Sea buckthorn and apricot ice cream recipe

Sea buckthorn and apricot ice cream recipe

  • 2


  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 10′

  • Easy


  • Vegan


  • 2


  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 10'

  • Easy


  • Vegan



Ice ice baby

There are many more plant-based ice creams on the market today. Further, that’s not forgetting sorbets, which have been around quite a while! However, a large number of these will still contain processed sugars or words that you cannot quite understand – never a good sign.

That is to say, this is where making your own comes in, and it has a special appeal.  Do any of you remember those wooden buckets you had to turn a handle on to make ice cream? Families would do it on balmy summer nights out on the porch, with fireflies twinkling around the velvet dark.

However, this recipe is more suited to city living, with a blender standing in for that rustic bucket. It’s not that dissimilar to a smoothie actually, just with a different consistency and a slightly more streamlined list of ingredients. In other words, the combination of bananas, coconut milk, the sweetener of your choice, apricots, and lemon along with Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is quite elegant. It feels somewhat Mediterranean to us.

Another great advantage of making your own ice cream is that you can get the balance just the way you like it. Roasted almonds happen to make our heart sing, and work very nicely with the other ingredients. Further, leaving them intact maximises crunch and the slightly salty quality they bring, but you may prefer to highlight the berries more or to have fewer nuts.

Go on, let your imagination run wild as to other possible additions and toppings.  Dark cacao nibs would be near the top of our list…  or how about cherry compote?

Sea buckthorn berry oil

The beautiful sea buckthorn berry is an intense red-orange colour. Moreover, the strong hue is matched by the concentration of rare nutrients.

Omega-7 fatty acids are difficult to obtain through a plant-based diet, but sea buckthorn is a very good source. Certainly, omega-7 fatty acids are essential for optimal health in part because they help balance good and bad cholesterol. In addition, they help convey information between fat and muscle tissues, which help all the infinite parts of our bodies coordinate.(1)(2) Moreover, omega-7s encourage collagen production. This is helpful because collagen is what plumps our skin and keeps it resilient.(3)

Another healthful substance found in sea buckthorn berry oil is pro-vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. To sum up, this kind of vitamin A is the type that we are able to obtain through plants. It is converted by the body into vitamin A (4)(5) that can be used to support the immune system and healthy development of cells and tissues.(6)

You scream, I scream, we all scream ice cream….



  • 2 big frozen bananas
  • 3 frozen apricots
  • ⅓ cup dried apricots
  • Half a cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup honey (for a vegan alternative you can use maple syrup, agave nectar or coconut nectar)
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2-3 drops of Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
  • Two tablespoons blueberries (I used wild frozen blueberries)
  • 2 tbsp raspberries (I used frozen raspberries)
  • 1-2 tbsp roasted almonds

Typical nutrition / serving

  • Energy: 292 kcal
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrate: 54g

Here's how you make it

  1. Firstly, if you don’t have frozen bananas in your freezer already, you can chop 2 ripe bananas and leave them in the freezer overnight or at least 2 hours.
  2. Secondly, in a high speed blender, add all the ingredients except the blueberries, raspberries and almonds. Pulse until creamy.
  3. Subsequently, scoop the ice cream and serve immediately or put in an airtight container and freeze until solid. You can keep it like that for 1-2 weeks.
  4. Garnish your ice cream with fresh or frozen berries and crunchy roasted almonds.
  5. Finally, enjoy!

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  • (1) “Omega-7 Protects Against Metabolic Syndrome.”, 2014

    (2) Cao H, Gerhold K, Mayers JR, Wiest MM, Watkins SM, Hotamisligil GS. Identification of a lipokine, a lipid hormone linking adipose tissue to systemic metabolism. Cell. 2008 Sep 19; 134(6):933-44.

    (3) Sims, Steven. “Surprising Omega 7 Benefits Include Weight Loss and Heart Health.”BellFeed, 2018

    (4) Dabfm, et al. “Vitamin A: Health Benefits, Best Foods, and More.” Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles, Global Healing Center, Inc, 2016

    (5) Harvard Health Publishing. “On Call: Vitamin A and Macular Degeneration.” Harvard Health

    (6) “Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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