Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream: Ice cream that’s made with chickpeas, plant-based milk, dates and peanut butter. So basically, a frozen dessert that’s high in fiber, healthy fats, protein (depending on the milk you use) and sweetened with fruit.

To be honest, I kept this recipe from you guys since Christmas. I know, so selfish! In my defense, ice cream didn’t feel like an appropriate recipe to share during winter. Especially not with the cold weather we had in December and January.

So why did I even make this recipe in December in the first place? Well, because it was supposed to be freezer fudge. Turns out, it had a texture similar to ice cream… I’m not mad about that at all.

The other reason I kept this recipe hidden for so long is because I wanted to share a video with it. I started learning how to make recipe videos in January and I shared my first video last month, so I waited until now to share this recipe and a video to go with it! Now I no some of you probably would have liked the recipe without really caring for a video, but that’s where my reason number one comes in.

Now that it’s (almost) summer, I’m ready to share my current favorite ice cream recipe!

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

When I think back to the years I ate added sugar (now almost 4 years ago… I can’t believe it!), I remember always ordering ice cream with peanut butter. I’ve never been one to like chocolate ice cream, but if it had peanut butter involved, then that would be another story. My all time favorite was vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate swirls and peanut butter cups. That’s what I had every summer when we stopped for ice cream after a day at the beach. Good old days…

Since my sugary ice cream eating days are over, I decided to make my own peanut butter ice cream.

Now, this one doesn’t have peanut butter cups added, but it’s close enough. The whole ice cream is peanut butter flavored, plus I like to add more peanut butter on top and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs. You could definitely add chocolate chips or peanut butter cups if you want to go crazy… You probably should do that.

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

This recipe is not only healthy, but it’s also as easy as homemade ice cream can get. There’s no ice cream machine needed. Just a blender and a dish. All the ingredients are blended together until smooth, then added to a dish to freeze overnight or for at least 12 hours. Easy!

I find that the texture is best around 12-15 hours of freezing. It’s creamy, easily scoopable and delicious. If frozen longer (depending on the temperature of your freezer), you may find that the ice cream gets a little harder and thus, harder to scoop. While it’s still delicious and you can eat it this way (we always do), you may want to let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to eat. Either way, it will be rich, perfectly sweetened and oh so delicious.

One of my favorite things about this recipe (other than the fact that it’s healthy and easy), is that it doesn’t melt as fast as regular ice cream. It could be at room temperature for a good 15 minutes without melting. It just softens. That means, you can take your time eating it and enjoy it without a mess. Great news for slow eaters like me!

I really hope you’ll give this recipe a try and if you do, I would love to know what you think!

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream
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Chickpea-Nut Butter Ice Cream

This healthier ice cream is made with plant-based milk, dates, peanut butter and chickpeas. Yes, chickpeas. Don't worry, you won't taste them! This frozen dessert is a mix between ice cream and freezer fudge and has a rich peanut butter flavor, while being sweetened with dates only. It's ice cream with fiber, healthy fats and no added sugar! What could be better?
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use natural salted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 398 ml can (14 oz) coconut milk, low-fat (or about 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk of choice)
  • Chocolate chips or cocoa nibs for serving (optional)
  • More peanut butter for serving (optional)


  • Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Transfer to a dish (I use a bread pan) and freeze overnight or for at least 12 hours. Serve with a drizzle of peanut butter and chocolate chips (or cocoa nibs) if desired. Enjoy!



This ice cream has the best consistency when eaten 12-15 hours after putting in the freezer. Longer than that, it can get a little harder (but still tastes great!). If this is the case, simply leave it at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
I tried this recipe with almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk and oat milk with success.
A strong blender is best for this recipe to get a smooth ice cream. 
If using unsalted peanut butter, you may want to add a small pinch of salt.
You can taste the mixture before freezing and add maple syrup to taste if you would like it sweeter.

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  • Krystal

    Gotta love chickpeas!! Just put a batch of this in the freezer – used chocolate hemp milk and got a super nice, chocolate PB taste (my favorite! :)). Fingers crossed it freezes well! Thanks for the inspired recipe!

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      I’ve been thinking of trying different flavors lately, but haven’t tried anything yet. I would say the easiest flavor would be to add cocoa powder and make chocolate peanut butter ice cream. If you don’t want the peanut butter flavor, you could try other nut/seed butters. Maybe add some chopped nuts or chocolate chips. A fruit jam could maybe be swirled in it. Hope this helps a bit! If you try something new, let me know how it turns out!

  • Miarou

    Would another dried fruit work for this? I am not a fan of dates, I find their flavor over powers everything when they are in a recipe… Or is the flavor of dates not strong in this? I would love to make this! 🙂

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi, I wouldn’t use another dried fruit as dates are actually the dried fruit that hides best in recipes. Figs, apricots, prunes and raisins have a stronger fruit taste, while dates have more of a caramel-like taste that goes well in this recipe. If you want an alternative, you could always try honey or maple syrup, although you’d need to adjust the amounts. I would start small and increase to taste. I can’t guarantee the texture will be the same though! Hope this helps a little. 🙂

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi Miriam, the peanut butter is an important part of the texture in this recipe. It helps it be creamy and not crystalize. You could make homemade peanut butter using peanuts if it’s just a matter of not having peanut butter on hand. If you can’t have peanut butter, you can try other nut or seed butters or you can try it without (the texture might just be affected). Hope this helps!

  • regina quimby

    5 stars
    I just tasted the blended concoction before putting it in the freezer – it’s DELICIOUS!!! I cannot wait to try this. I didn’t know how versatile chickpeas are – thanks for your recipes!!

    I am wondering, do you know if the dates add not just the caramel-y flavor, but also an important texture? I love dates but want to make a lower carb version of this, and dates are so high in carbs. I am wondering if I just put in erythritol or monkfruit instead of dates next time, if that would be ok….

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi Regina, thank you so much for the sweet comment! I’m glad you like it! As for the dates, I do believe they add an important texture. They don’t freeze solid, so it does help the ice cream texture once frozen. I can’t say for sure though as I’ve never tried it without dates. I don’t think it would hurt to try! If you do, let me know how it turns out, it could help others. 🙂

  • Danica

    5 stars
    This is AMAZING!!!
    1. Everything in it is healthy
    2. It is easy to make and clean up
    3. It is SUPER DELICIOUS!!!!
    Thank you so much! You make eating no sugar easy.

  • Sarah

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! I had only ever made it with peanut butter, but decided to use Ground Up PDX’s Matcha Latte nut butter this time. It gave the ice cream a delicious matcha flavor! So, I think to change the flavor you could use different kinds of nut butter, or even add different flavored extracts, etc. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, Caroline!!

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