Pumpkin Nice Cream

Pumpkin Nice Cream

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Why is It Called Nice Cream?

It’s probably difficult to imagine yourself at the beach missing your favorite sticky snack, so nicely packaged in its edible sugary shell. It was for me too.  That’s why I invented this pumpkin nice cream- for the those scorching  hot days when the promises of vegan suddenly start to look draining!

There are a few solid facts i’m sure of in this world, and one of those is that it’s not nice to have no ice cream.  

Nice cream is your plant based alternative to your favorite summer treat.  It comes from plants instead of dairy products making it lactose free and face free friendly! Not to mention delicious. 

Banana slices on board
Chopped Banana
Pumpkin, Banana, and Coconut Milk
Nice Cream Ingredients

What is Nice Cream Made Of?

The quality of a good scoop of ice cream ought to be judged not by its composition but by its merit.  

Okay- I literally have no idea what percentage of that statement is actually logical. But it seems fitting for the festivities of this nice cream making party. 

Vegan ice cream is made from all the nice things. 

  • Dairy free cream 
  • Fresh ice cream fixings
  • A fruit base of some sort (bananas and mangos are good ones). 
  • A cone (if desired).  Otherwise just go ahead and  scoop it up with your hands (Joke! Please don’t do that). 

How Do I get Creative With This Nice Cream?

The longer you freeze nice cream, the harder the consistency.  This is great if you want a more solid texture, but if you want a soft-serve consistency try for about 2 hours. 

Nice cream is cool (no pun intended) because it can flex to fit your needs. Here’s how:

  • Portion it into pre-packaged snack packs for the freezer
  • Toss it in a smoothie 
  • Throw it in on a crepe
  • Or waffles
  • Make a float
Pumpkin Nice Cream Base
Pumpkin Nice Cream Can Last Up to 3 Months.
Pumpkin Nice Cream and Pecan
Pumpkin Nice Cream and Pecans

Is Nice Cream Good For You?

This specific nice cream is rad for many reasons. Here’s a few: 

  • Pecans: Pecans are cool because they contain lots of vitamin A, Vitamin E, calcium, potassium and zinc.
  • Coconut milk is rich in medium chain triglycerides
  • Bananas are a great source of vitamin C and potassium. 

Why Pumpkin in Nice Cream?

Pumpkin is loaded with all sorts of nutritional goodness. Not to mention all things pumpkin seem to be an instant addiction once the leaves start changing colors! 

Here’s a few goodies you will get from your pumpkin puree: 

  • Loads of fiber to aid with digestion, managing cholesterol levels, and helping you feel full. 
  • Vitamin A
  • Protein
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
Vegan Candied Pecan Topping
Vegan Candied Pecan Toppings
Sautéed Pecans
Sautéed Pecans in Coconut OIl

How to Create the Candied Pecans

In my pre-vegan life, I would have simply slapped some butter and sugar into a pan with pecans over some heat. 

Being vegan requires getting a little more creative with our fats. So I used a wee bit of coconut oil instead. 

Damn did that make it all the more delicious- and followed the theme of this pumpkin treat fabulously. 

How Long Does Nice Cream Last in the Freezer?

When you initially meet your nice cream, it will be the consistency of one of your favorite soft serve treats. 

If that doesn’t work for you- freeze anywhere from 2-24 hours. Personally, I enjoy my ice cream a little harder consistency. So I let it freezer for about 4 hours. 

Nice cream can last in the freezer for up to 3 months in a tightly sealed container. 

Nice Cream Ingredients
Nice Cream Ingredients
Loaded Pumpkin Nice Cream
Loaded Pumpkin Nice Cream

How Do You Make Your Ice Cream Nice?

We can be confident about a few things with nice cream: 

  • It’s dairy free
  • Its delicious
  • It’s packed with protein
  • It’s packed with antioxidants 
  • It’s a cool kick for a hot day or event. 

I was feeling festive with this pumpkin nice cream.  There are a million ways to make ice cream nice!

Do you enjoy added fruits?  Combining various nut varieties? Piling it with chocolate and peanut butter?  

Drop a line below for your favorite nice cream combos!  Every vegan should know how to make the perfect nice cream! 

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4.8 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Nice Cream

A vegan sweet ice cream treat dessert. Pumpkin nice cream perfect for the festive season.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Nice Cream
Servings: 12 people
Cost: 7


Pecan Topping

  • 2 cups Pecans
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Nice Cream

  • 6 med Bananas
  • 1 tin conconut milk
  • 1 tin pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup blue agave
  • ½ cup coconut flakes


  • Add coconut oil to medium heat in skillet. Add Pecans and brown sugar. Sautee until changes color slightly and becomes aeromatic.
  • Add all nice cream ingredients to high powered blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  • Top nice cream with candied pecans and coconut flakes. Enjoy.



**Please note all nutrition facts are approximations.**
Freeze longer for firmer ice cream.  
Typical freezing time between 2-4 hours. 
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Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian

Hi I'm Shena. I'm an eating disorders dietitian in Washington state. I hold bachelors degrees nutrition & dietetics, cultural anthropology & psychology. I believe in honoring your hunger, having your cake whenever you want it, and that critically analyzing diet culture can change the world!

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