Ice Cream is fantastic on a hot summer day! This Açai Ice Cream is refreshing, simple, and delicious.
What’s more, this Recipe for Healthy Aging is packed with anti-aging nutrients!
What is Açai?
Pronounced “Ah-sah-ee”, you can find this deep colored purple berry in the palm Açai trees in South and Central America.
Açai contains several nutrients. It actually has more Antioxidants than any other berry!
Harvested in large bunches, Açai looks similar to grapes.
Be sure to remove the large pit inside Açai before eating. Soaking the fruit to soften the flesh and skin makes it easier to remove the pit.
Health Benefits of Açai
Packed with antioxidants, Açai protects our cells from “Inflammageing“.
“Inflammageing” describes the chronic, low-grade inflammation that occurs in the body as we age.
Chronic Inflammation contributes to a variety of health conditions. These include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
Including foods rich in Antioxidants can reduce your risk of chronic disease. Açai is definitely showing promise as an Anti-Aging food!
Where to Find Açai
As mentioned above, this berry has a large pit, and requires soaking to remove it.
Given this, in the United States you will mainly find frozen or powdered Açai. I use these Sambozan Açai frozen fruit packs from Sam’s to make ice cream and smoothie bowls.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate this super food into your diet, check out these Member’s Mark Açai ready to eat bowls.
These smoothie bowls contain fruit and an amazing nut/seed mixture. This ready to eat bowl tastes great! What’s more, it’s packed with nutrients including fiber.
Ingredients in Açai Ice Cream
I love this recipe for a number of reasons! One reason is it’s a great way to cut down on fruit waste.
In my family, one week everyone is eating blueberries. The next week, the blueberries are rotting in the fruit drawer.
Freezing fruit is a great way to use those neglected fruits in your fridge drawer!
- Bananas. Peel your bananas, cut them into slices or chunks, and freeze in a freezer bag.
- Blueberries. Freeze these antioxidant rich berries in a freezer bag for ice cream, smoothies and muffins.
- Strawberries. Cut the tops off these nutrient dense berries and freeze them in your freezer bag.
- Almond Milk. This is a dairy free milk option. Use the milk you prefer. You won’t use much!
- Frozen Açai Packet. I’ve found frozen Açai in most of the grocery stores in my area. Açai is available in powdered form. I definitely prefer the frozen packets for the Açai Ice Cream recipe.
How to Prepare
This is a very simple recipe. To make this, you will need a food processor or heavy duty blender.
Simply blend all of your ingredients in your food processor or blender to your desired consistency.
If you blend too long, no problem! You can place the concoction in the freezer to get that ice cream texture.
A smoother consistency makes for a great smoothie bowl too. Top your smoothie bowl with nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast!
Nutrition Information for Açai Ice Cream
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 105, Fat 3.5 grams, Carbohydrates 18 grams, Fiber 5 grams, Protein 1 gram
This recipe is dairy free and gluten free. Top with nuts, seeds, or a nut butter for added protein!
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Kathryn is a Registered Dietitian and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also Certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Weight Management.