.2 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of sugar) but just know that this made it 24 hours in my fridge… and my boyfriend doesn’t really love yogurt… so if you are any good at math you can easily figure this equation out:
ME + 4 cups heavenly avocado strawberry lime frozen yogurt = 3 servings (682 calories)
plus about one more spread out over the course of the day in the form of bites straight from the freezer.
All Joking aside, while this can keep in the freezer for about month in a sealed tight container, homemade ice cream is significantly better the day it is made. Because it lacks stabilizers like store bought ice creams, ice crystals will begin to form and the flavor and texture of your mixture will start to deteriorate. It’s technically still fine to eat but if you put the time and effort into making ice cream from scratch I say enjoy it while it’s fresh!
Now give it a whirl yourself and let me know what you think!
Heavenly Avocado Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt
- 2 small ripe avocados (ignore the third in the pictures... I mashed it up and froze it for smoothies!)
- 15 small strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 C Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk (any milk will work but I suggest trying almond milk if you haven't already)
- 5.3oz Chobani Simply 100 Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or dairy free yogurt of your choice)
- 5.3oz Chobani Simply 100 Key Lime Greek Yogurt (or dairy free yogurt of your choice)
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- lime juice to taste (fresh or concentrate) I used about 1.5 teaspoons
- 1/8 t Coarse Sea Salt
- 2 T Nestle Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
- High Speed Blender (this is the one I have... except I got mine almost ten years ago so this is the newer model)
- Ice Cream Maker (this is the one I have... I love Cuisinart. Last Christmas I got everyone in my family one of this model and they love it!
- *Note: you can make this without an ice cream maker but it takes a lot more time and patience. If you have both of those then read the notes section at the end for step by step directions without an ice cream maker
- Place ice cream machine bowl in freezer at least 8 hours (preferably 24... if it is not completely frozen this will not work!) before starting. Must be frozen completely! See your machine's specific directions for this step!
- Cut each avocado in half, carefully remove the pit and scrap the flesh into the blender.
- Wash and pit strawberries (or use frozen) and place in blender.
- Add Almond Milk or milk of choice, as well as the yogurt of your choice.
- Add vanilla, lime juice and sea salt.
- Start on low and turn to high, blending until ingredients are completely combined.
- Taste to assure flavor is to your liking. You can add sweetener at this point if you would like a sweeter end product.
- Place mixture in the freezer for ten minutes to ensure it is completely chilled (it is essential that your ice cream/frozen yogurt base is very cold when you place it in your machine).
- Remove base of machine from the freezer and assemble just moments before pouring your mixture in.
- Once assembled, turn on based on your machines directions and pour the frozen yogurt mixture in.
- Depending on your machine and the temp and volume of your mixture, the freezing process should take 10-20 minutes (mine took about 15 minutes).
- If you would like to add chocolate (or nuts or any other ingredient), chop into desired size and gently pour in when mixture is almost completely frozen.
- When the mixture is frozen, scoop out with a non-metal spoon/scraper into a Tupperware container with a tight fitting lid.
- You can serve immediately (will still be slightly soft) or you can freeze for about 20-30 minutes for a slightly more frozen consistency.
- Scoop! Eat! Enjoy!
!No Ice Cream Machine?
Place your mixture in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every 45 minutes for at least 4 hours. This is fairly time consuming but not horrible if you are working from home or make it after dinner while watching tv. The end result will not be as creamy but will still be delicious!
If you have left overs, be sure to seal container to avoid freezer burn.
When you are ready to serve again, take out of freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to thaw enough to scoop. the low fat content of the yogurt will cause a fairly hard freeze but it thaws out perfectly!
If you plan to make ice cream or frozen yogurt even a few times a year I swear the investment in an ice cream machine like this is worth it!
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- Have your taste buds changed over the years?
- Do you have any foods you feel the way about that I feel about chocolate and ice cream??
- What did you think of my first frozen yogurt recipe?