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Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream

14 scoops Prep time: 2 hours 55 min Cook time: 25 min

Blackberries and ice cream are two things that have such a nostalgic summer feel for me. Combined with some coconut milk, vanilla beans, and a touch of maple syrup they come together to create the ultimate dairy-free dessert.

The polyphenols in blackberries support gut, brain, and whole-body health. Studies have shown that the antioxidants blackberries provide can specifically fight free radicals in the brain and reduce neuroinflammation, improving outcomes for cognition and motor skills. 

To make this ice cream a bit more patriotic for this holiday weekend, it’s great served with fresh strawberries and shredded coconut.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Easy Healthy Recipe


  • 12 ounces blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 2 (13.5-ounce) cans coconut milk, full fat
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional for extra sweetness)
  • 5 large pasture-raised egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons dried shredded coconut, unsweetened (optional)
  • 6 strawberries, quartered (optional)


Step 1 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Begin by placing the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer overnight or for at least 12 hours prior to making the ice cream.

Step 2 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Add the blackberries, lime juice and water, into a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to continue simmering for 10 minutes while completing the next steps.

Step 3 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Place coconut milk, salt, vanilla and maple syrup (if using) into a large saucepan. Whisk constantly while bringing to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat.

Step 4 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Place the egg yolks into a mixing bowl and whisk until frothy, about 2 minutes.

Step 5 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Remove the lid from blackberries and stir, then simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes until thickened.

Step 6 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring 1 cup of the hot coconut milk into the egg yolks while whisking constantly.

Step 7 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 7

Then pour the egg mixture in with the rest of the coconut milk and place over low heat. Whisk constantly while simmering for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Step 8 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 8

Once thickened, strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer and transfer into a bowl. Allow it to cool to room temperature (about 45 minutes), before chilling in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Step 9 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 9

If you wish to remove the seeds from the blackberries do the following, otherwise you can skip this step: Use a spatula to press the blackberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer until only the seeds remain. Place the strained blackberries in the fridge to cool.

Step 10 Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream Healthy Recipe

Step 10

After the coconut milk and blackberries have chilled, place the liquid into the prepared ice cream maker. Start the machine and churn until the ice cream has a soft serve consistency, about 10 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 135, Total Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 51mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 2g, Net Carbs: 6g

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