This five-minute ice cream is dairy and egg-free, making it one of the simplest and quickest ice creams you’ll ever make! This delightful frozen fruit ice cream is ideal for all diets!
Frozen fruit ice cream
If you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing frozen treat that’s dairy-free and egg-free, look no further than this frozen fruit ice cream! Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, this fruit ice cream is quick and easy to make, and can be tailored to your taste preferences. Whether you prefer your ice cream on the sweeter side or with a little tartness, this recipe is sure to please. So grab your frozen fruit and get ready to enjoy a scoop (or two) of this delicious frozen treat!
We all love ice cream in the summer, right? Except for Ross (remember Friends?), because it hurts his teeth! OMG, I laughed so hard when I first heard that for the first time!
And if you can enjoy a regular ice cream, that’s great. But if you are a dairy free or egg free fan or simply cannot digest dairy or eggs, try this absolutely amazing alternative! A healthy and super quick dairy free fruit ice cream made with frozen fruit. It’s as simple as that!
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Whether you’re allergic to dairy or eggs, lactose intolerant, or you’ve taken up a vegan diet, opting out of dairy and egg products doesn’t have to mean you can never experience the joys of ice cream again. Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down in the summer heat, and this luxury isn’t only for those who eat dairy. Not when you have this mouthwatering and refreshing frozen fruit ice cream recipe!
This mixed fruit ice cream is a very versatile recipe as you can add any fruit you like and if you like dairy, you can even add some, like Greek yogurt. But for this time I chose not to add any, I wanted to see how good the recipe is without any dairy and egg and it turned out fantastic! Even creamier than the regular ice cream, this frozen fruit ice cream has a wonderful texture and it’s a way healthier alternative to store bought ice cream.
What do you call frozen fruit ice cream?
Frozen fruit ice cream is also known as sorbet. Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from fruit juice or purée, and it is dairy-free. Sorbet is believed to have originated in the Middle East, and it was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Sorbet is refreshing and light, making it a perfect summer dessert!
This frozen fruit ice cream is made with fresh fruit that is first frozen and then blended into a puree that resembles soft serve ice cream. You can then add your favorite toppings or sweetener if you prefer but the natural fruit sweetness is usually enough. This frozen fruit ice cream is the perfect healthy and refreshing dessert for summer!
What are the benefits of frozen fruit ice cream?
There are many benefits to frozen fruit ice cream.
- It is a healthy and refreshing dessert option.
- It is dairy-free, making it a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or have allergies to dairy.
- This delicious dessert is also egg free, making it a safe option for those with egg allergies.
- Frozen fruit ice cream is a healthy way to cool down on a hot summer day!
- It is a fun, easy and quick dessert to make at home!
- Fruit ice cream is also a lower calories dessert option than traditional ice cream.
- It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh fruits of summer all year long!
So, if you are looking for a healthier and still delicious frozen dessert option, this is the perfect choice!
What’s in this dairy free ice cream?
For my recipe I opted for a ripe banana, kiwi, sour cherries, strawberries, pineapple and pear. But as I mentioned, any fruit can be chosen as long as they’re not too watery. Too much water in the fruit will cause the ice cream’s texture to be slightly different and it will probably be a lot more softer than my version.
I added honey as I wasn’t sure how much sourness the sour cherries will add but after testing the recipe I think it’s safe to skip the honey and maybe replace with some more banana, strawberries, kiwi and pear as they’re sweet enough.
You may find that this ice cream looks a lot like soft serve or sorbet but in my opinion, it tastes totally different, in fact much better! And it’s got the healthy bonus as it has no dairy, no sugar, no eggs, just a whole bunch of pretty, colorful, healthy fruit!
Tips for the best frozen fruit ice cream
- Use frozen fruit. It may sound like an obvious one but using frozen fruit is key to making this frozen fruit ice cream. Not only does it make the process quicker, but it also helps to create a smooth and creamy texture. Otherwise you’re just making fruit puree.
- Before preparing the ice cream, I chopped the fresh fruit into small cubes and kept them in the deep freezer until just slightly frozen. If you keep fruit in a deep freezer for a long time, you’ll need to thaw first until just slightly frozen otherwise you won’t be able to mix them into a puree. Then I’ve mixed the fruit into a puree with my blender, adding fruit bit by bit at a time and mixing well in between steps. If you drop them all at once, you might find the blender or food processor will get stuck or worse, break.
- Use a high-powered blender: This will help to create a smooth and creamy frozen treat. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can still make this ice cream, but it may have a more icy texture.
How to mix
- Don’t over blend. Another important tip is to not over blend the frozen fruit. If you do, you’ll end up with more of a puree-like consistency. The frozen fruit should be blended just enough so that it’s broken down and mashed into a soft creamy mixture.
- Add some liquid. If you find that the frozen fruit isn’t blending together well, add just a little bit of liquid to help it along. Just be sure not to add too much, as you don’t want the ice cream to be too runny.
I actually like feeling some fruit in my ice cream so I’ve left a few chunks but if you don’t, make sure you mix everything very well until you get a very smooth texture. And if you like it even creamier, replace some of the sour cherries and strawberries with an additional banana.
Can you blend frozen fruit without defrosting?
Yes, frozen fruit can be blended without defrosting. In fact, frozen fruit is often easier to blend than fresh fruit because it is already frozen and doesn’t require as much liquid to blend. However a powerful blender is required to blend frozen fruit without defrosting. If you don’t have a powerful blender, you can defrost the frozen fruit for about 15-20 minutes before blending.
To blend frozen fruit, simply add the frozen fruit to a blender (add just a little bit of liquid if needed) and blend until smooth.
What frozen fruits are best for ice cream substitutes?
Some of the best frozen fruits for this ice cream recipe are banana kiwi, sour cherries, strawberries, pineapple and pear. But mango, berries and peaches also work well! So, feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits.
Do I need an ice cream maker for this recipe?
No, you don’t need an ice cream maker for this fruit ice cream recipe. All you need is a powerful blender.
Can frozen fruit ice cream be made without a blender?
If you don’t have a blender, you can make frozen fruit ice cream without one. Simply chop the frozen fruit into smaller pieces and add them to a food processor. If the fruit is small, you don’t need to chop it. Pulse until the frozen fruit is broken up and resembles soft serve ice cream. You may need to add a little bit of liquid to get the food processor going, but be careful not to add too much or the frozen fruit will become watery.
How long does frozen fruit ice cream last?
This recipe is best served fresh. But it will last for about 2-3 months in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, be sure to store it in an airtight container.
When ready to serve, let it sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes to thaw slightly then mix it up a little in a blender or food processor to give it that creamy texture.
When is the best time to eat frozen fruit ice cream?
The best time to eat this ice cream is during the summer when fruits are in season and you can use the fresh fruit. But you can enjoy this delicious and healthy dessert all year round!
What are some topping ideas for this ice cream?
There are many delicious toppings you can add to your dairy free ice cream. Some of our favorites include:
- Chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
- Caramel sauce or chocolate syrup
What is your favorite topping? Let me know in the comments below!
Do I need to add sweetener?
No, you don’t need to add sweetener unless you want to. It’s best to use ripen bananas to add sweetness and creaminess to the frozen fruit ice cream. If you find that your frozen fruit mixture is not sweet enough, you can add a little bit of honey, maple syrup or agave nectar.
What are some other flavor ideas?
There are many delicious flavor combinations you can try. Some of our favorites include:
- Banana and kiwi
- Sour cherry and strawberry
- Pineapple and mango
- Strawberry and pineapple
- Mango and raspberry
- Blackberry and pear
The possibilities are endless! So, feel free to experiment with your favorite fruits.
How do I make frozen fruit ice cream without bananas?
If you want to make this ice cream without bananas, you can use another creamy frozen fruit such as mango, avocado or papaya. You can also add a little bit of coconut milk, almond milk or dairy-free yogurt to make the frozen fruit ice cream creamy. All these will change the overall texture and taste of this recipe though.
Recipe for frozen fruit ice cream
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwi
- 2/3 cup sour cherries
- 2/3 cup strawberries
- 2 slices pineapple
- 1 medium pear
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract – optional
- 3 tbsp honey – optional
How to make frozen fruit ice cream?
- Peel bananas, clean all fruit, dice them all and place in freezer bag (if strawberries are small, freeze them like that; no need to dice sour cherries)
- When slightly frozen, add everything to a food processor, adding just a little fruit at a time. Gradually add the rest of the frozen fruit, waiting to completely incorporate into the mixture.
- Add honey and vanilla sugar (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- Serve immediately or freeze for later (add to cups before freezing and thaw a few minutes before serving)
Frozen fruit ice cream is a delicious and healthy dessert that you can enjoy all year round. It’s easy to make and you can customize it with your favorite fruits and toppings. So, what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!
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Frozen fruit ice cream
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwi
- 2/3 cups sour cherries
- 2/3 cups strawberries
- 2 slices pineapple
- 1 medium pear
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp honey
- Peel bananas, clean all fruit, dice them and place in a freezer bag (if strawberries are small, freeze them like that; no need to dice sour cherries)
- When slightly frozen, add everything to a blender or food processor, adding the fruit in batches. Blend to completely incorporate into the mixture with each batch.
- Add honey and vanilla extract - optional
- Serve immediately
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