Blueberry Lavender Ice Cream

By: Missy Sorg

When I post recipes, I have made them.  This recipe however, I was so excited to make that I opted to write about it before I even tried it.  Truthfully, I was working on something else and stumbled upon this when I was in Pinterest.  As I was nowhere near my kitchen at the time, I wanted to make sure I had it somewhere handy to come back to.  Why not make that handy place here at BOLD?  (p.s.  That way I can share it with all of you, too.  Because, you're probably going to be as excited as I was to find this.)  Coconut, Lavender, and Blueberries.  Yes.  Please.

Please note that this recipe was found over at Ambitious Kitchen (via Pinterest).  I will likely swap out some of the ingredients, and I may come back later with some comments if/when I do.  

In the meantime, have fun making this!

INGREDIENTS
2 (15 0z) cans full fat coconut milk (coconut cream also works)
1/2 cup Almond Breeze AlmondMilk CoconutMilk Blend
1/3 cup coconut palm syrup (honey works if not vegan)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
1 1/2 cups wild blueberries or wild berry mix
2 tablespoons coconut sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add coconut milk, almondmilk coconutmilk and coconut palm syrup (or honey); whisk until smooth and well combined and mixture comes to a slight simmer (this should only take a few minutes). DO NOT BRING MIXTURE TO A FULL BOIL. After mixture comes to a slight simmer, whisk once more, then transfer to a blender, add in lavender and vanilla and blend for 30 seconds. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours until very cold. This is an essential step, so please do not skip it!
While the mixture is chilling, you'll make a blueberry syrup. Add blueberries and coconut sugar to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Mash blueberries up with a fork and continue to stir mixture until it thickens; this should take roughly 15-20 minutes. Once mixture is thick like a syrup, transfer to a bowl, cover and stick in the fridge.
Once ready to make the ice cream, add the cold coconut milk mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions until it resembles soft serve.
Transfer half of ice cream to a freezer safe container, then add half of the blueberry mixture, repeat with ice cream and blueberries once more. Swirl mixture a few times with a knife to create layers. Cover ice cream and freeze for 4-6 hours or until ice cream hardens. Before ready to serve let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Makes 8 servings; 1/2 cup each.

Source: Ambitious Kitchen