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Mango Lime Nice Cream in 10-Minutes

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Three ingredients and a blender are all you need to make this refreshing mango ice cream recipe. The simplicity of homemade nice cream makes it an excellent option for a healthy treat you can feel good about serving.

blue bowl filled with scoops of mango ice cream with white spoon dipped in

Nice cream is just as delicious as ice cream without the need for added sugar or a complicated ice cream maker.

What is nice cream?

The trending name for blender ice cream recipes like this is nice cream.  The basic concept is blending frozen fruit in a blender or food processor until it has the exact texture of soft-serve ice cream.

mango ice cream in white scalloped bowl with slice mango in background

Benefits of nice cream

There are many benefits to nice cream over ice cream and one of them is that there are no fancy ingredients needed for nice cream. It’s made from simple wholesome ingredients and doesn’t include any added sugar.

Mango fruit and mango cubes on the wooden table.

Another great benefit is not needing an ice cream churn, rock salt, and lots of ice. Though I have owned an electric ice cream maker for years, it is still in the box and has never been opened. Making my own ice cream just always seemed too complicated and time-consuming to me.

Making this healthy ice cream in a blender instead of an ice cream churn means it’s super fast to make and can be ready in about 10-minutes flat. No need to sit and wait for it to churn for up to an hour like the old days.

How to make healthy mango ice cream

To begin, you’re going to need frozen mango. Though you can dice and freeze your own, I always find it easier to purchase the frozen mango chunks at the grocery store because they are picked at the peak of ripeness and already chopped up.

If you want to dice and freeze your own mango, this short video shows how to cut it up properly avoiding the large pit in the center.

Add the frozen mango, banana, and lime juice to your blender or food processor.

mango and banana in vitamix

Either fresh or frozen bananas can be used, but I prefer to use fresh ones because they make for an easy blending texture. Frozen mango plus frozen bananas can be a bit harder to process.

Start blender or food processor on low and gradually increase speed until desired consistency. I use the tamper with my blender to help keep things moving nice and smooth.

mango ice cream in blender

I use a Vitamix blender for all of my recipes because no matter what I’m making, this high-powered blender will produce the exact result I’m looking for.

The consistency will be similar to soft-serve ice cream and, if you want it to be more scoopable, simply pour the pureed fruit mixture into a bowl and freeze for about an hour before scooping.

mango ice cream 3 scoops in white bowl with lime slices

Tips for making healthy mango ice cream

  • There is no need to add refined sugar, agave, or any other sweetener to nice cream because the banana and other fruit naturally sweeten it.
  • The mangos MUST be frozen in order to make this recipe. Otherwise, you’ll simply have a mango smoothie.
  • I like to use fresh overripe bananas instead of frozen ones to make this ice cream easier to blend. If using frozen bananas, you’ll likely need to stop and stir a few times during the blending process.
  • To make this scoopable, simply place it in the freezer for an hour before serving.
  • This recipe is adapted from PCRM. Their original recipe called for agave nectar instead of bananas.

*Originally published June 2016.

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blue bowl filled with scoops of mango ice cream with white spoon dipped in

Mango Lime Nice Cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Three ingredients and a blender are all you need to make this refreshing mango ice cream recipe. The simplicity of homemade nice cream makes it an excellent option for a healthy treat you can feel good about serving.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To begin, you’re going to need frozen mango. Though you can dice and freeze your own, I always find it easier to purchase the frozen mango chunks at the grocery store because they are picked at the peak of ripeness and already chopped up.
  2. Add the frozen mango, banana, and lime juice to your blender or food processor.
  3. Either fresh or frozen bananas can be used, but I prefer to use fresh ones because they make for an easy blending texture. Frozen mango plus frozen bananas can be a bit harder to process.
  4. Start blender or food processor on low and gradually increase speed until desired consistency. I use the tamper with my blender to help keep things moving nice and smooth.
  5. The consistency will be similar to soft-serve ice cream, and if you want it to be more scoopable, simply pour the pureed fruit mixture into a bowl and freeze for about an hour before scooping.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

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