Saffron Ice Cream Recipe (dairy-free) Aka: Bastani Akbar Mashti

Hi Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far!!!!

so today I wanted to post my Favorite ice cream of all time! ( this is for you Onlineubeautiy finds ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

If you have a Persian store or restaurant in your town and even better if you have a Persian friend you have heard of this ice-cream ( hopefully) -“Akbar Mashti”

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This ice-cream is unlike any ice-cream ever made, it is richโ€ฆ it is delicious and so super addictive! Of course the original recipe has cream in it and since I have transitioned to a vegan lifestyleโ€ฆ I have been missing this ice-cream!!! so I decided to try out a few alternative ways of making this into a non-dairy recipe!!!

and I GOT IT!!!


To make this diary-free you will need to use a dairy-free Vanilla ice-cream as a base. I use the vanilla ice-cream made from Coconut cream.. donโ€™t worry the coconut taste is so mild you wonโ€™t even taste it!!!

If you are feeling ambitious you can make your own coconut cream ice-cream base. I already wrote a blog on how to make this on my โ€œ there is no cream in this ice-cream Blogโ€ based on a recipe by Gemma Stafford on youtube.ย 

*ย Note: saffron contains many plant derived chemical components which are known to prevent diseases. They are also known to promote overall well-being of the body. The active components in the saffron make our body lose its depressing characteristics making it a dietary necessity sometimes.

*Note: Rose water: it is rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins and essential vitamins like A, C, D, E and B3. Rose water is a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It enhances moods, helps relive nervous tension and improves skin texture!!!

enough chit chatโ€ฆ letโ€™s do this ๐Ÿ™‚


– ย  Prepare the vanilla ice-cream base ( Gemmaโ€™s Video) or buy a suitable vanilla ice-cream.

  • you will need to Chill 1 can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Chill all of your bowls so that your ice-cream does not melt while preparing.

Ingredients (for at least 8 servings):

3 quarts creamy/rich vanilla ice cream ( coconut milk based)

1 can ( 13.5oz)ย  Full fat coconut milk โ€”

you can adjust the amount based on your desire to have more or less in the ice cream

3/4 cup rose water (golab) โ€” you can adjust this amount to your liking. ( buy Persian rose-water if you can)

chopped pistachio โ€“desired amount (usually not too much ~ 1/2 cup)

1/2 teaspoon saffron โ€“ mix with a tad bit of hot water to make it liquid (adjust the amount if you desire more or less saffron)


-Open the can of chilled coconut milk. The cream should have risen to the topโ€ฆ scoop out the cream into your mixing bowl..( you can drink the water if you want ๐Ÿ™‚ )

-This cream should be pretty thickโ€ฆyou should whip up the coconut cream on high speed ( with electric beater) until it’s light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. or you could mix it up by hand.

-Put ice in a large bowl and then put a smaller bowl on top of the larger bowlโ€ฆ Then pour all the vanilla ice cream into the smaller bowl and use a large spoon or spatula to mix the ice cream. (the ice will keep it from melting,You dont want the ice cream to melt when you are preparing it.)

-Add the saffron, rose water, coconut cream and pistachio (you might want to keep some pistachios for later) and stir with the spatula until everything is evenly mixed.

-Once the Saffron Ice-cream โ€œAkbar Mashti” is mixed up put the ice cream into a suitable container that can be placed back in the fridge. At this time if you like sprinkle some pistachios on top of the ice cream

-Allow the ice cream to freeze again and then serve as desired.

Traditionally this ice-cream is served with the special ice-cream bread ( ice-cream sandwich) but you can enjoy this with or without it!!

if you really want to try it with the bread…you can get the bread from a Persian store near you ๐Ÿ™‚

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I really hope you Enjoy this ice-cream!!! It is really easy to make, my directions may seem a little complicated but it really is easyโ€ฆ

thank you so much for reading and as always YOUโ€™RE WELCOME ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Love Ya!!!!


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