These Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes are delicately spiced with cardamom, and topped with oranges for a healthy and delicious dessert. Tip! Make the ice cream with lactose free half-and-half, & substitute the pistachios with pecans, walnuts, or almonds, for a yummy low FODMAP dessert!

These delicately spiced Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes are meant to be enjoyed all year long. As a bonus, they are made with lactose free ice cream, and are even a wee bit on the healthier side!

As I write this post, in the comfort of my cozy flannel PJs, I see my orange tree, from my office window, whipping in the wind, wet ground below, and the promise of more first day of winter (Happy Winter Solstice!) rain to fall.Have I gone mad churning up these creamy, dreamy Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes on the first day of winter?

These creamy, dreamy Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes have been lightened up, and are lactose free for a healthy dessert!

Quite possibly.BUT, perhaps it’s also because I’m celebrating 54 months of The Recipe Redux, by picking up one of my cookbooks, turning to page 54 {or 154} and re-creating the recipe, ReDux style, in honor of this month’s theme…

Grab a Book & Cook

We’re repeating last December’s theme due to popular demand: It’s the end of the year and we’re taking a moment to reflect – The Recipe ReDux has been around for 54 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 54 or 154. We can’t wait to see the books you’re cooking from these days.

Huge congrats to Regan, Deanna, and Serena, founders of The Recipe ReDux, on inspiring 54 months of healthy deliciousness!

Sweet Scoops Ice Cream Cookbook by Shelly Kaldunski

The inspiration for my Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes, comes from page 54 of Sweet Scoops by Shelly Kaldunski.The original recipe for Orange-Cardamom Ice Cream calls for 2 cups of heavy cream plus 1 1/2 cups of whole milk. Yum!

But, in true Recipe ReDux style of making things a little healthier, yet, equally delicious, I drew inspiration from my favorite lemon ice cream recipe, and swapped the heavy cream for lactose free half-and-half and the whole milk for almond milk, both to make it less caloric AND more easily digestible, then topped the whole shebang off with my favorite fresh, seasonal Cara Cara Oranges, plus some yummy pistachio nuts, because…

I just won 100 days worth of pistachio nuts from the American Pistachio Growers for my award winning Lemony Kale, Pasta, and Pistachio Salad.


Pistachio Nuts are a delicious healthy snack! Each 100 calorie snack bag has 4 g protein, 2 g fiber, and is rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats + potassium. Yum!

So, you see…

Maybe, despite the cold, windy, rainy winter weather, this really is a fabulous time to be enjoying an ice cream sundae.

But, I’ll leave it to you to try the recipe, and decide if I really have gone mad, or maybe I’m just absolutely brilliant! 🙂

Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundae is a glass dish with a serving spoon

Orange Cardamom Ice Cream Sundaes

These delicately spiced Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes are meant to be enjoyed all year long. As a bonus, they are made with lactose free ice cream, and are even a wee bit on the healthier side!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 sundaes


Ice Cream

  • 1 cup half-and-half {regular or lactose free}
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • zest from 1 orange*, you will need 2 oranges total-save fruit for sundae recipe below
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

To Make the Sundaes

  • Orange Cardamom Ice Cream, recipe above
  • 2 oranges, peeled*, chopped, and divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachio nuts, divided
  • 4 medium/large or 8 small vanilla wafers or sugar cookies, regular or gluten free


  • Whisk together 1/2 cup half-and-half, 1/2 cup almond milk, cardamom, orange zest, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium sized saucepan, and cook the mixture over moderately high heat, whisking constantly, until it just comes to a simmer.
  • Strain the custard in to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until cold.
  • Next, whisk in the remaining almond milk and half-and-half and freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • To make the sundaes, place 1 generous scoop each, ~ 1/2 cup, of ice cream in 4 serving dishes, and top each dish with chopped oranges and pistachio nuts. Serve immediately.


  1. Use lactose-free half and half {i.e. Organic Valley}
  2. Substitute pistachio nuts with low FODMAP nuts of choice {i.e. pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, slivered almonds}


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1.1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP Option, Vegetarian
Keyword healthy ice cream, ice cream sundae
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These delicately spiced Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes are meant to be enjoyed all year long. As a bonus, they are made with lactose free ice cream, and are even a wee bit on the healthier side!
Nutrition Notes:

  • Naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and lactose free.
  • For a low FODMAP version, sub the pistachio nuts with a FODMAP friendly nut such as sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  • Free of these major food allergens: soy, wheat, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.

This is a ReDux party so be sure and see all the deliciousness my Recipe ReDux friends have been cooking up!

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Are you crazy like me and make ice cream in the winter? Are you doing anything fun to celebrate Winter Solstice? What are your favorite ice cream sundae toppings??

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  1. Viviane Bauquet Farre says:

    Beautiful, EA! I love the combo of flavors here. Happy new year to you and yours 🙂

  2. Ally @OmNomAlly says:

    I don’t have to worry about whether it’s too cold to eat ice cream here, as the weather is hot, hot, hot! Love the ingredient swaps – these sundaes look so refreshing and nourishing 🙂

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Didn’t you just love this month’s theme? These sundaes look awesome- such a great redux EA! Congrats on winning all those pistachios 🙂

  4. You are brilliant! Congrats on winning for your salad; I need to check out that recipe..

  5. Ooh! Congrats on winning!!! I’m mighty jealous of your pisachio stash right now! You know I used to think Tim is crazy for craving ice cream during winter, but it’s not uncommon to find both of us with a bowl of ice cream in our hands after dinner these days. I’m loving the orange + cardamom combo!

  6. Marisa | Marisa Moore Nutrition says:

    Pinned because this combo sounds irresistible! And thanks for reminding me that it’s time Cara Cara oranges! Totally forgot to check for them in the store this season.

  7. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    Oh how delicious this looks and sounds. I have never had cardamom in ice cream, but that combo with orange sounds divine. And those cara cara oranges are just gorgeous! My kids are totally with you on ice cream all year long! Btw, congrats again on the pistachios – we would be in heaven with all those pistachios!

  8. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    Love how you made this lighter and healthier – such a beautiful sundae!

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    Ok, I know you are not mad as this is absolutely brilliant (and congrats on the pistachio salad win!) Cannot wait to try these!

  10. These sundaes look amazing! Such gorgeous styling

  11. Kalee @ The Crowded Table says:

    Wow this looks amazing! I’m a huge pistachio fan, and the orange-cardamom combo sounds delicious as well. 🙂

  12. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    Such lovely flavors! This is beautiful dear!