April 29, 2011

Homemade "Ice Cream"

I don't have an ice cream maker.  Partly because I don't want to sacrifice the space in my cupboards, partly because I don't want to cough up the dough to buy one, and partly because I think that as a general rule of thumb small appliances that only do one thing and rarely get used are pointless hunks of junk.

I've tried making ice cream without an ice cream maker.  Basically you mix the stuff together, and then spend the day going back to your freezer over and over again to stir the stuff up with a fork.  I don't want to be chained to my freezer, I am a liberated woman! Sort of.  But I digress....

Lately I've been making a much simpler version of ice cream that doesn't involve an ice cream maker and technically isn't ice cream at all.  It's a frozen yogurt/sorbet like concoction that is simple and delicious.

Problem is, I can't give you the recipe.

I would if I could.  But it's kind of a taste and trial sort of thing.

You will need:
  • Some fruit, frozen  (strawberries, bananas, mango, peaches, whatever!)
  • some plain yogurt
  • a lime or a pinch of salt  (optional)
  • some sugar or other sweetener (maybe)
  • a food processor
Put a few big handfuls of frozen fruit in your food processor.  Add  about 1/2 a cup of yogurt.  If you'd like, you can add the juice from one lime or a pinch of salt to brighten up the flavors a little more.  Give the whole thing a thorough whirl in your food processor until it's pureed and creamy and kind of like soft serve ice cream.  Taste, and add your preferred type of sweetener if needed. 

You could easily avoid the use of sugar by using super-ripe, super-sweet fruits, especially bananas. Personally, I figure that even with a little bit of sugar this is far better for my family than anything I can find in my supermarkets freezer!

Move your frozen treat to a freezer safe sealed container and chill in freezer for at least 5 hours or until scoop-able and icecream-esque.  Or however long you are able to wait!

If you try it, be sure to swing back and let me know what you think!


  1. I can't wait to try it out. I love ice cream but just never bought an ice cream maker so this will be perfect.

  2. What a great, healthy alternative to regular ice cream! I am looking forward to trying this out (and sneaking some extra fruit into my kids~)!

  3. We are a vegan household due to some serious allergies and intolerances, dairy being one of them. No one wants to give up ice cream though. So what we did was cut up a banana for each person, and freeze it about 4 hours. Then add those frozen chunks to the blender and blend away until you get something the consistency of soft-serve. You can add other fruit at the end, or a tablespoon of peanut butter is plenty for 4 servings.

  4. I live in Guam, so I'm always on the lookout for healthy cold treats!! Here's a few of our favorites!

    Watermelon slushies! Soo good!

    2 cups watermelon
    1 tsp honey (amount depends on sweetness of watermelon)
    6 ice cubes

    blend till smooth!

    We put the extras in fruit / popsicle containers!

    @Dawn, Check out -


    I used:
    Rice Milk
    Frozen Coconut Milk
    frozen banana
    cocoa powder.

    Very much like the Wendy's Frosty!
    These also freeze well! I suggest smaller popsicle sizes you'll want to eat these not suck on them!

  5. Hi! I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and stop by every so often to read your newest posts.

    While looking up your homemade mozzarella recipe, I came across this post of yours.

    I just wanted to let you know that I've seen you mention in other posts that you own a KitchenAid mixer.

    Not sure if you're already aware, so I apologize if you are... But KitchenAid makes a fantastic homemade ice cream attachment for the mixer! It's fairly easy, and an awesome way to make all different kinds. The price can run a little steep ($100 :\), but they have plenty for sale on Amazon for MUCH less. I too am a fan of the KitchenAid mixer; I feel like this is one product where the brand definitely affects the quality, and it has been worth every dollar considering it's countless uses.

    That's my favorite part about the KitchenAid... There are so many different attachments that can be purchased, making the use of the mixer limitless! My other favorite besides the ice cream attachment is the homemade pasta maker.

    Anyway, just thought I'd let you know. Children especially love it because there are so many different kinds of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet flavors and mixtures that can be made!

    Thanks for the always fun and inspiring posts =)

    Be blessed


  6. That's frozen yoghurt, not ice cream.
    But I'm very glad to see it!

    I'm lactose intolerant, you see.
    So the milk in ice cream is a no-no.
    Yoghurt is ok, but expensive to buy repeatedly.

    Thank you,
    janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca
    (Change caps to symbols and lose the spaces.)


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