Beat the heat of summer with a scoop or three of this delicious watermelon gelato! Sweet, satisfying, and so refreshing with only two ingredients!
- 5 cups of frozen cubed watermelon (see note)
- 1 cup of sliced fresh or frozen overripe banana (see note)
- ½–1 tablespoon of agave nectar or other liquid sweetener (optional)
- Put the watermelon and banana in a food processor or high-powered blender.
- Pulse to mince the frozen fruit into slivers or small pieces, then puree until smooth, scraping down the processor once or twice. Don’t add any liquid to the puree! The watermelon is already so water-dense. Let the processor do its thing.
- Taste, and if you’d like it a little sweeter, add the sweetener as desired.
- Serve or transfer to the freezer for an hour or more for a firmer set gelato (see serving tip).
- Watermelon Note: Cube the watermelon and spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to freeze. This will need to be done a day in advance (or longer) before making the gelato. Freezing the watermelon on the parchment rather than a container or bag keeps the watermelon chunks separate, making it easier to break up in the processor. After it’s frozen, then you can transfer the cubed watermelon to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container until ready to make the recipe.
- Banana Note: If you don’t have a frozen banana, you can use fresh, since the bulk of the fruit (watermelon) is frozen in the recipe. When freezing bananas, don’t freeze in the peel! It is very hard to peel after freezing. Just peel and slice up your overripe bananas, then pop them into a container or resealable plastic bag and freeze so they are always at the ready. Don’t like bananas? Their flavor isn’t pronounced here, and they do help make the gelato a little creamier. If you really want to omit it, you can; the finished texture will be a little grittier.
- Serving Tip: This gelato is best enjoyed immediately, or after setting in the freezer for just an hour or so. If the gelato freezes longer, it will need to thaw slightly, and then the texture becomes a little watery.
- Idea: Want some flavor variations? Replace 1–2 cups of the watermelon cubes with 1–2 cups of frozen raspberries or strawberries!
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