Lifestyle Recipes

Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream

July 14, 2017

I think ice cream has a way of bringing people together and I don’t believe anyone can think about it without smiling and for that reason, I love it! I have so many wonderful memories that include this sweet treat so it will always be on the top of my list of comfort foods. When Wiley and I were in college, as soon as we got out of class we would pack a bag, his surf board and head to the beach. After an afternoon in the sun our favorite thing to do was head to Kohl’s Frozen Custard. We got a cone with two scoops and walked around the sandy streets and watched the sun go down. Right now, as I think about it, it seems like a dream because those days were so wonderful.

And that’s just what ice cream does, right? Just one lick can bring back the prettiest memories. I could go on and on about stories that involve ice cream but for now, I think we should talk about this Blackberry Lavender recipe. When I first started making coconut milk-based ice cream (last year, I think) I discovered that the type of coconut milk that you use makes all the difference. Sadly, the Trader Joe’s version is no good. It leaves a grainy texture that just isn’t the most desirable. However, the house brand at Whole Foods is wonderful! It’s thick and creamy, just like you want ice cream to be. I’ve also used the brand Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk and it works great too.

When I first made this recipe, I scooped up a bit in a spoon when it was still in soft-serve form, tasted it and said to Wiley, “I think this is the best one I’ve ever made”. The combination of tart blackberries, creamy coconut, zesty lemon and calm lavender is just magical. It’s super easy but certainly has a wow-factor.

The blackberries are from a family friend’s garden back home in NC, which I LOVE. When our friend’s were in transit to the other side of the country a couple weeks ago, they stopped in Nashville and spent the night with us and brought the best gift of garden-fresh produce. These blackberries are so good, y’all.

This recipe is featured on Reese Witherspoon’s blog in celebration of National Ice Cream Day.The outfit that I’m wearing can be found on the Draper James website, just in time for those hot summer days. A good summer wardrobe is not complete without a few pieces of gingham. I love the shade of blue in the gingham skirt and pairing it with a lightweight t-shirt just makes sense on warm days. It’s easy, breezy!

Enjoy and happy summer!

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  • Reply Cathy August 9, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    You don’t say where you add the salt. Also, use 1/2 TABLESPOON of salt?!?

    • Reply melissahaithcock August 9, 2019 at 10:26 PM

      I’m sorry about that Cathy. I just fixed the recipe and the directions. I think the autocorrect tried to fix it for me. haha

  • Reply Cathy August 10, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Thanks for the fix!

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