Kem Bơ Dừa Recipe

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Treat yourself to the unique flavors of Vietnamese avocado ice cream (Kem Bơ Dừa), an irresistible dessert hailing from Middle Vietnam. This delightful combination of creamy avocado smoothie and luscious coconut ice cream is the ultimate refreshment on sweltering hot days.

In just a couple of straightforward steps, you can recreate this mouthwatering Vietnamese dessert from scratch. Not only will it wow your guests, but it will also offer an escape from the summer heat. Don’t miss out on this chance – let’s get started!

Avocado Ice Cream

What Is Kem Bo Dua

During my travels through the scenic landscapes of Vietnam, I stumbled upon a delightful dessert called Kem Bo Dua in the coastal city of Da Nang. This unique blend of avocado and coconut ice cream was unlike anything I’d ever tasted.

I was captivated by the way this seemingly simple street food, native to Da Nang, had won hearts across the country, making its way to the highlands of Da Lat and the bustling port city of Hai Phong.

My first spoonful of this treat was a revelation. The velvety smoothness of the avocado ice cream smoothie immediately caught my attention. It was rich and decadent, with the avocado’s natural creaminess heightened by the freezing process.

This creamy delight was beautifully offset by the rich, almost buttery, coconut ice cream that it was paired with.

What I loved most about Kem Bo Dua was the balance it struck between its different elements. The subtle sweetness of the avocado and coconut didn’t overwhelm my palate but rather created a harmonious blend of flavors that felt light and refreshing.

The experience was elevated further by the contrasting textures within the dessert. The satisfying crunch of roasted peanuts and the fragrant aroma of dried coconut flakes brought an unexpected but delightful twist to each mouthful.

Tools

Electric Mixer
  • Electric mixer: For whipping up the cream and giving it a smooth consistency.
  • Handheld blender: For blending the avocado with other ingredients to create a smoothie.

Additionally, you can use other helpful tools like an ice cream mold, spatula, knife, etc.

Ingredients

Grated Coconut
  • Avocados: It’s best to use ripe avocados for this recipe. Select ones that yield slightly to gentle pressure when squeezed and have a darker skin color.
  • Whipping cream: The base for the homemade coconut ice cream.
  • Coconut milk: For making the coconut ice cream.
  • Low-sugar fresh milk: For preparing the smoothie. Since it’s not the main sweetener, you should use low-sugar milk.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: This thick and dense milk adds to the texture and provides the dessert with sweetness.
  • Grated coconut: For adding to the ice cream. You can also enjoy it as a garnish.
  • Dried coconut flakes & roasted peanuts: The ideal garnish options for the dessert. The peanuts add an extra crunch and earthy flavor, while the coconut flakes complement the coconut ice cream well.

Directions

This homemade dessert recipe is incredibly easy to make. Follow these steps, and you’ll have a delicious treat in no time.

Step 1: Make The Coconut Ice Cream

Pour whipping cream into a tray and use an electric mixer to whip until smooth and creamy. Then pour the mixture into a prepared plastic container.

Pour Whipping Cream

Add coconut milk, grated coconut, and half of the sweetened condensed milk. Mix well until the mixture is well combined.

Add Coconut Milk Grated Coconut

Cover the container tightly and place it in the freezer for 2-4 hours.

Cover The Container

Step 2: Make The Avocado Smoothie Ice Cream

Once the coconut ice cream has frozen, proceed to make the avocado ice cream.

Use a knife to cut the avocados lengthwise, then gently chop into the pit and wiggle it to remove the seed.

Next, peel the avocados and cut them into pieces before placing them in a blender.

Peel The Avocados And Cut

Add fresh milk and the remaining sweetened condensed milk to the blender with the avocados and blend until smooth.

As the avocados are soft, blend for just 30-40 seconds; blending too long may cause the avocado to lose its vibrant green color.

Once the avocados are blended, place the smoothie in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to achieve a soft and smooth consistency.

Avocados Are Blended

Step 3: Assemble And Enjoy

After preparing both the coconut and avocado ice cream, scoop the avocado smoothie ice cream into a glass and spread it evenly around the glass.

Then scoop the coconut ice cream on top and garnish with freshly grated coconut, peanuts, and dried coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Assemble And Enjoy
Vietnamese Avocado Ice Cream

Tips And Variations

  • The quality of avocados used is crucial. Try to select ripe but firm avocados that are free from blemishes or overly soft spots. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure but still hold their shape.
  • For a quick and refreshing avocado smoothie ice cream without the need for freezing, simply add a few ice cubes to the blend.
  • You can replace avocado with other fruits like mango, strawberries, bananas, kiwi, or durian, which will also provide you with the deliciously refreshing flavors of these fruity ice cream variations.
  • If you don’t want to make the coconut ice cream from scratch, feel free to use store-bought ice cream.
  • Adjust the sweetness level to your liking. The amount of condensed milk or sugar can be modified based on your preference.

How To Store Kem Bo Dua

To properly store Kem Bo Dua, keep the avocado smoothie and coconut ice cream in separate food containers and place them in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. The ice cream will remain at its best for up

Store Kem Bo Dua

Other Vietnamese Desserts For You Sweet Tooth

Once you’ve learned how to make perfect Kem Bo Dua, challenge yourself with more tasty Vietnamese dessert recipes. They all taste really good, so your effort will be well-rewarded!

  • Che Bap (Vietnamese Sweet Corn Pudding): This dessert features sweet corn kernels cooked in a creamy coconut milk sauce and topped with chewy tapioca pearls. It is a comforting treat that showcases the natural sweetness of corn in a unique way.
  • Banh Cam (Vietnamese Fried Sesame Balls): Crispy on the edges and chewy inside, these deep-fried sesame balls are made with a glutinous rice flour dough filled with sweet mung bean paste. The golden-brown exterior, coated with sesame seeds, gives way to a deliciously sweet and satisfying center.
  • Che Sam Bo Luong (Dessert Drink with Herbal Ingredients): A refreshing and invigorating dessert drink, Che Sam Bo Luong is packed with a variety of ingredients like dried longan, lotus seeds, seaweed, pearl barley, and jujube. Served chilled, this dessert is both sweet and nourishing, making it a delightful choice for warm weather.
  • Banh Trung Thu (Vietnamese Mooncakes): Traditionally enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival, these exquisite pastries feature a tender, golden crust filled with a variety of sweet or savory fillings. Mooncakes are not only delicious but also symbolize family reunion and happiness.

FAQs

Kem Bơ Dừa is relatively healthy compared to other desserts, as it is made primarily from avocados, which are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. However, moderation is key, as it can still be high in sugar and calories, especially if you use store-bought ice cream.

Yes, traditional Vietnamese avocado ice cream is typically gluten-free, as it doesn’t contain any wheat-based ingredients. It can also be free of dairy if you use dairy-free alternatives for condensed milk and whipping cream.

Absolutely! To make Kem Bơ Dừa vegan-friendly, simply replace the condensed milk with plant-based alternatives, such as sweetened full-fat coconut milk, and use an appropriate vegan sweetener like agave syrup or maple syrup.

Certainly! You can use other sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Just keep in mind that this may alter the overall flavor of the ice cream.

Yes, you can use frozen avocados for Kem Bo Dua. Don’t forget to thaw them before blending to achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.

Bring This Exciting Dessert To Your Meal Today!

Kem Bo Dua is a top-notch dessert for people who love ice cream and want to try something new and exciting. The creamy avocado smoothie ice cream brings a breath of fresh air to a classic sweet treat. On top of that, the dish is also quite healthy, which is always a good thing.

What do you think about Kem Bo Dua after trying it? Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comment section. Also, if you’re happy about today’s recipe, don’t forget to like and share the post with others as well. Thank you for reading!

Vietnamese Avocado Ice Cream Recipe

Vietnamese Avocado Ice Cream (Kem Bơ Dừa)

Vietnamese avocado ice cream, or Kem Bo Dua, is a refreshing fusion of avocado smoothie and creamy coconut ice cream, a true sensation in every scoop. Let’s learn how to make it!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 657kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 8.5 fluid ounces (250 milliliters) whipping cream
  • 5 fluid ounces (150 milliliters) coconut milk
  • 4.4 fluid ounces (130 milliliters) low-sugar fresh milk
  • 3.4 fluid ounces (100 milliliters) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.8 ounces (50 grams) fresh grated coconut
  • 0.35 ounces (10 grams) dried coconut flakes
  • 0.35 ounces (10 grams) roasted peanuts

Instructions 

  • Pour whipping cream into a tray and use an electric mixer to whip until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the mixture into a prepared plastic container.
    Pour Whipping Cream
  • Add coconut milk, grated coconut, and half of the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Mix well until the mixture is well combined.
    Add Coconut Milk Grated Coconut
  • Cover the container tightly and place it in the freezer for 2-4 hours.
    Cover The Container
  • Once the coconut ice cream has frozen, proceed to make the avocado ice cream.
  • Use a knife to cut the avocados lengthwise, then gently chop into the pit and wiggle it to remove the seed.
  • Peel the avocados and cut them into pieces before placing them in a blender.
    Peel The Avocados And Cut
  • Add fresh milk and the remaining sweetened condensed milk to the blender with the avocado.
  • Blend until smooth, about 30 to 40 seconds.
  • Once the avocados are blended, place them in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to achieve a soft and smooth consistency.
    Avocados Are Blended
  • After preparing both the coconut and avocado ice cream, scoop the avocado smoothie ice cream into a glass and spread it evenly around the glass.
  • Scoop the coconut ice cream on top and garnish it with freshly grated coconut, peanuts, and dried coconut flakes.
  • Enjoy!
    Assemble And Enjoy
  • Vietnamese Avocado Ice Cream

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Notes

  • Select ripe but firm avocados that are free from blemishes or overly soft spots. They should yield slightly to gentle pressure but still hold their shape.
  • For a quick and refreshing avocado smoothie ice cream without the need for freezing, simply add a few ice cubes to the blend.
  • You can replace avocado with other fruits like mango, strawberries, bananas, kiwi, or durian, which will also provide you with the deliciously refreshing flavors of these fruity ice cream variations.
  • If you don’t want to make the coconut ice cream from scratch, feel free to use store-bought ice cream.
  • Adjust the sweetness level to your liking. The amount of condensed milk or sugar can be modified based on your preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg
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Home Cooking, Meal Planning, Food Styling, Food Photography, Cooking-video Maker, Beverage Evaluation Expert

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Saigon Culinary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Program: Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Focus: Vietnamese and Asian cuisines with intensive training and hands-on approach.

Vietnam Australia Vocational School (VAAC), Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Program: Bartender
  • Focus: Basic knowledge on how to store, preserve and select ingredients, and practice cocktails, mocktails, hot and cold drinks.

Richie, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a dynamic Content Writer with a talent for capturing the essence of culinary art.

Richie specializes in creating visually appealing and tasty content, offering a new angle on Vietnamese and other culinary traditions. With a background in graphic design and a love for food styling and photography, he expertly combines beauty with food narratives, encouraging his audience to discover the culinary world through his imaginative perspective.

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