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 
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Or another type of Liquid Sweetener of your choice
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And of course, Watermelon - seeded, sliced and frozen.
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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!

xoxo,

11 comments:

  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!

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

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  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?

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

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  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

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  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!

    http://charmcityvegan.blogspot.com/2011/07/raw-watermelon-ice-cream.html

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  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,
    e

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

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    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!

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  9. Can v use honey instead of date paste?

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