Roasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream w/ a Cornmeal Crumble

July 1, 2015

Roasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream w/ a Cornmeal Crumble | Faring Well

How do you “summer”? Are there special activities you look forward to, or is there a certain state of mind you try to be present in?

When we lived in Arizona, summer meant “hibernation”. Running from one air conditioned building to the next in hopes of not melting your face off. But there were always those warm summer nights, sitting on the driveway, staring up at the clear night sky filled with stars and a bright moon. We were of course still sweating, even at midnight, but there was a kind of stillness about those nights. A feeling of peace. In late summer came the monsoons. Giving you a break from the monotonous days of scorching sunshine. Dust storms would turn the sky dark, and we would run inside and stare out the windows – watching the storm engulf us. The rain would pour as if a huge water balloon had been hanging above our heads in the sky and suddenly burst. Lightening, thunder, wind, and so much rain. It was still hot, but there is nothing (nothing) like the smell of a desert storm.

We left Arizona for southern California, where our families (and myself) are from, and were looking forward to some beach-vibes in the summer. However, what “summer” came to mean was a-million-plus people all coming to vacation where you lived. The other nine months of the year were beautiful. Perfect weather, less people. But summer brought the hoards of humans into our space, crowding the beaches and clogging up the freeways (okay those are always clogged, they just made it worse). Getting out of the city for a summer adventure took hours. I would still plan for an early summer escape to either Yosemite or Yellowstone, and a late summer trip to beach camp in San Onofre – but we had to plan around the insane population increase otherwise. We learned to mostly bear through those months, our real vacation would happen in the off season.

Now we are in Colorado, having left California and moved here just last October. This is our first summer, and I believe it will be our best. I can’t say much for the winter, or for living in the city (not a fan), but the mountains – YOU GUYS – the mountains. They are so close, in 20 to 30 minutes we are at a trailhead hiking to THIS. We are waking up early on a Saturday to put a few more miles on the car so we can explore THIS. There are sunset hikes after work during the week, day trips into the mountains on the weekend. EVERY WEEK. EVERY WEEKEND. This is my dream! Camping, hiking, and swimming in lakes and streams – all of these activities are endless here because the Rocky Mountains are out backyard. The winter may suffocate me because I like to go outside at all times (comfortably), and can’t afford the glorious winter sports gear that gives people a reason to live here during the freezing months. But summer, this I can do – and I’m going to make sure we do it so well. 

Roasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream w/ a Cornmeal Crumble | Faring WellRoasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream w/ a Cornmeal Crumble | Faring Well

Berries, fresh herbs, and ice cream. These things also scream summer, and I combined them all in this delicious recipe for you! Blackberries may be my favorite berry of all (right next to blackcaps and boysenberries), and I discovered that roasting them works some kind of magic. Swirl them through ice cream and I nearly DIE. I took my favorite herb to pair with blackberries, thyme, and steeped a few fresh sprigs in the simmering coconut milk batter. Perfectly sweetened with raw honey, and topped with a cornmeal crumble (because it sounded good and why not?) – this is the ice cream of my summer dreams!

I made this especially for a brand I love, Artifact Uprising. They are incredible people with a beautiful product – and no, this is not sponsored. Just made with love. See this ice cream in their summer feature here (but I also have the recipe for you below). Happy summer folks, now go eat a melty ice cream cone!

Roasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream w/ a Cornmeal Crumble | Faring Well

Makes about 5 cups of ice cream and 2 cups of crumble.

Roasted Blackberry + Thyme Ice Cream
2 cans of full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup raw honey*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped)
4 to 6 sprigs of fresh, organic thyme
2 to 3 cups of fresh, organic blackberries

Cornmeal Crumble
2/3 cup oat flour
1/3 cup organic, non-GMO corn flour
1/3 cup polenta (or more corn flour)
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons raw honey*
2 tablespoons refined coconut oil

*I only use unpasteurized honey (in its raw state), organically produced, and sustainably harvested. If you do not eat honey, substitute maple syrup.

Begin by making the ice cream batter. Whisk the coconut milk and honey in a saucepan on the stove until it comes to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the fresh thyme, pressing down to submerge it well. Let the thyme steep for 10 minutes, then pour the ice cream batter into a glass/ceramic bowl through a mesh strainer to remove the thyme. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.

While the Ice cream is chilling, preheat the oven to 350F. Rinse and dry the blackberries, and then sprawl them out on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes (or until they look like they are about to burst). Remove from the oven, and slowly smash with the back of a fork – being careful not to splatter your kitchen (and self) with blackberry juice. Set aside to cool.

With the oven already preheated to 350F from roasting the blackberries, prepare the crumble. Combine the flours, polenta (if using – it gives it a good crunch, if you would like a more traditional crumble texture use more corn flour instead), and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the honey and coconut oil, and combine using a large fork. It should have the consistency of dough. Using your fingers, sprinkle the dough out in small sized clumps on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes (watching to make sure it doesn’t burn). Remove, and let cool completely. Break up into smaller chunks and store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve with the ice cream. You can add the crumble as-is, or do as I did and grind it up into a crumb using a mortar and pestle (or food processor). This method works especially well for sprinkling on your ice cream cone (pictured above).

Once your ice cream has chilled, add it to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers instructions. When done, place half of the ice cream in your desired container, swirl in half of the roasted blackberry smash, add the rest of the ice cream, and swirl in the last of the roasted berries. Cover and freeze until set (a few hours) and serve with cornmeal crumble.

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  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood July 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

    i love how you captured summer in all the spaces you have lived! your words and this ice cream are totally beautiful. i love how you added thyme with the blackberries because you are right – herbs + berries + ice cream…. total summer vibes! xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much Lynsey! Its crazy how different summer feels in each place. I can only imagine all the places I haven’t been yet – so much summer to experience! Glad we are jiving the same summer flavor vibes in this ice cream :) thank you for your encouraging words about the recipe! Hugs! <3

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon July 1, 2015 at 6:21 am

    You know, summer in Arizona sounds a lot like summer in Brisbane (minus the dust storms)! Hot, wet, stormy, no relief! And lots of mosquitos too! We are usually driving down the coast to go swimming or beach camping in summer or nesting in the nearest air conditioned space.
    This vegan recipe looks so much easier than making a custard base >< and probably tastes just as good! Blackberry and thyme sound glorious together!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Actually AZ is pretty dry all summer – practically no humidity! Just some relief (in a good way) with the storms at the end of the season. But there are constant storms and a lot of mosquitos here in Denver, so I feel you there! Swimming + beach camping is the best! I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be in AUS. And I may be biased, but I totally think this ice cream rules. Hope you get to try it soon! <3

  • Reply Kathryn July 1, 2015 at 6:23 am

    This ice cream is just too good. I love blackberries too and am very partial to them when they’re roasted so I’m absolutely sold on this ice cream. I love the combo with thyme and the crunch of the cornmeal on top. Just perfect. Have a blast on all your summer adventures!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I can’t believe this was the first time I had them roasted! So. Good. Thank you for the recipe love and well wishes on our adventures! I wish you and your man the same, hope you get some time away from work and the city soon <3

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full July 1, 2015 at 6:24 am

    1. I love what you wrote about Arizona – you painted such a vivid picture of the summers there! I’ve never been, but I can imagine that the summers would be scorching. At least there’s not as much humidity, right? ;)
    2. LOVE your nail polish
    3. This ice cream…. oh my. It’s currently thundering and raining here in CT and I can imagine just taking a huge bowl of this and curling up with a ton of blankets and reading my favorite book. :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      1. Totally – at least its a dry heat! I’ll take that over humidity ANY day.
      2. Aw thanks about the nail color! One of my two go-tos <3
      3. That sounds AMAZING. Can I do that too?? Lets both! ;)

  • Reply Lindsey July 1, 2015 at 6:53 am

    this ice cream is making me so excited for blackberry season, and i love love the thyme add-in! glad to hear you two are finding exciting summer adventures in your new city! xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you Lindsey! And me too!

      I love following your settling into the new place – hope you guys are loving it!! <3

  • Reply Anna July 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

    beautiful and delicious <3

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 1, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I didn’t really get into blackberries until the past year or so, but really you are making them my favorite berry by just looking at these pictures! We usually visit family in AZ during the summer and I feel you, it is damn HOT. Enjoy your first Colorado summer dear, it’s gorgeous!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Oh my goodness, well welcome to the blackberry train! Its wonderful, promise ;). And about those AZ summers – what a time to have to go visit! The winters are gorgeous though, so I guess it kind of evens out there alright. Hope you’re having the loveliest start to your summer Abby!

  • Reply Jessica July 1, 2015 at 7:26 am

    this looks so scrumptious! and relatively guilt free, too… :) thanks for sharing! colorado looks and sounds beautiful. that green…. looks UNREAL!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      I know right?! That GREEN! Still can’t believe it with my own eyes. Happy summer Jessica!

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE July 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Amen to living near the mountains! We moved to Seattle from Vermont a few years ago so my husband could get his masters and miss having easy access to all the great hiking, biking and swimming. It takes way too long to get out of town. Yuck! But I know that in a few more years we will move back to Vermont and once again be able to get outside every day. For now we’re trying to take advantage of the lakes in the city here and have been sailing a bit which makes you feel like you’re out in the wild without having to battle too much traffic. You really should try some winter sports like nordic skiing…it’s like running on snow…and is the best way I know how to get through those cold dark winters. Maybe we’ll come visit and you can borrow a pair of my skis to try it out.

    • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE July 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

      P.S. This ice cream looks amazing! Thyme and fruit are my new favorite combo!

      • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        Ps. You’re the sweetest! Thank you! And the combo is magical isn’t it?! -xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      At least you have some awesome places there! Like Olympic National Forest, Mt. Rainier, San Juan Islands – what I would give to adventure there too! There is always a trade off it seems, the grass is always greener ;). But I hear you on traffic being a deterrent, it really is. And I would love to try winter sports (I actually snowboard) but can’t afford the gear or car necessary to safely take us into the stormy snowy mountains right now haha. Maybe one day though! That nordic skiing sounds fun! You’re so sweet!

  • Reply joan July 1, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I need to get an ice cream maker. So many good recipes I’ve seen. I wonder if I could just put this mixture in a loaf pan and freeze it?
    If you want to go to a beach here in MA in the summer we just brave it, and do it. Crowded it is! Being house bound in the winter months will make it worth it. I have an abundant of peaceful walking around my area though so once in awhile braving the crowds isn’t too awful. :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      You probably could try, but just make sure to stir it every hour or so to keep ice crystals from forming! Let me know how it turns out if you do :)

      And good for you braving the beach – we use to do the same! So wonderful you live in a peaceful area too where you can recoup from time dealing with the crowds! How wonderful (and necessary!).

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas July 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I’m SO GLAD you posted this today! I’ve been looking for the perfect treat to make for my fourth of july dinner and I’m thinking this is it..maybe with a handful or two of raspberries to get properly festive?

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Oh yay! And SO DO IT – that sounds amazing!

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola July 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

    How gorgeous looking and sounding this recipe is! I love they way you roasted the blackberries and added thyme. It’s so creative! And that cornmeal crumble is a genius idea on an ice cream cone. I want one of these at about 3:00 this afternoon, yum!
    Have a splendid day!
    xx Sydney

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Aw thank you Sydney! It is quite the magical flavor combo – I dug into my cone and did a little happy dance for sure! Hope you get to enjoy a cone soon <3 and hope you have/had a wonderful day too!

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures July 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I so wish I lived near the mountains. Wisconsin summers are gorgeous – the trees are so lush and green and it’s (usually) never too hot to spend the whole day outside – but I really, really wish we had some mountains around here!
    I also love to spend the summers camping and hiking – any excuse to be outside. For me summer is all about relaxing. It’s generally a time when I feel like I have to most space, both physically and creatively/mentally.
    And this ice cream!! I love to add fresh herbs to ice cream (as well as literally everything else I make during the summer months) and I’m going to make this recipe the moment blackberries come into season here!!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Lane! I bet Wisconsin is amazing. So many lakes! But I know, I’ve always dreamt of mountains in my backyard as well, and can say without a doubt its pretty freaking incredible. Yay for camping and hiking! (air-fist-pump) And double yay for summer herbs – woot woot! Cannot WAIT for you to try this recipe! Its my summer gem for sure. <3

  • Reply J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats July 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The flavors in this sound magical and entirely summer-y.

    I live in San Diego and in the summer we have an influx of what the locals call “zonies” (a.k.a. Arizonians) + a lot of tourists from cruises. It really is crazy how much more crowded it gets and you can see it especially in the beach areas like Pacific Beach and Mission. All the beachfront properties are spilling over with college kids, all the bars have long lines and the other day we saw someone driving on the boardwalk! With an Arizona license plate of course eek.

    We have great weather all year long so I too long for SD not in summer. Everyone knows fall is probably the best time in Southern California too :D

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Ah yes – every student at ASU floods SD, I’m so sorry! I can say from experience (yikes). But yes to perfect weather the rest of the year without the “zonies” (or as we have in the OC, the “Inland Empire” that floods the coast). Hope you don’t have too many more cars on the boardwalk this summer ;)

  • Reply Shanna July 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Beautiful! I love the herb + berry combination – heavenly!

    I hear you on the summer stuffs, we live 35 minutes from the Rockies (Canadian side) and they are pure heaven – although they can get super bogged down with tourists, buses and the like. Luckily, locals tend to know where to go to avoid the crowds and still get totally lost in the serene beautiful everything that is the Rockies.

    So much love! I will be making this stunning ice cream this weekend for suuurre.

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      How neat! We are just down the Rockies from each other :) haha. Thats rad you guys know of the spots that tourists don’t, I need to get plugged in to those secrets down here in CO!

      And ooh if you do let me know how you like it!

  • Reply Valentina @Hortus July 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Love how you described summer in all the various places you’ve been to! I’ve always lived next to the beach, and every summer I find myself thanking every possible god in the universe for it. I am on the Adriatic sea, which only has the downside of getting quite humid (and dirty) in July/August. I loved how dry summer felt when I lived in NY! But I love summer with all of my heart, no matter where I am in the world.

    I am trying my hand at ice cream as well this year. Making ice cream with coconut milk is the best :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      The Adriatic sea?! Sigh.. That sounds beautiful! Even with the humidity, at least you have the ocean :). And air-high-fives for coconut milk based ice cream! So so so YUM! Cheers to the many homemade ice creams in your future <3

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey July 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Dreamy. I tried to fit my ice cream maker in our car when we left (it didn’t work), that’s how much I love ice cream. You have some awesome flavors/textures happening here. <3

    So based on your experiences living in AZ, CA and CO, and mine living in MA and CA…I'm thinking AZ/CA in winter/spring, CO in summer, and Boston in fall (the crisp air + colorful leaves!). Ahhh, how amazing would that be?!

    • Reply Faring Well July 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Haha! I can just see you, walking into a hotel with your ice cream mixing bowl in hand and asking if their mini fridge/freezer could fit it! Love your dedication for trying though ;)

      And, um, yes. Definitely Colorado in the summer, lets do CA right after Fall, and AZ for the Spring. MA sounds perfect for fall! I’m liking our plan ;)

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams July 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Jessie!! This is too good. My love for blackberries runs deep, and I love the idea of roasting them first. I just packed up the ice cream maker, so this may have to be how I break it back in once we move. Also, THE MOUNTAINS. Your recent hiking adventure photos are killing me. Love it, and keep enjoying.

    • Reply Faring Well July 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

      My love for them does too, we have kindred-blackberry-loving-spirits! BEST of luck on your move! Hope it goes super well and is a great adventure :). So glad you’re loving the photos! You rule! Thank you :). Have a great fourth, friend <3

  • Reply Jess July 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    This is literally my favorite blog — so good!

  • Reply Renee Kemps July 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I want to live that close to those beautiful mountains, too!! And hike and swim every weekend. And eat this ice cream! Can I just come over and live at your place? Please? Your summer sounds amazing, enjoy it Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well July 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      You are SO welcome anytime Renee! I’m loving following your summer trekking too! Rome and now Sweden?! What a dream! <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens July 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Jessie, I’ve been living vicariously through all your adventure photos on Instagram. I wish we had such awesome mountains near where I live but I have a lake and for now that seems to have appeased me a little bit. I want to visit Colorado so bad! Love the combination of blackberry and thyme, this ice cream sounds super delicious!!

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Aw that is the coolest – I’m so glad to hear someone is enjoying them! And totally enjoy that lake, I’m searching for some good swimming ones in our neck of the woods too. If you ever come to CO let me know! I’d love to grab coffee or go on a hike of some sorts! Thanks so much for the recipe love too, you’re the best <3 have a stellar rest of your week Genevieve!

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness July 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Wow! You guys really have been through many different types of summer. I live in LA, so I know exactly what you mean about crowded beaches. It must be very nice to live so close to the nature and mountains. I would love to visit the rocky mountain one day!

    Btw, this ice cream looks totally delicious! The berries have to be extra sweet after you roasted them. Love that crumble on top too. Little crunchy bites make ice cream even better!

    • Reply Faring Well July 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Thank you so so much for the ice cream flavor love! And you DO know what I’m talking about, maybe even more so being in LA. But it does bring a great summer feeling too, something special about living in a place everyone wants to visit! And I hope for your mountain-loving-sake that you can come visit the rockies someday too, they are magical!

  • Reply Emily July 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I am finally going to leave a comment after coming back over and over again and staring at all of your gorgeous photography. Fresh thyme is one of my favorite summer herbs- bet it’s so wonderful in this ice cream! Love your beautiful blog.

    • Reply Faring Well July 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Oh my goodness I’m so glad you did! I just visited your blog for the first time now and it is stunning, I want to make evvvvverything (especially those chocolate millet cookies!). Excited now to follow along <3 Thank you for your sweet words and comment, Emily!

  • Reply Jessica July 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Having just moved to colorado in november of last year, I feel ya on the loving colorado summers. They are so great! Have you gone to crested butte yet? It is a must, and if you go… hike up to meridian lake.

    • Reply Faring Well July 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Looks like we are both in for a gorgeous summer (and welcome to CO too, we’re both summer newbies!). And thank you for the recommendation! I’ve been itching to get there, actually, and am stoked to now already have a must-do hike! You rule!

  • Reply Lynn Lai July 31, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Love the way you talk about summer night stillness and those photos you share~ I translated this recipe into Chinese that will only be read by a few friends (hope you don’t mind)~But the amount of coconut milk is confusing cuz I’m not sure how many grams equals to 2 tin you mentioned in the recipe. Appreciate it if you can advise… Thanks for sharing all of these amazing things~

    • Reply Faring Well July 31, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I think that is wonderful that you translated ti for your friends! And thank you for all of the recipe love. As for the coconut milk cans, they are each 13.5 ounces here, which equals just shy of 4 cups. I hope that helps!?

  • Reply Lynn Lai August 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks! It’s very helpful! Fresh berries and some herbs are not convenient to buy in the city I live, and many bakery or coffee shops use frozen berries(imported) in deserts and drinks, but I will try this recipe some time this summer,maybe using fresh blueberry with mint instead,or some other fruit around here~ There must be some surprises~Thank you again for inspiring recipes~

  • Reply Erin Bruno June 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    When do you add the vanilla?

    • Reply Faring Well June 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      When mixing the ice cream batter on the stove – sorry to have left that bit out!

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