September 30, 2019

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

Rich with bourbon flavor and sweetened entirely with fruit, this Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream makes a quick yet decadent dessert. Completely plant-based, sugar-free, and dairy-free.

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

I know what you're thinking... Why is she posting an ice cream recipe in September-almost-October?

I have so many answers for you.

  1. It's always time for ice cream. Seriously! I eat it almost every day.
  2. It's nice cream, so it's healthy.
  3. Bourbon. Pecan. Enough said.

I'll go in order.

It really is always time for ice cream. I know, there's something about cooler weather that makes us all want to run from the freezer and embrace the oven. But you can't tell me you've never wanted ice cream in the middle of winter. It's just so good. Going 6 months without it should be considered a (minor) crime.

I keep using the word ice cream. But if I'm being honest, it's actually nice cream. Aka it's nice to your body. Like my other nice cream recipes, it's made with bananas. At first it might be a little weird to eat bananas with other flavors, but I promise, once you eat it enough you won't even notice the banana flavor. (<-- read that as an excuse to eat more nice cream)

And if you want a couple other recipes to try out, check out my three classic flavors of nice cream, my mocha nice cream, my kombucha ice cream floats, and my Neapolitan nice cream cake.

Finally, the best part: the flavor. Wow wow wow. I've been using bourbon in quite a few recipes lately. There are some amazing bourbon recipes coming soon. And while I'm excited to share those with you, I'm happy that this is the first one. Because since this is raw, you really get all the bourbon flavor.

PLUS the pecans. Toasting pecans brings out an incredible nuttiness. While you don't have to toast the pecans before making this recipe, I highly recommend it.

But here's the real secret: salt. Just a pinch goes a long way. The combination of toasted pecans and salt gives a buttery flavor that seriously rivals real butter. I do not claim to understand the science behind this. Just trust me. It's amazing.

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream Ingredients

What I love about nice cream is how simple it is. There's only a few ingredients in each recipe. For Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream we're using the following:

  • Bananas: The base of the nice cream. Pre-slice and freeze some just-ripe bananas to yield the best taste.
  • Bourbon: If you want an excuse to buy some good bourbon, you have one. Since we won't be cooking the bourbon, all the flavors will come out exactly as they are. Meaning you want an incredibly good-tasting bourbon.
  • Toasted Pecans: Like I said, toasting isn't necessary, but I highly highly recommend it. Either way, you'll need some pecans.
  • Salt: The magic ingredient. It balances the sweetness from the bananas and bourbon and creates an incredible buttery flavor.

That's it! So easy.

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream Ingredients

How to Make Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

Start by toasting your pecans in the oven. 10 minutes at 350 should do the trick. Once they've cooled, give them a rough chop.

Then add the bananas and the bourbon to a food processor. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. This may take a few minutes because the only liquid is the bourbon. Be patient, and scrape down the sides of the processor as necessary.

When the mixture is smooth, add in the pecans and salt and pulse to combine.

Now you have a choice: eat the nice cream as soft serve or freeze it for a bit. Personally, I prefer the soft serve, but it's up to you!

How to Store Nice Cream

Like 'regular' ice cream, you'll want to keep nice cream in the freezer.

Nice cream will hold up pretty well if it melts and re-freezes. (Actually, the  power went out the night I made this nice cream and it still turned out great!) I wouldn't recommend letting it thaw and re-freeze more than a couple times.

Is Nice Cream Healthy?

Yep. Definitely healthy. You read the ingredient list. Clean, whole food, plant-based.

You can argue that the bourbon isn't the healthiest ingredient in the world, and I would agree with you. But a tablespoon on occasion isn't going to hurt you.

Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

Can I make Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream in a blender?

Yes! You can use a food processor, blender, or whatever device with a spinning blade that you own. Okay... maybe not a coffee grinder, but you get the idea.

If you want to use something other than a food processor or blender, let the bananas thaw a bit so they are soft and easy to work with. Good luck.

I hope you enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this food. Let it fill us and give us energy, nourishment, and pleasure. Amen.

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Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream

Rich with bourbon flavor and sweetened entirely with fruit, this Bourbon Pecan Nice Cream makes a quick yet decadent dessert. Completely plant-based, sugar-free, and dairy-free.















  • 8 Ounces Frozen Banana
  • 1 Tablespoon Bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


  1. Add the frozen banana and the bourbon to a food processor. Blend until the bananas are completely smooth. This may take several minutes depending on how frozen your bananas are.
  2. Add the pecans and salt and pulse to mix them into the banana bourbon mixture.
  3. Pour the nice cream into a bowl and enjoy as soft serve OR place in the freezer for an hour and enjoy as 'churned' ice cream.
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography