Beat the summer heat with this easy, quick mango passionfruit ice cream. Fret not if you don’t have an ice cream maker because this recipe yields a creamy, yet fresh ice cream even without one.
Mango season is upon us here in India, which means a lot of Mango recipes coming your way. Nothing screams summer louder than this mango passionfruit ice cream. It’s bursting with the fresh and refreshing flavors of mangoes, and with a slight tang of passionfruit. A perfect treat for the summer heat.
A few years back, when I was still in US, I had visited India during the summer months. Häagen-Dazs had just opened its first outlet in Delhi and I went to try it out. They had certain local flavors and mango passionfruit ice cream was one of them. I had never eaten passionfruit anything before and when I tested the mango passionfruit ice cream, I was sold. It was tangy, creamy yet refreshing. The flavors were fresh and since then I have been meaning to recreate that flavor combination of mango and passionfruit at home.
I had some frozen passionfruit puree left from the time I made the passionfruit ice cream. When mango season hit, it was one of the first things I set out to make. Its weird how tastes evolve as we grow older. As a kid I hated mangoes- I didn’t like the mess that came with eating mangoes (In India, we use our hands and mouth to eat mangoes, and it gets messy). Now, I don’t mind the mess and in fact love mangoes. They work very well in desserts, and the possibilities are endless.
This recipe is easy. Just a whiz in the blender and you are set. I used an ice cream maker (this one), but in case you don’t have one you can still get good results. The addition of milk powder is what keeps this ice creamy and keeps it from forming ice crystals.
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Blend all the ingredients together in a blender till well combined. Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
To make this ice cream without an ice cream maker, after you have blended all the ingredients, either transfer it in into the container that you plan to freeze the ice cream in, or if you have enough freezer space leave the blended ice cream in the blender. After 45min- 1 hour check on it and if you see the mixture freezing at the edges, remove from freezer and give it a whizz. Repeat process 3-4 times and then transfer to the container you want the ice cream to freeze in and let freeze completely.
My one week of raw food is over. I did not lose as much weight as I wanted (I was quite disappointed yesterday about that but after eating a hot meal today I am fine), but I do feel a difference in my body shape. I feel flatter and leaner. Plus I imagine with all the greens I put in my body the past week, I only did it good. So what if I did not lose as much as I did last time, (which is weird because this time I exercised as well), I did my body a favor either way.
It was a difficult one week. But I managed it. And this sugar free, vegan, more or less guilt free banana ice cream helped me quite a bit.
Seriously, this was a treat that I had been craving for. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was deprived of all things unhealthy, but I found this ice cream to taste exactly how a chocolate ice cream tastes- creamy and chocolatey. And it comes together in a jiffy. All you need is a frozen banana and raw cacao powder. I did use a splash of almond milk just to get the blender going, but you might not require it at all. No churning in the ice cream maker. No cooking raw yolks. No cream. No nothing. Just a frozen banana, cacao powder and a blender and in two minutes you have a nice creamy chocolate ice cream without the added guilt that comes with ice cream.
A friend sent me the link to this recipe when she saw that I was on raw. It will be unfair on my part to not share this recipe with as many people as I can. So here it is- Creamy Raw Chocolate Ice cream.
I know I have mentioned this enough on the blog, but I’ll say it again for the ones who are here for the first time – V is not a sweet tooth kind of guy. I have managed to turn him a bit but still the dessert devotee in me doesn’t think it’s enough. He is quite the health freak and the kinds who doesn’t need dessert to conclude a meal. I, on the other hand, have been known to actually eat a meal so that I do not feel guilty for having just desserts on my plate. Probably that’s why I am constantly struggling with my weight, while V actually exercises to gain weight! Some guys do have all the luck!
But, V does have a weakness. Its strawberry ice cream. That he will buy even when I am not there. Something he will eat without me having to emotionally blackmail him to eat it so that I dont feel guilty of taking a bite myself.
So, it was only obvious that I had to learn how to make at home a dessert that he enjoys so much. It also gave me a chance to inaugurate the ice cream maker for this season.