Pistachio Ice Cream

One of the best pistachio ice creams that I ever had was in Bosnia, except, it wasn't really an ice cream, or a sorbet... It was like a smooth creamy frozen sorbet, and so deliciously nutty and sweet at the same time. 

Nevertheless I've dreamt about this delicious memory ever since.  

I had read a few recipes which I liked, some more coconut based, others heavy on the sugar, some requiring overnight organisation. 

Ultimately though, the recipes came down to a few principles, a milk type substitute, soaked and ground pistachio nuts, sugar, and some fruit to thicken. 

I figured, what's the worst that's going to happen with recipe experimentation... well, on the first attempt I made a small batch with too much spinach, then ate it all. Second time I used far too many pistachios, but between AJ and I, we ate it all. 

This was the third, and by far, most delicious batch. I had a huge lunch before making it, just so that I... you got it... didn't eat it all before I could share the recipe. 



  • 350ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 100grams of Pistachios soaked in water for at least an hour 
  • 100grams of Cashews soaked in water for a least an hour 
  • 2 ripe avocados pitted 
  • 2 large ripe bananas 
  • 100ml liquid sweetener - I used agave nectar 
  • 150grams of coconut palm sugar 
  • A large handful of spinach leaves
  • 2-3 leaves fresh mint
  • 100grams of unsoaked Pistachios to decorate ontop


  • Add all of the ingredients except for the unsoaked Pistachio nuts into a blender. Chop the ingredients until they form a smooth paste - you don't want to crunch your way through a bowl of ice cream let alone get a chunk of spinach stuck in your teeth! 
  • Once blended, scoop into a freezer friendly vessel - I used a loaf tray with baking parchment. Add the remaining pistachio nuts to the top to decorate. 
  • Leave to freeze for 3-4 hours as a minimum - no ice cream maker or mid freeze blending required! 
  • Then, enjoy!! 

The spinach gives the mixture a beautiful green colour...

^^ and the mint tastes delicious! Next time I'm making a mint choc chip ice cream batch!