Black Walnut Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Filled with slightly chewy pieces of black walnuts, this sweet and fragrant Black Walnut Ice Cream is a decadent treat.

pieces of black walnuts are sprinkled atop a scoop of ice cream and the most gorgeous white pottery plate you've ever seen in your life.

Black Walnut Ice Cream

To me, black walnuts and black walnut extract smell just a tiny bit like anise, the flavor of black licorice. I was a little leery of them both initially, as I’m not a fan of black licorice at all.

However, the flavor and fragrance in the finished ice cream is not at all reminiscent of anise. Phew. This is a sweet, nutty ice cream that has been a win with all of the walnut lovers in our family. (I didn’t waste a scoop sharing it with the non-walnut-enjoying child. That’s his loss.)

Homemade Black Walnut Ice Cream

Whether your black walnut extract is specifically labeled as “imitation” or not, it likely is a combination of natural and artificial flavors created to mimic the flavor of black walnuts. This is the extract I used for this ice cream.

I looked around a bit and did not find a single black walnut extract that was actually made from black walnuts, with that information anywhere on the label. So, go ahead and pick up an imitation black walnut extract and make this ice cream without further ado.

The elegant curve of a handmade pottery mug is visible in this image where it contains a scoop of ice cream. Black walnut pieces are artfully scattered atop an exquisite white ceramic plate.

Nuts in Ice Cream

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These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

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an incredibly gorgeous, hand-crafted ceramic mug with a light blue glaze and beautiful color variations contains a delicious scoop of black walnut ice cream.

Black Walnut Ice Cream Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • black walnut extract
  • black walnuts

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

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Start by whisking together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and black walnut extract. Then, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

When the ice cream has almost finished churning, add the chopped walnuts. Allow the machine to mix them throughout the ice cream. Then, transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.

If black walnuts are unavailable, regular walnuts may be substituted. The black walnut extract will add significant black walnut flavor to the ice cream base. My preference is black walnuts, but this ice cream is still delicious without them.

the handle of the handmade mug is visible with pretty blue and brown color, which makes it the perfect vessel for a scoop of black walnut ice cream.

Nut Ice Cream

Looking for more flavors like this nut ice cream?

Creamy, rich, chocolatey Nutella Ice Cream with a melt-in-your-mouth swirl of Nutella mixed throughout is a dreamy way to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer – or this fall, or winter, or pretty much any time of year, if you’re me.

Rich banana ice cream, decadent chocolate chunks, and crunchy walnuts create a tantalizing dessert you won’t soon forget. This delightful recipe for Chunky Monkey Ice Cream is the perfect indulgence.

Creamy, vanilla ice cream swirled with buttery sweet salted caramel and generously sprinkled with chunks of chewy praline pecans is this old-fashioned Pralines and Cream Ice Cream.

Also, it’s not ice cream, but I’ve been thinking about trying this Black Walnut Cake ever since I laid eyes on it. It reminds me of Banana Bundt Cake with Pecans, but with more of that fabulous black walnut flavor.

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With just 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes of effort, you can make this salty, sweet, completely irresistible peanut butter ice cream topping. I’m willing to bet that you’ll find yourself pouring it over everything.

Creamy sweet vanilla ice cream filled with crunchy, nutty grape nuts? Yes, please! This Grape Nut Ice Cream has been an absolute win with family and friends.

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Servings: 6

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  • Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and black walnut extract. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

  • When the ice cream has almost finished churning, add the chopped walnuts. Allow the machine to mix them throughout the ice cream. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.

If black walnuts are unavailable, regular walnuts may be substituted. The black walnut extract will add significant black walnut flavor to the ice cream base. My preference is black walnuts, but the ice cream is still delicious without them.

Calories: 416kcal · Carbohydrates: 28g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 33g · Saturated Fat: 18g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Cholesterol: 85mg · Sodium: 87mg · Potassium: 186mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 27g · Vitamin A: 1105IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 118mg · Iron: 0.4mg

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