Homemade Maple Pecan Ice Cream

This Ninja CREAMi maple pecan ice cream recipe combines pure maple syrup and roasted pecans with a basic vanilla ice cream to make a sweet, crunchy frozen treat.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • HEALTHY – Whole ingredients like 100% pure maple syrup, milk, cream and cane sugar are the base of this homemade maple pecan ice cream.
  • MACRO FRIENDLY – Added protein powder helps balance the carbs and fat in the dairy and sweeteners.
bowl of Ninja CREAMi maple pecan ice cream

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Recommended Equipment

In addition to the usual kitchen tools, here’s the appliance I used to make this homemade maple pecan ice cream recipe.

Ninja CREAMi Deluxe

11 different functions to create delicious frozen treats, like ice cream, sorbet, smoothie bowls, drinks, and more!

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Other Utensils & Gadgets

  • Mixing bowl & spatula
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Ninja CREAMi container

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Ingredients & Swaps

ingredients for homemade maple pecan ice cream, including milk, heavy cream, sugar, maple syrup, pecans, and protein powder
  • Whole milk – animal or plant based will work in this recipe but the consistency may vary
  • Heavy cream – coconut milk or cream can be used in place of the heavy cream, but the taste will be affected
  • Protein powder – this is optional, but I like to add it for more protein in my diet
  • Cane sugar – monk fruit and other low carb sweeteners also work
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Roasted pecans

How to Make Maple Pecan Ice Cream in the Ninja CREAMi

Here are the basic steps to make maple pecan ice cream in an ice cream maker.

Step 1 If using the protein powder, mix it with the milk and heavy cream until there are no lumps.

Step 2 Add the pure maple syrup and cane sugar to the milk and cream mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Step 3 Pour the base mixture into a Ninja CREAMi container. Freeze for at least 24 hours.

Step 4 After freezing, process the base mixture on the ICE CREAM setting. Then dig a hole in the center all the way to the bottom of the container and pour in the pecans. Process on the MIX-IN setting.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

bowl of Ninja CREAMi maple pecan ice cream

Ninja CREAMi Maple Pecan Ice Cream

Yield: 6

Pure maple syrup and roasted pecans combine in a basic vanilla ice cream to make a sweet, crunchy frozen treat.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 40 grams protein powder, plain or vanilla OPTIONAL
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecan pieces, for MIX-IN


  1. If using the protein powder, mix it with the whole milk and heavy cream in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and cane sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour into a Ninja CREAMi container and freeze for at least 24 hours.
  3. After freezing, leave the container sit on the counter for about 10 minutes, if you like. Then process on the ICE CREAM setting.
  4. Dig a hole in the middle of the ice cream, down to the bottom of the container. Pour in the pecans and process again on the MIX-IN setting.
  5. Top with more pecans, crumbled bacon, or other toppings and enjoy! (See the Tips section for more flavor variations!)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is an approximation and may vary based on the specific ingredients and amounts used when preparing the recipe.

Tips & Variations

Switch in a plant-based milk and use coconut cream for the heavy cream.

You could use low carb sweeteners like erythritol and monk fruit in place of the cane sugar. Also swap the maple syrup for 1 teaspoon maple extract.

More pecan pieces and a drizzle of maple syrup are good ideas, but how about upping the flavor a bit with some crumbled bacon! See below for other variations.

Here are a few variations to try:

  • Maple bacon pecan ice cream – add a couple tablespoons of crumbled bacon in with the pecans in the MIX-IN step
  • Maple bourbon pecan ice cream – swap a couple tablespoons of the milk with bourbon
  • Maple butter pecan ice cream – toast the pecans in 1-2 tablespoons of butter on the stove before adding as a MIX IN

Or combine all the suggestions for a flavor-packed maple bacon bourbon butter pecan ice cream!

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