By Diane Small
Think of summer desserts and one thing comes to mind: ice cream. While it’s true that most people scream for ice cream, vegans (and the lactose intolerant) have a problem with this tasty treat. But never fear: there are plenty of vegan alternatives out there.
Unfortunately, you won’t be finding these at any Baskin Robbins near you any time soon, so it’s time to hit the kitchen and make your own. Using coconut milk, fruit and sometimes even avocados as a base, we’ve found 20 of the tastiest recipes from the best vegan food blogs on the internet to help you indulge in some relatively healthy desserts this summer. There is plenty of ice cream, of course–but a few others thrown in for variety, too.
1. Healthy Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream
Salted caramel? Pretzels? Ice cream? There’s no way this could possibly be healthy, right? Wrong! Stevia and tofu keep the sugar and ‘bad’ fat calories at bay, and combine with maple syrup and coconut to make this decadently delicious treat.
2. Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce
This classic is great for kid’s birthday parties. They’ll never guess it’s actually borderline healthy! Find the recipe from Channeling Contessa here.
3. Passion Fruit “White Chocolate” Mousse with Fresh Strawberries
Recipe by Vegan Divas
1 cup plus 3 Tbsp (200 g/7 oz) cacao butter, 1 ¼ cups (300 g/10.6 oz) passion fruit purée, 3 Tbsp (22 g/0.8 oz) arrowroot, 2 (12.3-oz) packages (697 g/24.6 oz) silken tofu, drained, 1 ¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp (250 g/8.8 oz) raw sugar, 1/8 tsp (0.8 g/0.03 oz) sea salt, 1/2 tsp (2 g/0.07 oz) vanilla extract, 1 pint (288 g/10 oz) fresh ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
Place the cacao butter, passion fruit puree and arrowroot in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the cocoa butter is melted and the mixture thickens slightly. Remove the pan from the heat.
Place the silken tofu, raw sugar, salt and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor. Add the hot cocoa butter mixture and process until smooth and creamy, about 1 ½ minutes. Divide the mousse among 8 parfait glasses or bowls and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Before serving, top each serving of mousse with sliced strawberries. Makes 8 servings
4. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Chocolate and coconut combine to give you that refreshing Bounty goodness. Recipe here.
5. Cinnamon and Toast Ice Cream
Because there is actual real toast in this Minimalist Baker recipe, we figure it’s a good bet for breakfast!
Find the recipe here.
6. Vegan Black Sesame and Ginger Ice Creams
The perfect end to a sushi meal! Exotic and refreshing, and best of all–100% vegan. Find the recipe on Golubka here.
7. Chia Seed Puddings
8. Coconut Mango Sorbet
With just a few main ingredients, this vegan dessert comes with a little surprise: it can be served with or without alcohol for an added kick. Find more info from Eating Clean recipes here.
9. Peanut Butter Chunk and Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream
Not counting calories? This one is for you! We liked ours with a tiny bit more salt. The decadent recipe from Edible Perspective is here.
10. Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Not just for Thanksgiving, as long as you can find some tinned pumpkin. This is a unique recipe, made even tastier with added cloves and nutmeg. Find the recipe here.
Mini Berry Cheesecakes
I know what you’re thinking: ‘oh, great! Tofu cheesecake…hmm…’ But you’re wrong, my friends. Not even a hint of tofu haunts this tasty berry recipe–and best of all, it’s gluten-free, too! Find the recipe at Sarah Bakes G Free, here.
12. Banana Cherry Soft Serve
No ice cream maker required, and yet you still get a soft, creamy texture! Just freeze some bananas and whip them up with the other ingredients in a blender, and voila! You’ve got a tasty summer treat from the Simple Veganista. Recipe here.
13. Strawberry-Banana Sorbet
Simple, healthy and easy to make. Find the recipe from Nature Insider here.
14. Salted Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Caramel Sauce
15. Vegan Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Cara’s Cravings makes tofu the tastiest food around–salted caramel fools all who taste this into believing it’s actual ice cream. Recipe here.
16. Chocolate Sorbet
17. Chocolate Soy Ice Cream
Soya milk is useful for more than just coffee and cereal! Find the recipe here.
18. Refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint is always a good idea in summer: refreshing, cooling, and delicious–especially when combined with chocolate! Get this yummy ice cream recipe from the Sweetlife Online here.
19. Vegan Blueberry Crumble Ice Cream
Almond and coconut milk replace cream and milk in this tasty recipe. The addition of rolled oats means it’s practically healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, finally! Recipe here.
20. Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream
Chocolate and avocado may not be the most obvious ice cream combo, but it works, creating a lickable consistency that’s not too sweet, and way healthier than it looks. Find the full recipe from HalfBaked Harvest here.