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Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream

Scoops of blueberry ice cream in a small, white, round bowl and garnished with basil. Fresh blueberries in the background.

No Cooking or Eggs Required for this Easy Blueberry Ice Cream

This blueberry ice cream recipe is so easy and most of the time is spent by either churning or freezing. I love that it doesn’t require any cooking or eggs. I use the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, other ice cream makers will work too. Pour mixture into either, churn and freeze. Churn for 20-30 minutes, freeze for 4 hours.

Michigan, Blueberries and Bears

Several years ago, my husband and I went to visit his hometown of Manistique, Michigan. You really have to go… It is gorgeous up north. Or as they would say… “up nort der eh?”  The upper penensula is known to Michiganders as the U.P. (Upper Penensula). Those from the U.P. are known as “Yoopers”, and they are proud of it. The U.P. is also a great place to find wild blueberries. Bears like wild blueberries too, but everyone will tell you not to worry. Seriously, they can’t say it enough. 

Tiny red choke cherries on the tree.
These are the choke cherries that the bears like so much. These are from the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.

Bears Also like Choke Cherries

True Story. Nick and I were hiking on a

not so obvious trail when he told me to “watch out”. He then motioned to a pile of poop. I assumed it was dog poop. He said “it could be a bear”. We really are in that place where it really could be a damn bear! 

Me: REALLY?

Nick: yes, but it’s ok. 

Me: WHAT?

Nick: Really, it’s ok. 

Me: are you kidding?

Nick: No, but they won’t bother us unless we bother them. 

Me: how do you know that was “bear” poop?”

Nick: because it was full of choke cherry pits and nothing else eats them but bears. 

Note: we are surrounded by choke cherries

Question: has anyone seen “Reverent” with Leo Dicaprio?

That bear was not nice at all. I think I had nightmares. 

Next question: how far would you go on the hike after that?

We did eventually see a super cute black bear, but as everyone said…it was scared of us and ran away. 

 

A small white bowl with Blueberry ice cream garnished with fresh basil, a slice of peach galette on a white plate. There's a nutcracker, fresh peaches and blueberries in the background.
Pepé is trying to sneak a piece of peach galette and the blueberry ice cream, but I see him. LOL

Blueberries, basil and Peaches… Oh my!

While taking a photo of my delicious homemade blueberry ice cream, I added some fresh basil just as a garnish. The ice cream was starting to melt after so many pictures. I noticed the basil had some ice cream on it, so I licked it off. Uh… OMG, these two are amazing together. That weekend, I was talking to a chef at a restaurant and mentioned my blueberry ice cream. He asked if I knew what went well with blueberry ice cream. I said, “BASIL”. He was surprised. I had to confess I just found out by accident.

Which brings me to peaches. Peaches also go well with blueberries and they also go well with basil. So, I had to combine them all with my Easy Peach Galette My guests were confused at first, but then all wanted more basil for there dessert. #foodpairing

Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories: 349kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Blueberries
  • 3/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 1/4 Cups Heavy Cream whipping cream
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • Purée all ingredients in a high speed blender. Pour into previously frozen KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment (see notes below) and turn speed on “stir”. Let this churn for 25-30 minutes. Or pour into ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (probably the same amount of time as above). Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Notes

Notes:
If using any type of freezer bowl attachement that needs to be frozen for “X” amount of hours, make sure that has been done. KitchenAid recommends their bowl be frozen for 16 hours before use.
You can choose to purée one half of the blueberries and leave the rest whol if you like. If so, add the whole blueberries at the last minute or two of churning. I found that I don’t like the hard frozen berries as much because I have sensitive teeth and don’t like to chew them. Other people love to chew on ice, so it’s really just a personal preference.

Nutrition

Serving: 150g | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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Pepé admiring our delicious Blueberry & Cream Cheese Croissant Puff. It has twice the blueberries as all the other recipes out there.

 

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