It’s blueberry season here in New Zealand! It’s also pretty damn hot! I’ve been thinking about a blueberry ice-cream recipe for a while. Then I had a look at possible flavour combinations and lavender popped up.
That sounded strange and beautiful at the same time. I had to give it a try!
And, oh boy, lavender and blueberries indeed make an amazing pair! The sweet and flowery aromas of lavender infuse deliciously with the blueberries. And it has a refreshing taste to it.
So if you have both lavender and blueberries at hand, I can only recommend to try this recipe for this delicious blueberry lavender ice-dream, that is also vegan, gluten-free and free from refined sugars.
Update: you can make this ice cream recipe with an ice cream maker as well with a high-speed blender. You will find both options below.
Blueberry Lavender Ice-Dream (Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar Free, No-Churn Option)
- high-speed blender
- ice cream maker
- 70 g cashews soak them in filtered water for at least 3 hours, then rinse and drain
- 70 g dates pitted
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lavender flowers approx. 1-2 flower ‘heads’
- 1-2 pinches salt
- 400 g approx. blueberries
Preparation with ice-cream maker:
- Blend cashews, dates, salt and water until smooth.
- Add blueberries and pulse a few times.
- Pour into ice-cream maker and churn until it has reached the desired firmness. If it is too soft, pop it into a container and into the freezer for a while.
Preparation with high-speed blender:
- Blend all ingredients except the blueberries and lavender until smooth.
- Pour into freezer safe containers until approx. finger thick high. Sprinkle with blueberries and lavender flowers, scattering them evenly over the surface.
- Place in freezer until solid.
- Once frozen, pop the slab(s) onto a chopping board and cut into smaller chunks.
- Place chunks in high-speed blender and blend on lower medium speed, using a tamper to push the squares into the blades. Blend until smooth. Transfer to dessert bowls immediately or pop it into a freezer safe container to let it firm up again a little more.