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Native Wattleseed Ice-cream with Toasted Macadamias

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There’s a place in this world for healthy ice-cream. Dairy-free, sugar-free ice cream without a churner (because who owns one of those?!). While Gelato Messina (a Sydney Institution) makes my boyfriends top treat list, I literally get the shakes from the sugar content, syrups and moreish cookie pieces.

This is my answer to a cup of Messina, minus the medical issues. Packed with healthy fats and zero refined sugar to keep your tastebuds and waistline happy. Skip the wattle seed if you can’t lay your hands on it, and you’ll still get one hella-tasty coconut ice-cream.





  • 2 cans coconut cream
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup rice malt syrup or raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla powder or essence
  • 1 tablespoon wattleseed, ground
  • 1/2 cup macadamias, crushed


  1. Prepare the wattleseed by measuring out a tablespoon into a cup and adding a tablespoon of near-boiling water then leave to soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the wattleseed, rice malt syrup, coconut cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into large zip-lock bags, squeezing out as much air as possible, and seal.
  4. Lay the bags on a baking tray or dinner plate and freeze until just frozen (approx 2 hours).
  5. Remove the zip-locks from the freezer and bend them to break up the mixture into small pieces.
  6. Place the mixture in a food processor (in batches if needed), and process until smooth.
  7. Spoon the ice-cream mixture into a 2-litre-capacity tin and freeze for 3 hours or until just frozen.
  8. Toast the macadamias in a hot, dry pan for a few minutes until just golden, the sprinkle over the ice-cream to serve.

Tip: You can purchase roasted ground wattleseed at speciality spice stores (like Herbies), organic stores, some delicatessens, or online bushfoods stores. Only a select number of wattle species are edible so be cautious about grinding up your own seed from your garden unless you are confident you know what you are doing. Once purchased, store it in airtight containers away from light and heat and for no more than a couple of years.

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5 Responses to “Native Wattleseed Ice-cream with Toasted Macadamias”

  1. Debs

    Absolutely love this recipe Sally! That’s exactly it. Who has the space in their kitchen for a churner?! I’m on the no churn train and this recipe looks perfect!

  2. Naomi

    Hi hun
    I attempted this today but when I put it in the blender the coconut split into solids and liquids. I’ve carried on with the recipe and it tastes awesome, but looks crap and is quite icy.
    Do you know if I did something wrong? Or is it just one of those things?
    Thanks, Naomi

  3. Chris Waghorn

    For a dairy free ice cream this sounds pretty tasty, I have some dairy free friends that are going to love it.


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