How to make ice cream in one minute

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mrs-green-vitamixWe’ve been sent a Vitamix to put through its paces and I can’t tell you how excited I am.

I’ve been longing for one of these machines for a long time and I’m learning more about the outstanding potential this amazing gadget has day by day.

Unlike your average kitchen blender which is great for soups and smoothies, the Vitamix reckons to replace around 10 kitchen gadgets.

I have to admit to being a bit sceptical, but not as sceptical as the claim to making ICE CREAM in less than a minute.

Now between you and me I’m a bit of a grouchy mama when it comes to ice cream. Little Miss Green LOVES it, I mean, really loves it, but I tend not to buy it.

Firstly it’s full of rubbish ingredients; cream rarely shows its face – its more like reconstituted whey powder. And somewhere in the list you’ll find emulsifiers, stabilisers, flavourings and colourings.

If you’re lucky enough to find a ‘real’ brand you get cream and eggs but the overall product is usually sweetened with sugar, glucose syrup or dextrose.

If you go top end, say a raw, naturally sweetened product, you’re paying top end prices and to be honest I’m not prepared to spend that, except for the occasional treat.

I’ve made ice cream in the past, very successfully, but it’s a bit of a hassle. I don’t have an ice cream maker so every hour or so I have to remember to take the lovely mix from the freezer, whip it up with a fork before replacing. More often than not I forget after a few hours and end up with a bowl of ice crystals the following day.

But ice cream you can make in one minute? That begs to be explored, right?

I used just three ingredients for my ‘instant’, healthy ice cream: strawberries which I’d previously frozen, Greek yogurt and agave syrup. I threw them into the Vitamix, bashed them around a bit and, well you’ll have to see whether it was a success or not …

And the verdict from Mr Green?

And here is Little Miss Green’s verdict:

The finished product – home made ice cream:


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  1. Melissa on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    That looks wonderful! I had some amazing ice cream made in my friend’s vitamix using coconut milk, frozen bananas, and vanilla. Between hers and yours, and recent information that tells me it can be used to make nut milks and soy milk, I’m beginning to think a Vitamix needs to be my next investment.

  2. Deb on March 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

    That was interesting! Never seen a Vitamix in action before.

    I’ve got a couple of questions – which brand of agave syrup do you use? I know there’s some concern about chemicals in the manufacture of some brands.

    And can you freeze this ice-cream? Gosh, that sounds like a silly question but I’ve never made it before. I know this ice-cream only takes a minute (or less!) to make but sometimes I like to be organised and have stuff already made.

    Loving the blog! Deb x

  3. nadine sellers on March 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    videos are the perfect demonstration tool, now, i am hungry for fresh ice-cream..a la Vitamix.

  4. Jennifer on March 8, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Yum! I’ve heard some people say that you can just throw in frozen bananas for an instant, super creamy ice cream like dessert. My poor overworked home blender didn’t like me when I tried it, but it would certainly be a good challenge for a Vitamix.

    Also, I love raw vegan cheesecake made with cashews, coconut oil, and a couple of other things. I can persuade my blender to process it until smooth if I let it rest often, but it’s one of the reasons I’m considering upgrading to a Vitamix when it dies.

  5. Jaynie on March 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    i think i’ve just died and gone to heaven. Is it really that good, that quick? I find it unbelievable but it seems like your family enjoyed it. Hmmm, time to save up for a vitamix perhaps

  6. Luschka on March 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I am desperately beyond jealous! I’ve wanted a vitamix since I saw one at the allergy show in London a year ago. I sooooo badly want one! Awesome review!

  7. Mrs Green on March 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

    @Melissa: Wow Melissa that ice cream sounds wonderful; I’ve not yet used coconut milk but keep hearing wonderful things about it.

    @Deb: Hi Deb, the agave syrup is from Suma (I make an order every couple of months) and yes you CAN freeze it, but it gets a bit crystally; maybe regular beating with a fork would sort that out?

    @Jennifer: Oh man,it’s before breakfast and already I’m thinking about cheesecake!

    @Jaynie: Thanks for popping by Jaynie and best start saving 😉

    @Luschka: More reviews coming up my lovely; stay tuned!

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