It’s summer time already here in Tokyo! It’s quite late actually and we even thought it would not come. But then, here it is now!
I have a love/hate relationship with the summer season.
I hate it because of its sizzling heat. Tokyo can become extremely hot. It could feel like being in an oven…and I am not exaggerating! It’s quite humid too, so wearing makeup is absolutely a struggle. And currently, because of COVID-19, summer has become more difficult because of the mask. We wear masks here whenever we’re outside and even inside the school. It is really a bummer because wearing one makes it hard to breathe while walking especially in this sweltering heat. But hey, it’s better to wear a mask than be infected with the coronavirus, right?
Anyway, going back to summer…
I love summer because I don’t have to wear layers of clothing so getting ready in the morning is such a breeze.
Secondly, I love summer because I love the sound of the cicadas in the trees. I know that this may sound weird but the cicadas’ sound makes me happy. It gives me comfort. When I hear them, their sound is like telling me that everything will be alright. Strange, huh? My hair stylist, who is Japanese, finds it really strange and she said that I’m the first person she encountered who loves hearing the cicadas. Hahaha! She thinks that they’re too noisy!
Then lastly, another thing I love about summer is that I can give myself an excuse to eat ice cream. You know, the it’s-very-hot-so-it’s-just-right-to-eat-ice cream-now! reason. I am on a diet so I don’t usually eat ice cream not unless I really crave for it. But summer time is ice cream time! Yay!
For today, I will share with you my recipe for avocado ice cream. It’s simple, creamy, healthy and very delicious. I love avocados. I grew up watching my Aunt Barbara while she made avocado with milk for snacks. She would mix the avocado, evaporated milk and sugar then put the mixture in the fridge. It was a very healthy snack.
So how did I come up with this avocado ice cream idea?
One summer week, I have to introduce avocados to kids in my class and I needed to come up with an avocado recipe that they would love to eat. We would then make the recipe all together so they would remember and really learn what an avocado is. That is one of my teaching techniques, by the way. I call it the “Involve Me and I Learn Technique”.
I didn’t consider the simple avocado recipe that I learned from my Aunt Barbara because there were avocado chunks in the mixture which my 2-3 year old kids had to chew in class. And for this age group, chewing is a daunting task. They usually just swallow what they eat. Besides, when I asked them what they wanted to make, they just blurted out, “ice cream!” So ice cream it is.
Finally, after much googling, I found this recipe in the internet and we have been making it in my class for two years now and I have been making it at home every week for two summers now.
This ice cream recipe only needs 3 ingredients! Without further ado, here’s the recipe…Enjoy!!!
3-Ingredient Avocado Ice Cream
- 2 large ripe avocados (or 3 small ripe avocados)
- 200 ml condensed milk
- 200 ml heavy cream
- In a food processor (you can also use a blender), add peeled avocados and condensed milk.
- Mix them on high speed until it forms into a smooth mixture. Make sure that the mixture does not have chunks of avocado.
- Put the mixture in a mixing bowl.
- Add the heavy cream and mix well.
- Transfer the mixture into a glass container or ice cream molder and put it in the freezer.
- Freeze the ice cream for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.
- Enjoy this creamy and delicious avocado ice cream!!!
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