This Tropical Fruit Ice Recipe is made with tropical whole fruit with a touch of citrus. It’s basically a vacation in a glass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter ate a whole adult size of this until she was shivering. It’s that good.
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