I’ve got a frugalicious and tasty trick for dealing with a lot of ripe fruit — I freeze it. And then I turn (churn) it into a healthy version of homemade ice cream, sorbet, or sherbet.

During the summer months I’ve found that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by too much ripe fruit. Local farmers will often harvest their crops and sell bulk amounts at a discount, or I go away for the weekend and need to deal with a few extra peaches, berries, or bananas. Throwing out perfectly good fruit fails to be frugal, and composting can be pretty wasteful too, especially if the fruit is still good.

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So I’ve taken to freezing fruit and blending it together into a refreshing frosty treat. Oh, and since frugal fruit ice cream is low in sugar and bursting with whole fruit goodness, you know it’s healthier than most options sold through ice cream franchises, cheaper than branded gourmet ice cream, and the many variations can be fun snacks for kids too.

Tastes like Strawberry Ice Cream

My all time favorite sweet summer fruit is the strawberry. I love a fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (with apples), but nothing beats a frozen snack when it’s hot outside and I’ve got some strawberries chilling in the freezer.

strawberry ice cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped

Optional: Add these ingredients if you prefer a creamy or sweeter snack.

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or sweeten to taste

Instructions:
1. Blend: Place the strawberries, bananas, and optional ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Serve: Place strawberry ice cream in a bowl and serve.

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Add ice cream toppings for fun! I love a few pieces from my Healthy Granola Bar Recipe.

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3. OR Freeze: If the strawberry ice cream is super soft after blending and a firmer texture is preferred, then place mixture in a container and freeze. After an hour or two, use an ice cream scoop to serve.

Tastes like Peach Ice Cream

It takes a pretty hot climate to grow a peach. If you’re lucky enough to live in the land of peaches, then try taking this ice cream twist for a spin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen peaches, skinless
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped

Optional: Add these ingredients if you prefer a creamy or sweet snack.

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or sweeten to taste

Instructions:
1. Blend: Place the peaches, bananas, and optional ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Serve: Use an ice cream scoop and serve.

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3. OR Freeze: If the peach ice cream is super soft after blending and a firmer texture is preferred, then place mixture in a container and freeze. After an hour or two, use an ice cream scoop to serve.

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If strawberries, bananas, and peaches aren’t your thing, then feel free to use raspberries or another type of high-sugar fruit to take a unique turn on your own frugal ice cream. Anything goes. 🙂

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