Creamy Pomegranate Ice Cream

Pomegranate cream cheese ice cream via A Beautiful MessThere’s something sort of special about pomegranates, right? I think so. The first time you peel back that hard, ruby red shell and find all those little seeds inside is sort of a whole experience. It’s like alien fruit! (In a good way.) 

And then comes the inevitable google search on how to easily remove the seeds. I shared my favorite method in this pomegranate donut post, but there are tons of great tips out there.

Pomegranate cream cheese ice cream via A Beautiful Mess This ice cream doesn’t really require you to extract the pomegranate seeds. You can just buy the juice since that’s all you need to make this. Which is totally cheating. But this whole recipe is totally cheating as this ice cream is SUPER easy to make. The base of this is made from cream cheese, which also makes the final ice cream taste a little bit like cheesecake. 🙂

How to make cream cheese ice creamCreamy Pomegranate Ice Cream

Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups whole milk
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds for serving (optional)

First, make sure your cream cheese is softened as this will make it much easier to blend together. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese and 1 cup milk. Whisk together until well combined. Add the sugar and remaining 1 cup milk, whisk together until well combined. Then whisk in the pomegranate juice and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.

If you can’t tell, we’re going for well combined here, guys. We want to avoid having small chunks of cream cheese in our batter. If you do, it’s OK. The ice cream will still taste great, but the texture won’t be quite as smooth and creamy.

Pomegranate cream cheese ice cream via A Beautiful Mess Chill the batter in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Then follow your ice cream maker’s instructions to make ice cream. If the batter is a soft serve texture and you like your ice cream a little firmer, store it in the freezer overnight before serving.

Pomegranate cream cheese ice cream via A Beautiful Mess I like to serve this with pomegranate seeds sprinkled over the top, just for a little more flavor. You could also choose to stir the seeds into the soft batter before the final freezing I recommended. Up to you, choose your own adventure ice cream. (Pro tip: hot fudge is great on this!) xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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  • Thanks for a tasty idea!) What if we try adding another one berry to pomegranate? I love experimenting with flavour and taste shades 🙂 Perhaps, a blueberry?

  • Such an awesome post! Mouthwatering for sureeee!

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  • I LOVE the look of this recipe!! I adore the flavour of pomegranates, but I’m not too keen on the crunchiness of the seeds, so something like this is perfect for me! 🙂

  • This sounds amazing! Warm weather needs to get here so I can indulge without freezing!

  • I just made the best chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese! I had no idea how great it is to bake with! Definitely adding this recipe to my list 🙂

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    Victoria

  • I just made the best chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese! I had no idea how great it is to bake with! Definitely adding this recipe to my list 🙂

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    Victoria

  • Looks so good! Maybe a bit chilly for January though! 🙂

    Lots of Love Lottie ♥
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  • This looks amazing – but is there any way to make ice cream without a specialised ice cream maker?

  • YUM! YUM! I always get a little obsessed with one ingredient each season and I am already gaga for pomegranate this winter. This makes me really want to buy an ice cream maker!
    Trish

  • Only recently I fell in love with pomegranate (yup, it’s the seeds. Well. It’s the seeds all over me when I try to do something with this fruit!). I tried it with trout the other night- delicious! Now, I will have to try the sweet use too!

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  • this looks yum…love poms, gotta try this…

    xo
    Hems
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  • Looks so heavenly! Totally will try this someday!

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  • This looks so mouth-watering that I’m hungry now! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • ahhh yumm and healthy! I have a pomegranate smoothie recipe on my blog, come check it out 🙂

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  • Omg this looks amazing! I love eating ice cream in winter for some strange reason

    Ali
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    xx

  • I think pomegranate-anything always looks beautiful and this is no exception! Love the colour, it’s so pretty and festive 🙂

  • That looks mouthwateringly amazing! I love pomegranates, they always remind me of summer hehe 🙂
    Emily xxx
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  • First off, beautiful pictures ladies. Pomegranates are very eye catching. Second, I’ve always felt like pomegranates were an indulgent or royal looking fruit. Like they belong on the king’s table or something. I can imagine they were am exotic rarity at some point in time. Third, this looks like a sinfully delicious recipe. Yum!
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • It’s probably a little more creamy than icy, mostly due to the cream cheese. 🙂

    -Emma

  • This is a wonderful idea! 🙂
    I love pomegranates, and this recipe is genius!!!!
    Keep up the amazing work! 😉
    Love,
    Isabella

  • I’ve been wanting to pick up an ice cream extension for my KitchenAid for ages, and this might just be the inspiration I need! I love the idea of adding in cream cheese – I’ll bet it makes the ice cream so luscious and delicious.

    Cat
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  • Oh wow, brilliant recipe…..if only I could get hold of pomegranates where I am 🙁

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