Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook

April 27, 2016

Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipe

Its seventy degrees with a breeze as I’m running on the sidewalk, down to the running path. There are lush trees and bushes of flowers on either side of me. I can hear the bees buzzing to my left and right, and the birds calling to one another from the canopies above. Occasionally I pass a yard worker. He turns off his mower, steps to the side, while smiling and waving good morning to me as I run by. “What a cheery, considerate person”, I think to myself. My internal “joy” meter goes up a few points, and I continue along. Finally I reach her, the Newport Back Bay. She is vast and blue, with brownish green slopes and dots of palm trees surrounding her. I spy a crane walking through the shallow water, and wave as smiling bicyclists and runners pass me on the trail. I give the bay a big hug with my eyes and turn around, its time to run back home, but the journey was well worth those few moments of sea breeze and beauty.

As I’m running home I’m thinking of lunch, and realizing we are low on a few items of produce. Rather than turning left when I reach our street, I turn right, crossing over to Tanaka Farms. I walk the dusty, dirt path up to the farm stand. When standing in the tarp-covered stand you have a clear one hundred and eighty degree view of the fields. Kale, sweet lettuces, chard, broccoli, and rows upon rows of juicy strawberries. I stuff a few bags of broccoli, grab an oversized carton of the reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen, and head to the checkout counter. I walk home, belly empty and arms full. Thinking of my soon to be delicious lunch, I smile. I just ran outside in perfect weather, felt the sea breeze, and am walking home from the farm with arms full of organic, local produce. I’m counting my blessings today. Every last one.

Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipe

If the idea of gorgeous, fresh produce prepared in ways that will make your mouth melt throughout the seasons gets you excited, The Love & Lemons Cookbook will make you weak in the knees. Jeanine shares her pantry essentials, and backwards meal planning tips in the beginning – getting your mind whizzing about all the ways to incorporate these brilliant ideas into your everyday. Then the recipes begin, and your mouth drops. The book is organized unlike any other I’ve ever possessed – alphabetically, by produce type. So you begin with apples, and end with zucchini. Each produce’s section contains a handful of inspiring recipes to follow (and tweak!). Everything from tacos to salads to ice creams. All with the most stunning graphic design to boot. There are carrot waffles, shiitake BLTs, sweet potato nachos, and even vegan french toast! In the midst of the overwhelming desire to make every single recipe, my eyes (stomach) were drawn to a purple-y frozen treat, the Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream. Read more about this tasty recipe below, and be sure to pop down beneath the recipe for details on how to enter to win a copy of this gem of a book! Also, see more L&L cookbook love around the web: creamy miso pasta, portobello burgerscarrot gasztpacho, and coconut rice with brussels sprouts.

Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipe

This ice cream is rich, creamy, perfectly sweet, with layers of flavor that will have you making multiple batches in a week (guilty, but also oh-so-winning). This ice cream reminds me of a special childhood treat. Clues: it was purple, sherbet-like, and you pushed it through a tube. Got it? Flintstone’s push-ups! Specifically that Bedrock Berry. But this version is way better, and better for you of course. Still though, you better bet I’m googling where to find those push-up containers to fill with this ice cream for summertime vibes in a few months. When in a cup, I like my serving just slightly melty around the edges, digging around the frozen center with my spoon. I love the sweet mango flavor in the midst of the creamy coconut and blueberries, but I think my favorite flavor-level of all is the fresh mint. Oh that fresh mint. Unlike any mint flavoring you’ll find, those leaves taste so herb-y and refreshing. Very different than the extracts most of us know. If you make this ice cream (please do!) make sure to include the fresh mint, its a vital level of flavor in this recipe. Yay for warmer months and frozen treats! I hope you’re week is full of joy and melty ice creams – xo.

Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipeBlueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipeBlueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipe

This recipe is being republished with the permission of Love & Lemons and Avery publishing. All words and opinions are my own, and I believe this cookbook to be an genuine piece of veggie-loving art.

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Recipe Notes: I substituted the fresh blueberries with frozen, and the fresh mango with 1 cup of diced frozen mango. It turned out incredible, and processed a bit faster than normal in my ice cream maker. I also list below the maple sugar I use to keep this processed sugar free, however, in the cookbook Jeanine uses cane sugar. Use whichever you prefer. I would think coconut sugar would work lovely too. I also list arrowroot starch below, while in the cookbook she lists cornstarch. It was just what I happen to have on hand and worked wonderfully. Use whichever you have.

Makes 4 servings.

2 (14 ounce/414 mL) cans full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
1 heaping cup (265 to 280 mL) blueberries
1 mango, pitted and diced
5 to 7 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
1/3 cup (75 mL) maple sugar
Sea salt

In advance, make sure the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer overnight, or for at least 15 hours.

Remove the coconut milk from the fridge and carefully scoop the thick solid cream off the top. In a blender, combine the blueberries, mango, mint leaves, coconut solids, arrowroot starch, maple sugar, and a pinch of salt and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers directions.

Transfer to a freezer safe container and chill for about 2 hours, or until the ice cream firms up. Serve! If freezing overnight, let the ice cream soften at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

Enter to win a copy of The Love & Lemons Cookbook by leaving a comment below with you’re favorite frozen summer treat! Contest open to U.S. residents only and will run through next Wednesday, May 4th.

Blueberry Mango & Mint Ice Cream // from The Love & Lemons Cookbook #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Lisa April 27, 2016 at 3:38 am

    What a lovely description of moments that could easily be overlooked and taken for granted but instead are appreciated and embraced!
    Frozen treats – I enjoy lemon or other fruit ices and sorbets.

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you Lisa! So sweet of you to say <3

  • Reply Sue Ellen April 27, 2016 at 3:48 am

    I love the pictures in this book! My favorite summer treat are fruit “nice” creams or sorbets.

  • Reply Lindsay April 27, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Ice cream is my favorite summer treat…no question. I love ice cream with fresh fruit in it. This looks amazing.

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition April 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Jesse! I’m so incredibly happy for you to be back where you belong! You are truly California girl! Your joy radiates off the page and it’s wonderful to read. You are so graciously blessed.

    I just got my hands on the Love and Lemon’s cookbook and I must say mine is looking a lot like yours. Sticky tabs galore! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love your take on this frozen treat with the substitution of maple syrup and using the frozen fruit. I definitely need to make this ASAP.

    Ohh and last but not least, your photos are beautiful as always!
    Sending love and good vibes, Jess

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Jess! You are way too kind! Thank you over and over girl, we are so happy to be back and “graciously blessed” is exactly how we feel – lots of hugs for you friend.

      And this book, amazing right!? I’m so excited for you to now cook your way through it too! xx

  • Reply Mason April 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I am so excited about this cookbook! I’m pretty sure that my copy will have the same number of bookmarks as yours! This ice cream looks delicious!

  • Reply Krystal April 27, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Popsicles! If I’m being honest, it’s mostly because I can make versions of “lazy ice cream” and who doesn’t love eating food of of a stick? This cookbook looks gorgeous and I’m intrigued by the organization!

  • Reply Kiki April 27, 2016 at 7:23 am

    My favorite frozen summer treat….this is so hard! But I’d probably eat a raw cashew based cheesecake with multiple layers and a caramel date crust. And some sort of raw chocolate sauce.

  • Reply Connor Gartner April 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

    There’s an ice cream parlor within walking distance that serves a frozen custard concrete called the ‘Bing Crosberry” with vanilla frozen custard layered with fresh berry sauce and chunks of cheesecake. It is beyond incredible, and definitely my favorite summer treat!

  • Reply Nancy April 27, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Coconut cream? Vs. milk. Too rich? Love your photos!

    • Reply Faring Well May 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Ive never tried it – but would substitute the amount of milk here with 2 to 2 1/4 cups of the cream if you did try!

  • Reply Frances April 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I loved how I could feel the joy shining off the page as I read this post!! As a recent(ish) Cnew alifornia resident it was nice to hear a locals passion for this place and a reminder that there is so much beauty right around the corner. I’m pumped for my Oceanside run now! My favorite summertime treat is definitely ice cream. Especially the mint variety. Preferably in a cone and eaten beside a lake or the ocean!! :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Aw yay! Thank you Frances! Enjoy that run ;) and that ice cream!

  • Reply Anja April 27, 2016 at 8:42 am

    my fav summer treat is cold brew coffee with oat milk and a scoop of vegan vanilla or caramel (or both hehe) ice cream!! so so good!

  • Reply suzanne April 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

    is it just me or has the photographs on your blog become even more gorgeous. are you doing something different. or maybe it’s the beautiful California light? your food styling is beautiful too. and the props! those glasses. what a colour!

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Suzanne, you are too kind! Thank you for your sweet compliment. It has to be this CA light for sure, plus having a huge kitchen window in the kitchen for the first time is a major plus! xoxo

  • Reply Mary Pat Turner April 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

    My favorite frozen treat is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (and her sorbets too). She uses the best ingredients, sources ethically, comes up with creative combos, and first opened up shop here in Columbus. This recipe from Love and Lemons caught my eye, because it has that same creativity and playfulness.

  • Reply Rachel Joy April 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Right now I am totally obsessed with caramel sea salt ice cream! A delicious ice cream shop in my hometown of DC called Jubilee has a flavor called Caramel Popcorn, it’s to die for! I will eat it every chance I get this summer! And I’d love to get my hands on that Love and Lemons cookbook!

  • Reply Kristine Rhome April 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

    My fav frozen treats get blended into smoothies! I’ve already been clearing through some frozen fruit for some morning smoothies and I love them so much. My fav unsmoothied frozen treats are mangoes :)

    Gosh, I love to hear how much you are loving CA! It’s seriously SOOOO so great to see how happy you are through your writing and snapchat now that you’re back in the place that you feel home <3

    As always, I adore how personal you are in your blog and can't wait to try this recipe!

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Kristy! Thank you! It feels unreal to be back, and so wonderful to be “in place” now. Thank you of your sweet words friend. I miss you.

      You made me smile so huge today <3

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High April 27, 2016 at 10:10 am

    your california life sounds very idyllic, i love it. this ice cream too. xoxo

  • Reply Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology April 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Your description of your jog around Newport Back Bay and Tanaka Farms makes me feel like I’m there! The joy, freedom and uplifted feeling is palpable through the screen. Love it! And that ice cream…so much yes! :) x

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full April 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Your day sounds so magical and wonderful. I can just imagine that farm stand bursting with fresh spring produce, and I’m brimming with envy!! None of the farm stands here on the northeast have really opened up yet. But hopefully they will soon :)

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Hopefully they will soon indeed! Here is CA it always happens a bit early. Thanks for your sweet words friend. Hope your week is a stellar one!

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha April 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I love ice-cream! I think my favorite is the one I made for my upcoming cookbook : berries + goji + açai :D

  • Reply Kelsey G April 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite frozen treat – cookie dough popsicles

  • Reply Heidi April 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    After visiting Hawaii and falling for the instant cool down of a shave ice, we bought one to make them at home. I make up different fruit syrups, and pour them over the ice- yum!!! Your run sounds fantastic, sometimes I feel totally spoiled for living in CA, but after moving back home, (Sonoma County) 4 years ago, I know I’ll never live anywhere else. Love to travel, but CA is home.

  • Reply Melissa K. April 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    My favorite summer treat has got to be vegan sorbet and cashew milk based ice cream!

  • Reply Thia April 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This ice cream looks SO yummy, it may turn out to be my new favorite!

    But until I try making it, I have to say that my favorite frozen summer treats are smoothie popsicles.
    I always make more than enough for my morning smoothie, and I freeze the rest in popsicle molds. I could
    have a variety of flavors to choose from at any one time. And if I were really PRESSED to name a favorite, I’d have to say my black cherry/banana/lime. :)

  • Reply Michelle April 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Ice cream! Always ice cream:)

  • Reply alison April 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    fav summer treat is basil,grapefruit granita, or a simple lemon one, can also make both a sorbet with coconut cream
    or cashews.

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie April 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to dust off the old ice cream maker and give this one a whirl. I’m so happy you’re loving being back home. Dorothy had it right this whole time <3

  • Reply jacquie April 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    fresh fruit w/ strawberries!!!

  • Reply Karen W April 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Would love to win this great cookbook. This looks great. My favorite summertime treat is fruit sobert and lemon mouse.

    • Reply Faring Well May 5, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Well YAY because you won Karen! Emailing you for your info now :) happy recipe making!

  • Reply Ashley Mauceri April 28, 2016 at 5:34 am

    This book looks beautiful! Thanks so much for the change to win!

  • Reply Jess | Urban Alchemy April 28, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Keep the Cali posts coming! My heart explodes with happiness every time I read your words :) thank you. Annnnnnddd soft serve ice cream for sure! Pressed Juicery’s Freeze… so so good.

    • Reply Faring Well May 4, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Aw thanks girl! Will do! ;) And RIGHT. Those are bomb.

  • Reply Erin April 28, 2016 at 6:26 am

    First off, this ice cream… YUM!! The flavors sound amazing and the color is exquisite!! But more importantly, thank you SO much for that beautiful description of your run. I have stopped running recently after years of doing it competitively! Its been really hard not running, but also SO hard to start up again, now that I can! This reminded me of how joyful, carefree and simple it can be! Especially in the warmer spring days. In fact, I might just start up again today! You gave me something to look forward to. Thank you for the inspiration with helping me get back on the roads <3

  • Reply Rebecca | Eggplant & Olive April 28, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I’ll happily choose ice cream or ice cream cake any time of the year, but definitely during the summer!

  • Reply Lori April 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Your day sounds so delightful! I will definitely be making this ice cream, it looks incredible. My favorite summer treats are homemade vegan salted caramel ice cream and really good nectarines.

  • Reply Allison April 28, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I love vanilla ice cream with fresh berries! This cookbook looks so inspiring, and your pictures are beautiful (as always!).

  • Reply Anna-Lena Müller April 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi you :)
    My favourite frozen treats in summer are frozen fruits dipped in chocolate, yummy!!
    But I also love popsicles. In summer, I turn my beloved (green) smoothies into delicious popsicles. And the best one I tried so far is Green Kitchen Stories Watermelon Popsicles (…Have you ever tried them?

  • Reply Amanda F April 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve been loving some easy banana nice cream – throwing in various different options to mix things up (blueberries, peanut butter, chocolate, or some combination :)

  • Reply Kerianne Taves April 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I got a Zoku popsicle maker last year for our daughter but I think I love it as much as her! Whizz something fresh and sweet up in the Vitamix, pop it in the popsicle molds and SEVEN minutes later, you’re eating a cool treat! Next up, ice cream maker :)

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams April 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

    The description of your morning routine has me mega swooning over here. Its been sunny here lately, but not hot, or even warm for that matter. As soon as I can leave the house without a coat, I am all over this ice cream :) Happy Friday, xx

  • Reply Leah April 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely recipe! My favorite summer treat is similar to this (I can’t wait to try the recipe!). It is a local dairy-free blueberry chocolate chip ice cream. Anything with berries and chocolate and I’m happy!

  • Reply michelle April 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    This raw & vegan frozen Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean Cheese Cake defines summer in a dessert.
    It’s flavors meld, don’t overwhelm, and slide cooly down your throat. It’s perfection. And even though it’s a crowd pleaser in looks and taste, it’s actually quite healthy for the body. Now I want to make one, even though we’re still having wintery weather :/

  • Reply gail April 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    This recipe and cookbook sound fantastic! My fav: banana tahini date ice cream.

  • Reply Caprice April 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    What a beautiful picture of your day. I’ll be in your neck of the woods this summer and will have to check out Tanaka Farms myself!

    Would love a copy of this cookbook. Favorite summer treat? So hard to choose! Freshly-picked nectarines or blueberries. Each are treats in their own right or the perfect ingredients for a nice summer crisp.

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine May 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    So much fun to share in those joyous small moments of your everyday- I am imagining Tanaka Farms to be such a beautiful and refreshing spot. And this ice cream- the flavor profile that you’ve got going on here is so great. Fruity + minty and I love it! Such a pretty shade of purply blue too. Ice cream is my biggest summertime weakness. :) I need to get my hands on this cookbook!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow May 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I loved going on this beautiful, meandering journey with you, Jessie! What a sweet picture you’ve painted for us. And three cheers for ice cream this week–feeling that vibe, too, right now. Hard. <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Megan Mueller May 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    This recipe looks lovely!
    It’s hard to be an ice cream pie in the summer, and I think this would be a perfect ice cream to use!

    • Reply Megan Mueller May 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Oops, I meant beat!

  • Reply thefolia May 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I’ll skip the run even if it is Newport Beach Back Bay…but I wouldn’t skip eating this creamy frozen medley of fruit. I love the glasses they are in…my favorite color kitchen accessories. Happy feasting.

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