Winter is coming. JK JK JK. Thank the Lord it is not and that hellish season is over and Spring has sprung. Buttttttttt, for you Game of Throne fans, you know that this next winter is gonna be a long one. And this recipe is dedicated solely to you. In thinking of the last episode of this season I knew that I wanted to pay some sorta homage to Castle Black. And since Castle Black is essentially made of ice, ice cream was definitely in order.
And since I have a love for puns and plays on words, some Castle Blackberry ice cream seemed most appropriate. So gather your fellow fans, Game of Thrones beer, and have this ice cream waiting in the freezer to serve at your Sunday night Season 5 premiere party.
And in the theme of film, I created my first video to share with you on how easy it is to make healthy Vitamix ice cream. This was super fun to make and I have to give a shout out to my most precious Swede for helping me with the filming and to my brother for helping me with the lighting. Check out the video below for a “how to” on this awesome ice cream in the Vitamix! (And if you don’t have a Vitamix there is a way to achieve this delicious nerdy, but yummy treat. Just read the note below the recipe)
Vegan blackberry ice cream
12 oz. fresh blackberries
juice from 1 medium blood or navel orange
12 oz. frozen blackberries
8-10 coconut milk cubes (frozen ahead of time)
1 frozen fig (or sub 2 more coconut milk ice cubes)
4 pitted dates
1 tsp. vanilla extract
extra blackberries and mint for topping (if desired)
In a saucepan add fresh blackberries with orange juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Add all ingredients into blender except for 1/4 c. of the blackberry compote, which you will reserve for later. Blend on high using the tamper to push ingredients into the blade until well combined. Add in the remaining 1/4 c. blackberry compote and fold in. Serve into bowls or place in one freezer friendly container and freeze for 25-30 minutes if you wish to have scoops instead of soft serve. Add in more fresh berries if using. Enjoy!
Note: If you do not have a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, don’t fret! You can still make this ice cream with a bit of time. The only thing you will change in the recipe is to NOT freeze the coconut milk and use about 1.5 cups of unfrozen coconut milk blended with all of the other ingredients until well combined, pour into a freezer friendly glass container and whip every 45 minutes for about 2-3 hours, until ice cream texture is reached.