Looking for a healthy and delicious treat summer treat? This simple fruit ice cream is refined sugar-free and full of probiotics. It is made with either milk kefir or yogurt and is perfect for all sorts of different fruit flavors.
Fun Fruit Flavors
This basic fruit ice cream recipe will work with any type of seasonal fruit. We usually go with whatever is plentiful at the farmers’ market. Then we add spices and other flavorings to make all sorts of unique flavor combinations.
Here are a few of our favorite flavor combinations:
- Cherry with chocolate: Chocolate is always one of my favorites! Use cherries for the fruit, then add 2 Tbsp of finely chopped dark chocolate to your ice cream in the last 5 minutes of churning.
- Mango: Mango adds so much sweetness you can reduce the amount of honey to 1/4 cup if you want. Serve it with toasted coconut on top.
- Blueberry cheesecake: Make blueberry ice cream and replace 1/4 cup of the whipping cream with soft cream cheese, and serve with a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs. This only works with old-fashioned spreadable cream cheese. I recommend making your own! (See picture above)
- Strawberry shortcake: Serve strawberry ice cream on top of a shortcake.
- Ginger peach: Make peach ice cream and add 2 Tbsp of finely chopped candied ginger at the end of the churning for a sweet and spicy combination.
- Vanilla pear: Pear ice cream is really delicious. For a rich vanilla flavor swap out the extract for the seeds of 1 vanilla bean. I like it topped with toasted pecans.
Probiotic Ice Cream?
Since this isn’t a custard-style ice cream, it’s easy to add a bit of probiotics to the recipe. The recipe calls for milk kefir or yogurt. The cultured dairy adds a tangy richness and balances the sweetness of honey.
If you really want to make the most out of your probiotic ice cream why not use cultured whipping cream? It’s really easy to culture whipping cream with buttermilk or milk kefir. Perfect for a gut-healthy treat!
Probiotic ice cream isn’t the same as frozen yogurt. Real frozen yogurt is low fat and fairly different from ice cream.
Healthy Fruit Ice Cream
This fruit ice cream is refined sugar-free and offers a burst of probiotics. It is a healthy and delicious treat. See the section above for 6 fruit flavor combinations.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 1 quart 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Fermented
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 1/2 cups of soft fruit, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup honey (see notes)
- 3/4 cup milk kefir or yogurt
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- Place the honey and the fruit in a blender or food processor. Pulse until blended. Add the milk kefir and continue to blend until smooth. Add in the whipping cream, vanilla, and salt and pulse a few times to mix.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours before churning, so that it is well chilled.
- Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker for a 4-cup batch of ice cream.
- Freeze the ice cream for at least 3 hours before serving.
- I always use honey in my non-custard style ice creams. It keeps the ice cream soft and easy to serve and slows down freezer burn. However, you could use 2/3 cup of sugar instead.
- If you want to make completely sugar-free ice cream, check out my recipe for banana-sweetened ice cream.
- I store our finished ice cream in old plastic yogurt tubs or straight-sided mason jars. It’s also cute to make individual servings in little jam jars.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup made with blueberries
- Calories: 131
- Sugar: 23.5g
- Sodium: 40mg
- Fat: 3.9g
- Carbohydrates: 23.5g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 1.8g
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