Basil Ice Cream

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Months and months ago I heard that one of my favorite restaurants, parkside, has basil ice cream. It wasn’t on the menu when my husband and I went, but the idea stuck with me, and when we started getting lots of basil in our CSA box I knew I wanted to try making it.

Basil Ice Cream - This basil ice cream is more like an ice milk - bright and refreshing! Serve it with a strawberry balsamic sauce for a summer treat.

This is more like an ice milk, I suppose. I thought 2 cups of cream would be a little too much for this, as I wanted something more bright and refreshing. It’s quite a nice treat-especially enjoyed in the middle of the day at work!-and it came out exactly how I wanted. Because I steeped dried basil in the cream, it didn’t turn out green Next time I think I will try adding a swirl of basil powder at the end, just to hint at the flavor.

It tastes wonderful on its own, but I loved it even more when I spooned on some strawberry balsamic sauce I had made during strawberry season. I can’t wait to bust out this combination in winter and make everyone crazy with longings for spring.

Basil Ice Cream with a strawberry balsamic sauce is a refreshing summer treat.

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Basil Ice Cream

Basil Ice Cream

Ice cream flavored with fresh basil
Author : Megan Myers
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 215 kcal


  • 5 or 6 dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Put the basil inside a tea infuser (or create a bundle using a square of cheesecloth). Heat the cream over low and let the basil steep in the cream for approximately 10 minutes. Remove basil, and let cream cool.
  • Whisk together cream and remaining ingredients, then pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Calories: 215 kcalCarbohydrates: 27 gProtein: 2 gFat: 11 gSaturated Fat: 7 gCholesterol: 36 mgSodium: 25 mgSugar: 26 g

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  1. I recently tried a chocolate-basil ice cream at one of my favorite restaurants and it was fantastic. I can imagine that this was great with a spoonful of the strawberry balsamic sauce.