Vegan Almond Pistachio Ice Cream
Super creamy vegan pistachio ice cream made with cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup and ground pistachios! Studded with slivered almonds for extra crunch.
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- 1 1/4 cups (150 g) raw cashews, soaked overnight (or for 6-8 hours) in cool water
- 14 ounces (414 ml) full-fat coconut milk (or light coconut milk with less creamy results)
- 3 Tbsp (45 ml) olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup (~80 g) finely ground pistachio dust (from dry roasted unsalted salted pistachios), plus more to taste
- optional: 1/4 cup (27 g) raw or roasted unsalted slivered almonds, lightly chopped
- The night before, soak your cashews in cool water (see notes for quick soak method) and place your ice cream maker bowl in the freezer to chill.
- The following day, add soaked, drained cashews, coconut milk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt and ground pistachios to a high speed blender. Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
- Taste and adjust sweetness as needed, adding more cane sugar or maple syrup if desired. Also add more ground pistachio if needed to enhance the flavor.
- Assemble your chilled ice cream maker and pour in the ice cream batter. Churn until creamy and thick and resembles soft serve - about 30-40 minutes.
- In the last 30 seconds of churning, add in the slivered almonds. I used a mix of roasted and raw slivered almonds. Churn until just incorporated, then turn off machine.
- Enjoy immediately as soft serve, or transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and smooth flat with a spoon.
- Cover securely and freeze for 4-5 hours or until firm. Before scooping, set out for 20-30 minutes to soften and use a hot scoop to ease the scooping process.
- Leftovers keep in the freezer for 7-10 days, though best when fresh!
- To quick soak cashews, cover with boiling hot water and let set uncovered for 1 hour. Drain thoroughly and use as instructed.
- This recipe as tested does require an ice cream churner, but the base is so thick and creamy I think you can get away with just freezing the base (not churned) and then stirring/whisking every hour to incorporate air until firm.
- Prep time does not include soaking cashews or freezing ice cream.
Tatjana Popovic | International Health Coach http://www.totallywellness.com/