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Overhead image of six different flavors of blender ice cream in jars with fruit garnishes.

Easy Blender Ice Cream (6 Amazing Flavors)

  • Author: Vanessa | Maple + Mango
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Learn how easy it is to make blender ice cream. With a few simple ingredients and a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, you can whip up some delicious homemade ice cream in minutes! Includes a simple base recipe and 6 amazing flavors to try!


Ingredients

Scale

Base Recipe Formula

  • 1 cup heavy cream/whipping cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (maple syrup, organic cane sugar, honey), or to taste
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen fruit
  • Optional Add-Ins: e.g. extracts (vanilla almond, etc), cocoa powder, spices, lemon or lime zest, etc.

Strawberries + Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, organic cane sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen strawberries

Mango Coconut

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen mango

Chocolate Cherry

  • 1 cup heavy cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (organic cane sugar, maple syrup, honey)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 pound (450g) pitted frozen cherries

Peaches + Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (organic cane sugar, honey, maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen peach slices

Blueberry Lemon

  • 1 cup heavy cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen blueberries
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon

Pineapple (Pina Colada)

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, organic cane sugar)
  • 1 pound (450g) frozen pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add Ingredients: Pick one of the recipes or create your own combo using the Base Recipe Formula.  Place all the ingredients in the Vitamix (or other high speed blender) in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Blend: Start the blender on the lowest speed and quickly increase to the highest speed.  Blend on high for about 30 seconds, using the tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades.  It’s done when the sound of the motor changes and four mounds form on top.
  3. Serve: Serve immediately for a smooth soft serve texture or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for an hour or two to firm up to a scoopable consistency.

Notes

  • Powerful blender required: A high-speed blender with a tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades is needed for this to blend properly.  Vitamix blenders are great for making frozen desserts like this.  This is the Vitamix model that I use currently but they all work great!  Remember to only use a tamper that is designed for your blender – it should never come in contact with the blades!
  • Frozen Desserts Program:  If your blender model comes with a Frozen Desserts program, you can select to run it while using the tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades.
  • Liquids First: Place the ingredients in the blender in the order listed – the liquid always goes in first to help the blending process.
  • Don’t over blend!  Stop when you see the four mounds appear on top.  It doesn’t take long (about 30 seconds).  Running the blender too long will heat up and melt the ice cream.
  • Storing leftovers: Freeze unused ice cream in a freezer-safe container.  I like to use these cute ice cream tubs.  Allow it to soften for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.  

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