Do you enjoy the flavors of mint, lavender, and lemon?
So do I! And surprisingly, they make a delicious bouquet of flavors when presented together.
I first introduced essential oils to my ice cream about a year ago. My body needed a break from chocolate and caramel.
I wanted exciting herbal flavors — like peppermint or spearmint! Yet I didn’t always have fresh herbs on hand.
We make something similar at our ice cream shop in Eugene, Oregon. It's a favorite with many customers.
And although we use organic and grass-fed cream at our shop, we can't legally use raw cow's milk cream. So I run home to make my raw ice cream! There, my essential oils are within arm's reach of my ice cream maker.
The Role Of Vanilla
In addition to its lovely background flavor, the vanilla extract helps with scoop-ability of leftovers. Its alcohol base lowers the freezing temperature. This provides an ice cream that isn't super hard when pulled from the freezer the next day.
If you plan to eat all of your ice cream, feel free to reduce the amount of vanilla.
Measuring Essential Oils
Let’s face it… Shaking drops from an essential oil bottle is an inexact way to measure them! Sometimes, you get 1 drop. Other times, you get 3. It's hard to get the right amount.
In the measurements below, I give an ideal spectrum: 1 to 2 drops, or 2 to 3 drops. This gives you a ballpark goal and an idea of how strong the flavor is. The recipe will be fantastic no matter what. One drop too many? Don't worry! The flavors are concentrated but not to such a degree that they will overpower the dessert.
- Place all ingredients in blender.
- Then puree for about 10 seconds to dissolve and incorporate the sweetener.
- Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Finally, serve your cold, creamy herbal treat with fresh berries or a garnish of edible flowers!
Have you made ice cream with essential oils? I'd love to hear what flavors you enjoy.
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Disclaimer: At Traditional Cooking School, we recommend using only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils and those generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided by this website is intended for educational and informational purposes only. This post or the essential oils mentioned therein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a qualified aromatherapist when using essential oils for any purpose. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
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