Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

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This Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream is super-simple, and tastes unbelievably good. All you need is 4 simple ingredients to make it, and it’s naturally dairy-free and ultra-creamy.

vegan pistachio ice cream with scoop

This ice cream is inspired by my Coffee Ice Cream, which is made in a similar way, only with cashews.

The pistachios in this recipe add a little more fiber to this recipe, but you’ll hardly notice once it’s frozen, especially if you add in a few chopped pistachio pieces. (Which I highly recommend!)

pistachio ice cream in glass serving dish

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s dairy-free. This pistachio ice cream gets its creaminess from blended pistachios, rather than milk or cream. This way you’ll get maximum pistachio flavor!
  • It’s naturally sweet. All you need is pure maple syrup to sweeten this ice cream, so it shouldn’t spike your blood sugar as much as traditional ice cream might.
  • It’s simple. With just 4 ingredients, one of them being water, you won’t find an easier ice cream to make.
  • It’s flexible. I love this ice cream recipe with almond extract added in (this seems to be a common addition with pistachio ice cream recipes) but you can leave it out if you or a family member has an almond allergy.
  • It’s vegan & gluten-free. Perfect for those following a number of special diets!

Best of all, it’s delicious. I couldn’t stop taste-testing the mixture before I poured it into the ice cream machine.

raw pistachios in container

Note: Keep in mind that the flavors will mellow once the ice cream is frozen. (This happens with any recipe that you freeze.) So if the mixture tastes extra-sweet, or more flavorful than you are expecting, don’t be surprised if that flavor is slightly more diluted once the ice cream is frozen.

How to Make It

  1. Blend. Simply blend all 4 ingredients together. If you want more almond flavor, or want to add a pinch of salt, now is the time to add those things in.
  2. Freeze. Pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen bowl of your ice cream maker, and process until it’s thick and creamy, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Enjoy! As soon as the ice cream is thick, it’s ready to serve. I like to stir in a few more chopped pistachio pieces (or you can just sprinkle them on top), for an added crunch with each bite.

Nut-based ice creams, like this one, tend to freeze very well overnight. (They won’t get as hard as a coconut milk-based ice cream.)

So, you should be able to scoop this ice cream for the next few days, if you have any leftovers.

pistachio ice cream scooped from pan

Don’t have an Ice Cream Maker?

Instead of using an ice cream machine, you can pour the blended mixture into an airtight container and store it in the freezer until firm, about 6 to 8 hours. For the creamiest results, be sure to stir the ice cream every hour or so, to help incorporate some air into the mixture.

If you don’t stir the ice cream, it will still turn out fine, just slightly more icy in texture.

pistachio ice cream in loaf pan

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Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

This Pistachio Ice Cream is ultra-creamy and delicious, without using dairy. All you need is 4 simple ingredients to make it, and it couldn't be easier!
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword healthy, pistachio ice cream, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing time: 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 247kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups shelled raw pistachios (208 grams; not salted)
  • 1 1/2 cups water (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (155 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional; but recommended)

Instructions

  • Be sure to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker at least 24 hours in advance, if your ice cream machine requires it. In a high-speed blender, combine the pistachios, water, maple syrup, and almond extract, and blend until completely smooth.
    pistachio ingredients in blender
  • Pour the mixture into the frozen bowl of your ice cream maker, then process until thick and creamy, about 30 to 35 minutes.
    pistachio ice cream processed in machine
  • You can serve this ice cream right away, or stir some extra chopped pistachio pieces into it for added crunch. For a more firm ice cream, transfer it to an airtight container with a lid, and store in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours. This should give it a firmer, more scoop-able texture. Leftover ice cream can be stored in the airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    finished ice cream in loaf pan and scooped

Notes

Nutrition information is for a slightly heaped 1/2 cup serving. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
See the full post above for additional notes.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

If you try this Pistachio Ice Cream, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. I love hearing from you!

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Meg

Thank you for doing all of these ice cream recipes this summer! It was one of the things I requested when I filled out your survey, so I’m really excited to try them all. Yay to healthy ice cream!

Dhanya

Can dairy/non-dairy milk be used instead of milk ?

    Megan Gilmore

    This recipe doesn’t call for any milk, only water. But you can use any liquid you prefer.

Hyemi jung

This is a genius recipe yet probably most realistically healthiest ice cream !! I didn’t have an ice cream machine so it’s not like super creamy like store bought ice cream however it’s simple ingredients and easy to make and it’s super delicious. I was skeptical so made only half of the recipe me and my toddler had this for dessert and we finished ! Thank you so much.

Lisa

Can you make butter pecan ice cream using pecans instead of pistachios?

    Megan Gilmore

    Ooh, yes! That sounds amazing. I’ll have to try it soon. Stay tuned!

Kerrie

HANDS DOWN THE BEST PISTACHIO ICE CREAM!!! I used coconut milk instead of water to give the ice cream more of a creaminess texture and put all the ingredients in my Vitamix. Poured it into my glass pyrex container and put it in the freezer. This ice cream is such a treat and with only 4 ingredients!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Have a blessed day!

Caren

This was absolutely amazing! Added a pinch of sea salt and mixed in extra pieces of pistachios.

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