Blueberry Lavender Banana Ice Cream

August 9th, 2013 1:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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This particular flavor combination was inspired by the Lavender Pancakes in Alicia Simpson’s Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food, which I made for VeganMoFo and topped with a yummy blueberry sauce. Spoiler alert: it tastes every bit as delicious as it sounds.

(Incidentally, Shane enjoyed his pancakes with maple syrup and didn’t share in my heavenly dining experience. He was less than impressed. To which I responded: Told you so! Maple syrup and lavender, ew.)

The blueberry syrup is optional but really takes things to the next level.

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Blueberry Lavender Banana Ice Cream

(Makes just under one quart of ice cream.)

Ingredients

4-5 overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup blueberry syrup (optional)
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
1/2 cup dried blueberries
sugar to taste (optional)
a splash of non-dairy milk or creamer, if needed

Directions

1. Put the bananas, vanilla extract, and blueberry syrup in the food processor and pulse until smoothly blended. Most likely you’ll need to stir the bananas by hand several times, as the frozen chunks tend to gather and become “stuck” on one side of the bowl. If necessary, add a splash of non-dairy milk or creamer to get things moving!

Alternately, you can allow the bananas to defrost on the counter top for 30 to 60 minutes beforehand, so that they’re easier to work with. Before putting them in the food processor, break them up into smaller chunks with a butter knife.

Note: Since introducing extra liquids (such as non-dairy milk) into the mix results in a slightly icier finished product, I prefer defrosting to non-dairy milk. If you’re in a hurry, pop the bananas in the microwave for 20 to 45 seconds instead.

2. If the bananas aren’t sweet enough for your taste (sometimes this happens if you freeze them before they’re sufficiently ripe), add a bit of sugar to taste. Any sugar works fine – white, brown, etc. – but I find that powdered sugar results in a smoother blend.

3. Add the lavender and dried blueberries and process until the berries are broken up into smaller pieces. Your food processor might get a bit jump during this step, so hold on tight!

4. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container. Enjoy immediately as soft serve, or pop the ice cream in the freezer for an hour+ for a firmer dessert. Store any leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container. If the frozen banana ice cream proves too hard to scoop, microwave it for ten seconds to help loosen it up (or let the container sit on the counter for ten to thirty minutes prior to eating, depending on room temp).

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