Thursday, March 22, 2012

Avocado & Cucumber Ice Cream


Yes, you read correctly.  I did say Avocado and Cucumber Ice Cream!  I know it sounds like an odd combination, but it's actually very delicious and refreshing!

I'm laughing right now, because friends who already think I cook "weird" food will not believe that we had avocado and cucumber ice cream for dessert tonight! 

The recipe came to me by total fluke.  I hosted a dinner party last week and we had left over cucumber and avocado that were left over on the serving platter.  Right after the guests left, I put the cucumber and avocado in a container and stuck them in the freezer.  I don't know why I did that.  I never freeze cucumber or avocado.  I usually use them in a salad or in another dish immediately after, so they don't go to waste.

I was cleaning out the freezer today and saw the container of frozen avocado and cucumber.  What to do with frozen avocado and cucumber? Make ice cream!

INGREDIENTS
2 avocados, sliced (frozen)
1/2 a cucumber, sliced and peeled (frozen)
1 to 2 cups milk
  • In my blender, I added all ingredients and pureed them.  Because the avocado and cucumber were frozen, I didn't need to add any ice to make the ice cream in the blender.  If you're using fresh, then you'd have to use ice to make it thick.
  • You can add sugar if you want to sweeten it.  Most people like their desserts on the sweet side. A natural sweetener would work well, like .  I didn't want to add sugar and found the ice cream tasted delicious and refreshing as it was.  If you want, I suppose instead of milk, you could also add coconut milk.
  • You can serve as soon as you've made the ice cream or you can put it in a container and put it in the freezer for a while so it could firm up.




I know it sounds like a rather unusual treat, but have an open mind and give it a try.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  Not all ice cream flavours have to be overly saccharine, sugar laden, or of the chocolate, strawberry, or Rocky Road variety :)

My 3 year old daughter just loves this treat!  I'm glad, as it reminds me of desserts I've tried while abroad.  When you're traveling in hot countries, it's nice to have a cool, refreshing, light treat. Good news: Even my farmer husband loves it! I was quite surprised! He says it tastes like cantaloupe and didn't expect the flavour to be so tasty!


Message/Lesson/Moral of the story: TRY things first, before you pass judgment! You may find yourself pleasantly surprised!

13 comments:

Alexandria said...

I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for posting. :)

Tarasview said...

I think it sounds delicious!

Christine said...

Alex, let me k ow how it works out for you! I hope your family likes it as much as mine does! :-)

Christine said...

Tara, 3 I gredients, healthy and quick to make! How awesome is that? :-)

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that's how you made ice cream! Will it work with soy milk, do you think?

E said...

That sounds really good! I wonder what a little flavouring would do... Like fresh mint leaves or almond extract.... Mmmm!

melaney g lyall said...

I shall try it later in the year!
and even a Beef Farmer will eat some vegetarian menu items! ;-)
tee hee!!

xo

Kimberly said...

Avocados have been a staple in my diet as of late. I need to supplement my diet with good fat since my gallbladder is a jerk. I'm willing to try new things! However I'm just worried about the milk. Gallbladder no likey dairy :(
I could try low fat??

Just Us Girls said...

Definitely adding this to my list of treats to make myself and the kiddies soon!

Christine said...

Anon:
Well, you could use heavy cream to thicken it up and definitely leave it in the freezer for a few hours. I don't have an ice cream maker, so this works for now :-)

Christine said...

Anon: Oops! Just read your comment again. I guess soy milk could work. It's worth a try! You might have to freeze it longer though for it to solidiy. Or maybe you can make Popsicles with them?

Christine said...

E:
Mmmmm! Fresh mint leaves or almond extract! That sounds divine! I think I'll try that next time! :-) You are a genius!

AnnMarie Brown said...

very interesting that is for sure... not sure if I would tell my family what was in it until after they tasted it.

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