15 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes
You’re going to love this round-up of the 15 best homemade dairy-free ice cream recipes, including popsicles, sorbet, soft serve and more, all made vegan, creamy, and so delicious. From mango to strawberry to peanut butter and chocolate flavors, there’s something for everyone!
With warm weather underway, I’m so excited to share the best vegan and dairy-free ice cream recipes, plus popsicles, soft serve, and sorbet.
When I first stopped eating dairy more than a decade ago, I was pretty worried that I would never be able to enjoy a frozen ice cream dessert again. Then, I took a vegan ice cream course at my local library and I’ve never looked back.
Turns out, it’s not that hard to make your own dairy-free ice cream using ingredients like coconut milk, frozen bananas, soy milk, and other dairy-free alternatives. I even have a Vegan Fudgesicle recipe included in this round-up that is made using cashews!
So, with everything from chocolate and strawberry to fancy vegan ice cream desserts, there is literally something for everyone in this homemade dairy-free ice cream recipe round-up.
- You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make homemade vegan ice cream. Instead, you can use the freezer method as I’ve detailed in this post on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.
- However, if you prefer to use a machine, then the ice cream maker that I use is this Cuisinart frozen yogurt-ice cream model that sells for less than $70 on Amazon.
- Feel free to get creative, experiment with different flavors, and enjoy the results. Don’t miss these yummy gluten-free waffle cones either.
Yes, but the fat in the coconut milk is what adds mouthfeel and that creamy texture that is reminiscent of dairy ice cream. If you use lower-fat versions, then it your ice cream will be less creamy (but it will still work).
Yes, but the result will be more like ice milk than ice cream. You would ideally use a plant-based milk like full-fat canned coconut milk to get the right texture. If you don’t like coconut milk, you could also use blended cashews instead (see my recipe for Vegan Fudgesicles below that uses blended cashews).
Homemade vegan ice cream does not freeze well long-term. It will freeze very hard. If that happens, just let it sit on the countertop for a few minutes (or up to 10 minutes) to warm up and soften. Then scoop and serve as usual.
Now, onto the recipes!
Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes
Whether you’re looking for dairy-free ice cream recipes, popsicles, or other frozen treats, then I hope you found this round-up helpful. Even if you’re on a restricted diet, you don’t have to miss your favorite frozen treats.
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