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Pistachio Ice Cream {dairy-free}

Try your hand at making homemade ice cream with this recipe for Pistachio Ice Cream {dairy-free}.

Although summer is quickly coming to a close, leaves are starting to fall, kids are heading back to school, there are a few weeks left, and I intend to celebrate and savor these fleeting moments with all things summer-food related.

To me, that starts with ice cream.

Dairy-Free Pistachio Ice Cream via @alyssarimmer

It wasn’t until this year that I discovered homemade ice cream.

When I removed dairy from my diet over three years ago, ice cream wasn’t something that I missed.

Granted, being from Vermont, the home of the delicious Ben & Jerry’s, I definitely love is, but it just wasn’t something I thought about that often.

That was until now.

Now, I dream about ice cream.

Now, all I want to make is ice cream.

Now, being dairy-free doesn’t even matter.


Because I’ve started to explore the world of homemade dairy-free ice cream.

And let me just say it’s magical.

With this go around, we tried a flavor I’m not very familiar with.


Every time I see pistachio ice cream, I look the other way.

I don’t know if it’s the artificial green color that throws me off or the idea of pistachio ice cream itself.

Either way, I’d never tried Pistachio Ice Cream.

Nor had I ever wanted to.

Dairy-Free Pistachio Ice Cream via @alyssarimmer

But then my boyfriend got involved.

And, as it turns out, he loves pistachio ice cream.

So I gave it a whirl and it turned out beautifully.

This Pistachio Ice Cream is super smooth with little bites of crunch of the chopped pistachio.

It has a sweet, mildly salty flavor.

The nuttiness that shines through it all and really tastes like pistachios, but in a totally delicious, amazing way.

Pistachio ice cream may or not be my favorite kind from here on out.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Dairy-Free Pistachio Ice Cream via @alyssarimmer

Pistachio Ice Cream {dairy-free}

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Dairy-free ice cream is actually much easier than you may think!


  • 1 (15 oz) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave, maple syrup, etc.)
  • 1/2 teapsoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (helps keep the ice cream creamy)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted pistachios, shelled & chopped


  1. Combine the milks, honey, extract, xanthan gum and 1 cup of the shelled pistachios into a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth, 2 - 3 minutes. Chill the mixture in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Freeze ice cream according to ice cream manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream is almost done, add the remaining chopped pistachios and let freeze completely.
  4. If the ice cream is to your desired consistency, eat immediately. If not, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze for another 1 - 2 hours.
  5. Store in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Will keep for 2 - 3 weeks.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 7g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Friday 13th of February 2015

Hi, I would like to know if Arrow root powder would work the same as Xantam Gum? Or any other alternatives for Xantam? I'm not a big fan! Not even Guar Gum!

Mary Ann

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

What do you mean by "Freeze ice cream according to ice cream manufacturer's instructions."? Do I need an ice cream machine to make this?


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

I definitely need to try this! Yum!


Wednesday 21st of August 2013

This looks and sound amazing! I love that is dairy free, but still looks incredibly creamy! Wow!