There are so many reasons why I love pineapples. They are delicious and a wonderful way to stay hydrated during hot days. You can eat them in so many different ways ranging from juice, served with a fresh fruit salad or even grilled. You can’t go wrong with pineapple since it is so incredibly versatile, but since it is summer, there is only one way to go. No-churn pineapple ice cream. It reminds me so much of the virgin pina colada I had as a kid during a summer holiday in Greece, so I kept the pictures quite retro.
While I do love traditional ice creams and think they are very delicious, I do want instant gratification after long days. What is more gratifying than making a creamy no-churn pineapple ice cream at home, within a matter of 5 minutes? Sounds too good to be true but all it requires is some frozen fruit. That is why I tend to keep a batch of frozen bananas since they are the perfect base for soft, melt in your mouth ice creams.
These days a lot of supermarkets offer smoothie packs or single fruit in the frozen food aisle, and while that is a great alternative if you do not have all too much space in your freezer, I would advise you to check the fresh food section. You should do this especially if your local store has a habit or selling fruits at discounted prices if they are about to expire.
Here’s the thing with fruit on offer. Not only is it cheaper but it is also perfectly ripe, and that is what you need for frozen desserts or smoothies in general. So next time you walk past that significant amount of discounted bananas or berries buy a whole lot of them and freeze them at home.
And by a lot I mean it. Look at the craziness that I commit at times, exhibit A and B. Do I get weird looks? Sure. Do I care? Nope. I am saving money and getting delicious fruits at the same time that I turn into the delicious smoothies and dessert. #NoShame. And frankly, even if you are self-conscious enough to care what people might think about you when you are pushing around a shopping cart with an estimated 100 bananas, look at this creamy goodness and tell me it’s not worth it. So deliciously sweet with a silky, melt in your mouth texture. You won’t believe this is only made of fruits.
This three ingredient pineapple ice cream is not only delivering in taste and texture, but it also beats pretty much any frozen dessert when it comes to how quickly it is made. All it takes are a few minutes of patience while you watch your frozen fruit being processed to a temptingly silky ice cream, right in front of your eyes. The only thing you have to make sure of is that you have frozen fruit at hand. With the mentioned tip of only buying fruit in bulk when it gets discounted that should not be an issue, even for a smaller budget. Do you have any tips on saving while shopping without sacrificing treats? I would love to hear about them because I refuse to sacrifice a single meal and love to treat myself, a lot.
- 500g (1lb) pineapple, cleaned and frozen - about 1 pineapple
- 500g (1lb) bananas, peeled and frozen - about 4 bananas
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Prep the pineapple by cutting off the skin and slicing it into chunks. Peel and slice the banana. Freeze the fruit for at least 5 hours. If you use already frozen fruit, you can skip this step.
- Place all the ingredients into t a food processor and let it run at highest speed for a few minutes. The frozen fruit will turn into a loose, crumbly mass. Stop the processor and push the fruit down. Turn it onto high speed and repeat this process until you have a very smooth and silky soft ice cream.*