Avocado Ice Cream

March/April 2010

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

"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! "
Avocado Ice Cream

Makes: 4 cups, for 8 servings

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  • 1 1/2 cups avocado puree (see Tip), from about 3 ripe large avocados
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • Lime zest for garnish


  1. After making avocado puree, add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila to the food processor with 1 1/2 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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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 1 1/2 cups for the ice cream. Reserve any extra for another use.


Per 1/2-cup serving: 224 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 34 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 3 g fiber; 5 mg sodium; 225 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrates, 1 fat

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