July 06, 2014

Lavender Infused Cherry Ice Cream (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, Dessert)

It is officially cherry season! Are you as excited about that as I am? Since I am in the Okanagan right now I can just head outside and pick some from my neighbour's tree. It is glorious. I think I have given myself a cherry coma. If that is even possible. I am putting cherries in everything right now. With pork tenderloin, coconut butter, ground beef… you name it I have probably tried it. And so far I have not found a combination I haven't liked. So to celebrate my current cherry obsession you are getting a cherry inspired dessert. This Lavender Infused Cherry Ice Cream is perfect for the hot weather, and has no added sweeteners so you can feel good about eating it. This one also contains grassfed gelatin and is made without an ice cream maker so everyone should be able to make it. I hope you like it!

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1 can full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand
lavender flowers from 4 sprigs 
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (I use this kind)
pinch sea salt

3 small ripe bananas (or 2 large ones should be fine)
1/3 cup coconut butter (I use this brand
1 TBSP grassfed gelatin (buy here
1 cup de-pitted and chopped cherries 


1. Place a medium pot on low heat on the stove
2. Add coconut milk, lavender flowers, vanilla extract and sea salt to pot
3. Allow to come to a low boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently
4. Remove pot from heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes to let the lavender infuse
5. Remove the lavender flowers (I used a small strainer)
6. Place the pot back on the stove on low heat
7. Add the ripe bananas and break into pieces
8. Heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently to break up the bananas (you want to remove the chunks if possible)
9. Add the coconut butter and stir well to combine
10. Add the gelatin and stir well to dissolve the gelatin
11. Add the cherries, stir well and allow to simmer for another 5-10 minutes
12. Remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow flavours to blend 
13. Stir once more and transfer ingredients to a freezer safe bowl and place the bowl in your freezer
14. Freeze for approximately 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes
15. Serve and enjoy! Keep this in the fridge if you don't eat it all right away

Yield: 4-6 servings (depending on size)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

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  1. This ice cream looks lovely! I can't wait to try it. Local, organic cherries are just coming to our Farmer's Market!

  2. Thanks Katja! Let me know what you think :) I love cherry season!

  3. I've come to believe that lavender makes everything taste better! Thanks so much sharing this recipe at the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable. I hope you'll join us again.

    1. I know I have just discovered the wonders of lavender! I will definitely join your roundtable again. Happy to participate :)

  4. Is it possible to substitute the banana in your coconut milk ice cream recipes or leave out?

    1. I have never tried either. The bananas make up a large portion of this so I wouldn't dare just leaving them out. Not sure what you could substitute that would give a similar consistency though? good luck if you try anything else.