Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Ice Cream
Photo: Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Refrigerate: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
678 Calories
50g Fat
47g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5
Amount per serving
Calories 678
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 30g 151%
Cholesterol 348mg 116%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 13g
Calcium 210mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sweet potato pie flavor in a scoop of ice cream? Yes, please!

Serve sweet potato ice cream with this delicious brown sugar pecan praline sauce or with dulce de lecheButterscotch sauce would be excellent as well, or simply sprinkle toasted pecans or toasted coconut over the ice cream.


  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk (whole)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (dark)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the cream, milk, and brown sugar in a heavy medium saucepan, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to boil.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks briefly; slowly pour about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, whisking briskly as you pour. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, or to about 175 F. Do not boil.

  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the sweet potato puree and spices. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 3 hours.

  4. Freeze in ice cream freezer following manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a container, cover, and freeze until firm.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.


  • Dip a spoon in the egg and milk mixture and run a finger across the back of the spoon. If the path your finger makes is clear and the film on the spoon is not at all runny, it is done.