Fresh Fruit Ice Cream! Sweet, creamy, and refreshing, it comes together with just five simple ingredients and zero churning. Easy to make, it’s gluten-free, refined sugar-free, with a dairy-free friendly option. Mix and match different flavors and add-ins to find your new favorite treat!
- Ice Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
- What is Fruit Ice Cream?
- What Fruit is Good for Ice Cream?
- What is Fruit Ice Cream Made Of?
- Optional Mix-Ins
- How to Make Fresh Fruit Ice Cream (No Churning Necessary)
- Dairy-Free Option
- Tips for Success
- Serving Suggestions and Topping Ideas
- Common Questions About This Homemade Fruit Ice Cream Recipe
- More Summertime Treats
Ice Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Ice cream is one of our favorite desserts and brings back fond memories of childhood. Plus, it’s the perfect way to cool off when the weather gets HOT!
However, traditional ice cream isn’t exactly the best for you as it’s often full of sugar and additives. And don’t even get us started on the dairy-free stuff.
So, unwilling to miss out, we decided to just make our own. This homemade fresh fruit ice cream is:
- Made with just a handful of simple, real food ingredients.
- Gluten-free, paleo, egg-free, and dairy-free-friendly options.
- Made with a prep time of 15 minutes absolutely zero churning.
- Easy to customize with different flavors and mix-ins.
What is Fruit Ice Cream?
Fruit ice cream is exactly what it sounds like! It’s simply ice cream made with fruit.
Sounds a little weird, right? But it works!
Essentially, it’s the same concept as the wildly popular nice cream recipes you see floating around the internet. However, this version is even better, because instead of just blending fruit, we added a few extra ingredients to make it extra smooth and creamy. Just like regular ice cream!
What Fruit is Good for Ice Cream?
Pretty much anything goes when it comes to making no-churn fruit ice cream.
However, when creating the base, you’ll want to choose fruits that are naturally very sweet and free from lots of big seeds. Otherwise, your ice cream is likely to turn out bland and a little chunky! Also, for the creamiest texture, be sure to include frozen banana.
Some of our favorite options include:
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
What is Fruit Ice Cream Made Of?
For this recipe, we kept the ingredient list short and sweet, creating a fruity, tropical fruit flavor to help beat the heat. Here’s what you need:
- Banana – Use ripe bananas that are soft and spotty but not mushy. This helps create a sweet base. Fresh or frozen varieties can be used.
- Additional Fruit – Add extra flavor with additional fruit like peaches, mango, or pitted dates. Unless you want a banana flavor! In that case, just add more bananas.
- Heavy Whipping Cream – This is the secret to creating a smooth, creamy texture just like the real deal.
Ingredient Swap: Canned coconut cream can be substituted to make this fruit ice cream recipe dairy-free. (See the recipe card below for details.)
- Natural Sweetener – Use any type of sweetener you like best such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar, and adjust the amount used to suit your taste.
- Vanilla Extract – Don’t skip this! Pure vanilla helps enhance the rest of the ingredients.
If you’re a mix-in person, feel free to get creative with all your favorite options! Some ideas to get you started include:
- Chopped Nuts
- Dye-Free Sprinkles
- Ground Cinnamon
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Swirl
- Chopped Strawberries
How to Make Fresh Fruit Ice Cream (No Churning Necessary)
If you’ve ever made homemade ice cream with an ice cream maker or even by hand, you already know it can be a bit of a challenge. But not anymore! This real fruit ice cream takes all the hard work out of your favorite dessert.
- Prepare. Line a loaf pan or freezer container with parchment paper, and transfer it to the freezer to chill while you make the ice cream.
- Blend. Add the banana to a high-powered blender or food processor, and pulse until smooth. Then, add the remaining fruit, and blend again.
- Whip the Cream. Add the heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer (Or, use a large bowl and a hand mixer), and whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Fold. Gently fold the fruit blend, sweetener, and vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Stir in any extra mix-ins.
- Freeze. Pour the batter into the chilled prepared pan, and place a piece of wax paper on top. This helps avoid freezer burn! Transfer it to the freezer until solid.
- Serve. Allow your ice cream to stand at room temperature to soften and enjoy!
The process to make this homemade fruit ice cream dairy-free is pretty identical to the original recipe with just a small twist.
- Harden. Place coconut cream and a can of full-fat coconut milk in the back of the fridge to harden and solidify.
Note: You want to use cans of coconut cream and milk, not liquid milk alternatives! Otherwise, they won’t harden and solidify, and your ice cream will be soup.
- Skim. Remove the thickened top portion from each can, and discard the watery portion.
- Whip. Add the cream to a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, and whip until it is creamy and smooth.
- Mix. Add the fruit blend, sweetener, and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
- Freezer. Transfer the mixture to the freezer, and stir about every 25 minutes until it is firm enough to eat.
- Soften. Allow the ice cream to soften a bit before serving, and enjoy.
Tips for Success
This fresh fruit ice cream recipe is virtually failproof, but there are a few extra steps that will guarantee you have success!
- Use a Chilled Bowl and Don’t Overwhip. Chill a large mixing bowl in the freezer before making your ice cream. Then, whip the cream just until the tips begin to curl. Continuing to mix will result in a runny, deflated fruit ice cream.
- Avoid Overmixing. You’ll want to work gently to just fold the ingredients into the cream until they’re well combined, being careful not to deflate the cream.
- Adjust the Sweetness. Add a little bit of sweetener at a time, and taste the ice cream as you mix, using more or less than what is listed to satisfy your tastebuds.
- Allow enough Chilling Time. This is crucial to fruit ice cream that holds its shape! You’ll need at least four hours, but we recommend letting it chill overnight.
Serving Suggestions and Topping Ideas
Of course, this fruit ice cream is delectable when enjoyed on its own with a spoon, but you can never go wrong with extra toppings, right?
Some of our favorites include dark chocolate syrup, whipped cream or coconut whip, sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut, and cherries!
Then, serve it in a bowl, stuffed into a gluten-free cake or waffle cone, with waffles, stuffed between gluten-free cookies, with brownies, as part of a banana split, or any other way your heart desires!
Common Questions About This Homemade Fruit Ice Cream Recipe
A lot of times when you hear real fruit ice cream, the term is being used to talk about New Zealand style ice cream. That’s not exactly what this recipe is, but it draws inspiration from the idea of using real fruit instead of chemicals and preservatives to create a cold, creamy sweet treat!
This real fruit ice cream recipe can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.
For the best results, transfer your ice cream to an airtight container, cover it with wax paper, and put the lid on. This helps keep it fresh while preventing freezer burn.
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