Pistachio Pudding Ice Cream

January 23rd, 2011 9:15 pm by mad mags

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In a New Year’s-inspired bid to clean out my kitchen cabinets, a few weeks back I finally cracked open one of the pistachio instant pudding mixes – Jello brand – that my mom gave me a few years ago. Firstly, I know what you’re thinking: Jello!?! That’s not vegan, woman! It was my first reaction, anyway, and my mom’s too. But as far as I can see, certain Jello pudding mixes are free of animal products. At least, none of the usual suspects – not gelatin, nor milk powder, nor even whey – are present. And the pistachio mix in particular is included in a number of “everyday vegan” lists (and not just PETA’s).

Anyhow, either I messed up the recipe – which would be really, terribly sad – or the mix was just too old, but the batter never did firm up into a pudding-like consistency, not even after an overnighter in the fridge. Stumped, I decided to freeze the batter until I could figure out what to do with it. And then, it finally hit me: if life gives you runny pudding, make frozen ice cream!

As you can see, the dessert shaped up nicely: rich, creamy, and oh-so-pistachio-y! I don’t really have a recipe per se, but you can try this with any instant pudding mix. Just make as you would normally, adding a little extra nondairy milk so that the batter doesn’t thicken too much, chill in the fridge for several hours, and then process according to your ice cream machine’s instructions. This also makes a nice fix if your pudding doesn’t come out quite right, as was my dilemma.

By the by, the ice cream in the photo above is shown nestled in a four-ounce shot glass because I forgot to take a picture prior to eating most of the batch, so delicious was it! Even your nonhuman friends will agree; new arrival Lemmy kept sneaking bites from my glass,

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while Kaylee damn near strained her tongue muscles whilst licking it clean!

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She lives for dirty dishes, I tell you what.

Oh, and did I forget to mention? The night I found Lemmy, I was scarfing down the rest of a quart of vanilla SoDelicious, flavored with maraschino cherry juice; the little scrub tried to stick his head in the container, so I let him have a little lick from my finger. Big mistake. He became more and more excited – pushier, you might say – until he finally started nibbling on my cherry-stained finger. That freak loves ice cream! Popcorn, too.

Errr, not that I’m spoiling him with junk food, mind you. He just happened to catch a few stray kernels from the popcorn machine Friday night. Pinky swear!

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6 Responses to “Pistachio Pudding Ice Cream”

  1. Karmalily Says:

    I’ve never had jello pudding mixes work out for me either. Kudos on the creative ice cream idea.

  2. Vegan Flower Says:

    That’s awesome that it turned out after all! I love when our girls get excited over dirty dishes. They, too, suddenly have an extra long tongue when it involves certain dishware. :)

  3. peace Says:

    My cats will eat anything except raw fruits and veggies. everything else–including beans–are fair game.

  4. Kelly Garbato Says:

    insert fart joke here? :)

  5. Lacey Says:

    You didn’t mess up…even though the mixes are vegan, they need lactose milk to set; I’ve tried making the pumpkin one too (vegan woo) but no kind of milk makes it set. :(

  6. Kelly Garbato Says:

    I think you’re right, Lacey – I’ve tried two more mixes since, and neither have set properly. Although a tablespoon of arrowroot powder helps to thicken it up some. Still, you can’t go wrong with ice cream! (Not even in the dead of winter, I say!)

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