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Prickly Pear Cheesecake Ice Cream

Prickly Pear Cheesecake Ice Cream

Soft pink ice cream in a glass dish on a marble counter.

Do you have a mess of prickly pear cactus growing near you? When the fruits are ripe (when they’re almost if not completely red), pick them, prep them, and they can be mixed into all sorts of things. This recipe is for a no-churn ice cream. Basically, I made a whipped cream and folded the prickly pear mixture into it, then froze. Note that you need prickly pear juice for this recipe; here’s how Hank Shaw makes it. 

Soft pink ice cream in a glass dish on a marble counter.

Prickly Pear Cheesecake Ice Cream

4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Freezing Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • cups prickly pear juice
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Juice of 1 lemon almost 1½ tbsp
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ cup sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream whipped into peaks
  • cup sugar


  • Make the whipped cream and refrigerate
  • Mix together all prickly pear cheesecake ingredients until well blended and smooth. Gently fold in whipped cream until completely mixed.
  • Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe dish and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Add any toppings of your choice.
Keyword Cactus, Foraged
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