Avocado Lemon Grass Ice Cream

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 18, 2012

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Avocados are so plentiful, pretty and perfect these days, the bins overflow at the market and they practically jump into the cart!

Avocado Lemon Grass Ice CreamSo seize the day, and once you have had your fill of guacamole, broaden your reach. Avocados are smooth, creamy, a bit nutty sometimes, and sport a wonderful soft green color, which reminded me of dessert. So I took advantage of my brand new ice cream maker, yet again. Yes, this is one dangerous machine.

Avocado Lemon Grass Ice Cream
I was inspired also by a tube of Gourmet Garden Lemon Grass Herb Blend that I got from attending Camp Blogaway, the weekend retreat for food bloggers. The Gourmet Garden people introduced us to many of their herbs-in-a-tube at camp; the Lemon Grass was my favorite.

Avocado Lemon Grass Ice CreamI can rarely find fresh lemon grass at the markets I usually haunt, so lemon grass chopped up in a tube sounded like a good idea to me. It was! The sour lemony, herbaceous flavor of lemon grass came through but didn’t overpower. It plays very nicely with avocado, for a pairing that tastes like it has always been a natural.

Avocado Lemon Grass Ice CreamLove at first sight, and taste.

Recipe: Avocado Lemon Grass Ice Cream

Avocado Lemon Grass Ice CreamSummary: Creamy, sweet, lemony, a soft green in both taste and color — this is a flavor combination made in ice cream heaven. The texture is almost chewy, like a good gelato!


  • 2 ripe California avocados (6-7 ounces each) (I prefer Haas avocados)
  • 3 1/2-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Lemon Grass Herb Blend


  1. Cut avocados in half, remove pits and spoon flesh into a blender or small food processor. Whirl for about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. It will make a smooth paste.
  2. Scrape paste into a lidded quart container. Stir in lemon juice, half and half, sugar and lemon grass, until well combined and sugar has dissolved.
  3. Put lid on and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours or overnight. (The lemon juice will keep it from becoming brown.)
  4. Pour avocado mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. This should take about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, or return ice cream to lidded container and freeze.
  6. Makes 6-8 servings. Small servings suffice!

Quick notes

Gourmet Garden Lemon Grass–I am indebted to Sandy Hu for the inspiration for my ice cream!

What else to do with lemon grass?

Hooked on lemon grass? Try this Grilled Lemongrass Ginger Chicken 

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 3 hours + 30 minutes in the ice cream freezer
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 6-8 (small servings)
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★

What else interesting have you done with avocados? Tell me in the comments!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

jessica July 18, 2018 at 4:16 am

ooh… i’m so intrigued by the lemongrass! <3


Toni | Boulder Locavore July 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

It looks SO good! Awesome summer treat!


Dee July 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm

This is so unique, and it’s perfect for summer!


Demeter July 16, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Perfect for summer! Such a fantastic flavor combination!


Sabrina July 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm

I love how creative this is! We love avocados so this is a must try!


Amanda July 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm

I am very excited to try this, very interesting!!


Anna May 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm

I am so excited to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing this article.


GENOVIVA ECHEMINADA September 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

I like the avocado lemongrass ice cream i will try to make it.


Cookin' Canuck June 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This is awesome, Dorothy! I can the freshness from the lemongrass and the mellow creaminess from the avocados.

I’d love for you to share this recipe (and any of your other favorite avocado recipes) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen of Dine & Dish right now. http://bit.ly/NKF4rk


Vicky June 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

This sounds awesome! What an interesting combination of flavors! I’m intrigued!


Katherine Martinelli June 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

What a gorgeous, unexpected flavor combination!


Laura @ Family Spice June 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

We adore our avocados and love it straight up with lime. It’s so hard to experiment with them, but I’ve made a smoothie & mixed them in cream cheese. I shall try it in ice cream… one day!


Mimi Avocado June 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

What a great way to use the Gourmet Garden Lemon Grass! We have never tried making avocado ice cream. Sounds like we’re missing out!


Valentina June 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Dorothy, I LOVE this flavor combination!!!


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