I recently enjoyed a precious visit from my mother. Since we both live in different states, we don't see each other as often as we would like to. So when we get together, we make the most of our time! She lives in some intense desert heat so traveling to Oregon in the summer time is such a treat for her.
We spent some time at Oregon's infamous Rose Garden. It is so beautiful this time of year!
Not only is the weather a treat for her, but I love to spoil her with her favorite foods. One of her favorite flavors is lemon. So of course I made her a batch of my lemon lavender bars. We just couldn't get enough of those! Since we were in the lemon lavender mood, making ice cream seemed like another obvious choice. Oh man, this combo was such a hit!
We spent some time in the lavender fields. So pretty up there! Here is a photo of my beautiful mom enjoying the view.
Ice cream is such a refreshing treat on these warmer days of summer. And lemon flavored ice cream, well now we are talking twice as refreshing! The bold, tart taste of lemons is such a delight! Do you know what happens when you add a touch of lavender? Something extra special! It's a unique combination with a sophisticated taste.
I use my ice cream maker to create this bowl of bliss. If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make the ice cream. You will just put your ice cream mixture straight from the Vitamix into a freezer safe container with an airtight lid. I will warn you though, your ice cream will not be as creamy. So, if you don't have an ice cream maker, and plan to make homemade ice cream a habit, I would definitely invest in one. They are reasonably priced and are actually a lot of fun.
If lavender isn't your thing, simply leave it out and you will have a wonderful lemon ice cream. It's important to start with cold cans of coconut milk. The colder your ice cream mix is before going into the ice cream maker, the creamier it will be. If you have time, you could also place your ice cream mix in the refrigerator after you have blended everything in the Vitamix. Once it's cold, then transfer it to your ice cream maker. But if you don't have the time, just pour it from the Vitamix into your ice cream maker.
Eat it on a cone, or in a bowl!
This recipe is great for many reasons. We have already gone over its wonderful flavor. But the fact that it is dairy free is a huge bonus for digestibility. it is also low in sugar with only 1/2 cup raw honey. So you are also avoiding refined sugars. Top it with some coconut whipped cream and you have yourself a healthy treat!
1. Place all ingredients, except for the lavender, in your Vitamix. Blend until thoroughly combined.
2. Pour the mixture in your ice cream maker and churn until your desired consistency is achieved. I find that 20-25 minutes is about the average amount of time. When you notice your ice cream close to being ready, slowing sprinkle in the lavender so it is blended evenly.
3. Transfer your ice cream to a freezer safe container with an air tight lid. Either enjoy right away or store in the freezer until you are ready to dig in!