After the success of our chocolate lavender cake and relaxing lavender smoothie, we decided to experiment with these beautiful purple flowers once more. And with summer approaching, we thought, what better time to make delicious vegan lavender ice cream?
This wonderful ice cream is not only super creamy and flavourful but also much healthier than a classic gelato. That's because we made it sugar-free and low-fat using bananas, zero-calories erythritol, and coconut milk. And the great news is you can make it even without an ice cream maker!
Traditional gelato is soft and creamy because it's very fatty, and because it gets churned by the ice cream machine. To make our lavender ice cream lower in fats, dairy-free, and vegan, we relied on canned coconut milk and mashed bananas. When combined together, these two ingredients yield a lovely creaminess quite similar to that of the classic ice cream. But with only a third of fats!
Using ripe bananas also adds natural sweetness to the ice cream, meaning you won't need much added sugar. The bananas will slightly affect the final colour of the lavender gelato, giving it a duller purple hue - but we believe it's an acceptable compromise to make the ice cream lower in fats and sugars.
Finally, if you don't have an ice cream machine, we'll give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the ice cream without it. It's a simple process that will require very little work from you, but you'll have to be home for the whole day. So this recipe is perfect to make during a cosy weekend spent at home.
But just how healthy can ice cream be? Well, one serving made of two big scoops (about 100g/3.5 oz) has only 130 calories, 8% RDI of sugar and 12% RDI of fats. That's right, 100 grams of ice cream for only 130 calories. Amazing right? Welcome to Foodaciously!