Black Pepper Pistachio Ice Cream
This Black Pepper Pistachio Ice Cream is made with soaked pistachios for an extra delicious nutty flavor. You’ll never guess it’s dairy-free!
Calling all you pistachio ice cream fans from around the web. This one's got your name on it.
That bowl of creamy, cold, summertime deliciousness you see there is all about good-for-you pistachios pretending to be a totally unhealthy treat. And dang, they're doing an excellent job of it. Pretending, that is.
Between you and I though, I'll tell you a secret about this pistachio ice cream. Are you ready? It's 100% dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I'm not even joking.
Not that you need to snub dairy to love this. My handsome, dairy-loving man rolls his eyes at all my dairy-free ice cream making adventures, but then digs in with abandon when they're ready.
This vegan pistachio ice cream was no different. It's very rich and super creamy with a deliciously strong pistachio taste. The black pepper is subtle and gives the most interesting little zing once the chill of the ice cream has worn off. It's beautiful.
I have to give a giant shout out to Savita from Chef de Home and her recipe for Black Pepper and Pistachio Ice Cream Pops for coming up with this awesome flavor combo. When I stumbled across her recipe a few months ago, I wanted so badly to try it. Unfortunately, dairy and I don't get along so well so I knew that I'd have to veganize her recipe. Thank you so much for the brilliant combo, Savita!
This pistachio ice cream recipe is made using pistachios that have been soaked in water overnight to soften them. They then go for a spin around in the blender with water, coconut oil (to increase the fat content and make the ice cream creamier) and some sweetener. The result is very rich ice cream with lots of pistachio flavor. You're going to love it!
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Black Pepper Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe
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- 1 ½ cups pistachios
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Soak the pistachios in water for 4-24 hours. Refrigerate while soaking.1 ½ cups pistachios
- Drain the pistachios and rinse them well. Add them to a blender or food processor with all the remaining ingredients. Blend on high until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Note: if you do not have a high-powered blender you may want to strain the cream through a fine mesh sieve if there is any gritty texture.1 ½ cups water, ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup coconut sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons fresh ground pepper, 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Pour the pistachio cream into a bowl and refrigerate it until it's completely cold. Once the cream is cold process it in your ice cream maker.
- Scoop the pistachio ice cream out of your ice cream maker and into a freezer-proof container. Cover the top with parchment paper directly on the surface and freeze until firm.
I Thanks for this recipe! I was surprised at how creamy this was, given that there was no coconut milk/cream. I don’t have an ice cream maker, but just used my optimum blender, let it run for a while and then put it straight into the freezer. The flavour is certainly unusual, not sure if I love, but I certainly love the creamy texture of the ice cream. 😀
I use so many recipes online and have never commented. This one definitely deserves it! So amazingly delicious!
Perfect and Healthy ice-cream.
This looks amazing! But with the addition of the cane sugar can it be considered Paleo?
From my understanding, some people who eat paleo are ok with including a small amount of unprocessed cane sugar in their diet. If this isn’t something you’re comfortable with you can always omit it and add more honey or maple syrup. 🙂
I would definitely try this one. Thanks a lot for sharing!
You definitely should! It’s really delicious. 🙂
Oh gosh, you are so creative! When I saw the title I really hoped it was going to be a vegan recipe, because all I wanna do is making this one tonight!
I so wish I could take all the creative credit! Savita from Chef de Home is the true creative genius … I just made it vegan. 🙂
You should definitely make it. It really is so good!
What an incredible flavor combination! I adore anything with pistachios and ice cream is my ultimate weakness. I love that this is dairy free, it looks so creamy and delicious!
Thanks, Kelly! It really is tasty. 🙂
What a dessert you’ve got, Kristen! To be honest, I choose dairy ice cream most of time, but I would definitely try this. Coconut milk paired with pistachios and black pepper, that couldn’t be bad at all:) Well done!
You should definitely try your hand at nut based ice creams … I think you’ll be surprised at how good they are. I know I was! I honestly blew them off for a long time after having some so so attempts at coconut milk based ice cream, but using nuts gives you a dead ringer for milk based ice cream. 🙂
This sounds amazing! I am obsessed with pistachios and finally got to stock up last week! I was shelling pistachios for at least an hour the other day 😛 It was worth it 😉
Holy your fingers must have gotten so sore! Pistachios have always been one of my favourites; I even like the whole process of shelling them, but maybe not for a whole hour!
Ooo, ooo, ooo… me, me, me! I love pistachio ice cream! But I’ve never made my own and I have never ever had nor would have even thought to add black pepper! This sounds so intriguing – I have to try this! Hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear.
You totally should make your own! I make nut based ice creams quite often and I’m always amazed at how easy they are to make … and so much better than store-bought.
I hope you have a great weekend too!
Oh my goodness, Kristen! This ice cream is BEYOND fabulous! I adore pistachio anything, but mixed with ice cream and black pepper?? HEAVEN! Plus my belly totally thanks you for making this dairy free! This is an ice cream dream! Pinned! Cheers!
Thank you, Cheyanne! I’ve always been a big fan of sweet and savoury flavour combos so this one totally worked for me. Thank you for the pin!
Black pepper! I would have never thought to pair the two together, but this sounds amazing. Pistachio ice cream is one of my favourite flavours- I actually have a tub in my freezer right now, and the next time I have some I’m going to put some black pepper on it!
You totally should! The black pepper really goes great with the pistachio flavour. 🙂
Kristen this looks phenomenal! I love pistachio ice cream, it is one of my favorite flavors but I rarely actually have it since it’s so hard to find dairy-free versions. Using pistachios + water to make the base and no actual milk is so smart! I can only imagine how flavorful it must be! Yum, yum, yum <3
Thank you so much, Natalie! I absolutely love making dairy-free ice creams from nut bases. I’m always so amazed at how creamy they are. 🙂
It is incredible that you can use nuts to make ice cream. VERY IMPRESSIVE! And adding black pepper? Sounds interesting! Sharing right now.
When I first found out that you can use nuts to make ice cream I was pretty skeptical, but they totally work! I don’t think I’d ever go back to making ice cream any other way. Thank you for sharing!