No Churn Lavender Ice Cream

With a creamy, sweet, slightly floral flavor, no churn lavender ice cream is both easy and delicious.  Perfect for a spring dessert or snack!

Lavender Ice Cream

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If you’ve never made no churn ice cream before, you’ve got to give it a try.  It’s revolutionized making ice cream at home–and for good reason.  No cook, no churn, no special equipment!  And did I mention it’s delicious? 

Ever since eating my first lemon lavender cupcake more than a decade ago, I’ve been a lavender fanatic.  It took me years to recreate that cupcake, but since then I’ve gone wild.  Things like No-Torch Lavender Creme Brulee, Lavender Vanilla Madeleines and Honey Lavender Scones

lavender fields

I even attended a Lavender festival where I had my first lavender ice cream.  And (drumroll). It. Was. Amazing.  

How to Make No Churn Lavender Ice Cream

I wasn’t kidding when I said no churn ice creams have revolutionized the homemade market.  They truly are super easy and delicious.  You start by mixing all the ingredients except the cream:

make no churn ice cream

Then whip the cream
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Fold the two together

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Pour into a shallow freezer container

Freeze ice cream until solid

Freeze until firm

scoop out ice crream

Then serve

With a creamy, sweet, slightly floral flavor, no churn lavender ice cream is both easy and delicious.  Perfect for a spring dessert or snack!


Cooking with Lavender

As I mentioned, I’ve done a lot of cooking with lavender.  I always worked with dried culinary lavender but there are some real challenges to this. 

First dried lavender has a pretty significant bitterness and a mild floral flavor.  If you go too easy on the lavender, the flavor doesn’t spread through the whole dish—and too much makes it bitter.  Putting it through a blender didn’t really help either.   I finally solved the problem by adding the dried lavender buds to the sugar the night before and sealing them up.  This infused the flavor through the sugar and therefore through the whole dish.  Problem #1 was solved, though it did mean I needed to start the dish a day ahead of time for best results. lavender and bee

The second problem was the bits of lavender.  These can be attractive and are not offensive to munch on in a cupcake. But I think It’s downright nasty to get a mouthful of dried flowers in a spoonful of ice cream.  Ditto for a smooth buttercream.  I even tried pulverizing it in the blender but it wouldn’t grind fine enough. Taylor & Colledge Lavender Paste

So, for my no churn lavender ice cream, I used Taylor and Colledge Lavender Extract Paste (which you can buy here). The texture was smooth, and the flavor was identical to natural dried lavender at its best. Problem solved AND now I don’t have to start the night before!

Tips and Notes

I was happy to see that Taylor and Colledge didn’t artificially color their lavender paste.  I usually try to go the more natural route.  If you want the (admittedly lovely) lavender color, feel free to enhance yours with your favorite food safe color.  I did sprinkle on (sparingly) a few buds of lavender for garnish.

With a creamy, sweet, slightly floral flavor, no churn lavender ice cream is both easy and delicious.  Perfect for a spring dessert or snack!

I often mix vanilla with other flavors (Taylor and Colledge has vanilla too) when I create a recipe.  It seems to mellow them out and help remove any harsh or strident notes.  This recipe still has a mere 4 ingredients!

After I made my first batch of this no churn lavender ice cream  my oldest decided to one up me and made a trio of lavender, lemon and rose ice creams.  Yes, yum, yum and yum.  She did color these to set them apart. 

Yes, if a recipe can get one of my kids to cook, you better believe it’s good!

No Churn Lavender Ice Cream

With a creamy, sweet, slightly floral flavor, no churn lavender ice cream is both easy and delicious.  Perfect for a spring dessert or snack!
Author: Inger
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Additional Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Desserts & Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 219 kcal


  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste
  • 1 teaspoon lavender paste
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream


  • Combine sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and lavender.
  • Beat cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold 1/4 of whipped cream into lavender mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining whipped cream taking care not to deflate too much.
  • Pour into freezer container (something low and wide is ideal) and frreeze until firm, about 2-3 hours.
  • Scoop out and serve immediately. Sore unused portion in freezer.


Calories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 22mgSugar: 4g
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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21 thoughts on “No Churn Lavender Ice Cream

  1. Lorena

    Thank you for this recipe! I made this today and it’s AMAZING!!! I followed the ingredients (bought the exact lavender paste too) and recipe as written. I’m quite impressed! So easy, so delicious, so decadent!

    1. Inger Post author

      I am so glad you enjoyed this! My oldest is positively addicted! That paste is a game changer when it comes to adding good lavender flavor easily!

  2. David Scott Allen

    Well, just when I thought I had every lavender product available… I need to buy some lavender paste! This recipe looks amazing, Inger. You can be assured I will be making it as soon as the paste arrives

  3. Raymund

    I recently learned this technique recently and will have a couple of ice cream recipes to post soon. I love how easy this is, before I have to get the ice cream maker from the shelf but now they will stay there forever. You made a great flavour there.

    1. Inger Post author

      My daughter immediately sent off some of this lavender paste to a friend she owed a Christmas gift to in Austria! But the cordial’s a great idea Tandy!

  4. John / Kitchen Riffs

    We love no churn ice cream! About the only kind we make anymore. We have an ice cream maker, but it only does a ho-hum job. Yours looks marvelous — great idea to use lavender. Thanks!

    1. Inger Post author

      I have an ice cream maker too and some great recipes (from a Jeni cookbook) but no churn is sooo much easier!

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