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Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

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This vegan ice cream is thick and creamy and perfectly pumpkin spiced! It’s great for enjoying during the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday Seasons.

Three scoops of vegan pumpkin ice cream in a bowl on a platter

Sure, the weather may be cooling down for most of us, but that never stops me from enjoying ice cream.  I’m betting you feel the same way, (that’s why I like you.)  Especially  if the ice cream is thick and creamy and delightfully flavored, much like the pumpkin ice cream you see here.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • This recipe is insanely simple, AND, you can rest easy knowing your pumpkin ice cream is made with pure, all natural ingredients.
  • The use of maple syrup adds a nice rich, sweet flavor.
  • The addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice give this ice cream the perfect fall twist.

Looking for other vegan pumpkin recipes? Then you have to try my:

Instructions for Making Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream:

1. First, place your cashews in a bowl and cover them with about 2 1/2 cups of water.  Allow them to soak for at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Note: if you don’t own a professional grade blender such as a Vitamix, replace the cashews with extra coconut cream, as noted in the ingredients.

Also – if you use the type of ice cream maker that requires a frozen base in order to make the ice cream, place that base in your freezer for at least 6 hours, as well.

2. Place all ingredients, including the soaked and drained cashews, in a high speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth.

3. Pour that mixture into your ice cream maker (I like THIS brand) and churn until the ice cream is very thick. This typically takes about 20-25 minutes, but some ice cream makers may take longer.

4. At this point, what you have is similar to soft serve, so for firmer, more traditional ice cream, place it in the freezer in an airtight container and allow it to freeze for at least four hours.

That’s it!

My favorite toppings for this ice cream are granola and mini chocolate chips.

Three scoops of vegan pumpkin ice cream with chocolate chips in a bowl on a platter

But really, it’s just so darn good all on it’s own.

Three scoops of vegan pumpkin ice cream in a bowl on a platter

Tips for Making the Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream:

  • If you don’t have an ultra high-speed blender such as a Vitamix, I recommend substituting the cashews with an additional one cup of canned coconut cream.
  • Be sure to buy plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for this recipe.

Did you try this ice cream? Give it a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below. Your feedback is very helpful!

Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

This ice cream is thick and creamy and perfectly pumpkin spiced! You'd never guess that it's vegan.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free Dessert, Pumpkin Spiced, Vegan Ice Cream
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Soaking Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 32 minutes
Servings: 8 Large Scoops

Ingredients

  • 1 c. raw / unroasted, unsalted cashews **See note below
  • 1 13.5 oz. / 400 ml can coconut cream found in the baking aisle
  • 1/3 c. + 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (79 ml)
  • 1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree (149 ml)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar (54 g)
  • 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, alcohol free if possible
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • **If you don't own a professional high speed blender such as a Vitamix, skip the cashews and add an extra cup (237 ml) of canned coconut cream, instead.

Instructions

  • First, place your cashews in a bowl and cover them with about 2 1/2 cups of water.  Allow them to soak for at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours. Note: if you don't own a professional grade blender such as a Vitamix, replace the cashews with extra coconut cream, as noted in the ingredients.
    Also - if you use the type of ice cream maker that requires a frozen base in order to make the ice cream, place that base in your freezer for at least 6 hours, as well.
  • Place all ingredients, including the soaked and drained cashews, in a high speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth.
  • Pour that mixture into your ice cream maker (I like THIS brand) and churn your ice cream until it's thick. For me, it usually takes about 20-25 minutes, but some ice cream makers may take longer.
  • At this point, what you have is similar to soft serve, so for firmer, more traditional ice cream, place it in the freezer in an airtight container and allow it to freeze for at least four hours.

Notes

  • If you don’t have an ultra high-speed blender such as a Vitamix, I recommend substituting the cashews with an additional one cup of canned coconut cream.
  • Be sure to buy plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for this recipe. 
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