Sugar Detox Cinnamon Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts

Some of you are PUMPED for this recipe because you are doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox like I did just a couple weeks ago, and some of you are less than thrilled because you don’t give a sh*t about a sugar detox. Both understandable. So I have a solution for those not doing the sugar detox: add honey or maple syrup. PROBLEM SOLVED. You’re welcome. You can thank me by setting me up with your single, good looking brother, or cousin, or friend of a friend of a friend. I would thoroughly appreciate that. Thank you.

This recipe is actually based off of appreciation. I recently received a ice cream maker from an absolutely incredibly kind paleOMG reader. She emailed me to tell me she had mailed me a present to my work. Then I announced that I was doing my 21 Day Sugar Detox and she said it was fine if I re-gifted the present she sent me. When I opened the package to find an ice cream maker, there was no way I was EVER going to re-gift this amazing gift. Margaret told me she just wanted to thank me for my website and how much it has enhanced her family’s life. How awesome is that?! So Margaret, thank YOU for enhancing my life with this amazing ice cream maker so I can create even more recipes for the Paleo community and now the Sugar Detox community. I’ve already made 4 ice creams in it so there will be many more ice cream recipes to come! Maybe even in my cookbook!! Eeeeeek!

So guess what? This weekend was suppose to be an amazingly pain-filled weekend at Front Range CrossFit for their annual Colorado Open CrossFit competition, but I no longer will be participating. Insert sad face. I’ve competed 2 years in a row there, finishing 26th my first time and 2nd my second time around. And this year was going to be real fun because they are splitting the competition into a Pro Division and an Open Division. The pro division is filled with athletes from Regionals so I was super pumped to get my ass whooped by all those women. Alas, I injured my shoulder at my last competition and can’t pick up heavy things. I’m literally doing air squats, box jumps, and running every day. Thrilling. So instead, I will fill my weekend with creating new recipes for my cookbook and then go to Front Range to cheer on all the amazing athletes with food in hand. Hopefully I’ll make new friends if I bring food with me. Friends meaning men. Who am I kidding. All this event will bring is men who are wearing obnoxiously bright clothes and think they are unbelievably cool. Fact.


Sugar Detox Cinnamon Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts

  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 medium sweet potato or yam, baked until soft (stop worrying about size, it won’t make that big of a difference)*
  • 1 (14 oz) canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 23 tablespoons cinnamon (the more the better. duh.)
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • more cinnamon
  • one more pinch of salt


  1. First, bake your sweet potato. So poke a crap ton of holes in it using a fork.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place your sweet potato on a baking sweet.
  3. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until your sweet potato is soft to the touch. The longer you bake it and the gushy-er it gets, the sweet it will be.
  4. Let sweet potato cool and remove the skin.
  5. Place sweet potato in a food processor along with your coconut milk and puree until smooth.
  6. Then add your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of salt and puree one more time.
  7. Place in fridge to cool for 30min.-1 hour depending how warm your sweet potato was.
  8. Add cooled mixture to your ice cream maker and follow the directions.
  9. While your ice cream churns, pull out a small saucepan, place under medium heat and add your 2 tablespoons of coconut oil along with 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  10. Then add your walnuts and mix around to help the coconut oil coat on all sides.
  11. Let your walnuts begin to roast. After a minute or so, they will become fragrant and then add your cinnamon and a bit of salt. Keep flipping around your walnuts so they do not burn and they can coat in the cinnamon.
  12. Add more cinnamon if you want. I did.
  13. Once your ice cream is done, top with walnuts. I also topped mine with a bit of sunbutter.

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118 thoughts on “Sugar Detox Cinnamon Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts”

  1. *especially when they’re soft…
    Sheesh, it’s all your fault…get me thinkin’ like that! Meanwhile, I’ve already bought the ice cream maker and I’m ready to roll!

  2. Just got back from my 7th crossfit fundamental workout and I see this awesome recipe. BUT! No ice cream maker here 🙁
    Would this work in my zoku pop maker???

    1. You might be able to use the Zoku pop maker if it’s viscous enough to pour but I would worry that there isn’t enough sugar and it’d get stuck. You can always try the no-machine method: “Not ready to splurge on a gadget to do the churning for you? Kaminsky shares, “Pour the base out into a rectangle baking dish and place the dish on a level surface in your freezer. Wait 45 minutes or so, and then using a fork scrape up the ice crystals forming around the edges. Put the dish back into the freezer, wait 30 minutes, and scrape again. Repeat until the entire mixture is frozen.” While this technique will result in a less smooth texture than what you may be used to, a great non-dairy base will still give you a dreamy rich taste.”

  3. Try adding a couple of raw egg yolks to your ice cream mix next time, whisked of course, but it makes it taste really rich and buttery.

      1. I would add them to the warm mixture while you are puree-ing it, yeah I can’t spell that one. Anyways, if you add the egg yolks to a super hot mixture they will curdle which is pretty gross. You want to add them warm but do not give them time to get all scrambled egg-like in your ice cream. If that makes sense.

        1. If you take some of the warm mixture and add it to the eggs little by little, you can add them to the hot mixture without them scrambling in the process. It’s called tempering if you want to look up detailed information on how to do it.

  4. You need to go on tour with your book, expand your circle of people. I’d suggest Albany, NY, but I’m pretty sure after dating all of the d-bags I found the last good guy in town.

    I like cheering on your love life 🙂

    oh and this recipe sounds delicious!

  5. I now feel the need to buy an ice cream maker! Perhaps with a little searching I can figure out how to make ice cream without having an ice cream maker, if not, hello Macy’s!

  6. My ice cream maker is in transit and I have sweet potatos waiting on the counter…i can’t wait to make this…oh and I have a gorgeous son I would gladly let you date!

  7. I’d like to thank Margaret for buying you the ice cream maker because I am so excited about making this. It’s so freaking hot over here so ice cream will definitely help.

  8. Acne – I’ve had it since jr high school – can’t seem to kick it. And to boot, nothing topical helps it and I’m allergic to the sulfa in acne meds so I take a diuretic of call things (recommended by a derm) called Spironolactone and that has it completely cleared it up for the past 10 yrs (I’m 33 so you can imagine living like that until I was 23 ugh!). I wanted to be drug free once upon a time so I tried getting off and failed. Not sure what the long term side effects are or if you’re even open to drugs but thought I’d share. I like your face paint idea. Thanks for the ice cream recipe too….I’m dying to make that and the vanilla bean caremelitas this weekend!

    1. Get off the RXs of Western Med. They DO NOT HELP. THEY only temporarily MASK the issues in your face. I have struggled with my acne/rosacea for more than 25 years and finally went to an Eastern doctor who uses herbs to HEAL, not mask. He put me on an herbal remedy. I have been on these for 14 days and my face looks AMAZING. I tried every supplement and/or potion you can imagine. Acne/Rosacea is NOT TOPICAL. it comes from digestive and stress issues, just finding this out after 25 years of copays and RXs that never did anything to improve my face and skin. The long-term antibiotics they had me on caused every problem you can imagine. I have the information on the product if you are interested. 🙂 hope you are healed by now 🙂

  9. I just have one quick question as I am new to Paleo and very interested in a sugar detox. Isn’t coconut milk sweetened – with evaporated cane juice? So how does this help on a sugar detox? thanks in advance.

  10. Juli, I follow your blog regularly but I’ve never commented before. i wanted to comment and say congratulation on getting to write your cookbook!! that is so awesome! Your recipes are heaven and your sense of humor is absolutely terrific! I am so happy for you. I will be getting both the app & cookbook 🙂

    1. As a kid, we just put it in a metal bowl in the freezer and stir (just a bit) every 10-20 min. Worked good enough. I still do it this way if I don’t feel like cleaning the ice cream machine.

  11. please please pretty please make a pumpkin spice one for the fall!!! however this will do as a substitute 🙂

  12. Thank you! This looks beyond awesome!!
    I just posted on facebook to ask/beg if anyone has an ice cream maker that I can borrow (or I will be hitting up thrift stores..)

  13. AWESOME! We have Okinawan sweet potatoes (the purple ones) at our market, and they’re sweeter than the normal ones- Japanese use them for ice cream. I’ve been dying for some, but too lazy to come up with a recipe- definitely going to make this, and see if the purple ones are good in it as well!

  14. ok girlie. I heart you!
    seriously.. can you give me a plan for the sugar detox? what did you use to start you going? I need visuals lol. I want to do it, but not sure how to start and do it right.

  15. I recently got a comment on my blog’s FB page by a reader who said it was one of their new favorite recipe sources, “in the same league with PaleOMG.” I see now what a compliment that was.

    *patiently waits for Whole30 to be over so the ice cream maker can come out of hibernation*

  16. Hate to hear about the arm. My right elbow/triceps started bothering me last November. Like a dope, I’ve never let it heal properly, so it continues to bother me off an on (currently, “on”). I now have a very battered up triceps tendon. Be smarter than me and get well soon.

  17. Holy balls this looks so effing good. Not sure if I can eat this on the whole 30, but if not it will be in my life in the near future.

  18. oh my cow this sounds amazing! the one question i have with coconut milk ice creams is what happens to the creamy mouth feel after you freeze the part you can’t eat when it’s initially made. always always always it turns hard as a brick and is icy. am i supposed to only use the cream part of the coconut milk or what?

    oh, and i feel your pain about your shoulder; it’s my achilles.

  19. “All this event will bring is men who are wearing obnoxiously bright clothes and think they are unbelievably cool.” – HAHAHAHAHA!!! Sounds like a typical day at my box. Fact. 😉

  20. Yummmm.
    I tried this today with my hand crank ice cream maker.

    I added cocoa powder and some honey, with enjoy life chocolate chips on top.

    I got impatient, didn’t wait until it was totally frozen, and ate it when it was at “soft serve” consistency.

    Soooooo good! Never would have thought to make ice cream with sweet potato. I’ll be trying this with all sorts of modifications now. Thanks!!

  21. Thank you for the way you write your recipes. It’s the brutal [and hilarious] honesty that I love so much. Everyone should stop worrying about the size of their sweet potato and make this up!

  22. I love your recipes! I love that you’re also in Denver ( I am in Parker). I will buy the book as well, just to have a copy in my home for quick reference of your amazing, fun recipes!!

    Keep it up!!

  23. Thanks for this recipe, Juli! Perfect timing too. I’m on day 5 of the sugar detox and definitely needed a pick-me-up after yesterday’s bear complex 🙂

  24. But don’t you want a man who crossfits?! So i guess you need to start liking brightly colored clothes and even knee socks on dudes!

    hope your shoulder feels better.

  25. i was too lazy to run to the store and wait around for a sweet potato to bake, so i made it with a can of pumpkin i had laying around. YUM! and after looking at the recipes that came with my ice cream maker, i didn’t feel even a tiny bit bad about the little bit of maple syrup i added. thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  26. Julie, If you go on tour with your cookbook and you stop in Boston, my friends and I want to invite you over for dinner. A paleo one of course! It’s hard to believe one recipe after another could improve so greatly — but you manage. Thanks! — From a bunch of 6am girls at CF Southie!

  27. This looks super fantastic! I can’t wait to make it. Your recipes are THE best thank you note I have ever received for a gift! I am so excited about your app and cookbook. Good things happen to good people. Congrats!

  28. Juli,
    I hope you’ve been able to try the Saigon Cassia cinnamon from Savory Spice Shop. The ladies at the Littleton store told me it’s their top-selling spice, and it smells amazing. Our whole kitchen smelled like it for a week when I first brought it home.

  29. I have question about canned coconut milk- I bought one can at wholefoods and it was seriously solid and sperated — I bought another can and it need NO mixing – NOW the question is the one that I had to mix seemed thicker in general – does it get thicker as it gets older? I couldnt really figure out what was going on there.

  30. Reason number 1,237 i need an ice cream maker, I will be purchasing this week, just for this recipe.

  31. Can anyone help me I just bought the 21 day sugar free detox and nothing will download i have tried my husband has tried but nothing is working and i really wanted to start the detox on Monday. Has anyone else hd problems?

  32. SHUT UP!!! Are you kidding me!? I can eat ICE CREAM while detoxing!? Where were you 6 months ago when I was doing my 2 week detox!? *sigh* Looks like it is time for me to cleanse the system again…maybe this time will be easier with this recipe! 🙂 Thanks!!

  33. I made this yesterday and it’s super awesome!! Loved it right out of the ice cream machine!

    But I went to grab a bite today and it’s really hard and icy. I wasn’t able to spoon it out. I had to chip away at it to break off chunks. Any tips or ideas? Thanks!

  34. Yum! I’m on my final week of the 21-Day-Detox and now I suddenly want to get myself a sweet potato to make this ice cream! Looks amazing!

  35. I made this as directed. I had to bake the sweet potato for about an hour and it still wasn’t soft enough so I steamed a part of it for a few minutes too.

    I thought it tasted pretty good for the lack of sweetener and I like the simplicity of the recipe. I wonder how the addition of egg yolks would change it. Also, we didn’t store any of it after we were done so I’m not sure how it keeps. I think it looked great and is a great dessert for those not eating sweets because they’ll be more sensitive to the little bit of sweet from the potato.

    Thank you for posting!

  36. OMG you’re amazing! I’ve just embarked on a 30 day no sugar challenge and couldn’t have been happier to come across your recipe! If only someone would send me an ice cream maker as well 😉 Thank you for posting this, and I’m sure everyone tells you, but you’re hilarious, thanks for making me laugh! x

  37. Thank you, thank yo, thank you! Finally I can use my ice cream maker. Got it last year for Xmas from my in-laws and thought, what the hell do I do with this. I don’t eat dairy. Keep the ice cream recipes coming.

  38. I just finished off the last of this dish 🙁 I’ve been experimenting with paleo ice creams for a month, and this is by far my favorite. Thank you so much for your creative recipes and fun/honest writing style. Paleo started out as a chore for me and is becoming a passion. Thank you so much for your blog, which is a part of that 🙂

  39. I purchased an ice cream maker after seeing this recipe and the blueberry chai ice cream recipe. Thought I’d save myself a bit of time and mess by adding ingredients before putting the mixing paddle in. This was a terrible idea, and a reminder that directions are in a specific order for a reason. -.-,

  40. I just made this and I substituded the sweet potato with pumpkin and it is amazing! Thank you so much for this recipe! This recipe is GREAT!!

  41. I’m thinking about trying this with my Ninja blender since I have no ice cream maker thingy. I’ve made banana ice cream with it (I just froze ripe banana slices and then blended with some almond milk) and it came out great! So if you don’t have an ice creamer thingy, just freeze the sweet potato mixture after step 6 in ice cube trays. Blend when frozen solid with a splash or two of coconut milk. Done!

  42. I hope you meant it when you said the longer you roast the sweet potato, the sweeter it is. Since I accidentally roasted it for about 3 hours 🙂

  43. This is now my favorite ice cream recipe! I will make this at least once a month! Yay! Yum yum yum! Thank you Juli!

    Oh and I did add an egg too! I’m a rebel! 😉

  44. We just finished off some Mango Ice Cream in the freezer. So, I finally got to make this. Sweet little, 8 pound 7 ounce Baby Jesus is this good!!!!!!! Holy Moly! I didn’t add any sweetener and added toasted walnuts because I knew I would forget to add it later. This will be a definite staple in our house. THANK YOU!!

  45. I’m currently struggling with a shoulder injury – torn cartilage and am getting my other shoulder MRI’d tonight to rule out anything else.

    So you did air squats, box jumps, and running – any suggestions on how to handle doing just that? I’ve also done lunges and GHB and jump squats. I even tried squats with the Bulgarian bag yesterday. DUs don’t settle too well, so had to cut those out.

    How long do you think you’ll be out, and is there anything that has helped you along?

    Any info/insight would be greatly appreciated. I think you’re great!!!


    1. Everyday is different Kate. Sometimes I can go overhead and lift heavier weights, other days my body just shuts down. I’m trying to rest more and listen to my body. Also icing it. I have definitely done some damage since it hasn’t recovered but I’m finally back on the barbell, just having to modify as needed.

  46. sooo…. I made this… and crumbled some bacon on top of it…crazy? maybe… delicious? yes!

    I also fried the sweet potato skin in some coconut oil and sprinkled it with cinnamon and had it for a snack… i think there’s something wrong with me.. 🙂

    thanks for posting this!!!

  47. I just made this!!! With canned organic pumpkin instead, because I was lazy, and in the mood for pumpkin. Damn all those beautiful pumpkin latte pictures at starbucks… I drool at those, but I can’t have that. I thought the ice cream should be sweeter for my kids, otherwise they wouldn’t eat it. So I pureed the mixture with a couple (~5) mejdool dates. It almost done churning now, and it’s already finger licking good. I cant wait to try it with roasted walnuts…. and a scoop plopped into my coffee for a latte!! These would be good with your Carmelitas. GREAT JOB JULI!!!!

  48. “You can thank me by setting me up with your single, good looking” …etc. Am I allowed to self nominate?? You must get that all the time… Love the blog!

  49. Do you think I could make this with my “ice cream ball”? I have the one from LLBean that you out the stuff in and rollit around for 30 minutes. Supposed to be used for camping but I saw it in LL Bean store yesterday and I thought it would be a great family Christmas gift…but only if I can make Paleo ice cream in it LoL! What do you think? Lmk thanks:). Love all your recipes? Making basil chicken meatloaf tomorrow…one of my fave go-to recipes….

  50. I made this last night on day 7 of the detox. It was DREAMY! But then I looked on the yes and no list of foods to eat and sweet potatoes and yams are ‘no’. Ha! Oh well…. Better than a bowl of Dryers. 😉

  51. This looks amazing. However, I don’t know of any credible sugar detox that includes sweet potatoes. I’ll make it after my detox to transition back into acceptable sugars though!

  52. The kids and I can’t stop eating the mixture and I am not so sure we’ll have enough to make into ice cream 🙂 I added a 1/4 cup of maple syrup to ensure it was sweet enough for the kids. This is the very first time I am making ice cream and super excited about it. I am even more excited that my kids are waiting anxiously for it as well. They are the epitamy of picky eaters. In fact when they saw the mixture they said “ewwwwww what is that” I told a white lie and said it was cake batter and before I knew it, all three of them had their fingers in the bowl moaning delicous goodness. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY LET SWEET POTATO TOUCH THEIR MOUTHS! They are super picky and can immeidately tell if I hide an ingredient in any thing and who cares that I had to tell a white lie and say it was cake batter lol Thank you and looking forward to enjoying this special treat!

  53. Do you have the carb. content for this? I am a diabetic and VERY carb. sensitive. It sounds yummy and I really want to try it! Thanks!

  54. just leaving a note to say, this recipe is totally perfect! we have been paleo for just about 9 months, so desserts and cooking has been a real adventure and for kicks I googled sweet potato ice cream – I am so glad I did. I will be making this. often. THANK YOU!

  55. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to test it out! I don’t have an ice cream maker but what I plan to do is either bake the sweet potato in advance and freeze it in ice cube trays, or freeze the coconut milk instead. And then mix everything in the vitamix. That is what I usually do for our versions of ice cream. About half of the weight frozen in pieces (for example strawberries) and the rest out of the fridge (cream, raw milk, coconut milk), and out comes a very creamy ice cream ready to eat right away. And leftovers are perfect for popsicle molds :-).

      1. Thanks – trying it this weekend. might as go with the original recipe! I have some cinnamon sticks that I plan on grinding up, and I love the taste. Just wanted to confirm!

  56. Carmen M Perreault

    Love sweet potatoes any way..can’t wait to try this recipe,but like 85% of comments I don’t have an ice cream maker..Can I use a food processor ?

  57. Is this for real?!?! I have seen variations of the frozen banana ice cream but sweet potato?! paleoOMG is right – this looks OMG!!! I don’t an ice cream maker though. Will try freezing it in a baking dish and thaw a bit – we will see how it turns out. Even if it’s a melty mess, I’m sure it will be OMGamazing!

  58. can anyone tell me if i can make this WITHOUT an ice cream maker :/ ?? HELP! i have a nutribullet and a freezer. thats it!

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