Tropical Fruit Ice Made with Whole Fruit

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April 19th, 2019
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This Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe is made with tropical whole fruit with a touch of citrus.  It’s basically a vacation in a glass. 

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

Tropical Fruit Ice

The reason why I had to make this Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe is because I had an abundance of tropical fruit leftover from a lifestyle shoot.  Which I can’t wait to share by the way.  I had papaya, cantaloupe, watermelon and I just remembered right now – also some pineapple.  Ooops.  It was supposed to be a garnish on top of the ice.

I had to do something with all the fruit before they turn.  At first it was supposed to be a sorbet, but honestly it was way to hard to scoop.

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

I ended up using a fork to scrape up the frozen fruit and when I served them up into a cup, it tasted like the best shaved ice.  Hence – Tropical Fruit Ice, but made with real whole fruit.  Now let’s go layer by layer starting from the bottom.

Papaya with Lime and Coconut Milk

The bottom layer was a whole papaya mixed with some lime juice, lime zest and half a cup of coconut milk.  Everything went in the blender and then poured into a loaf tin.  I let that freeze for an hour before I added the next layer. I must stress that each layer needs to be frozen before you add a new fruit.  Or else it will all just turn in to one fruit mush where you can’t distinguish the different flavors.

Cantaloupe with Ginger, Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

Once the bottom layer was frozen I threw in half a cantaloupe, some ginger and lemongrass and coconut milk in the blender again and poured it over the frozen papaya layer.  I think I have told you this before, but I have tubes of herb blends in my fridge that I can just grab and not worry about peeling or prepping.  I use these, and not sponsored – but I do love love the convenience of them.

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

Watermelon

I had half a watermelon and I scooped all the flesh into a blender and just hit blend.  No water to thin it out.  It was super juicy so it didn’t need anything else.  Pour it over the frozen cantaloupe mixture.

You can layer it in any order that you want, but the beauty of this layering is that everyone can have a different flavor or layer up if they wanted too.

Let’s Serve It Out

I found these adorable wicker cups on Etsy a few weeks ago and could not wait to use them.  I think these are so perfect to serve the Tropical Fruit Ice in.

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

Use a fork to scrape out the ice grains much like a granita and then serve in glasses.  We liked a little bit of each layer in each glass.

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

It’s like a very intense flavor of shaved ice.  I like knowing that it’s made from whole pure fruit and not from syrup.  It also has a softer bite than shaved ice.  More like snow ice if you are familiar.

Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe

My daughter ate a whole adult size of this until she was shivering.  It’s that good.

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Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe
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Tropical Fruit Ice Made with Whole Fruit

This Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe is made with tropical whole fruit with a touch of citrus. It’s basically a vacation in a glass.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Filipino, Vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 Glasses
Author Rezel Kealoha

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Cut Watermelon
  • 2 Cups Cut Cantaloupe
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Greated Lemongrass
  • 2 Cups Cut Papaya
  • Juice of One Lime
  • Rind of One Lime
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk Note you will use 1/2 cup in two fruit layers

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Loaf Tin that you can place in the freezer

Instructions

Papaya with Lime and Coconut Milk

  1. Place the papaya, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, lime juice and rind in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into the bottom of the loaf tin and freezer for about an hour.  Note, don't move to the next step until this layer is frozen.

Cantaloupe with Ginger, Lemongrass and Coconut Milk

  1. Place the cantaloupe, the rest of the 1/2 cup of coconut milk, ginger and lemongrass into the blender.  Blend until smooth.  Pour over the frozen papaya layer.  Note, don't move to the next step until this layer is frozen.

Watermelon

  1. Blend watermelon just on it's own until smooth.  Pour over the frozen cantaloupe layer.  Freeze overnight until very firm.

To Serve

  1. Use a fork to scrape the Tropical Fruit Ice and serve into cups. 

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