22+ Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes (2024)

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Get ready for the best vegan ice cream recipes from around the internet! We collected creative and delicious combinations, easy-to-make traditional flavors and everything in between to make eating ice cream appropriate all throughout the year.

Especially during hot summer days, we can all appreciate a good no-bake vegan dessert like raw cakes or ice cream— perhaps even following a nice vegan BBQ party featuring crowd-pleasing vegan burgers!

From creamy cashew- or coconut-based dairy-free ice cream recipes to healthy fruit-based “nice creams” or indulgent creations featuring heaps of swirls and cookies, this list covers it all.

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The Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

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Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

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Let’s start with this super creamy dairy-free vanilla ice cream made with only 5 ingredients! Based on coconut cream and almond butter, this ice cream is flavored with pure vanilla extract and is super versatile from topping your skillet cookie or brownies to eating with chocolate syrup and more.

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Vegan Banana Ice Cream (Birthday Cake Edition)

Vegan ice cream made in a blender? Sign us up! This smooth summer staple requires only 5 minutes of hands-on time.With cookie crumbles and sprinkles, you can transform it into birthday cake nice cream!

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Coconut & Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream

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Isn’t this colorful ice cream just so gorgeous? Thanks to purple sweet potato, this 5-ingredient vegan dessert looks very pretty, features some essential nutrients and makes for a creative dairy-free treat.

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Vegan Lemon Oat Ice Cream

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Are you a lemon ice cream type of person? Try this vegan recipe with oats and fresh lemon flavor! It is lower in fat and calories compared to most ice creams, yet still impossibly creamy thanks to a couple of tricks. If you do have an ice cream maker, definitely try this recipe!

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Chocolate Chickpea Ice Cream

Wait, there are chickpeas in this ice cream? Yes, this isn’t a typo — this higher protein frozen treat features whole chickpeas, dates for sweetening and creamy coconut milk alongside a few other staple foods. Truly whole food plant-based and delicious!

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Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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If you like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, try adding pretzels into the mix! With generous amounts of creamy peanut butter and vegan chocolate chips, this maple syrup-sweetened vegan ice cream tastes even better with the addition of little savory pretzel pieces.

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Cherry Garcia Nice Cream

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When cherry season is in high gear, you need to enjoy this delicious fruit in any way possible! Add vegan cherry nice cream to the list of must-try recipes: featuring lots of frozen bananas alongside some coconut milk as the base, this delicious ice cream is flavored with fresh cherries and dark chocolate.

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Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

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Get a fresh taste of summer with this 5-ingredient vegan strawberry ice cream! It’s super easy to make: just blend and chill the mixture, then let your ice cream maker do the rest. Enjoy immediately or store in the freezer for up to 1 week where it’ll stay nice and creamy!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream

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Get ready for this 5-minute healthy nice cream recipe! Super easy to make in a blender, it’s made from frozen bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder and plant-based milk — freeze your blended ice cream for 2-3 hours, scoop and enjoy!

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Vegan Butter Pecan Ice Cream

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Deliciously nutty and incredibly creamy, this vegan butter pecan ice cream is a fantastic 8-ingredient recipe! It’s thickened with oats, free from refined sugar and features lightly toasted pecan nuts alongside a touch of vanilla and salt.

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Chocolate Chips Coconut Ice Cream

Are you familiar with stracciatella ice cream? This coconut ice cream with finely chopped dark chocolate comes super close to this flavor! It’s velvety and lush, comparable to custard and it scoops like a dream.

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Coffee Cashew Ice Cream

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This delicious vegan ice cream is like coffee mixed with salted cashews and almond milk — a really addictive combo, slightly sweetened with maple syrup and just so easy to make! We love this creative dairy-free frozen treat any time of the day.

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Vegan Matcha Avocado Ice Cream

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Eating greens is easy with this creamy vegan matcha avocado ice cream! Requiring only a few ingredients (not even an ice cream maker, by the way), this easy-to-make green goodness is not just delicious but also high in beneficial nutrients. Try this creative recipe for a gentle midday boost!

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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

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We weren’t joking when we promised unconventional vegan ice cream recipes! This creamy treat features unique flavors from sweet and rich to salty and savory. A well-tested favorite, ginger miso ice cream can be served all throughout the year and it pairs well with many desserts.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream

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Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem, just follow this easy chocolate chip cookie ice cream recipe that’s rich, indulgent and family-friendly. Made with coconut milk, chocolate chips, chocolate sandwich cookies and salted peanut swirls, it’s fully vegan, but you’d never tell!

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Blueberry Cashew Ice Cream

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Do you like blueberry cheesecake? Great, this vegan ice cream flavor comes pretty close. Creamy cashew butter meets sweet blueberry jam, lemon juice and vanilla essence — all combined in a scoop of cold and creamy vegan dessert. Try it!

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Vegan Hazelnut Ice Cream

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Hazelnut ice cream used to be our favorite non-vegan flavor! Luckily, it’s super easy to recreate in a dairy-free version at home with just 5 everyday ingredients as you can see in this recipe. Creamy, nutty and chocolatey!

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Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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Okay, who doesn’t love cookie dough ice cream? This fantastic vegan recipe requires only half an hour (plus freezing time) and rewards you with cashew-based coconut vanilla ice cream that’s speckled with homemade vegan cookie dough. Definitely a must-try and a total crowd-pleaser!

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Reese's Blast Ice Cream

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This creamy peanut butter ice cream is loaded with chunks of homemade peanut butter cups — no sugar or dairy needed! A true hit with the whole family, this scrumptious vegan ice cream does take about an hour to make but is so worth it.

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Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

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Do you love pumpkin season as much as we do? If so, you need to try this creamy vegan ice cream bursting with fall spices. Only 6 ingredients (including pumpkin puree) and 15 minutes of prep time are needed for this creative recipe!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Fancy a refreshing and naturally colored chocolate chip mint ice cream combo? Try this healthier vegan recipe made with soy milk, coconut milk, cashews, dates, spinach and peppermint extract! We love this creative idea.

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Tahini Chocolate Ice Cream

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Have you ever tried chocolate and tahini (or sesame butter) together? This easy and healthy ice cream recipe merges these flavors beautifully and is sweetened with erythritol instead of sugar. Only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time required!

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Vegan Bounty Vienetta

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We have two more unusual vegan ice cream recipes for you! Starting with this Bounty Vienetta which supposedly tastes even better than the store-bought version — plus, it’s fully vegan, of course. It’s made with 4 ingredients in 15 minutes using a stand mixer!

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Vegan Neapolitan Ice Cream

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Just looking at this colorful vegan ice cream, nobody would believe it’s actually mostly made from fruit! Using frozen bananas for the ice cream base, you can create the three colors simply by adding either vanilla, cocoa powder or strawberries. Healthy and so creative!

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22+ Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Yield: 4 recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

What’s the best vegan ice cream? Well, perhaps it is found in this article of 20+ delicious ideas! You definitely need to try one of the following nice cream flavors if you’re new to making your own healthy vegan ice cream at home without an ice cream maker. Sweet without any added sugar, this simple and healthy frozen dessert comes from our popular Vegan Starter Kit eBook!

Ingredients

Nice cream base

  • 2 bananas, chopped & frozen
  • ¼ cup soy milk

Chocolate version

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Crushed hazelnuts for topping

Peanut butter

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • Pinch salt
  • Date caramel sauce for topping

Berry nice cream

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • Splash of additional soy milk
  • Pinch vanilla powder

Tropical flavors

  • ½ cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Shredded coconut for topping

Instructions

  1. Prepare your frozen bananas by peeling and chopping ripe bananas and placing them in an air-tight container in the freezer overnight or longer.
  2. Once ready to make your easy and healthy vegan ice cream, place about 2 frozen bananas, soy milk and any of the add-ins to create your desired flavor in your high-speed blender.
  3. You might want to let the bananas defrost for a few minutes before blending them! Then, process until creamy and smooth.
  4. Stop and scrape down the sides if needed and add some more liquid if the ice cream doesn’t come together.
  5. Serve with any toppings of your choice and enjoy immediately!

Notes

  • Unfortunately, blended banana ice cream doesn’t scoop well once frozen, so you should enjoy it right away.
  • You can make so many flavors of vegan ice cream by adding different spices, nuts, seeds, fruit and non-dairy milk to your base!
  • Find more vegan ice cream recipes in the article above.
  • Nutrition information has automatically been calculated taking into account just one nice cream flavor
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 2Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 212Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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FAQs

What replaces dairy in vegan ice cream? ›

The secret is nothing more than coconut milk. Full-fat, creamy coconut milk. Other vegan milk substitutes, like almond milk or soy milk, just don't cut it when it comes to ice cream.

How to give vegan ice cream that creamy taste minus the milk? ›

Use higher fat content vegan milks: Oat milk, coconut milk and cream, as well as cashew milk and cream, have a higher fat content which can help create a creamier texture. Add a fat source: Adding a fat source like coconut oil or cocoa butter can also help create a creamier texture.

How to thicken vegan ice cream? ›

Frozen bananas will help you achieve the thick texture of ice cream in your blender. If you have an ice cream maker, you can use the freezing and churning process to create a thick vegan ice cream without the need for frozen bananas. This process often uses cashews that have been soaked overnight in water instead.

Does vegan ice cream have more sugar than regular ice cream? ›

Vegan ice cream removes the cholesterol issue and usually offers lower saturated fat levels. However, the sugar content tends to remain high.

What is the best milk for vegan ice cream? ›

1Use the right non-dairy milk as your base

Kaminsky says that you'll get the best results from dairy-free counterparts that are higher in fat such as canned coconut milk. She typically uses almond milk as her base, but other non-dairy milks can work (steer clear of rice milk because it tends to be too watery).

What is the best oil for ice cream? ›

In general, olive oil goes well on ice cream because it is a totally different kind of fat – the creamy, cold, dairy contrasting against something plant-y, green, and spicy!” Meyer notes. Check out Caffè Panna's Instagram page for daily menu drops including what scoops, pints and affogati they are offering.

What does evaporated milk do in ice cream? ›

Dense, Fudgy Ice Cream

On top of all that, evaporated milk also happens to be the key to our super-chewy New England–style ice cream. For that you can thank its high protein content, which delivers a superior, fresh-churned texture while simultaneously limiting iciness once the ice cream is stored.

Is Jude's ice cream vegan? ›

Our Plant Based Tasting Box is full of delicious vegan ice cream. From classic Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel to our delectable Mint Chocolate and fruity Mango Sorbet there is a flavour for every palate.

How to make the creamiest ice cream? ›

When it comes to great ice cream, cold temperatures and speed are your friends: the faster you bring your base from liquid to solid, the creamier it'll be. In a 2-quart unit, a typical batch of ice cream will take between 18 and 25 minutes to churn.

What is the best emulsifier for vegan ice cream? ›

A common - and better - emulsifier for ice cream is soy lecithin, which can be derived from soybeans, sunflowers and rapeseed. Soy lecithin has a neutral taste, and also allows you to make egg-less ice cream.

What are the best stabilizers for vegan ice cream? ›

The common thickeners in non-dairy ice creams are guar gum, xanthan gum, acacia gum, carrageenan, and locust bean gum. These ingredients are added to enhance the texture of liquid to mimic the viscosity of a rich creamy ice cream. Guar, acacia, and xanthan gum can all be added to a recipe while cold.

What is the best vegan thickening agent? ›

Arrowroot Powder

Also known as arrowroot starch, this substance is made from the root of the arrowroot plant. It can be used to thicken a variety of vegan dishes without changing the color or sheen of the dish. Therefore, it works especially well for thickening glossy vegan frostings and clear soups.

What are the disadvantages of vegan ice cream? ›

In addition to sugar concerns, here are some things to be aware of when you're strolling through the vegan ice cream section. Coconut milk ice cream contains a lot of saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is nearly 90% saturated. Replacing saturated fat intake with unsaturated fats lowers your risk for heart disease.

Is vegan ice cream bad for cholesterol? ›

Vegan ice cream ditches the animal-based ingredients; it's 100 percent plant-based. This frozen dessert can be just as tasty as dairy ice cream. And vegan ice cream choices are available that won't raise your levels of harmful cholesterol the way dairy ice cream does.

Why is homemade ice cream so much better? ›

It tastes better

Yep, because you have complete control over the ingredients can make ice cream exactly how like it. With whatever ingredients and flavors you fancy. Including those you'd never find in the store! Freshly made ice cream is smoother and tastes fresher too.

What can I use instead of non dairy cream vegan? ›

Coconut cream is a versatile ingredient that makes an excellent vegan substitute for heavy cream. While it can be purchased pre-made, it's also simple to make at home using coconut milk. Simply chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight, open it and pour the liquid contents into another container.

What are some vegan replacements for dairy products? ›

rice, oat, almond, hazelnut, coconut, quinoa and potato milks. foods that carry the "dairy-free" or "suitable for vegans" signs.

What is a dairy-free option for ice cream? ›

Dairy-free frozen desserts typically substitute regular milk with plant-based milk such as almond, soy, coconut, or cashew milk, although there are some amazing brands (*cough, cough, Eclipse*) that take it even further.

What are vegan stabilizers for ice cream? ›

The common thickeners in non-dairy ice creams are guar gum, xanthan gum, acacia gum, carrageenan, and locust bean gum. These ingredients are added to enhance the texture of liquid to mimic the viscosity of a rich creamy ice cream. Guar, acacia, and xanthan gum can all be added to a recipe while cold.

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