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!

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!


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!!


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...

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...

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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