In just the past few years, vegan ice cream has come a long way. You can now buy or find vegan ice cream recipes for almost every flavor imaginable, from chocolate and vanilla to cookie dough and salted caramel!
Whether you follow a dairy free and plant based diet or not, here are 25 of the best vegan ice cream recipes for everyone to enjoy.
Vegan Ice Cream Recipes
With five recipes for different ice cream flavors, this almond milk ice cream can be dairy free, corn syrup free, banana free, sugar free, and nut free (no cashews). It contains no preservatives or xanthan gum, no coconut milk, and no ice cream maker required.
Dole Whip Recipe – Just like the famous Disney version
The original pineapple Dole Whip is a swirled pineapple soft serve dessert that tastes like a cross between pineapple frozen yogurt and creamy vanilla ice cream. Whip up this homemade copycat recipe in your own kitchen.
Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream, from the Hello Breakfast cookbook
This frozen vegan treat is packed with delicious pistachio flavor. In fact, it is my favorite recipe in the entire book, even though it has no chocolate.
Hopefully you will love it as much as I do!
Many store bought vegan ice cream brands are coconut based, and for good reason. Coconut milk and coconut cream yield a thick and smooth texture that mimics heavy cream or whole milk.
With dairy free, gluten free, and paleo options, this chocolate or vanilla avocado ice cream is sure to win you over. While it may seem an unusual idea to US consumers, it’s been a classic flavor around the world for years.
For those on a low carb or sugar free diet, this frozen keto dessert offers the same luxurious creaminess of regular dairy ice cream, just with no sugar.
If you’ve been disappointed by dairy free ice creams in the past, you’ll be amazed by the incredibly rich and creamy texture of this homemade cashew ice cream.
Above, watch the video of how to make vegan ice cream
Vegan Banana Ice Cream Recipes
Banana Ice Cream – 10 New Recipes
Banana ice cream, also called nice cream, is a super popular healthy alternative to traditional ice cream high in calories and saturated fat. All you need to make the frozen dessert are ripe frozen bananas and a blender or food processor.
If you’ve ever finished a workout by going straight to the freezer for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, this vitamin, fiber, and nutrition packed healthy ice cream recipe is for you.
With just 150 calories per serving, this homemade peanut butter dessert calls for pantry staple ingredients and is a huge fan favorite flavor.
Extra smooth and chocolatey, this peanut butter nice cream tastes like eating a frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup. The healthy ice cream dessert gives you protein, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats.
Before going vegan, Baskin Robbins’ mint chocolate chip ice cream was my absolute favorite. This naturally sweetened and healthy vegan version is perfect for mint lovers.
Vegan Frozen Yogurt Recipes
How to make homemade frozen yogurt with only two ingredients. You can customize the base recipe for as many vegan frozen yogurt flavors as your heart desires.
This high protein and healthy chocolate ice cream alternative is a fantastic low calorie dessert for a hot summer day. Unlike many other chocolate froyo recipes, this one requires no heavy cream or condensed milk.
Sweet cherry frozen yogurt is swirled with rich dark chocolate in this easy recipe for homemade Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt that tastes like the one from Ben & Jerry’s.
Vegan Frozen Desserts
Make this rich chocolate sorbet for a naturally plant based treat with no eggs or dairy. This vegan dessert is for true chocolate lovers. I serve it with Coconut Whipped Cream and fresh raspberries on top.
Light and refreshing, this simple lemon sorbet recipe is a perfect balance of tart and sweet. You can make the recipe with just three ingredients.
Bring Starbucks to your kitchen, with a single serving frosty vegan coffee Frappuccino drink that you can throw together in under five minutes from start to finish.
If you are looking for an option that is not only coconut milk free but also nut free, soy free, and egg free, be sure to try this oatmilk ice cream.
Dairy Queen goes vegan! If you grew up on the popular DQ Blizzards, give this thick homemade vegan blizzard a whirl. Just like the fast food version, it stays in the serving cup if you hold it upside down.
These family friendly chocolate popsicles will take you straight back to childhood. If you don’t own popsicle molds, use paper cups instead and insert a spoon or wooden popsicle stick when the fudge pop is halfway frozen.
How to make the best vegan ice cream
Most vegan ice cream recipes call for one of three methods.
The first method is to use an ice cream machine. You simply whisk all ingredients together, then churn according to manufacturer’s instructions for your machine.
Be aware that most ice cream makers require freezing the base container for up to forty eight hours prior to churning.
A second option is to freeze the liquid ingredients in ice cube trays. Once frozen, blend the ice cubes in a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec until smooth.
Another way to make ice cream without an ice cream machine is to whisk the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a long and shallow container, and place it in the freezer.
Use a fork to stir the contents every half hour, breaking up ice crystals. This third method will be the least creamy, but it still yields a yummy ice milk or granita texture.
Dairy free ice cream brands
Go to almost any regular grocery store, Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, or Target freezer aisle, and you will find multiple plant based ice cream options on display.
These include fully vegan ice cream brands like So Delicious, Oatly, and Nada Moo, and offerings from larger traditional brands such as Breyer’s, Halo Top, and Haagen Dazs.
They even sell vegan Magnum bars and nondairy ice cream sandwiches.
More and more shops around the nation, as well as in Canada and worldwide, are starting to offer vegan items for those who don’t eat dairy.
You can find vegan scoops in an array of flavors at chains like Jeni’s and Van Leeuwen’s and in smaller ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato shops.
Most of these options are coconut milk, oat milk, or cashew based.
More non dairy ice creams
Below is a wonderful basic vegan coconut ice cream recipe that lets you save money by skipping the store bought ice cream.
This homemade version can be turned into unlimited flavors like cookies and cream, vegan butter pecan or white chocolate, birthday cake batter, rocky road, French vanilla, maple walnut, peach vanilla bean, or strawberry.
Vegan Ice Cream
- 2 cups coconut milk (for coconut-free, try the almond milk ice cream above)
- 1/3 cup sweetener of choice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- optional 1/4 cup cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream
- Use full fat canned coconut milk, not lite or coconutmilk from a carton. To make vegan ice cream: Whisk all ingredients. If you have an ice cream machine, simply churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Without an ice cream machine: freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. Blend the frozen cubes in a high-speed blender like as a Vitamix, or thaw enough to blend in a food processor or regular blender. Enjoy right away, or freeze about an hour for a firmer texture. The homemade vegan ice cream is best and creamiest the day it’s made. You can freeze leftovers up to a month. Thaw before serving.
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