Easy Lemon Balm Ice Cream (vegan, no-churn)

Lemon Balm Ice Cream (vegan, no-churn) | curlsnchard.com

Hey guys! After having shared a cookbook recipe with you last week (it was a snickerdoodles recipe, in case you missed it!), this week’s recipe is my own development again. Well, calling it a development is kind of a bit too much for the simplicity of this ice cream. You guys already know my love for banana ice cream, ‘nicecream, ‘nanaicecream or whatever you want to call it. Today’s take on it is lemon balm ice cream! It’s vegan, you don’t need an ice cream maker and it has frozen bananas as a basis. Does it get easier? No!

We have a huge lemon balm plant in our garden, which we use to flavor water and also make lemon balm syrup from it. If you don’t have a garden, lemon balm plants should also survive being in a pot and are usually very easy to find (pretty much everywhere where you can find kitchen herbs). I can highly recommend getting a plant!

Making this lemon balm ice cream version of ‘nicecream, is really the easiest thing in the world. Lemon balm has such a nice flavor already, although it’s not as intense as it’s cousin mint. That’s why I love to add some additional lemon to the recipe, to bump up the lemon flavor. There is no sweetener included in this recipe, as the frozen bananas are usually already very sweet on their own. It’s really quick, easy and fuss free to make this lemon balm ice cream. Also, it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. 😉

Lemon Balm Ice Cream (vegan, no-churn) | curlsnchard.com

Simple Lemon Balm Ice Cream (vegan, no-churn)
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 handful lemon balm leaves
  • ½ lemon (juice)
  • 1 splash rice milk
  • 1 tbsp oats (optional)
Instructions
  1. Use a food processor or blender and pulse the lemon balm leaves a few times, together with the lemon juice. If you want to make it more of a breakfast, add in the oats too.
  2. Add the frozen banana and just as much liquid as your blender or food processor needs, so the mixture turns creamy.
  3. Don't over-blend, or your ice cream will turn into a smoothie - it's still delicious, but probably not what you are going for!

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28 thoughts on “Easy Lemon Balm Ice Cream (vegan, no-churn)

    1. Thank you Dana! It’s really so fast to make – just stick a banana in the freezer, and then blend everything up – done! It could also work with just adding ice cubes to the mixture if you don’t have the patience to wait for the banana to freeze 😉 xx

    1. Thank you! Yes, you can use whatever milk you enjoy 🙂 If the milk has a strong taste on it’s own, it might influence the taste of the ice cream a bit. But I’m sure that a slight coconut note will actually be really taste with this ice cream!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! My kitchen gets quite hot during the summer anyway, so I really don’t want to heat it up even more if I can avoid it 🙂

  1. Yum this looks so delicious! I am always looking for some healthy summer treats and this looks like something everyone would eat. I love lemon anything in the summer. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Jody! My family really loved it – it’s so simple to make and tastes really refreshing and still sweet 🙂 Let me know when you make it, I love feedback 🙂

    1. They are so amazing! You can use them to flavor water, make syrup etc. 🙂 They are really easy to take care of as well!

  2. I swear you have to have the coolest garden ever! I’ve never even heard of lemon balm, but I love lemon flavor and I love ice cream 🙂 Does lemon balm taste like lemon or does it have it’s own unique taste?

    1. Haha, thank you Natalie! I love our garden too <3 I can't wait for all of our tomatoes to ripen too, we have so many fun kinds this year! And my chocolate mint plant is growing like crazy! I can't even eat that much 😀 Lemon balm has quite a unique flavor, that's actually pretty hard to pinpoint. It does taste and smell like lemon, but not only lemon. If you have a green market somewhere, I would highly recommend you go give the plant a little sniff. <3

    1. Thank you so much, Kaila! I have a plant in my garden – you can usually get them where you can also find mint plants, like in bigger supermarkets, farmers markets or plant markets 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, Karyn! I’m so happy you enjoy it – sweetness is such a personal preference and I’m sure maple syrup tastes delicious in there 🙂

  3. Such a beautiful recipe, Kat! Love it. Like I mentioned to you elsewhere, I’ve been brainstorming things to make with my lemon balm bushes the very you shared this 🙂 I think I need brainstorming no more — this recipe looks pretty perfect 😉

    1. Thank you so much Audrey <3 I hope you get a chance to give this a try! I really love the flavor combination 🙂 We also made a big batch of syrup with the leaves. We always freeze the finished syrup, so we only have to add minimal sugar to it. It's so good!

  4. How about substituting banana in your nicecream with something? But what? The taste of banana is so strong that it overwhelmes everything else (according to my husband, so he won’t be enjoying this), thus I’d like to give it a try with something else. For me and kids I’ll be trying this, for my lemon balm bushes are really huge..

    1. Hm, that’s a good question! You could use a cashew based ice cream? Depends on his diet and personal taste. I personally don’t think that you can really taste the banana through the lemon and lemon balm, but if he really dislikes bananas the faint taste might already be too much 😉 I hope you and your kids enjoy the recipe though 🙂

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