This concoction was too good not to share. Lavender is an extremely versatile plant. Mostly, you hear about Lavender in skin care products, primarily for it’s calming effects. More recently, Lavender is making it’s way into beverages, desserts, etc. (Not to be confused with the artificial “Lavender” scent that is in a lot of lotions, bath bombs, etc.) Lavender pairs wonderfully with anything vanilla, creamy, sweet, salty, you name it. I decided to throw a bit in with my wild blueberry recipe, which I thought needed a little something extra, and *BOOM* I was right (like always) I also added frozen cauliflower (sounds strange, I know) which adds a very creamy texture, without any bitter, strange flavors, that you would think with a vegetable like cauliflower. I hope everyone will give this recipe a chance, as I promise it won’t disappoint!
Vegan Wild Blueberry Lavender Vanilla “Ice Cream”
2 frozen, very ripe bananas
1 cup frozen butternut squash (I purchase mine from Wegmans, Whole Foods, or Roots and they generally come in 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch squares)
1 cup frozen sweet potato (I purchase mine from Wegmans, Whole Foods, or Roots and they generally come in 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch squares)
1 cup frozen cauliflower florets (frozen vegetable aisle)
3/4 cup frozen WILD blueberries (Must be wild)
2 tbsp almond butter (PB or any other nut butter)
1 tbsp dried lavender
1/2 tsp ground vanilla beans (or vanilla extract)
1 packet of Vega Vanilla Recovery Protein (or any other plant based vanilla protein)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
Note: You can also cut your own veggies and fruit and freeze them if you have some sitting in the fridge and want to utilize them
- Add ingredients to any high powered blender, scraping the sides as you go. (Depending on the blender, this may take longer than 3-5 minutes)
- Stir mixture in blender as necessary, making sure everything is blended and has a thick creamy consistency
- Add more almond milk or coconut cream until you get your desired consistency (If you want to drink it through a straw like a milk shake, be sure to add more liquid)
- Spoon out and enjoy!
Note: If you have a low powered blender (don’t worry I had to save up forever to purchase mine) the blending process will take longer. Just make sure to not overdo it, as some of the low powered blenders motors tend to burn out. Blend for 30 seconds, stir, blend for 30 seconds, stir, add more liquid as necessary, and so forth. Don’t get discouraged, you can do it!
I hope everyone enjoys. My main goal of this website is to share my love for plant based foods and to show everyone that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland or boring!