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Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

This Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream is perfect for a dairy free summer treat! It’s everything you remember about pistachio ice cream without the refined sugar and condensed milk. The best part is that this recipe is no churn, so you can Make this pistachio ice cream without an ice cream machine all you need is a standing mixer or a whisk.

photo of vegan pistachio ice cream on a cone with chocolate drizzle and chopped pistachio nuts

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I hate having extra appliances around the kitchen that I have to clean. So I may be one of the only bloggers who doesn’t have an air fryer (although I kind of want one) and an instant pot. While I’m not against these things. I believe that all you need are a good set of pots, a blender, food processor and a sharp knife to create almost anything in the kitchen.

This recipe was my first attempt at vegan, no churn, ice cream and I have to say, I’m pretty darn happy with how it turned out. I can’t wait for you to try it! Especially since it’s easy to do.

photo of vegan pistachio ice cream on a cone with chocolate drizzle and chopped pistachio nuts

Ingredients You Need to Make Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

How to Make Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream with No Churning Machine?

Vegan ice cream gets its creaminess from a fatty base like avocado, nuts or in my recipe coconut cream. It’s easy to make, you just have to whip it!

Make the Pistachio Paste

Step 1: Take the pistachios and place them in a food processor or spice grinder. Blend on high until the nuts are broken up into a fine powder. Then add 1 tbsp of water to form the paste. If you want a dryer ice cream you can just blend the powder directly into the coconut cream.

Make the Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

Step 2: Place a mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Open the coconut milk cans and separate the solids from the liquid. Discard the liquid part of the milk and place the solids in the mixing bowl. Beat the cream with a hand mixer until it gets light and fluffy (about 4 minutes.)

Step 3: Add the pistachio paste, sweetener, vanilla extract, almond milk and mix just until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Don’t over blend or the cream will separate. If this happens don’t worry. You can save the ice cream by placing it into the blender to smooth it out.

Step 4: Pour the mixture into a glass freezer safe container and freeze for 6 hours.

Ingredient Substitutions for No Churn Pistachio Ice Cream

  • Almond Milk
    • you can use any type of milk or cream you like! Thicker milks like oat work best. For creamier ice cream I also like to use a non dairy creamer instead of a non dairy milk since they tend to be thicker.
  • Pistachio Nuts
    • If you don’t want to go through the extra step of making the pistachio paste you can buy pistachio butter or replace it with another nut butter like almond or cashew butter. The Ice cream will have a different flavor but it will still be delicious
process shot of vegan pistachio ice cream ingredients in a mixing bowl
Does pistachio ice cream have dairy?

d heavy cream. But my pistachio ice cream recipe is vegan. So YES, it’s dairy free! If you’re on a dairy free diet, are trying to reduce inflammation, or are lactose intolerant you can still enjoy this ice cream recipe!

Is pistachio ice cream healthy for you?

I don’t think any ice cream is truly healthy for you because it’s always high in sugar. But not all pistachio ice cream is created equal, some are healthier than others.

Vegan pistachio ice cream is much healthier than the regular version which uses heavy cream and condensed milk. The sugar and diary in traditional pistachio ice cream is mucus forming, reduces calcium in the bones and causes inflammation.

My vegan pistachio ice cream recipe is pretty much filled with all healthy ingredients that are nutrient dense and have healthy fats like raw pistachio nuts and coconut milk. Although it still does have sugar! My recipe uses less sugar than traditional ice creams and I use maple syrup. Maple syrup has more nutrients in it than regular cane sugar.

So you could say that Yes, this pistachio ice cream is healthy compared to the traditional kind. But NO regular pistachio ice cream is not healthy for you. It should be enjoyed in small amounts as a treat!

Why is pistachio ice cream green?

Pistachio ice cream is green because pistachio nuts are green. There are lots of pistachios in pistachio ice cream. So when that vibrant green pistachio paste is combined with white ice cream a light green color is formed.

Many pistachio ice creams have green food dye added to them to make it look even more green. Depending on the ratio of nuts to dairy the color may be lighter or darker. Recipes that don’t use as many pistachios will be paler so food coloring is added for a big green boost.

What is the actual flavor of pistachio ice cream?

It’s hard to describe the flavor of pistachio ice cream but the best way I can put it is that it tastes like sweet vanilla cream with a touch of pistachio nuttiness. It goes really well with chocolate fudge!

How to Store Pistachio Ice Cream

You can store the ice cream in the freezer in an air tight container for up to 1 month, but it tastes best when it’s fresh.

How to Serve Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

You can’t serve the ice cream right out of the freezer because it will be too hard. Take it out and let it defrost for 30 minutes. Dip an ice cream scooper in hot water and use it to scoop out the ice cream.

You can serve it in a dish or on a healthy ice cream cone. I used organic sugar cones. For an extra beautiful effect you can top the ice cream with chopped pistachio nuts and chocolate syrup. You can use store bought chocolate syrup or make your own. I whipped up my own dark chocolate syrup by combining 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Is Pistachio Ice Cream Diary Free?

Traditional pistachio ice cream is not dairy free because it’s made from condensed milk and heavy cream. But my pistachio ice cream recipe is vegan. So YES, it’s dairy free! If you’re on a dairy free diet, are trying to reduce inflammation, or are lactose intolerant you can still enjoy this ice cream recipe!

Pro Tips For Making the Best No Churn Ice Cream

  1. Flavor additives like nuts or raisins should be chopped up into tiny pieces. You can use a food processor to grind down your add in’s to save time. Chunky pieces of nuts or chocolate chips will make the ice cream pattern inconsistent.
  2. Always opt to use full fat ingredients. When you don’t use an ice cream machine you have to relay on the fat to make the ice cream creamy. You also need the sugar and air whipped in to create fluffiness. If you want to make a low fat ice cream you’re better of using a machine.
  3. Use vanilla extract in your recipe. A little vanilla extract will prevent no churn ice cream from getting icy in the freezer.
  4. Don’t over whip the ingredients. Only whip the ice cream until its fluffy. As soon as it’s fluffy stop whipping. Over mixing the ingredients will cause them to go flat and for the coconut cream to separate.

Are Pistachios Keto?

At first glance pistachio nuts appear to be one of the worst nuts you can eat on a keto diet because they have 7.7 grams of carbs per 28 grams or 1 ounce. But you have to look at where these carbs are coming from. A lot of the total carbohydrates in pistachio nuts come from fiber, sugars and starches.

However, they only have 4.7 grams of net carbs which are the carbs that turn into sugar (glucose) when your body breaks them down. So unless you have great self control it’s very easy to over eat them. For more information keto friendly nuts including pistachios read, “Are Pistachios Keto Friendly?

Common Questions about Making No Churn Ice Cream

Why is my no churn ice cream icy?

You’re no churn ice cream is likely icy because you didn’t add alcohol to it. Alcohol should always be added to no churn ice cream because it lowers the freezing point of the ice cream. I added vanilla extract to this no churn pistachio ice cream for the flavor and because it has a 35% alcohol content.

How do you make no churn ice cream softer?

You can make your no churn ice cream softer in the same way that you prevent it from getting icy, try adding some alcohol to it. Alcohol should always be added to no churn ice cream because it lowers the freezing point of the ice cream. I added vanilla extract to this no churn pistachio ice cream for the flavor and because it has a 35% alcohol content.

How do you thicken non dairy ice cream?

If you want to make a thicker non dairy ice cream you can either use a creamy base like coconut cream or oat milk creamer or you can add cornstarch.

To add cornstarch to thicken your non dairy ice cream dissolve 2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch in hot water. The best way to do this is by heating up the water on the stove top and whisking in the cornstarch until the mixture is smooth. Lower the heat and stir for another three minutes until the mixture gets thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Don’t forget to allow the mixture to cool off before adding it to your ice cream base.

Which vegan milk is best for ice cream?

I think that the vest vegan milk for ice cream is full fat coconut milk. Specifically the creamy portion that separates from the liquid in the can. I also like to use non dairy creamers made from oat milk to thicken non dairy ice cream. Though this non dairy pistachio ice cream is pretty thick with the almond milk creamer I used!

More Vegan Deserts to Try

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream Web Story

picture of vegan pistachio ice cream on a waffle cone with chopped pistachio nuts and chocolate syrup

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

No ice cream machine needed to make this 5 ingredient vegan ice cream! It's vegan, gluten free and soy free.
5 from 50 votes
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Course: Desert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8 scoops
Calories: 285kcal
Cost: 4 per scoop




Make the Pistachio Paste

  • If the pistachio nuts have skins on them blanch them in hot (not boiling) water for 1 minute. Next place them into a spice grinder or food processor and grind until they are crumbs. Add 1-2 tbsp of water to create a paste. Set aside.

Make the ice Cream

  • Place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Open the cocnut milk cans. Save the solid part of the milk (cream) and discard the liquid. Place cream in the standing mixer and whip until it's fluffy. Combine pistachio paste, vanilla extract and almond milk in the mixer. Add maple syrup 1 tbsp at a time until desired sweetness is reached. Blend until combined.
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container and freeze for 6 hours. Make sure the lid is tight or wrapped in foil and plastic wrap.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Wow, this ice cream looks so creamy and delicious, it must be all that coconut milk. I love that deep green colour too. Saved for later!

    1. Hey Bernice, Thanks so much! Yes the fat from the coconut milk really gives this ice cream its creaminess. The green color is the best. You can even make it greener if you use a little food coloring.

  2. I love how easy this is! The pistachio flavor really shines through and it’s a delicious combo with the coconut milk. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This vegan pistachio ice cream was absolutely amazing and perfect to cool down in this heat! It was such a delicious and healthy treat the whole family enjoyed.

  4. Nothing beats home made ice cream! I never made Pistachio, I’m looking forward to trying your recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Cathleen! It’s pretty hard to say no to home made ice cream. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!

  5. What a lovely ice cream! Pistachio is one of my favorite nuts. I will definitely give this dessert a try.

  6. Pistachio flavour is my all-time favourite, and I was so happy when I came across your recipe, as it’s a no-churn! I’m gathering all of the ingredients together today, and looking forward to making this ice cream tonight!

    1. I love it too! My daughter loves eating pistachio nuts right out of the shells. I figured we might as well make some ice cream out of it. That’s awesome please let me know how it turns out!

    1. Oh I’m so excited you’re going to make this recipe! Yes it’s 1 cup. I’m actually updating this recipe right now with more tips on how to get creamier no churn ice cream and on how to keep it from freezing. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  7. I love pistachio ice cream but I don’t have an ice cream maker so I’ve never made my own. SO glad I found your recipe! Whipping the coconut cream makes it so airy and fluffy, it made the ice cream super creamy! Loved it.

    1. They Veronika! Same here! I love it and my daughter loves pistachio ice cream but I hate clutter so the last thing I want is another appliance I never use collecting dust. But now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably end up getting one at some point. Yes! It’s amazing how coconut cream whips up so well. Thanks so much for your comment!!

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