Saffron and Pistachio Gelato

Saffron and Pistachio Gelato: A Royal Delight

Savor the opulent fusion of pistachio and saffron in this homemade gelato recipe, ideal for your Ninja Creami.

Saffron, which is prized for its vivid hue and potent scent, adds a flavorful touch that harmonizes well with the crunchy, nutty texture of pistachios.

This gelato is perfect for special events or a luxurious summer treat because it’s not only a pleasure for your taste senses but also a visual delight.

Saffron and Pistachio Gelato: A Royal Delight

Course: DessertCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Moderate


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Freezing Time



🍦 Cooking Time: Gelato cycle in Ninja Creami


  • 2 cups heavy cream πŸ₯›

  • 1 cup whole milk πŸ₯›

  • 1 pinch saffron threads πŸ’›

  • ΒΎ cup sugar 🍬

  • Β½ cup unsalted pistachios, chopped πŸ₯œ

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 🌿


  • Infuse the Saffron: In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk until it is warm but not boiling. Remove from heat and add the saffron threads. Let them steep for about 10 minutes, allowing the milk to take on a beautiful golden hue.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the saffron-infused milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add Pistachios: Stir in the chopped pistachios, reserving a few for garnish.
  • Chill the Mixture: Pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.
  • Prepare for Freezing: Once chilled, pour the gelato base into a Ninja Creami pint container. Freeze solid, at least 24 hours.
  • Process in Ninja Creami: Insert the frozen pint into your Ninja Creami and select the ‘Gelato’ function. Let the machine work its magic.
  • Check Consistency: Once the cycle is complete, check the consistency. If it’s too soft, you can re-spin it for a firmer texture.
  • Serve: Scoop the gelato into bowls or cones. Garnish with the reserved chopped pistachios.
  • Enjoy and Share: Revel in the creamy texture and rich flavors. Don’t forget to share your experience and any tweaks you made to the recipe!
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer. It can be enjoyed for up to a month.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this exotic gelato as a standalone dessert or alongside simple cookies or a slice of vanilla cake. It’s also delightful with a shot of espresso poured over for an affogato-style treat.

Nutritional Information:

This gelato is rich in fats from the cream and beneficial unsaturated fats from the pistachios. While it’s a high-calorie treat, it offers antioxidants from the saffron and vitamins from the nuts.

Best Season to Enjoy:

The luxurious flavor of saffron makes this gelato a perfect choice for autumn gatherings or as a summer-ending treat.

Ready to try this royal blend of flavors in your own kitchen? What twists or personal touches might you add to your version of this gelato?

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