Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mango ice cream

Do you remember the raspberry-banana ice cream I made at the start of this year?

I think I've found something better.


With four ingredients, no added sugar and minimal fat, this is incredibly easy and incredibly enjoyable.

Incredibly.


Mango 'ice cream'

Ice cream without cream and sugar? Oh yes. No one will know that this is almost entirely fruit!

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 large banana, peeled and frozen
1 medium mango, peeled, chopped and frozen
About 1/4 cup (2 decent dessertspoon dollops) plain yoghurt*
1 tbsp coconut, optional

*I used homemade natural non-fat yoghurt. I would recommend pot-set or Greek, for maximum creaminess.

Method
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend to combine.

Serve immediately, for soft-serve ice cream, or freeze in individual serves covered with cling wrap, for a sorbet-like product.


I had half of this straight from the food processor (above), and froze half to eat the next day (below). I thought that the re-frozen half may turn icey and solid, but it worked surprisingly well. After 1 - 2 minutes out of the freezer, it was fine to eat with a spoon.


I'm amazed at how well this worked. And with the simple ingredient list, you can even serve it for breakfast.

I know this because I did.

It was a great start to the day!

Do you enjoy frozen desserts? Any favourite flavours?

15 comments:

  1. A healthy bowl of ice cream for breakfast has quickly become my favourite way to start the day! At least in summer - I think I'll have to let my smoothie-fruit thaw overnight come winter time. This ice cream looks really delicious - yogurt is a great idea.

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    1. Some of your smoothies did look distinctly ice cream like :) Definitely a great option for Summer mornings, although I agree that it may be less appealing come Winter...

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  2. Very cool idea! Does it taste yoghurty?

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    1. You know, it doesn't really. I was debating whether to call it 'mango frozen yoghurt' instead of mango ice cream, as the former would have been more accurate really, but it didn't taste of yoghurt to me. I suppose it has the lower sweetness I associated with frozen yoghurt though.

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  3. Oh this looks so good, and yet my loathing of bananas means that it will never be for me. Shame, they seem so versatile.

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    1. It does seem very sad! I suspect this could work with extra frozen mango and no banana, but it would be less creamy. Frozen pineapple might work too?

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  4. Am still determined to try the banana and raspberry but am not so keen on the mango - though now you have me thinking this could be done with so many fruits - then the main challenge is remembering it is in my freezer

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    1. The raspberry one is still highly recommended :) You're right, though, half of the fun here is realising how much scope there is for frozen creations. I suspect a lot of variations would work really well.

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  5. What a great ice cream. I can't believe it's that simple to make delicious ice cream. Mango ice cream is my favourite!

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    1. I'm still amazed at the simplicity too. It seems too good to be true really!

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  6. Looks awesome - and if you strain the yoghurt you'll get a thicker richer tasting icecream :_)

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    1. Ooh, yes - great suggestion. Thanks!

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  7. nice idea..thanks for sharing....

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