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Vegan “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream

I have such a treat for you today! Fresh chopped pecans toasted golden in “butter,” combined with rich and sweet dairy-free vanilla ice cream. Yep, that can only mean one thing: I made Vegan & Paleo “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream. I promise you, this recipe is going to make you want to forget your dinner plans and eat dessert first. And then hoard the rest of the container selfishly for yourself. Sometimes not knowing what’s lurking in the freezer isn’t such a bad thing – because it makes hiding containers of ice cream easier. 🙂

But Shhhhh….. let’s keep that secret to ourselves! 

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Vegan and Paleo- Allergy Free Alaska

Along with my Vegan & Paleo Fudge Tracks Ice Cream, this one of my favorite ice cream flavors. Coming next in line would have to be mint chocolate chip and cookies and cream. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? 

Course, as with most dairy-free, egg-free ice cream recipes, this Vegan & Paleo “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream will be creamiest when it’s at a soft serve consistency. It’s how I prefer to eat it. If your ice cream has been sitting in the freezer for a while and is hard, simply let it warm up for a while on the counter, maybe 15-30 minutes; or if you’re super impatient like me, you can zap it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. 

Sheri, this recipe is for you. 🙂 

All my love.

Vegan and Paleo Butter Pecan Ice Cream from Allergy Free Alaska

Vegan & Paleo “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream

Vegan & Paleo “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts


  • 1/2 cup chopped dates, packed
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk beverage
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (or ghee for non vegan), divided
  • 2 3/4 cups full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Place the chopped dates, coconut sugar, and unsweetened almond milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the sea salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegan butter (or ghee).
  2. Place the saucepan contents in a high speed blender (be very careful it’s hot) and puree on high until smooth.
  3. Add the full fat coconut milk and vanilla extract to the date mixture in the blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into a mason jar with a lid and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or until very cold.
  5. In a 10-12 inch skillet, toast the chopped pecans with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegan butter (or ghee) over medium heat until they are golden brown. Spread out on a dinner plate to cool.
  6. Give the chilled custard a quick stir (it may separate in the refrigerator as it chills, this is completely normal) and then pour into an ice cream maker (I recommend this one) and churn according to manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Add the toasted pecans during the last 5 minutes of churning.
  8. Place the ice cream in a freezer safe 1 1/2-2 quart glass storage container (I use the biggest container in this set).
  9. Serve immediately for soft serve, or place in the freezer and freeze for at least 4-6 hours for a firmer texture.


The brand of canned coconut milk you use can make a HUGE difference in the quality and taste of your ice cream. My absolute favorite brand of coconut milk is the Aroy-D brand, which is guar gum and preservative free. I don’t recommend using the Natural Value brand, as often times it’s gritty and will not produce ice cream with a smooth texture.

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Rose B.

Sunday 27th of August 2017

This is an absolutely awesome recipe!!! I guinea pigged a few people. Everyone loved it!!! Thank you! Thank you!


Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Hahahaha! Sounds like no one minded being a guinea pig! ;) Happy everyone loved it. Thanks Rose!


Wednesday 30th of August 2017

You're very welcome! I'm happy you enjoyed it, Rose! :)

Betsy Ellis

Sunday 25th of June 2017

This looks so delicious, but I'm confused. I thought paleo meant no sugars. I'm guessing even half a cup of palm sugar would trigger my sugar cravings. Does everyone do paleo differently? Thanks!

Jay Anderson

Friday 16th of February 2018

try Sevia it works for me.


Tuesday 27th of June 2017

Hi Betsy, Many Paleo-eating people use coconut sugar (in addition to honey and pure maple syrup). Ultimately though, you know you're body best. Use what works for you!

Daniela Apostol

Sunday 7th of February 2016

It looks sooo delicious. I love home-made ice cream and l'm always have to find s great recipe that does not call for an ice-cream maker. I must try this one out.

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Wednesday 30th of July 2014

[…] Ice Cream Bars 6. Caramelized Banana Pecan Paleo Ice Cream 7. Strawberry Rhubarb Swirl 8. Egan & Paleo “Butter” Pecan Ice Cream 9. Paleo Chunky […]

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

Saturday 19th of July 2014

Hi Megan.

Hey there. I love this recipe so much. Just wondering - I had someone ask me about this - that you are saying it's vegan but it has ghee in it. Technically I guess this isn't vegan b/c of that, correct? I know it's pretty picky but just wondering what you think.


Sunday 20th of July 2014

Hi Adrienne, Ghee is not vegan, but that's why I list vegan butter as an ingredient first, and then ghee as secondary. I can't use vegan butter, so I use ghee. It's all a matter of preference. Megan

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