Cashew ice cream: Milk ice cream with vanilla

Leckeres Cashew-Eis mit karamellisierten Nüssen und Ahornsirup angerichtet.
Delicious cashew ice cream with caramelized nuts and maple syrup.

Cashews taste sweetish-nutty and so it is not surprising that they can also be ideally processed into ice cream.

Often you can find ice cream recipes that use cashews as a base for vegan ice cream varieties. I must say that none of them have convinced me yet. If you love the cashew flavor and are not vegan, then try this recipe.

To make it clear once again, this is about not about a vegan ice cream, but about combining the cashew flavor with a creamy vanilla milk ice cream. I hope this sounds as good to you as it does to me 🙂 .

Granted the inherent flavor of the cashews is not very prominent, however, I find that the Cashew ice cream a special touch and creaminess receives through these delicious seeds.

Ingredients cashew ice cream

For 4 servings you need the following ingredients:

Preparation cashew ice cream

  • Soak cashews in hot water for 1 hour, then drain the water.
    Soaking softens the kernels and makes them easier to puree in the next step. This results in the ice cream being finer. If you don't have that much time, pour boiling water over the cashews and let them stand for at least about 10 minutes.
Cashewkerne eine Stunde in heißem Wasser einweichen.
Soak cashews in hot water for one hour.
  • Finely puree the cashews together with the milk and cream in a blender. Do not beat too long, so that the fat of the cream does not settle.
  • Pour the cashew cream and milk mixture into a saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients. Also the scraped out pulp and the vanilla pod itself.
  • Heat, stirring, until just before boiling.
  • Hold at this temperature for a few minutes. Meanwhile, continue to stir.
  • Allow the finished ice cream mixture to cool and infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours so that the vanilla flavor becomes more intense. Alternatively, continue processing immediately.
  • Before freezing, remove the vanilla pod and blend the ice cream mixture again.

The ice cream machine prepare and pre-cool for a few minutes, depending on the model. Switch on the mixer and pour in the ice cream mixture (duration approx. 30 minutes).
Alternatively in freezer compartment freeze and mix well every 30 minutes with a hand mixer (total time about 4 hours).

If the ice cream has been kept longer in the freezer, it will become hard. Then let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before eating.

Cremiges Cashew-Eis auf Pancake mit karamellisierten Nüssen, Honig und Granatapfelkernen.
Creamy cashew ice cream on Pancake with caramelized nuts, honey and pomegranate seeds.

Tips and trivia:

  • If you want to, you can have a Caramel sauce prepare, which after cooling can be layered with the ice cream or folded in like a marble cake.
  • Very good also do Honey*, Maple syrup*, homemade caramel sauce, Chocolate sauce and Brittle from cashews or other nuts to this delicious ice cream.
  • Strictly speaking, cashews are not nuts, but drupes. The same applies to almonds and pistachios.
  • The extraction of cashews is not easy and is unfortunately partly accompanied by inhumane conditions or child labor. It would be great if you buy fair trade cashews like for example from GEPA or with Fairtrade label*. But of course there are several other sources of supply.


  1. Does glucose in the ingredient list mean glucose syrup? If not, I need help, where can I get glucose?
    Greetings, Sylvia

    1. Hello Sylvia,

      Glucose in my recipes always means dry glucose. You can get it in many online stores, on Amazon or in the pharmacy. However, I have never seen it in the supermarket.
      I'll put in two links for you. Since I still live on the 5 kg package that I ordered years ago, I can not say anything about the price-performance ratio of the two links. With the Amazon link I know that this dry glucose is ordered more often in the ice cream community.
      Amazon Dry Glucose
      Naturalissimo dry glucose

      Just to explain, I prefer to use dry glucose because it's easier to measure out than glucose syrup. If you have glucose syrup at home, you could try adapting the recipe. I haven't tried that yet, though. As a general rule, 4 parts glucose syrup equals 3 parts dry glucose. That means you would have to use 60g of glucose syrup in this recipe. However, then we have a bit more water in it and that leads to a harder ice cream. By the way, there are many recipes for do-it-yourself glucose syrup on the internet. However, this is not real glucose syrup, but usually just dissolved dextrose. Unfortunately, this is not a suitable substitute.

      I hope I was able to help you. Let me know how it went and which variant you chose.

      Kind regards

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