- August 16, 2022
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
- 0 Comments
Cantaloupe Ice Cream
This cantaloupe ice cream with pistachio will quickly become one of your go-to banana nice cream and cantaloupe desserts.
What screams summer more than banana-based ice cream? This cantaloupe ice cream recipe is ready in minutes and will be your favorite banana-based ice cream. Hello, cantaloupe dessert recipes that require no ice cream machine.
Raise your hand if you love summer! One of my favorite things about warm weather is cooling off with a refreshing treat, like this super simple fruit-based “ice cream” made with cantaloupe, banana, and pistachios.
And hooray for recipes using cantaloupe, one of the tastiest summer fruits in my humble opinion.
I love dessert, so I’m always looking for healthy ways to add it to my day. One of my favorite ways is a quickie fruit-based ice cream, so I thought about what other flavor combos would work well.
It turns out that cantaloupe, banana, and lemon make a delicious frozen dessert treat, aka cantaloupe ice cream! Enter this delicious healthy dessert, one of my favorite cantaloupe recipes.
You’ll need just a few ingredients to make cantaloupe ice cream:
Bananas: When overripe bananas are frozen and blended, they become so creamy!
Cantaloupe: What would cantaloupe ice cream be without cantaloupe?
Almond milk: Note that the banana melon recipe calls for just a little almond milk, which makes this dessert lighter than many ice creams made with both milk and cream. The ice cream is also vegan because it doesn’t contain any dairy milk.
Lemon juice and lemon zest: These ingredients add a nice tang to the ice cream.
Pistachios: Once I had my base for this cantaloupe dessert, I thought about what food would make the best topping. I chose pistachios because they’re full of filling healthy fats, protein, and fiber—so I chopped them up for a crunchy topping.
Helpful kitchen tools
You may find these tools helpful in prepping a batch of cantaloupe ice cream!
To whip up this tasty cantaloupe ice cream, I froze banana and cantaloupe overnight in a zip-top bag overnight.
Then I put the frozen cantaloupe,
and lemon zest in a high-speed blender. You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker for this cantaloupe ice cream recipe!
Process, pulse, or blend
until completely smooth, pausing if necessary to push the ingredients toward the bottom of the processor or blender.
If using a blender, you may need to mix gently with a spoon when done blending.
Place in bowls, and top with pistachios.
You can use any fruit that you’d like! The key is to peel and freeze it before adding it to an ice cream recipe. Overripe bananas work very well because they’re naturally sweet.
Other fruits that you can add, in addition to bananas, include cantaloupe, blueberries, and cherries.
Every recipe is different, but this fruit ice cream recipe calls for 1 ½ bananas and 2 ½ cups cantaloupe. This amount of fruit yields 4 ½-cup servings.
Yes, but you’ll want to alter the recipe slightly. A good combination is 2 cups frozen cantaloupe and 2 Tablespoons plain yogurt. Dogs love frozen treats!
More healthy ice cream recipes
Want more healthy ice cream recipes? Blend up:
Cantaloupe Ice Cream
- 1½ bananas, sliced
- 2½ cups cantaloupe, diced
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp pistachios, chopped
- Freeze bananas and cantaloupe in a zip-top freezer bag overnight.
- Place frozen fruit, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a food processor or high-speed blender.
- Process, pulse, or blend until completely smooth, pausing if necessary to push the ingredients toward the bottom of the processor or blender.
- If using a blender, you may need to mix gently with a spoon when done blending.
- Place in bowls, and top with pistachios. Enjoy!
I’d love to hear from you! Let me know if you make this cantaloupe nice cream recipe! Have you ever tasted melon ice cream?
Do you love pistachios and cantaloupe as much as I do? What are your favorite healthy summer desserts? Now, go print this recipe!
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