Sweet Potato Ice Cream

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups


This sweet potato ice cream is flavored with bourbon, maple syrup and a little bit of browned butter.


For the sweet potato mix

  • 1 Extra large sweet potato (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, browned
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the ice cream 

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Pre-freeze ice cream maker according to manufactures instructions.
  2. Bake or boil the sweet potato until completely soft. If baking, I suggest to bake in a 425°F oven for 45-60 minutes. If boiling, remove the skin. Spoon out 1 ¼ C of the sweet potato filling and set aside.
  3. In a small pan, melt butter over medium heat until it starts to turn light brown. Add the mashed sweet potato, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until combined. Refrigerate sweet potato mixer until completely cold.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, combine 2 cups of heavy cream, 3/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is lightly boiling.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.
  6. Refrigerate until the mixture is completely cold. If mixture gets firm, it may be reheated until liquid forms again. Return to the freezer to cool rapidly.
  7. To churn the ice cream, pour liquid in slowly and churn on low for 10 minutes until custard starts to form. Increase speed and churn for another 5 minutes. Pour the smashed sweet potatoes into the ice cream.
  8. Once mixture has reached custard form, stop the mixer and spoon into freezer safe container or serve immediately. Freeze for 1-4 hours.


  • The prep time and total time includes both the pre-freezing of your ice cream maker.
  • I suggest to make the sweet potato mix and the ice cream batter the night before, when you are pre-freezing your ice cream maker. Sweet potato can be baked or boiled as long as it is soft and free of any skin.
Nutrition Information:
1/2 cup
  • Category: ice cream
  • Method: frozen
  • Cuisine: american

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