Recipe Repertoire: Mango and Basil Ice “Cream”

MagoesInstaThe second question I get when people find out I eat a mostly whole foods, plant-based diet is “how can you not eat ice cream?” Well, try this incredibly simple recipe full of flavor.  I use frozen packages of diced mango and a touch of instant oats to provide some texture and cream factor.  NO added sugar or any dairy means a lot less calories per serving (or in my case, larger serving portions with no guilt!).


2 lb packages of frozen diced mangos, or about 8 cups (feel free to use fresh, diced and frozen)
The Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1Ž/2 cup of quick or instant oats

In the bowl of a food processor, add the frozen mango and the quick oats.  Pulse for a few times or until broken down into very small chunks.  Add the lime juice, lime zest, and basil and puree until just combined.  Add a few tablespoons of water if too thick.  Serve immediately, or place in the freezer for up to 30 minutes before serving.

Note: this is a great recipe to use your high-speed blender.  If you have one of these, simply add all the ingredients and blend with the use of the tamper until reaching a creamy, gelato-like consistency.  This may not even need the few tablespoons of water.


  1. Anna Franklin says:

    Is that 12 cups of oats? or is it one and a half?

  2. Olivia Bespolka says:

    At the demo at amnh you had another flavor of ice ‘cream’ that was like a berry, what was the recipe for that one?

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