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Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: ice cream
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegan


The BEST dairy-free pistachio ice cream – ultra creamy, just vegan 6 ingredients, easy to make in the blender, ice cream maker, or Ninja Creami!


  • 1 cups (130g) raw pistachios, shells removed
  • 2 13.5oz cans heavy coconut cream*
  • 1/4 cup (80g) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1/8 tsp spirulina or 1/4 tsp matcha powder for color


  1. Shake the coconut cream cans and pour the entire contents into a medium saucepan.
  2. Add pistachios, maple syrup, and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. It will thicken slightly and the pistachios will soften.
  4. Remove from heat, add the extracts, cool 10 minutes.
  5. Blend until very smooth.
  6. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. The next day, blend the cubes with a splash of coconut cream until creamy. If you don’t have a blender with a tamper, I recommend using a food processor and stopping to scrape down the sides often. You will have a soft-serve consistency at this point.
  7. Transfer to a loaf pan, freeze 30-60 minutes until it is scoop-able but not frozen solid. Then scoop and serve.
  8. Keep leftovers in the freezer, covered. To serve from fully frozen, thaw 30-45 minutes until soft enough to scoop.

Alternate methods

  1. Cool 1-2 hours after blending, then churn in an ice cream maker.
  2. Pour into Ninja Creami container and freeze overnight, then process on the “ice cream” setting. If it come out powdery, add a splash of milk and re-spin 1-2 times.


*If you are using full-fat coconut MILK vs CREAM, chill one can overnight and use just the solid part plus the entire can (liquid + solid) of the other

Keywords: dairy free, vegan, blender, ninja creami, soft serve, vitamix, easy, dessert, summer, frozen