Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream – Nut Free!

This ice cream was born in a very unlikely time of year.  I certainly am not CRAVING cold treats, living in the chilly northwest assures that!  But I needed to do two things: clear my ice cream maker’s bowl out of the freezer for the season, and make my ridiculously picky son a nutritious snack.

And as is sometimes the case: I got lucky.  REALLY lucky.

One taste of this luscious ice cream will send you spinning into dessert heaven and you will wonder how something so darn easy and with a vegetable as a first ingredient could be so darn delicious.  But it is.  And you should make this…now!  Think pumpkin pie a-la-mode!

Here are some mix in ideas that I had: candied pepitas, toasted pecans, cacao nibs, chocolate, dried cranberries, raisins, or maybe some Paleo toffee!

INGREDIENT NOTES:  Lucuma powder is most likely a new ingredient for you. It is made from a South America root that tastes more like a fruit than tuber and is touted as a superfood. In some instances, it adds a decidedly butterscotch flavor to foods.  It really shines in this ice cream, but the ice cream will still be yummy without it.  I have been testing recipes for Ricki’s new cookbook, and have used this in some pretty amazing Butterscotch Blondies of hers!!

It is also worth noting that the water content of your pureed pumpkin or squash will effect the creaminess of this.  The more water, the more ice crystals in the ice cream…therefore less creamy (think snow cone).  Try and use the driest puree you can (cooking some of the water out is always an option, simmer over low heat until the volume is reduced!)  In this batch, I used some fresh roasted butternut squash which is generally a much drier squash.  Some cans I open are stiff and dry, while others are more soft and pliable.

I also know some of you will ask, using light coconut milk is totally fine!  But know that in doing so, you are adding more WATER to the mixture, and the end result will not be as creamy (same concept as the squash puree!).  AND if you can do dairy, then some raw cream instead of the coconut milk would work well too!

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1½ cups pumpkin, or winter squash puree (I have used Sugar Pie and Butternut)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (see notes above)
  • ½ cup palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lucuma powder (optional, but this lends an unbelievable butterscotch flavor to the end product!)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid vanilla stevia (or 3-4 tablespoons more palm sugar)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and whir until smooth.
  2. Incidentally, at this point, it is like a thick creamy pumpkin pudding!
  3. Place into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers instructions.

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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31 comments on “Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream – Nut Free!
  1. Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska says:

    I’ve never used or had lucuma powder, but it’s on my list of things to try! Your ice cream looks wonderful, Tessa!

  2. Shirley @ gfe says:

    Gorgeous ice cream, Tessa! I know I would love it. Time to get some lucuma powder. I’ve been wanting to for recipes of Ricki’s for some time anyway. ;-)

    Thanks for this recipe, dear.

  3. Angie@ConsciousEatery says:

    I just bought some lucuma powder, something I had never heard of! Thanks for expanding my horizons! As soon as it comes in, I’ll be making this for my daughter (and me)!

  4. Anne @ says:

    This sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it (maybe this weekend???)

  5. Hanunyah @ Ranch Girl's Sweets 'N' Treats says:

    Looks wonderful!

  6. Meghan @ Whole Natural Life says:

    Ooh, yum! I have not made any pumpkin ice cream yet this year. I should do so soon, though—we love ice cream year round here. :)

  7. LittleOwlCrunchyMomma says:

    Wow. This sounds awesome! Excited to learn about Lucuma powder.

    Thanks so much for linking up to “Simple Meals Friday”. Hope to see you again next week!

  8. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    I was interested to learn about lucuma powder as I had never heard of it before. It sounds like a delicious ingredient. I really like the idea of a pumpkin ice cream – it sounds wonderful!

  9. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says:

    I have got to get my hands on this lucuma powder!! Can’t wait to expand my cooking!! :) Your ice cream looks amazing and something that we have been missing! Got it tweeted and pinned!

  10. France @ Beyond The Peel says:

    I love this. I’m sharing this with the peeps this week at Keep it Real Thursdays! See you there.

  11. Rebecca says:

    Time to hunt down some lacuma powder- this recipe sounds and looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Happy Thanksgiving! Rebecca x

  12. Angie@ConsciousEatery says:

    Ok, so I made this today. Yum, yum, yum!! I even found some lucuma powder online. It was such a nice addition! This ice cream is creamy, flavorful, rich, and satisfying, even for those of us who are used to milk-based ice cream. Thanks!


  13. Robin @ Thank Your Body says:

    I am an ice cream freak. This looks so good!

  14. says:

    This sounds delicious! Lucuma powder sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  15. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures says:

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  16. Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate says:

    This sounds great – I was able to glean from a local pumpkin patch after Halloween so this give me something besides pumpkin soup, pie, cookies and bread to fix!
    I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions:

  17. Rachel says:

    I am so in need of pumpkin recipes. Love this one.

  18. Amanda says:

    Looking forward to making this tonight. I don’t think lucuma powder is available to me as I’ve never heard of it but would pumpkin pie spice suffice? I’m also subbing out stevia/sugars with raw honey (Paleo here!) so I hope it’ll come out nicely. This is my first ice cream with the new maker I got for xmas, so I’m excited to try it!

    • Sure….the flavors will be different…palm sugar is more Maple-esque than honey. Pumpkin spice would be good too…as long as you like it! Let us know how it turns out…recipes with so few ingredients can be tricky with subs, so would love to know if yours works!

  19. Holy moly this looks amazing! Ice cream and pumpkin are two of my favorite things…I don’t care how cold it is!!

  20. Anyonita says:

    Yup, I’ll take a big bowl of this, please! :) This ice cream looks FABULOUS! Omg, I can just imagine having it on a cone after Thanksgiving dinner! Why couldn’t I see this LAST week?! Ha! I followed you here from the link party at Chef in Training & I’d like to invite you to come link up to my party, too. It’s Tasty Tuesdays & I pin EVERY POST that gets linked up! You can find this week’s party here from tomorrow:
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  21. Isn’t coconut a nut??

    Looks tasty though!
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    • Hi GiGi! There is a lot of conflicting information out there…but anyone with tree nut allergies is usually fine with coconut according to all the food allergy doctors, and that has been my experience too. In Autoimmune diet protocols, coconut is allowed too unlike other nuts. Ultimately, consult with your doctor if you are confused or scared about it!

  22. Kathleen Loveland says:

    Just got lucuma powder in the mail from Amazon! Need some recipes now! It looks like you can help me!

  23. Cait says:

    I am allergic to coconut, what else would you reccomend to use in place of the coconut milk?

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