Avocado Ice Cream

Avocado Ice Cream

13 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010

This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick Bayless has served in his restaurant Frontera Grill for years.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1½ cups avocado puree (see Tip), from about 3 ripe large avocados
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ⅓ cup tequila
  • Lime zest for garnish


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  1. After making avocado puree, add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila to the food processor with 1½ cups of the puree; pulse until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Transfer the avocado mixture to the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. If desired, place the ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving. Garnish with lime zest, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1 up to 1 day in advance. Store ice cream, airtight, in the freezer for up to 1 week.
  • Equipment: Ice cream maker
  • Tip: To make avocado puree, peel and pit 3 ripe large avocados and process in a food processor until smooth. Measure out 1½ cups for the ice cream. Reserve any extra for another use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 224 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g sugars; 34 g added sugars; 68 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 8 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 5 mg sodium; 225 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2½ other carbohydrates, 1 fat

Reviews 13

May 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious Delicious as-is but I just tried it with a teaspoon of tequila and it was still soft and creamy coming right out of the freezer a week after first making. I'm guessing no tequila at all would work just fine. I wouldn't sub anything for it - just omit. Pros: dairy-free, creamy
September 01, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Fantastic for a Summer Fiesta This is light and refreshing and an unexpected twist on traditional summer treats. I've made it several times substituting coconut rum for the tequila - adds to the tropical taste!
April 16, 2013
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By: Exarmymedic
You don't need to use sugar, purpose of alcohol... 1 1/3 cup of sugar is 1 1/3 cup too much sugar for us in my house. We do NOT do refined sugar, BUT...an excellent substitute is honey! You could also use coconut sugar or agave depending on where you want to be on the glycemic index. If you're worried about the alcohol in the recipe, it might help to know what its purpose is. Tequila is fun for the taste, but the alcohol is needed to keep the ice cream from freezing into a solid, unpenetrable block of avocado ice. If you don't like the taste of tequila, you could use vodka or rum. If you leave the alcohol out, you just need to let the ice cream sit out for about 30 minutes or so before attempting to serve. :D Pros: Satisfies sweets cravings. Cons: Use of sugar.
February 29, 2012
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By: Mike
How is it without the tequila? is there a substitute, just omit.
December 09, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Sugar for a person with Diabetes? Do you really mean that you recommend sugar to a person with diabetes? Sugar clogs your arteries not only is forbidden food for a person with diabetes. Use instead Erythritol or Stevia och both but never sugar. Pros: Avocado Cons: SUGAR
September 30, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Made it a half a dozen times, and I'll make it plenty more. Fantastic! I tried altering the recipe a little this way or that, but in the end, it's perfect just the way it's listed originally. Everybody I've served it to loves it!
July 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Thank you for the recipe, I loved the avocado ice cream. I ate it the first time in Mexico city 40 years ago and I always remember it. Well I found more than 2000 different flavors and I try to visit The small town inside Mexico city during the week they celebrated "La Feria del Helado"
July 01, 2010
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June 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I have been intrigued at the idea of Avocado Ice Cream after making a Vegan Avocado Cake. This was delicious and creamy. Will definitely make again. It is a fun dish for those who wrinkle their nose up at the idea!
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