This Homemade Peach Ice Cream recipe made in VitaMix blender will satisfy your sweet tooth and ice cream cravings in an instant. And no ice cream machine is required. Really!
The good news about this recipe is that it’s FAST. If you have frozen peaches on hand, you can have homemade ice cream in less than 5 minutes. BAM!
A VitaMix (affiliate links provided throughout this post – happy shopping!) is a blender that is the first cousin of a wood chipper. It can take your frozen peaches, (or any frozen fruit: like blueberries, or strawberries, for example) and turn it into a smooth purée faster than you can say, “You scream, I scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!”
If you add more liquid (like juice, or some yogurt) to the VitaMix than what is called for in this recipe, what you’ll have is a smoothie or something like a milkshake. If you add less liquid, you’ll have something much thicker, that is absolutely ice cream-like in texture. It’s comparable to soft serve or frozen custard. And when wouldn’t you be delighted to have an instant dessert? Plus, you can tailor it to fit your desired caloric intake. Low-fat milk will give you a low fat, ice-cold ice-milk-like treat. Use all cream (and I tried this) and what you’ll get is a silky texture. It tastes amazing, and you’ll get full a lot faster!
The bad news is that it’s way too easy to add too much liquid, leading you to end up in the milkshake/smoothie situation. So, do be careful in regard to how much liquid you add, and not to over-blend. (Although, really, when is a peach milkshake bad news, right?)
This recipe calls for a half cup sugar. Other recipes call for more, but a half cup should be great. Sweeten to taste this frozen treat with as much sugar as you like. If you go too far with the sweetness, balance it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice while you are still in the mixing process.
If your counter is full of ripe summer peaches, as so many of our counters are, you’ll need to slice and add sugar to your fresh peaches first. Then put them in a ziplock bag, and stick them in the freezer, to await your next ice cream attack. They’ll need to stay in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours. Longer is fine. If your counter is NOT full of ripe peaches, another alternative for you is to buy frozen peach slices at the grocery store, to have them on hand for your instant dessert, ready whenever you have a craving.
I put the sugar on my peaches before I froze them, and let them sit with the sugar on them for about 5 minutes. This is called macerating the fruit. The sugar will slightly break down the cell walls of the peaches, and cause them to extrude their juices, while also making them more tender. This is all to the good, and what you want to have happen. But it won’t hurt anything if you throw your sugar in at the last second after the peaches are already frozen.
If you have a VitaMix, you know you can drop the sliced frozen peaches in there, peels and all. The Vitamix can chew up anything. If you leave the peels on, you’ll have little specks of darker red in your ice cream. I actually prefer the appearance WITH the peel. Not to mention that NOT peeling requires less effort. But as you can see in this batch, which I peeled, there are no specks and you end up with more of a tangerine-like color. Choose whatever method floats your boat.
The Recipe for Homemade Peach Ice Cream in a VitaMix
1/2 cup milk (you can use skim, 1%, 2%, half & half, heavy cream or coconut milk, but 2% milk was what we used for this batch)
1 pound frozen peaches
1/2 cup granulated sugar (you could substitute Agave Nectar, if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Place all ingredients in the VitaMix container in the order listed, and put the lid on. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on the machine and increase speed to #10, and then to HIGH, the highest speed and power. Use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades while processing. In about 30 to 60 seconds, four mounds should appear on top of the mixture, and the sound of the motor will change, indicating your deliciousness is ready to be consumed! Turn the motor off and serve immediately, or the ice cream will start to melt. Store any leftovers in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.