This elderflower and coconut ice cream is as simple as it gets, all you need is two ingredients! Sweet elderflower cordial and creamy coconut milk makes this vegan ice cream a delicious and refreshing summer treat.
Elderflowers are the edible white umbrella like blossoms of the Elder tree. In cooler climates in late spring and early summer you can smell their beautiful fragrance in the hedgerows.
Elderflower cordial is made by soaking these fragrant blossoms in water with sugar, lemon and citric acid. The result is a syrup with a beautiful floral taste and citrusy tang. You can buy it or make your own homemade elderflower cordial.
Making this ice cream
To make this vegan elderflower ice cream all you need to do is mix elderflower cordial with a can of coconut milk. Mix it together with a spatula until it’s incorporated.
We like to leave a few lumps of the coconut cream still in, as it gives a nice little coconut hit in the finished ice cream. If you want your ice cream to have a totally smooth texture, just whizz it up with a hand blender.
Then simply put the mix into an ice cream maker and let it work it’s magic!
We like our kitchen top plugged-in ice cream maker, because it makes really good ice cream, and really quick. You have to pre-freeze the bowl overnight, but then the ice cream whips up in under 30 minutes!
There are also smaller, battery-powered ice cream makers, which churn the ice cream inside the freezer and so don't have to be pre-chilled.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker then you can also freeze the mix into ice cubes and then blend in a high speed blender.
If you don’t have a blender then you could just make these into elderflower and coconut lollies instead.
Talking about ice lollies, we also have a recipe for Lemon and Elderflower Ice Lollies!
This refreshing vegan elderflower ice cream is delicious served in a vegan cone or in a bowl with a sprinkle of coconut flakes. It also goes amazing well, (of course!) with our Vegan Elderflower Cake or our Vegan Elderflower Fritters.
Try these other vegan ice cream recipes:
Vegan Elderflower and Coconut Ice Cream
- Mix the coconut milk and the elderflower cordial together.
- Either use a spatula to mix and leave some of the thicker coconut cream a little lumpy, this gives you nice little pieces of coconut in the finished ice cream.
- Or use a blender to make it completely smooth for a uniform ice cream texture.
- Follow the instructions of your ice cream maker to freeze. No need to chill the mixture first. We simply poured it into the pre frozen bowl and churned for 20 minutes.
- Enjoy your refreshing vegan elderflower ice cream!
Happy ice cream eating!
Sophie and Paul