13 Cheap and Easy Ice Cream Recipes
When it comes to memorable desserts, there's nothing quite like homemade ice cream. Made with simple, natural ingredients, freshly churned ice cream not only tastes better than store-bought varieties, but it's also cheaper, and the art of making it can become a family tradition and an outlet for culinary exploration. The recipes included here use a variety of household appliances from basic food processors to blenders to proper countertop ice cream makers to make tantalizingly new and classic flavors. Which unique ice cream flavor will be your new favorite?
Avocados are rich in fat, which make this mousse-like ice cream concocted by Half Baked Harvest incredibly smooth and creamy. The avocado flavor is overcome by the cocoa and sweetness and becomes more of a textural element, allowing deep chocolaty flavor to shine through. This frozen treat is so rich and indulgent most people won't guess just how healthful it is. Since the ingredients are all soft, a sturdy blender is all that's needed to get the job done.
Take advantage of seasonal fruit by mixing fresh peaches into ice cream. A versatile recipe from the blog Princess Pinky Girl can be prepared in any blender. It's an easy treat for just about anyone to make and a frugal way to preserve a bounty of handpicked fruit into the next season. The riper, the better, so rather than watch overripe peaches spoil, save them for this recipe.
Blueberry ice cream is a simple and beloved indulgence. A healthy base recipe on the retail site Raw Blend can be made quickly in a high-performance blender and includes options for adding honey or sugar, as well as banana (for texture). Add ingredients that are on hand or on sale to make this an even cheaper dessert option.
Jalapeños add a spicy kick to sweet and tart strawberries, setting apart this unique ice cream idea on the Vitamix website (although the peppers are entirely optional). Use any high-performance blender to transform frozen strawberries into velvety ice cream quickly, using simple ingredients (and no preservatives). Substitute coconut milk for whole milk to make this a dairy-free treat.
Often underestimated, classic vanilla ice cream tends to be thought of as boring. However, it makes a versatile base or topping. A quick and straightforward vanilla ice cream recipe on the Vitamix site uses a high-performance blender to create an idyllic flavor that's perfect with toppings or when accompanying other desserts. Get creative and mix in favorite candy bars, fruit, or baked goods.
A classic outdoor treat that is usually enjoyed with fresh, campfire-roasted marshmallows gets the cold treatment from Add a Pinch, with the help of a countertop ice cream maker. It's hard to imagine a better use for the specialty appliance than this layered ice cream with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallow goodness, packed with gooey flavor in each spoonful.