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Orange Cardamom Pistachio 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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP Option, Vegetarian
Keyword: healthy ice cream, ice cream sundae
Servings: 4 sundaes
Calories: 398kcal
Author: EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


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