Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream – vegan, sugar free, low carb

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Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream - vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, low carb, and THM:S

{Naomi Huzovicova is back today with a fabulous recipe for homemade ice cream – Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream!  Lemon Poppyseed Muffins are sooo good and now you can have this great treat in a dairy-free and sugar-free ice cream.  Wow.  Enough said – on with the recipe!}

Ice cream, I think, belongs in it's own food category: my favourite food category. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated entirely to frozen treats (and yes, I get that song stuck in my head every time I see the title).

About a two minute walk from my home is a little ice cream stand. On the plus side, they make the ice cream themselves and it's pretty decent.

On the minus side, they mostly use artificial flavours.

What should a bright blue Smurf ice cream taste like?

I'm afraid to find out.

One ice cream that doesn't use artificial flavours, however, is their poppy seed ice cream, which I get when I succumb to temptation.

Poppy seed ice cream, you ask?

Poppy seed ice cream isn't so weird when you consider that poppy seeds are used frequently in Central Europe, from cakes and strudels to special Christmas buns and pasta. It is often used as a ground paste.

While newly formed poppy seeds are the source of opium, ripened and dry seeds are perfectly safe and drug free, although they purportedly have a relaxing effect. Additionally, they are a very high source of calcium and manganese – just 1 Tbsp has 13% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of calcium! They also have a decent amount of magnesium (the mineral in the spotlight that everyone is low on), phosphorus, zinc, and copper.

I may have served this lemon poppy seed ice cream for breakfast, it's that good for you.

I wanted to make an egg free ice cream, but most recipes call for cornstarch instead, which I also wanted to avoid.

So I used chia seeds to thicken it up and improve the texture, which added blood-sugar stabilizing and omega-3 benefits. It does darken the ice cream, but I don't find that important.

To make this lemon poppy seed ice cream, I used homemade coconut milk (like this one, though I strained it). If you use bought coconut milk that has a lot of coconut cream, you won't need the extra coconut oil. You can use any other milk, dairy or otherwise, but unless you add cream keep the coconut oil as it makes a huge difference in taste.

The amount of honey called for makes a refreshing ice cream but not overly sweet. Taste test, of course, before freezing and add sweetener to your taste.

You can also substitute any sweetener of choice.

Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream


For other healthy whole food treats, you might want to try:

Spruce Tip Ice Cream
or Fermented Spiced Apple Chutney

Do you have a favorite treat made with poppy seeds?

Naomi Huzovicova - Writer at Whole New MomNaomi is originally from Canada but is now a wife and mom in Slovakia. She tries to live each day as a follower of Christ in the chaos of caring for children. Using real food and creating an environmentally-friendly surrounding for her family is a priority. She dreams of a little farm while living in an apartment, enjoys handmade creations, and still doesn't like brussels sprouts. Naomi shares her food creations and photos of Slovakia at Almost Bananas. She looks forward to connecting with you on PinterestGoogle+, and Facebook.

Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream - vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, low carb, and THM:S

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  1. could i substitute anything for the poppy seeds? I was thinking chia seeds until I saw those in the ingredient list also.

  2. Edi | SunCakeMom says:

    Easy and simple recipe. Just the way I like it!