Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

90 degrees. Sunny. Sweltering hot. Pool time. Sun-kissed skin. Summer cocktails. Fresh fruit and vegetables. That’s what my weekend consisted of. And would I have the last weekend in August any other way? Nope. This summer has been absolutely glorious and I’ve loved almost every minute of it.


But there are a few things you should know about me. Fall is actually my favorite season. Pumpkin ANYTHING is my favorite food. I cannot wait for all this when fall actually arrives. But another thing you should know about me? I don’t like to rush things. It’s still August for crying out loud. Why are we wishing our summer away for cool weather and pumpkin lattes? It will come. It will come. You can absolutely count on it. And it will probably last way longer than we prefer. But for now? Let’s finish enjoying summer. After all, the first day of autumn isn’t until September 21.

So, what do you do when you are already thinking about pumpkins, but aren’t quite ready for summer to end yet? Grab a bunch of sweet potatoes. And make ice cream. I got the idea from a tweet from @Sweet_Taters. And I instantly knew I’d be making it at some point. If you’re automatically thinking sweet potatoes+ ice cream = weird, STOP! Sweet potatoes are kind of just a sweeter version of pumpkin… and they’re readily available all year round.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream:

    • 2.5 C heavy cream
    • 1 C whole milk
    • 3/4 C dark brown sugar
    • 5 egg yolks
    • 1 C sweet potato puree (you can make your own with 1.5 large sweet potatoes)
    • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
    • 3/4 t ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 C toasted pecans (optional)



I decided to make my own sweet potato puree instead of buying the canned version. Trust me, it’s super simple, and I think, worth it! Simply heat your oven to 350 degrees. Clean sweet potatoes and pierce all over with a knife or fork.

Place on a foil-covered baking sheet.


Bake the potatoes for about 50-60 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork.

Let them cool completely, and then peel skin off. It should come off quite easily.


Then cut into chunks and put in a food processor. Puree until the potatoes are perfectly smooth. You may need to add 1 T of water for a smooth consistency.


Now you’re read to make the ice cream! Heat the cream, milk, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot.


In a small, heat-resistent bowl, lightly whisk the 5 egg yolks.


Slowly poor about half the milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking the whole time.

Then poor the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the milk, whisking the whole time.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly (should cover the back of your spoon), about 6-8 minutes. Don’t boil the mixture!


Strain the mixture into a heat-resistant bowl.


Whisk in the sweet potato puree and nutmeg and cinnamon.


Cover and refrigerate the mixture until it’s thoroughly chilled.


Then, use your ice cream machine to turn the creamy mixture into ice cream! For my Kitchenaid attachment, I took my frozen ice cream bowl out of the freezer, started running it (on the lowest setting( and quickly poured the mixture into it.

I let it run for about 25 minutes before I added in about 1/4 C toasted pecans. Then I let it run for 5 more minutes.


The I scooped the ice cream into a separate bowl, covered it, and put it in the freezer. It probably would have been good to go after about 2-3 hours in the freezer, but I went to bed and by the next morning, it was perfect. It was actually a bit too hard and I had to let it sit out for a while before scooping it.


I sprinkled some more cinnamon on top and added some more toasted pecans.


It was awesome! Talk about combining fall favorites with summer favorites. The sweet potato ice cream tasted incredibly similar to all the pumpkin ice cream I’ve ever had. Which has me thinking this could be a fabulous pumpkin replacement if we happen to have another canned pumpkin shortage this year– Which I hope to goodness we don’t! And sweet potato puree is so much easier (and less messy) to make than pumpkin puree.


This is the best ice cream I’ve made with the Kitchenaid ice cream maker yet and it kind of made me want to try a million more flavors right away. I honestly might not ever buy ice cream from the grocery store again (OK, maybe Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food fro-yo). Someone please direct me to where I can buy heavy cream in bulk, asap!

By the way, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, David Lebovitz writes a great guide on how you can still make amazing ice cream at home.


Of course, you get a lot of weird looks when you carry a HUGE bowl of ice cream out to your apartment building’s deck area at 10:30 on a Monday morning. Pshh whatever. If you have to pick a “weird” neighbor, wouldn’t you prefer it be someone who carries dishes of food throughout the building at all hours of the day than many of the other crazy things they could do? That’s what I thought.

I’m a big fan of this ice cream because it’s really not rushing fall along- It’s ice cream! And I eat sweet potatoes year-round. But it does put me in the mood for fall big-time. And already has me thinking about what I could do with it come Thanksgiving time. With a side of pumpkin or pecan pie, anyone?

And now I’m convinced- I’ll be using my ice cream maker all year round!

Why are you most looking forward to fall? Are you rushing it?


42 Responses to "Sweet Potato Ice Cream"

  1. What a creative idea to sub sweet potatoes! That looks yummy. Fall and Summer are my favorite seasons, so I’m not in any rush – I’m right in between my two faves. My favorite things about fall are apple picking, and cool nights for sleeping.

  2. Kelly says:

    I like fall too, but the fact that it leads to winter means it can never be my favorite season (summer is). I agree with you not to rush it. But I’m on board with sweet potato ice cream anytime of the year. YUM. I’m terrible about making ice cream though. It does come out delicious but I never think quite far enough ahead! Might have to for this recipe though.

  3. I just know I will love this. I actually only like sweet potatoes in sweet dishes (I’m weird, I know) so ice cream sounds absolutely perfect. And I eat ice cream year-round… I’m not rushing fall either but I’m looking forward to fall fashion!

  4. Lia says:

    I am guilty of rushing it a bit. I just can’t wait for cooler temps and an excuse for all things fall: pumpkin anything, boots, scarves, jackets. I just can’t take these 90 degree Boston days!

  5. sweetersalt says:

    I feel ya. Fall is my favorite, but winter most definitely is not! So, let’s enjoy summer while it’s here.

    This looks so good! I make a pumpkin ice cream that I love, and this looks just as good!


  6. Chris says:

    This looks fantastic. I can not wait to have this tonight.

  7. maggie says:

    I’ve been putting off buying an ice cream maker since my kitchen is SO small, but I think I might have to now. I love sweet potato or pumpkin anything!

  8. Simply Life says:

    wow! that is genius!

  9. OMG! That sounds AMAZING!

  10. yum yum yum. for thanksgiving, my boyfriend makes a southern sweet potato casserole that has FIVE different kinds of sugar in it. so, i know that sweet potatoes can definitely be a dessert! this looks SO good!

  11. Kelly says:

    That looks gorgeous. It makes me want to try this though I might switch it up with a cheesecake swirl or a bit of homemade caramel sauce on top.

  12. Emily says:

    I agree — Fall is amazing in New England. I love cider, apple picking, pumpkin carving and nesting when it gets cool… If only fall could stick around until Spring …

  13. Melanie says:

    This looks PHENOMENAL. Macy’s was (is?) having a KitchenAid sale and I seriously considered buying the ice cream attachment because of these posts. I’m also SO excited about all things pumpkin!!!

  14. Kelly says:

    Oh man this looks fantastic! You are my type of girl. We got a kitchenaid and the icecream attachment on our wedding registry, but then we moved to England and left those things in America. I am still pretty bummed about that. Will have to check out that other article u posted about making icecream without a maker.

  15. Erica says:

    owwwwwww. I have never had sweet potato ice cream. Sounds amazing. Like thanksgiving dessert in a bowl. I love summer….I’m very very very sad to see it go. But I am excited for the pumpkin spiced syrup coming out at starbucks, pumpkin in general, squash and apples

  16. Daisy says:

    Looks awesome Sues! Definitley not rushing it. I love my summer hours work schedule and saying good bye to that is a heartbreaker!

  17. Victoria says:

    This is brilliant. Ben & Jerry’s has a pumpkin cheesecake ice cream that I look forward to shoving in my face while getting uncomfortable looks from my husband every year, but perhaps I should attempt to make my own. And yes, I’m totally rushing fall. I’m so over summer.

  18. I absolutely adore pumpkin. And I too, keep saying I JUST CAN’T WAIT for fall to get here! Probably because this summer has been miserably hot in Nebraska. Fall is probably my favorite season, but I try to appreciate them all. They’ve all got something to offer.
    And may I say that ice cream looks DELISH. I had some pumpkin pie ice cream last year and it was sooo good. I just recently bought an ice cream maker and I love it!! My first recipe was peanut butter ice cream… yummmm. Homemade ice cream really is better than store bought, and I love that I know exactly what goes into it.

  19. Michelle says:

    As you know, I also adore pumpkin! I’ve been indulging in many Shipyard Pumpkinhead beers in Ogunquit!

  20. Sweet potato ice cream?! You totally just blew my mind!! And I’m jealous of your awesome swim set up 🙂

  21. OK, girls. That looks and sounds insanely good.

  22. Maria says:

    LOVE this ice cream flavor!

  23. Mary says:

    What a fabulous treat. I never would have though to use sweet potatoes but why not. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  24. Sharon says:

    How yummy looking…Please make some more soon & share it with your loyal readers!

  25. This looks so delicious (gorgeous photo!) Makes me want to run out and buy an ice cream maker, even though I know you can make decent ice cream without one. I’m guilty of rushing the seasons a bit, but I do really like summer, and I’m with you on fall — probably my favourite season, though it’s hard to pick; I love spring and summer, too. I’m looking forward to really savouring it: the apple picking, the cider, the cozying up, the mulled wine, tea, pumpkin, cooler weather clothing, etc. But until then, yum!

  26. wow!! sounds absolutely AMAZING. i so am rushing fall. i can’t wait for apples & pumpkin. i had pumpkin bread @ bob evans for breakfast today (special back to school breakfast from my husband!) and it was the best. i don’t think i’ve had pumpkin since christmastime and oh how i missed it. but to me, it feels like fall cuz school has begun… bring on cool weather & tasty treats!

  27. Whitney says:

    That looks delicious! I love sweet potatoes!

  28. Kristen says:

    I feel the same way about summer and fall… this ice cream sounds so unique and delicious! Hope it gave you your summer / fall fix 🙂

  29. Pam says:

    I’ve never had sweet potato ice cream but I know I would love it! I can’t wait to roast veggies in the fall.

  30. Sharing this with the world tonight. Everybody needs to know about all the ways this fave veggie can be used! You girls are genius!

  31. LimeCake says:

    oh yum. i love sweet potato. this must be delicious!

  32. Ohhhh….I have definitely never thought of sweet potato ice cream before, but definitely want to give it a try. I’m totally one of those people rushing fall right about now. I love in Phoenix, where fall is really non-existent (it’s super hot through October), so I sort of embrace it whenever my head is ready, knowing the weather won’t cooperate. I think my head is ready now!

  33. Andrea says:

    Ohhhh, talking about fall makes me so jealous. I live in Yuma, AZ (originally from Idaho) where summers are horribly hot and it doesn’t get into the 70’s until December — we don’t really have seasons in the same way. I was yearning for fall back in June. I also love pumpkin in the fall and hot comfort foods (like soup) on chilly, windy fall days, but those don’t occur here.

  34. peachkins says:

    my first time to encounter this ice cream flavor.. very interesting..

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  35. Lizzy says:

    Wow, so creative! I’ve never made ice cream but you are inspiring me!

  36. joan says:

    Looks delicious! I am not rushing for summer to be over. I love the sunny days. We have a lot of fog and rain here in the winter. I could do without the 100 degree days, but we have had very few of those this summer.

  37. Shannon says:

    oh this sounds awesome. my favorite season is fall, but i don’t want summer to end 😉 i bet this would totally rock with a coconut milk base!!

  38. emily says:

    Fall is my fave season by far. Soon, I will be baking with pumpkin all of the time!

    This icecream looks so good, definitely something I would make!

  39. Lauren says:

    Yummmmmmy! This ice cream sounds delicious, as I love all things sweet potato :).

    I am really excited for the crisp cool weather & gorgeous foliage of fall – I think it’s the best time of hear here in New England. I’m also pumped to bake and cook with pumpkin and apples – two ingredients I can’t get enough of during this time of year.

  40. Shelley says:

    I am rushing Fall because I’m over 100 degree days with 80% humidity, my hair doesn’t like it either! I can’t wait for Fall and pumpkins, specifically making my Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Muffins!

  41. This sounds aaaamazing! I love fall because it’s a such a warm, cozy season without actually being freezing cold! Plus fall marks the start of the holidays and I LOVE that time of year :).

  42. Wow, looks like a popular post. 🙂
    I am really digging this ice cream. And I agree – the fall will come. Let’s enjoy the summer… preferable with some ice cream 😉

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