Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Ice Cream

By Erin Huffstetler | 08/01/2021 | No Comments

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Lavender ice cream is the ultimate summertime treat. The sweet, floral flavor of the lavender pairs perfectly with the richness of the cream. It’s delicious on its own, but also pairs beautifully with fruit pie.

When I was developing this recipe, I experimented with making lavender ice cream two ways. Both ways were delicious, so I’m sharing both with you, along with a bunch of tasty flavor variations.

Both versions are egg-free, and super-easy to make. Choose your preferred method, or make both types, and see which you like best.

A Note About Cooking With Lavender

Dried Culinary Lavender

While all lavender is considered edible, it’s best to use culinary lavender in anything you plan to eat. It won’t make your food taste soapy, and you won’t have to worry that it’s been sprayed with anything questionable. Look for English lavender varieties (Lavandula angustifolia), like Munstead, Hidcote and Royal Velvet.

And if you happen to grow English lavender in your garden, by all means, use your own.

Lavender Ice Cream Made With Infused Cream

Lavender Ice Cream Recipe Made With Infused Cream

This lavender ice cream is made by heating the ice cream base on the stove; then, steeping dried lavender in the base. Before the ice cream is churned, the lavender buds are strained out. This results in a smooth ice cream with an intense lavender flavor and no flower bits.

This recipe makes one quart of lavender ice cream.

Ingredients:

The heavy whipping cream delivers all the fat that’s needed for this ice cream to freeze well, so you can use any type of dairy milk in this recipe – skim, 1%, 2% or whole milk.

What You Do:

Ingredients for Lavender Ice Cream

Combine cream, milk, sugar and lavender in a saucepan.

Bring Ice Cream Base to a Boil

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Then, remove from heat, and allow lavender to steep for one hour.

Strain the Lavender Out of the Ice Cream Base

Strain the lavender out of the ice cream base. Then, cover, and refrigerate, until chilled.

Churn Lavender Ice Cream

If you want your ice cream to have a lavender color, add a few drops of food coloring. This is the natural food coloring that I used.

Then, churn your ice cream in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. It’ll be the consistency of soft-serve when it’s done. If you want hard-scoop ice cream, just stick it in the freezer for a couple hours, before serving.

Lavender Ice Cream Flavor Variations

Flavor Variations

Lavender pairs beautifully with citrus, chocolate and berries. Here are some fun flavor variations to try:

Lemon Lavender – Add the zest of two lemon (or 2 tsp dried lemon peel) to the base, before you heat it on the stove
Lavender Chocolate Chip/Chunk – Stir 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chunks into the base, just before churning
Lavender Berry – Add 1 cup of berry puree (blueberries, raspberries or blackberries) to the base, before you heat it on the stove. If using blackberries, increase the sugar in the recipe.

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Lavender Ice Cream Made With Infused Cream

Lavender Ice Cream Made With Infused Cream

The delicate floral flavor of the lavender balances perfectly with the richness of the cream in this lavender ice cream.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Combine cream, milk, sugar and lavender in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, and let lavender steep for one hour.

Strain out the lavender, and refrigerate until chilled.

Then, churn in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Serve immediately, for soft-serve; freeze two hours, for hard-scoop.

Notes

Flavor Variations:

Lemon Lavender – Add zest of two lemon (or 2 tsp dried lemon peel) to base, before you heat on stove
Lavender Chocolate Chip/Chunk – Stir 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chunks to base, just before churning
Lavender Berry – Add 1 cup berry puree (blueberry, raspberry or blackberry) to base, before heating on stove. If using blackberries, increase sugar in recipe.

Lavender Ice Cream Made With Lavender Sugar

No-Cook Lavender Ice Cream Recipe Made With Lavender Sugar

This three-ingredient lavender ice cream doesn’t require any stove time or chill time. Simply stir the ingredients together, and pour them in the ice cream maker.

Lavender Sugar

The lavender flavor comes from the lavender sugar that’s used in place of regular sugar. Lavender sugar may sound like a fancy ingredient, but it’s nothing more than granulated sugar with ground up dried lavender mixed in. You can whip up a batch in about two minutes. Make it as you need it, or make it ahead, and keep a jar in your pantry. I’ve included the recipe below. My favorite thing about this version is the little flecks of lavender throughout the ice cream.

This recipe makes one quart of lavender ice cream.

Ingredients:

As with the other recipe, the heavy whipping cream delivers all the fat you need to make the ice cream freeze well, so feel free to use your preferred dairy milk – whether that’s skim, 1%, 2% or whole milk.

What You Do:

Stir Lavender Sugar Into Ice Cream Base

Mix all the ingredients together. Add a few drops of food coloring, if you want your ice cream to be lavender colored.

Lavender Ice Cream Base in Ice Cream Churn

Then, churn in an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy right away for soft-serve, or pop it in the freezer for a couple hours, for hard-scoop. It’s delicious either way.

Reusable Ice Cream Containers

I store my homemade ice cream in these reusable Tovolo ice cream tubs. They’re BPA-free and have a tight-fitting silicon lid. I’ve had the yellow one for year, and it still looks brand new.

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Lavender Ice Cream Made With Lavender Sugar

No-Cook Lavender Ice Cream

This egg-free, no-cook recipe for lavender ice cream comes together quickly, and tastes amazing.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Stir ingredients together, and churn in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Notes

Lavender sugar has a long shelf life. Make it ahead, and store it in your pantry.

Need an Ice Cream Maker Recommendation?

These are the ones that I own:


More Lavender Recipes

Obsessed with lavender? Then, be sure to check out these other lavender recipes.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

How to Make Lavender Extract

Lavender Extract

Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup

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