Blueberry Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream – Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free

by tastyyummies

Blueberry Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream - Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free

Blueberry Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream - Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free

I cannot believe this is the first time this summer that I have pulled out my ice cream maker. So many missed ice cream opportunities. It actually makes me a little sad. But, don’t worry, I am back and committed to playing with my ice cream maker.

I found myself insanely inspired this past weekend after a super fun trip to the farmers market after yoga. I met up with some friends and I ended up spending over 2 hours there, buying delicious foods, chatting, getting inspired and seeing tons friends and even some family. It was a really fun morning. I had planned in advance to meet up with Janine, Alyssa and her boyfriend Daren. Alyssa recently started a blog, Wild Roots, where she shares her recipes for allergen-free foods as well as her incredible knowledge of the many benefits of the foods she cooks with. Alyssa has some really big plans she is working on that is going to be great for Buffalo, I am so excited for her and plan to be one of her biggest cheerleaders. Alyssa and I talked forever about food and cooking, playing with pairing unsuspecting ingredients together and so much more. Alyssa is such a breath of fresh air with her food and I am totally inspired by what she is doing. After sharing a recipe last week for Lavender Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Wraps with Garlic Crusted Mushrooms & Spicy Pea Spread, I recalled my search for lavender a while back where I was left empty handed. I didn’t think it would be that hard to find. I had planted some lavender last summer and for whatever reason it never really grew that well. Whether it be hubby’s lawn mower, the dog, another critter or just imperfect conditions, it never really made it. I had so many plans for that little plant and it just left me dreaming.

After being reminded of my search for lavender, finding out where to buy it locally (the Lexington Co-Op near the other dried spices and herbs), spending a few hours at the farmers market (where I purchased a beautiful basket of blueberries) and chatting with friends about delicious food, I came home inspired to make something seasonal, beautiful and tasty. This Blueberry Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream is just as delicious as it looks. That color is even more beautiful that the photos show and as I was making it, I wished I could bottle the scents up and wear them as a perfume. If the idea of eating lavender doesn’t appeal to you because of it’s floral scent, I really recommend trying to give it a shot anyway. You’ll be quite surprised at how wonderful it is. The subtle flavor that the lavender brings is so beautiful, delicate and perfect with the fresh tartness from the blueberries. The strong vanilla undertones rounds it all out so nicely, bringing it all together into a creamy, dreamy dessert that is perfect on a hot summer evening.

It was quite hot and muggy today, so I took my photos as fast as I could. I may have eaten a bowl of ice cream in between shots, ya know – cuz it was melting and all.

Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers. I hope your day is filled with family, friends, fun, delicious food and lots of magic! Enjoy!

Blueberry Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream - Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free

 

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1 Kalinda July 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Alright lady, I feel like we need to have a chat wherein you tell me all your photography secrets. I just can’t seem to get that level of sharpness with that level of brightness.

The ice cream sounds delicious by the way. I haven’t ever tried cooking with lavender. I do like rose water though. I think the addition of a floral quality can be great.

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2 tastyyummies July 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Kalinda – thanks and I would gladly share whateverI can, photo wise. I just keep doing it and doing it and always trying to get better. It has become a bit of an obsession for me and I am always wanting it to be better :)
Oooh you must get in on adding lavender to some food. I wanna make some chocolate bark with lavender and a little sea salt. Hopefully that’s the next fun thing. Now rose water is something I have never played with, I wonder if I would like it. Might be fun in an ice cream, too!

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3 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free July 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

I wish I could make this, if only I had an ice cream maker!!! sigh….so many great recipes missed…because I don’t have an ice cream maker!!! Perhaps I’ll just have to make this as a popsicle?

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4 Vicky July 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

This ice cream recipe is wonderful! I’ve written an article about lavender to be published tomorrow and have included a link to this recipe, hope that’s OK?

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5 tastyyummies July 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thank you and that would be wonderful as long as I am credited with the link. Thank you.

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6 Jennifer Green July 6, 2012 at 1:15 am

I just wrote about how I so need some good dairy-free ice cream recipes. I’m going broke buying the commercial soy cream. Thank you! Thank you! http://dairyfreediner.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/457/

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7 erika July 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I just made this. Five thumbs up!

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8 chantelle July 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Any suggestions for the ice cream maker?

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9 Vicki February 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Is there something I could substitute for the coconut milk. I’m allergic to coconut, but this sounds to heavenly to not try. Especially since I am the blueberry nut of the family. I will eat anything and everything blueberry. Even my favorite tea is blueberry. (Celestial Seasons Wild Blueberry)

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10 tastyyummies February 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

You could try another non-dairy milk, but they tend to get icy. Regular coconut milk stays so creamy, and less icy, because of the fat content in it.

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