Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts from  #dairyfree #healthyicecream #vegandesserts #dairyfreedesserts

My favorite ice cream flavor has always been Pistachio.

This recipe I got together last year for St. Patty’s Day really made a fabulous non-dairy version of an old favorite.

 I spent a lot of time cracking the nuts open to soak them.  I would suggest trying to get some already shelled.  I sat at the table cracking away and started realizing how many things in my kitchen are ‘Pistachio’ color…………….I guess I like the spring green more than I realized?

SAMSUNGSoaking the pistachios helps to blend them in with the avocado and flavors the creamers.

PicMonkey Collage

Doesn’t taste like Avocado, doesn’t even taste like Coconut. Just a big bang of Pistachio and Vanilla flavor which is what I wanted.

Macadamia Nuts chopped

The Macadamia nuts give it an extra crunch although any nut would be good or leave out the Macadamias and just reserve some of the Pistachio nuts to add in whole.  The texture of the Pistachios was still in the cream on mine too so it’s not purely smooth like regular ice cream would be. Boy, for someone who’s hated missing ice cream since going Vegan, this is like magic.   Love getting to taste my old favorite flavor or ice cream again without the aches and pains from dairy the next day.

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts from  #dairyfree #healthyicecream #vegandesserts #dairyfreedesserts

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts
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Serves: 4 - 5
  • 1 Cup of organic shelled Pistachio nuts, soak for at least 30 minutes and rinsed
  • 1 Cup So Delicious DF Coconut Milk Creamer (French Vanilla) Chilled
  • 2 medium size ripe Avocados, chopped
  • 3 Tbs. Organic Coconut Sugar Crystals, or just Palm Sugar
  • 1 13.5 oz. Can of Organic Coconut Milk (full fat)
  • 1 Pouch of Vega Vanilla Almondilla Smoothie mix (or 2 scoops vanilla protein powder)
  • 1 tsp. liquid Stevia / plain or vanilla
  • 1 cup rough chopped Macadamia Nuts *stir in after above ingredients are blended.
  1. Blend all ingredients except the Macadamia nuts in a food processor until a smooth thick batter is achieved.
  2. Stir in the Macadamia nuts and freeze for at least 1 hour until the cream batter firms up or process in an ice cream maker per the manufacturer's directions.
  3. Store in a covered container.


Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts from  #dairyfree #healthyicecream #vegandesserts #dairyfreedesserts

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9 thoughts on “Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with Macadamia Nuts

  1. Zia

    The Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream made with avocadoes? Does the avocado cause it to darken while in a frozen state? How about when it is served at room temp?

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I didn’t have any darkening at any time with the avocado (luckily) it’s just a beautiful green. The blend of colors from the pistachios and the creamy avocado are just gorgeous. The oxidation doesn’t occur here. I think if it’s been frozen first, serving at room temp wouldn’t effect the colors either but I can’t be certain. Thanks so much for your comment, hope that helps and let me know if you try it at room temp so we can all know for sure 😉 Thanks Zia!

  2. narf77

    Where was your post about that sweetener by the way? I never got it! I entered Annies and that pretty lady with the blond hair (can never remember her name) and the other lady pulled out but I couldn’t find your giveaway entry? Anyhoo…this amazing recipe makes up for it! What a score! Now I just need to hock one of my adult kids to afford the ingredients…which one shall it be… (if my kids are reading this comment…remember my 50th is coming up next month and I have a LONG memory! 😉 ).

  3. An Unrefined Vegan

    Several thoughts: my home is also filled with “pistachio” color – I love it! It’s soothing, fresh, comforting and darn it, looks good! However, I’ve never eaten pistachio ice cream! What?! Your recipe is wooing me, however – it looks really splendid. AND, I have to laugh at your handwritten recipe because it looks just like what I do! Sometimes I can’t even read what I’ve written…

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I love the flavor and the color, obviously! It’s calming (thank goodness, that’s my kitchen wall in the pic) and reminds me of the color of young plants…or sprouts?
      The recipes make good use of junk mail for me. I read in a post how frustrating it was for her to have hundreds of scribbled out recipes all over her house and she can never find the one she needs to write up. I usually get 3 or 4 ingredients ahead and then say, ‘yea, better write this down’ That one above isnt’ too bad…usually there’s all kinds of cross outs on them and it’s really hard to read what’s actually in the thing. Maybe some day we’ll be famous and have scribes to record our musings, Heeehee 😉

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