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Vegan Christmas – Saffron ice cream with cranberries and pistachios

11.12.2015 15:22

Nothing gets me into Christmas spirit like the smell and taste of saffron. I’m happily sneaking it into whatever cooking I can this time of the year. Like into this ice cream, which came out ah, so unbelievably yummy! If I was celebrating Christmas somewhere warmer than here this would replace the traditional saffron pudding (our family’s classic – check it out here) as dessert on Christmas eve! It is simple to make too – just allow enough time for it to freeze properly, and ideally also for the nuts to soak for a few hours prior to making the ice cream. And take it out from the freezer about 20 to 30 minutes before serving for maximum creaminess. Enjoy!

Prep time

5 mins

Cook time

4 mins

Total time

9 mins

Serves: 4


  • ½ cup cashew nuts, soaked for a few hours. Then remove soaking water. They will now have expanded in size.
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 0.5 grams saffron
  • ⅓ cup agave
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • A handful of pistachios, roughly chopped, for garnish


  1. Soak the cashew nuts. I normally say skip this step if you don't have sufficient time, but for this one, really try to soak for at least a few hours. This ice cream becomes so much creamier for it.
  2. Simmer the coconut oil with the saffron in a pot on low heat for a few minutes until the aroma and colour are fully released - the coconut milk will catch a deep yellow colour.
  3. Pour it into a blender and add the cashew nuts, the agave and the sea salt. Run the blender on full sped for a few minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times if needed, to make sure that all ingredients blend fully until completely smooth.
  4. Pour into a container. Roughly chop the cranberries and pop them in evenly. Place i the freezer for a few hours, stirring a few times. Take out ten minutes before serving. Scoop into serving bowls (or cones) and top with the chopped pistachios.

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