Blueberry Kale Ice Cream

Blueberry Kale Ice Cream

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You’re going to tell me I’ve gone too far. I know you are. And you’re partly right, I suppose. I did, after all, put kale in ice cream. Yup. But to be fair, I got the whole idea from a book. It’s not like I was hanging out bored one evening saying “gee, I think I’ll try putting kale in ice cream.” No. A book told me to put kale in ice cream. But ugh, that’s totally something I would do anyway, isn’t it? What is my life?

When I received a copy of Scoop Adventures, I immediately bookmarked about 20 different ice cream recipes I wanted to make… But then I saw the recipe for Blueberry Kale Ice Cream. And that was that. It was decided. I seriously never make my mind up that easily. But how could I resist putting my favorite trendy vegetables into ice cream? Like I said, though, this book is packed with amazingly unique ice cream recipes. It actually contains the best ice cream of the 50 states:

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And this includes flavors like Balsamic Fig, Mimosa, Thai Peanut Curry, Toasted Marshmallow, Avocado Lime… I could go on. Seriously.

But Blueberry Kale topped my list. The recipe comes from The Hop Ice Cream Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, and I think I need to visit Asheville just so I can go to this place and give them a medal or something.

Blueberry Kale Ice Cream (makes 1 quart):
From Scoop Adventures
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  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 C + 3 1/2 t sugar, divided
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 3/4 C milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 oz. kale, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 t lemon juice
  • 1/2 t lemon zest
  • 1/2 C blueberries
  • 4 t sugar

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I tell people all the time… Do not be afraid of ice cream! If you have an ice cream maker and the right ingredients (plus a little patience), you can be making your own ice cream in no time. And I promise it will make you a happier person. Because you will have the power to stock your freezer with absolutely any kind of ice cream you want, whenever you want. Like Blueberry Kale. Yum.

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Start by whisking the egg yolks with 1/4 C sugar in a medium bowl, until pale in color.

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In a medium saucepan, combine cream, milk, 1/2 C sugar, and pinch of salt. Warm mixture over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 3-4 minutes.

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You’ll need to temper the eggs now, by pouring about 1/2 C of the hot milk into the yolks and whisking constantly until combined.

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Then pour everything back into the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, continuing to stir constantly. Continue heating until the mixture thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon. Don’t let the mixture come to a boil.

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Now you’re ready to pour this mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl and cool to room temperature.

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Then cover with saran wrap (making sure wrap touches down on liquid so skin does not form) and refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

Once cooled, combine in a blender 1 cup of the cooled custard, with the kale, 3 1/2 teaspoons sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

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Puree until smooth.

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And combine with the remaining custard in the bowl, adding a bit more lemon juice. Looks like everyone’s favorite green juice, right?

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Pour that mixture into the base of your ice cream maker and run, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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While that’s churning away, you can make the blueberry swirl. Or you can take a nap. Actually don’t do that because it won’t take that long for the ice cream to fully churn.

Puree the blueberries and 4 teaspoons of sugar in a food processor or blender.

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I added half the blueberry puree into my churning ice cream. And then when my ice cream was done churning, I moved it to a freezer-safe container and swirled in the rest.

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Then you’ll have to pop the container back into your freezer for another 8+ hours to harden. I told you homemade ice cream requires patience. But it’s so, so worth it.


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So, what was this Blueberry Kale Ice Cream like? I LOVED it. Of course, if you’re not a kale lover, you probably won’t really be feeling this. But the kale wasn’t actually overpowering as the sweetness from the blueberry swirl and sugar combined well. It had an Earthy taste to it… In a good way!

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This will probably go down as the prettiest ice cream I’ve ever made. When is bright green ever an OK color for ice cream? When it’s 100% completely natural.

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Same with blue. Even though these blueberries are totally purple.

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Basically, you can eat this instead of a salad. Well, maybe don’t do that. But if you happened to, I promise I won’t tell a soul.

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Because I may or may not have done the same.

Hey, if I’m going to eat ice cream for dinner, it may as well have kale in it, right?

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So yes, Scoop Adventures is definitely my kind of book! Even if I wasn’t into cooking and making my own ice cream, I would totally want to read it if only because I want to see what the best ice cream is in each of the 50 states. But now I legit want to make a majority of them in my kitchen. I actually almost kind of craved winter when I saw a recipe for Fennel Ice Cream with Blood Orange Sauce. But then I realized I’ve been missing the hot weather desperately and that I could hold off on that ice cream for just a little bit.

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So, I put kale in my ice cream. And now I feel like a healthier person. Kind of. Or something like that. Fine, I’m just happy. Because of this ice cream. And there’s something to be said for that.

What’s the most interesting flavor ice cream you’ve tried?




Full disclosure: The publisher sent me Scoop Adventures, but as you can see here, all opinions are 100% my own. I just want to eat ice cream. And write about it.

20 Responses to "Blueberry Kale Ice Cream"

  1. Stunning! I want a scoop.

  2. timmy says:

    cooking is fun but baking is awesome to start off with when you are learning.

  3. Monique says:

    wow! Stunning indeed!
    I have the kitchen aid ice cream maker attachment on my wedding registry… might need to buy this for ice cream season!!!

  4. Melissa says:

    This looks so good! The most interesting ice cream I’ve ever had is olive oil with lavender shortbread from Smitten in San Francisco. Very rich, but yummy!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE the colors. Also, I went to Asheville once on a very short work trip, awesome place. Cute town and beautiful mountain backdrop

  6. I love the vibrant colors in this! I think the most interesting ice cream flavor I’ve had is corn…which isn’t really that crazy, but it was delicious!

  7. This looks SO good! Kale in ice cream? I would have never guessed

  8. Who am I kidding? Kale in ice cream is probably the only way I’ll eat kale 🙂

  9. Barbara says:

    Kale? I don’t think so, unless the flavor is buried. Blueberry? Yes!
    Peanut butter coconut curry is the most unusual ice cream I’ve ever made.

  10. whoaaaaaa! i love this. so so much. will have to try it (and have husband freak out) 🙂

  11. Justine says:

    This is gorgeous and seriously awesome sounding. I would love the flavors!!!

  12. I want to yell at you “shut up!” but don’t take it the wrong way. I totally mean it as in “omg, this is amazing” way. Kale in ice cream? Be still my vegetable loving growing heart!

  13. I have been wanting to make ice cream again and I have to admit, I’m pretty curious about this. Want to give it a try!

  14. Odetta says:

    I’m not totally sure how I feel about this but I need to find out. Lol. It looks great at least!!

  15. Shannon says:

    holy cow! not something I’d ever have come up with 🙂 but now i need to find out!

  16. Joanne says:

    This is crazy. And amazing. I obviously need that cookbook. Do we think I can trick the.boy into thinking this is pistachio…just to get him to take that first bite?!

  17. Okay I saw kale and ice cream and I thought Yuk. But ya know you might have convinced me. Lol. If nothing else the color it adds to the ice cream is divine. And with kale in it, one could use the excuse how healthy it is and relieve a lot of guilt for having seconds.

  18. This look very nice and very very interesting. We (my family) always joke about making vegetable ice cream but I finaly found one that is a must to make.
    Tnx for the idea.

  19. You have gone so far that I am kind of into it. I totally wish we were neighbors so I could sneak over and try a bite of this one!!

  20. Hello! What a great review of this recipe and the cookbook. I am so happy you enjoyed the Blueberry Kale Ice Cream; it is truly one of my favorites in the book. The folks at The Hop are so nice, you should definitely visit if you get the chance (and give them a medal;). Enjoy making other flavors (don’t save the fennel ice cream for the winter, its awesome.

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