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How to Make Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream (Without an Ice Cream Machine)

Indulging in a scoop of pistachio homemade ice cream is an experience shared across countries and generations. This crowd-pleasing classic, with its unique blend of flavor and texture, has become increasingly popular among home bakers and DIY enthusiasts alike.

That said, making pistachio ice cream at home can feel daunting—especially when an ice cream machine is involved. In this guide, we'll explore the process of crafting an EASY and delicious batch of homemade pistachio ice cream from start to finish, no ice cream maker needed.

Table of Contents:

  • No-Churn Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe
  • Achieving Green Color in Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Making Pistachio Ice Cream with Pudding Mix (No Ice Cream Maker)
  • Making 3-Ingredient Pistachio Ice Cream with a Blender
  • Storing and Serving Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream
  • Conclusion


No-Churn Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe


No-churn homemade pistachio ice cream is very achievable, and with tools you already have. No-churn methods are an easy way to get delicious ice cream with no ice cream machine. Plus, the results are still a creamy, rich, and velvety soft texture perfect for all pistachio lovers—without needing an ice cream maker.

  • Egg yolks
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Corn syrup
  •  Unsalted Pistachios
  1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until light and airy for an ideal ice cream base. This process helps to create a smooth base for your ice cream.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and corn syrup. Gently stirring, bring the blend to a light simmer before removing it from heat. The corn syrup is essential as it helps stabilize the ice cream while providing additional sweetness.
  3. To avoid curdling your eggs when combining them with the hot milk mixture, you'll need to temper them first. Slowly pour about half of the warm milk into the egg yolk mixture while continuously whisking. Once combined well enough, add this tempered mix back into the saucepan containing remaining milk.
  4. If using store-bought ground pistachios: Mix ½ cup of ground raw unsalted pistachios with ¼ cup white sugar in a small bowl.
  5. If making homemade ground pistachios: In a food processor or blender pulse one cup of raw unsalted shelled pistachios with ¼ cup white sugar until finely ground.
  6. After tempering the eggs, add your pistachio mixture to the saucepan and mix well. Finally, pour this combined mixture into a freezer-safe container, cover it tightly, and freeze for at least six hours or overnight before enjoying your delicious homemade pistachio ice cream. Top each serving with crushed pistachios for added flair.


Achieving Green Color in Pistachio Ice Cream

Pistachio ice cream on cone.

One of the most appealing aspects of pistachio ice cream is its vibrant green color. Well, the trade secret isn’t too much of a secret: if you want to make your homemade pistachio ice cream look like the traditional store-bought versions, you can use food coloring. This isn’t the only way to add some color to your ice cream base, but it’s certainly the easiest and most popular method.


How to Do Use Food Coloring in Ice Cream

Bottles of Red, yellow, green, blue food colorings.

Simply add a few drops of green food coloring into the mixture during preparation. Start with just a small amount of food coloring and increase as desired for the desired hue. Too many extra drops, and that highly-concentrated food coloring can turn your ice cream from “pistachio” to “toxic waste” in record time.


Importance of High-Quality Ingredients for Natural Color

Besides using food coloring, another way to achieve a natural hue in your homemade pistachio ice cream is by using high-quality ingredients such as real crushed nuts. The nutritional benefits and taste appeal from these quality ingredients will not only enhance the flavor but also give your final product an authentic taste and texture.

  • Fresh Pistachios: Make sure you're using fresh raw unsalted pistachios when making your own ice cream at home. This ensures maximum flavor and natural color.
  • Pure Extracts: Opt for pure vanilla extract or almond extract instead of artificial flavors which may contain additives that can affect the color of your ice cream.
  • Quality Dairy: Choose high-quality dairy products like whole milk and heavy cream to ensure a creamy texture and natural color in your homemade pistachio ice cream.

Incorporating these tips will help you achieve that perfect green hue for your homemade no-churn pistachio ice cream, making it even more irresistible.


Making Pistachio Ice Cream with Pudding Mix (No Ice Cream Maker)

Bowl of pistachio ice cream


To make homemade pistachio ice cream using pudding mix, you'll need:
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  1. In a bowl, blend together the instant pistachio pudding mix and cold milk until amalgamated and thickened.
  2. In another bowl, whip your heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold in whipped cream into your thickened pudding mixture along with sweetened condensed milk until fully incorporated.
  4. If desired, add green food coloring one drop at a time to achieve your preferred shade of green.
  5. Gently fold the pudding mixture into your freshly-made whipped cream until fully incorporated (make sure no streaks of green food coloring remain). If you’d like to add chopped pistachios, you can fold these in at this time.
  6. Transfer your mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight (until firm). Thaw your pistachio ice cream for about 10 minutes, until soft and scoopable.


Pistachio Ice Cream: Pros and Cons Compared to Churned Base Methods

This no-churn method has its own set of advantages and disadvantages when compared to traditional churned base methods:

The Pros:
  • No-churn methods are incredibly easy and don’t requiring any ice cream makers or machines for a smooth and creamy texture with delicious pistachio flavor. Plus, there’s no need to grind nuts or temper eggs.
  • Should you choose to use instant pudding mix, this element adds a creamy texture and rich pistachio flavor without the hassle of grinding nuts or tempering eggs.
The Cons:
  • Some may argue that the taste isn't as authentic compared to using real ground pistachios in a churned base method. However, it still delivers a deliciously satisfying treat.

No matter which method you choose, homemade pistachio ice cream is always worth making. Whether you're using an actual machine or not, following certain tips like freezing bowls if necessary and chilling bases before adding them into containers will help ensure your final product is top-notch.


Storing and Serving Homemade Pistachio Ice Cream

Close up of pistachio ice cream bowl with a spoon

You've successfully made your delicious homemade pistachio ice cream, but how do you store it to maintain its perfect taste and texture? Don't worry. We have all the tips and tricks for proper storage, as well as some fantastic serving suggestions that will make your homemade treat even more enjoyable.


Storage Duration and Potential Effects on Taste/Texture

To ensure that your homemade pistachio ice cream stays fresh and tasty, store it in a covered container in the freezer. It's best to eat your homemade ice cream within 3-4 weeks of making. After this time period, there might be formation of ice crystals which could affect its taste and texture. To minimize these effects, always use an airtight container or wrap tightly with plastic wrap before placing the lid on top.


Pairing Ideas with Other Desserts or Fruits

Your pistachio ice cream is already scrumptious on its own, but why not take things up a notch by pairing it with other desserts or fruits? Here are some mouth-watering ideas:

  • Chocolate lava cake: The rich chocolate flavor complements the nutty notes of pistachios perfectly.
  • Baklava: This sweet pastry filled with honey syrup brings out the natural sweetness in pistachios while adding layers of crunchy textures.
  • Fresh fruit: Pair your ice cream with sliced peaches, strawberries, or even a fruit salad for a refreshing and healthy twist.
  • Caramelized figs: Caramelized figs lend a delectable sweetness and earthiness to the nutty flavor of pistachio ice cream, making it an irresistible combination.
  • Rosé: A glass of rosé is an excellent complement to pistachio’s flavor. If you’d like to even add some ABV to your ice cream itself (yes, boozy ice cream alert), rosé is a great and easy option. Try this blender-only recipe for pistachio rosé ice cream for a simple, boozy, sophisticated flavor that doesn’t require major prep time or an ice cream machine.

With these storage tips and serving suggestions in mind, you're all set to enjoy your homemade pistachio ice cream to the fullest. Whether you've made it using an ice cream maker, with pudding mix, or without any special equipment at all, savoring this delightful treat will be even more satisfying knowing that you created it yourself. Happy scooping.


Making 3-Ingredient Pistachio Ice Cream with a Blender

Bowl of pistachio ice cream

When it comes to making the easiest pistachio ice cream, using an ice cream mix is no-doubt the method of choice. With ice cream mixes like Hijinx, all of the chemistry is taken care of so all you need to do is add pistachios and hot water, then blend and freeze in an airtight container. Hijinx contains milk, sugar, and the gums needed in any ice cream to stabilize it while achieving prime texture and taste. Plus, the total time you’ll spend on cooking, is remarkably low—Hijinx (and a blender) really does all the work for you.

With Hijinx, it’s easy to make pistachio ice cream recipes that range from classic pistachio ice cream, to pistachio baklava ice cream.


Just 3-ingredients:
  1. Pistachios
  2. Hot water (or you can use half & half for creamier results)
  3. Hijinx ice cream mix
  • Blend pistachios, hot water, and Hijinx ice cream mix in your average, everyday blender
  • Let your ice cream mixture rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Stir in additional pistachio pieces, if desired.
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours, and enjoy! And remember: always thaw your ice cream before serving.

Hijinx ice cream mix makes it incredibly easy to just add in your favorite ingredients—whatever they may be—for a customized no-churn ice cream recipe that’s far easier than even other no-churn methods.



Making your own homemade pistachio ice cream is an easy and rewarding experience. With the right ingredients, a few simple steps of preparation, some creative serving suggestions, and proper storage instructions you can have a delicious treat to enjoy in no time. With methods that are as easy as blend-and-freeze, why not indulge yourself and whip up some homemade pistachio ice cream today? Especially when you can use ice cream mix to customize your pistachio ice cream in any way you’d like. Hey, it’s a healthy dose of calcium, after all!




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