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Blueberry Gelato

Blueberry gelato is a dreamy dessert perfect to cool you on a hot day. Think of your favorite summer fruit…now picture it as a cool, smooth dessert and you have a berry gelato recipe.

white bowl filled with blueberry gelato with blueberries and mint on the side

What is gelato?

Gelato is an Italian type of ice cream that is worth making at home. No, you may not achieve the exact texture or temperature in which tourists take delight but you will have a creamy bite and a fruit-filled spoonful of this special dessert.

Some ice cream recipes have eggs but this is a blueberry gelato recipe without eggs.

The ratio of heavy cream to whole milk is different than that of ice cream and the at-home ice cream machine adds more air than is traditional but don’t let that stop you from giving this recipe a try.

Our local ice cream shop has a freezer full of options for gelato. It’s my mission to try every one! They make their ice cream and gelato right there in the shop. I’d love to learn from them someday.

Try making berry gelato

I chose blueberries and just as easily could have used raspberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, or nearly any other summer fruit or berry. Mango gelato is a stunning choice too.

A Vitamix makes quick work of creating the puree. I really like to use a Vitamix to achieve that smooth texture similar to recipes like cranberry butter, lemon curd, and peach mango butter.

Puree the fruit or berry first then cool it with the other ingredients before moving on to the ice cream machine.

Marvel at that berry gelato color! I can’t wait to hear what flavors you make this summer! Tag me on Instagram @abakershouse to share your gelato!

Here’s a recap of how to make a quick gelato recipe

  1. Puree the berries, sugar, and milk in the Vitamix.
  2. Pour in the heavy cream and lemon juice. Mix to combine.
  3. Process using your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s direction.
  4. Freeze for a few hours but let the gelato soften at room temperature before serving.
Yield: 2 pints

Blueberry Gelato

white bowl with blueberry gelato

Vibrant blueberry gelato takes you on an Italian holiday right in your own kitchen!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk (I used 2% milk instead)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Puree the blueberries, sugar and milk in a high speed blender until smooth. If you do not have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I would suggest that you strain the puree to remove any bits of the blueberry left in the mixture.
  2. Pour in the heavy cream and lemon juice, pulse to combine. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Process according to your ice cream machine's directions, about 15-18 minutes. Freeze for 3-5 hours. You may need to warm the gelato slightly before serving. Sit it on the counter for 10 minutes so it softens or else you will miss its creamy texture.

Notes

Note: this recipe was adapted directly from a strawberry gelato recipe on Food Network.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

This data is provided by Nutrionix and is an estimate only.

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homemade blueberry gelato in white bowl with title text overlay

Looking for more frozen delights? Try one of these recipes!

If you have leftover blueberries give blueberry squarespavlova with berries, blueberry blintzes, or nectarine & blueberry muffins a try!

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Stephanie P.

Sunday 24th of March 2019

I added lemon zest to give it a bit more Lemon flavor and now call it Blueberry Lemon Gelato. It turned out delicious!

Holly Baker

Sunday 24th of March 2019

Lemon sounds wonderful! Great idea!

karla

Sunday 2nd of April 2017

can this be made with coconut milk

Holly F

Sunday 30th of April 2017

I don't have much experience with coconut milk but would like to give that idea a try. Let me know how it goes!

Dan Clements

Saturday 3rd of August 2013

First time I have seen a recipe with several comments, but no one has tried it. Oh well: had a bumper crop of blue berries at our Seattle area home and decided to give it a try.

Really good! Very light and full of flavor. Just like the old country.

Thanks!

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Saturday 3rd of August 2013

Wonderful news to hear that you made this gelato! So glad you liked it and to use berries from your own crop must make it even better.

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Wednesday 31st of July 2013

Beautiful photo, Holly! I love the little spoon/bowl set. It's quite vintage looking! Pinned. Now I have something else to try making with my ice cream maker!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Sunday 28th of July 2013

Beautiful photo Holly. I've never made a galato, I'll have to give this a try. Pinned. And by the way, we couldn't stop eating that roasted strawberry ice cream. I'll be blogging about it soon and will link back.

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Sunday 28th of July 2013

Thanks, Lea Ann, this was a first try for me with gelato too. I'll experiment some more before summer's end. Glad you enjoyed the strawberry ice cream. : )