I also love cold treats that offset the hot days. I had a hard time naming this treat. Is it sorbet? Kind of looks and tastes like it could be, but not really. Ice cream? Well there’s no milk or cream of any kind, so not exactly.
I called it ice cream because Meghan wouldn’t know what I was talking about if I offered her sorbet, and I wanted her to get excited about what we were going to eat. In case you are wondering, yes, Meghan as had real ice cream a handful of times. If we’re at a birthday party I’m not going to completely deny her what all the other kids are having and it wouldn’t kill her if we happened to let her have her first real cone a few weeks ago at the local ice cream shop.
You know what, though? Most of the time, this is the kind of “ice cream” she gets, and she doesn’t know the difference. She eats it up just as eagerly as the real stuff because it tastes yummy and when you’re two, what else matters?
Unlike real ice cream, this treat is low in calories and high in nutrients. One servings is just 138 calories, 7 grams of fat, almost 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and only 10 grams of sugar (including the natural sugar in the watermelon). It also boasts a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium.
If you were eating a regular bowl of ice cream, you’d be getting closer to 300 calories, 14 grams of fat, almost no fiber, 4 grams of protein, and almost 30 grams of sugar (in the form of refined sugar). You also wouldn’t find vitamin C or A or many other nutrients except calcium.
My advice is to shun regular ice cream as much as possible and turn to homemade treats like this. They are perfect for summer and perfect for keeping your health goals in check.
Watermelon-Avocado “Ice Cream”
A great vegan alternative!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups cubed watermelon, frozen (cube and freeze ahead of time)
- 1/2 medium avocado
- juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey (I used agave nectar), or to taste
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to help the blender a bit to get the ingredients going. Serve immediately. This melts fast, so if you aren’t planning on serving immediately, keep it in the freezer until you are ready to serve it. If it gets to hard, simply let it thaw a bit before eating.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 140
- Sugar: 18g
- Sodium: 5mg
- Fat: 5.5g
- Carbohydrates: 23.5g
- Protein: 1.5g
Keywords: vegan ice cream
While the avocado changes the color of the watermelon from pink to orange, it doesn’t change the flavor. You don’t really taste avocado in this treat, rather, it just lends its creaminess. The flavor stars here are the watermelon and lime, which pair perfectly. Enjoy!
Question: What is your favorite summer treat?