Lavender Coconut Ice Cream

Since I live in the cooler Pacific Northwest, summertime is the only time of year that I find myself craving ice cream.  But, when I do have a craving, it hits hard.  Luckily Seattle has an abundance of local ice cream shops that feature non-dairy ice cream.

Even though I am grateful for this, it has kinda turned into a problem.  I had to face the facts last night when I found myself walking to the ice cream shop for the third straight evening in a row.  I think this walk will now be called my “walk of shame.”

Since my ice cream cravings don’t seem to going anywhere soon,  I decided it was time to create my own lighter option that still tastes just as decadent and sweet as any other.  The result?  A relaxing and delicious blend of lavender, coconut, and banana.  And, you don’t even need an ice cream maker to enjoy this one!

A few weeks ago my partner and I visited the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington for my birthday.  It had always been a dream of mine to stand in a field of lavender so I was super excited to cross this off my life-list.  These photos still take my breath away.

 

 

 

 

For my ice cream, I used frozen bananas with a little coconut milk for the base.  You can use either coconut milk beverage or canned coconut milk in this recipe.  Since I wanted a lighter option, I used coconut milk beverage, but if you want a creamier version opt for the full-fat canned coconut milk.  This ice cream can be made using a standard food processor and you won’t need any other special equipment.  The bananas add a wonderful sweetness so I didn’t add any extra sweeteners in mine, but you can add some agave nectar, maple syrup, or another sweetener of your choice if desired.

Lavender Coconut Ice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk beverage or canned coconut milk
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons edible lavender flowers (depending on how strong you want the flavor)
  • 2 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen
  • natural sweetener (maple syrup, honey, etc) to taste, if desired
Instructions
  1. Add coconut milk and lavender to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir thoroughly. Let steep, covered, for 20 - 25 minutes.
  2. Strain mixture, reserving milk and discarding lavender. Pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  3. Once frozen, break apart the frozen coconut milk into chunks and add to a food processor. Add the chopped frozen banana. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy, adding additional sweeteners if desired. This will create a creamy "soft serve." If you want harder "ice cream," put the mixture into the freezer for 15 - 20 minutes to harden, then scoop and serve.

 

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