Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Easy Watermelon Ice-cream (with no Ice-cream Maker)

 If you're the kind of person who wishes they could eat a creamy icy bowl of fresh Watermelon - without the seeds, and with all of the flavor...well my sweet, this recipe is for you. 
I even got the picky-finicky Mister AtV to try it and give his honest seal of approval:
"Tastes like Watermelon, and Ice-cream. It's good!"
I'm not a die-hard lover of Watermelon flavored things, but the fresh unabashed flavor of pure Watermelon as Ice-cream is truly something else. It's aromatic, sweet, icy cold, and creamy. How much can you ask for, really?
The other wonderful thing about this recipe: it's SO simple. 
Sure, you will have to plan a little bit in advance and prep a couple of things, but the process of making this takes only about 5 minutes, and turning it into ice-cream without an Ice-cream Maker adds about 2 hours onto that. But it's worth it - I promise!
Yes, you read right - the best thing of all:
No Ice-cream Maker necessary! 
Just a little bit of time and patience.
Here's what else you'll need:
--- A Food Processor 
Mine is an old 9 cup Cuisinart 
Or another type of Liquid Sweetener of your choice
And of course, Watermelon - seeded, sliced and frozen.
Now lets make some Ice-cream!
Easy Watermelon Ice-cream
Makes roughly 3 cups
2 & 1/2 c Frozen Watermelon - sliced & seeded
1/2 c Date Paste //or// Liquid Sweetener of choice, to taste
1 tsp Vanilla 
Into your food processor place all of the above:
Puree for 3 to 5 minutes, until everything is smooth and creamy like so:
After you're pureed your Ice-cream mixture, pour it into a Glass or Metal pan (glass or metal will ensure that it gets nice and cold in the freezer:
Place your Ice-cream *uncovered* into the freezer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes have gone by, remove your Ice-cream and stir it very well, smoothing/spreading it evenly out, and place it back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.
Repeat the above at least 3 times, until your Ice-cream has reached desired consistency, like this:
(My ice-cream took about 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.)
Serve your Ice-cream with fresh Berries, you could even add additional fresh Watermelon sliced on top...or in my case fresh mint.
Not planning on eating your Watermelon Ice-cream all at once? 
If you leave your Ice-cream in the freezer without stirring it for hours it will turn into a solid frozen block. But don't be sad - here's how keep this from happening:
Freezer Baggy and Food Processor: 
Place your Ice-cream Mixture into a plastic freezer bag, flatten it, and place it into your freezer letting it freeze in flat/thin form inside the freezer bag. When you're ready to eat it, simply break your thin frozen Ice-cream mixture into chunks, place it into your Food Processor, puree, and you've got instant Ice-cream!
Enjoy - all of you Watermelon lovers!



  1. LOVE this! I bought a massive watermelon last week and we are having trouble finishing it all up - this is perfect! Thanks!
    I should end this by saying I just finished my lunch of warm cauliflower in sweet mustard sauce, the recipe from YOU - over some swiss chard - yummo!

  2. I am obsessed with that color! Now I just need some watermelon...

  3. Oh man, all your recipes just make me salivate. I might ruin my keyboard if I keep drooling.

    Can the watermelons be switched up with other summer fruits, like berries or stone fruits?

  4. It's currently 107 degrees in Baltimore, MD. I'm making this as we speak.

  5. @Lydia: How exciting! Thank you so much for your feedback - it totally made my day!

    @Erin: <3!

    @Danni: I'm so glad you asked! Yes, you can totally switch up the fruit. I recommend keeping the amount (of fruit) that you use somewhere around 10oz. and make sure it's frozen! I also recommend Strawberries = SO GOOD!

    @Niki: So excited! Let me know how it turns out for you!

    xo - S

  6. Hi Sarah! I made the ice cream and it turned out so well. And I may or may not have eaten it for breakfast, too? I blame this heat, though, it's so gross! I blogged about it if you'd like to check it out!

  7. looks very delicious....and looks like a great summer recipe to get messy in the kitchen with the kids. thanks for sharing.
    peace & raw health,

  8. hi just wondering if this can be made in an ice cream machine,thanks

    1. Try pureeing the ingredients and then putting the mixture in you ice cream maker... Don't know what it would turn out to be like but it's worth a shot!

  9. Can v use honey instead of date paste?

  10. Yeah i also think that honey will be better for this recipe

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  13. Definitely trying this as a treat after my run with friends this Sunday!

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