Vegan Persian Pistachio & Saffron Ice Cream

I finally made my Aunt’s Vegan Persian Ice Cream!!! Except when I asked her for the measurements, she laughed at me….

I had to measure everything for you myself, you’re welcome. But seriously, do Persian moms/aunts ever measure anything?? I don’t think so. They’re always like a little of this, a lot of that. And when I ask them like how much they always say “you know how much.” LOL.



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A few weeks ago on we drove up to LA in crazy Friday night traffic to go to my Aunt’s house for Shabbat. (Hi Ameh!) It was a pain to get there but so totally worth using up our F*ck Budget (Watch this TED talk to see what I mean by that) because there is nothing sweeter than ending a hectic week with a big family dinner surrounded by parents, siblings, cousins, grandma, and aunts who make twice as many vegan options for dinner so that everyone feels welcome and satisfied. We’re up to 3 vegetarians in the family now (wooohoo) slowly taking over, slowly…

As if it wasn’t already enough that we had 2 Persian stews veganized on the table, my Aunt made Vegan Persian Ice Cream (my favorite) for dessert! I’ve never been more excited about Shabbat in my life.

I text her the next day to get the full recipe and she text me back with the most Persian mom instructions ever. But it worked!! I hope you love this ice cream as much as I do.

Vegan Persian Pistachio & Saffron Ice Cream

  • Servings: 8 – 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 quart non-dairy vanilla ice cream

1 cup roasted pistachios

A generous pinch of Saffron + warm water

1/4 cup Rose Water

1/2 tsp Cardamom ground




  1. Allow the ice cream to thaw on the counter for about 10 minutes so it’s soft enough to mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Dissolve your saffron in a few tbsp of water to extract all the color and flavor
  3. Pour ice cream and all the rest of your ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan or freezer safe glass Tupperware and freeze for a few hours.
  5. Scoop out when you’re ready to serve & enjoy it veganly much!

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