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Fancy Vegan Ice Cream Sundaes, Sandwiches & Treats

By Lora O’Brien

The sun is finally beginning to shine, the hum of bees and singing birds are the soundtrack to our days and our windows and doors and thrown wide open in the hopes of enticing a little breeze inside. But what does summer really mean? Two words, people: Ice. Cream.

There’s been a huge trend for simple, healthy vegan ice creams: there’s even a name for it, when it’s banana based (‘Nice Cream’, in case you’re asking). But what if you want something a bit more complicated, a bit fancier? While blending some bananas and fruit to make a simple, sorbet type of ice cream, it can be difficult to find milk-free recipes for, say, Black Forest, Butter Pecan or Rocky Road. Until now!

I’ve found some seriously delicious – and rather healthy – vegan ice cream recipes for you, but since ice cream itself isn’t really filling, I’ve decided to toss in a few recipes that involve a bit more substance: crunchy ice cream sandwiches, creamy sundaes and fruity banana splits. Bring on the fancy vegan ice cream!

1. Black Forest Ice Cream

The Black Forest cake is a thing of wonder: chocolately layers tempered by a bittersweet cherry base, and lashings of fresh cream. This vegan recipe recalls the cake with its chunks of fudgy, brownie pieces and dark sweet cherries. Serve this up in a bowl and it will seriously wow any of your guests when you confess to making this yourself. Want a little something more? Drizzle it with some melted dark chocolate!

Get the recipe here.


2. Chocolate Tahini Ice Cream Sandwich

Two gooey tahini based cookies form the foundation of this flavourful treat. Chocolate is beautifully offset by the nuttiness of the tahini – their savory edge counteracts the sweetness of the ice cream in this recipe. And if you’re feeling really fancy, you can always roll the ice cream sandwich in toasted sesame seeds for an added Middle Eastern crunch.

Get the recipe here.


3. Paleo Banana Split

I’d would definitely put a banana split right there with one of my all time favourite desserts. There’s something so fun about dressing up ice cream with chocolate sauce and bananas, and of course the end result is truly heavenly, especially when it’s as healthy as this recipe.

Get the recipe here.


4. Chai Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich

Vegan chai ice cream is the perfect combo of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ flavours. The base of this ice cream is cashew nuts which really gives a delicious texture, but sandwiched between two spicy vegan ginger cookies . . . this is next level delicious! Brb, just making some RIGHT NOW.

Get the recipe here.


5. Coconut Almond Sundae

The beauty of this sundae is the mix of textures: you’ve got the hot chocolate sauce contrasting with the cool ice cream, and the creaminess of the base given an edge by the crunch of the almonds, coconut shavings and chocolate chunks. Bliss!

Get the recipe here.


6. Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Sandwich

Instead of looking like your typical ice cream sandwich, this fancy chocolate cherry sandwich looks more like a cake, and it’s pretty much as good as it looks. Fresh fruit ice cream sandwiched between biscuits made from buckwheat groats and gooey dates. Feel like indulging a little more? Almond butter, my friends. Smear it on and thank us later!

Get the recipe here.


7. Peach Bourbon Ice Cream Sandwich

This recipe is really two delicious recipes combined into one mighty fine recipe. The base is a lemon cornbread cookie, and the ice cream between them is seriously boozy; bourbon. But the addition of alcohol is really more of a scientific reason than you think; the booze in this will keep the ice cream super soft and creamy even after you’ve frozen it, meaning no shards of ice crystals, ever.  So you don’t even have to defrost this – just scoop and eat. Perfect for when you’ve got friends over.

Get the recipe here.


8. PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re looking for a really simple recipe, this is pretty much as easy as it gets. The cookies that make the sandwich are peanut butter, but you could easily switch to nut butter if you’d prefer – perhaps almond or cashew. But who doesn’t love peanut butter?

Get the recipe here.


9. Mango & Zucchini Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ve gotta admit, when I first read this I thought, mango and zucchini bread? WHAT?! But I have to admit these look pretty tasty. But you know how it is when you have a loaf going off or some kind of sweet bread, like banana bread or even carrot cake, and you need to use it up. The ice cream itself is super simple – it’s just nana ice cream, which is really just blended frozen bananas, perfect if you don’t have time to make fancy ice cream.

Get the recipe here.


10. Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Coconut Caramel

How adorable are these, in their halved coconut bowls? This double chocolate ice cream used cashews and coconut milk as its base, which by now you’ll know creates a creamy and smooth consistency. But the best part is the rich, buttery coconut caramel made from reduced coconut milk and coconut sugar.The best part is also that afterwards, you can dig into the coconut and devour that, too!

Get the recipe here.


11. Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream

A raspberry ripple ice cream with just 8 ingredients? Check! This may look pretty fancy but it’s base is coconut and cashew ice cream which is then mashed with lightly sweetened berries which will put the ripple part into this recipe. Again, this recipe calls for raspberries, which can be either fresh or frozen which is great for when you don’t have fresh on hand. If you love soft serve, you could make this in an ice cream maker, but if you have patience – and I commend you if you do, really – pop this in the freezer and scoop it out when frozen.

Get the recipe here.


12. Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

I love anything carrot cake based. I think it’s the addition of carrots; it just feels like I’m getting a dose of my five-a-day whilst having my cake and eating it at the same time. So naturally I was thrilled to stumble upon this spicy, crunchy beauty.

Get the recipe here.


13. Pistachio & Cardamom Coconut Ice Cream

This is a bit of the Middle East in a bowl. Traditional flavours like rosewater, cardamom and pistachio congregate in a deliciously, nutritious bowl. Sweetened with agave, this is a sugar-free recipe. I think it’d look even more amazing sprinkled with edible rose petals. .

Get the recipe here.


14. Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice cream sandwiched between two vegan brownies, and then dunked into raw chocolate and cacao nibs – I’m calling that heaven! The raspberries are mashed with maple syrup and a splash of bourbon – mostly to keep the berries from freezing and going too solid, and also because we’re adults, so why the hell not? These looks so fancy and mouth watering, I predict these not hanging around too long if you decide to make these this summer.

Get the recipe here.

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

15. 6 Easy Ice Creams

This recipe is perfect if you’re a little rushed for time. All you need to do is make the base recipe, and then from there it’s easy to transform this ice cream into six different types; perfect if you’re looking to serve a little diversity this summer. So whether you want to keep it vanilla, go for chocolate almond, raspberry ripple, pina colada or go really green with some matcha green tea, there’s surely a flavour for everyone.

Get the recipe here.


16. Peach Almond Ice Cream

Peach and almond really compliment one another, so this recipe is definitely for those of you that love those flavours. I for one, love them both, so I can’t wait to make this. This has very few ingredients, but the recipe is a prime example of how healthy, wholesome ingredients really do stand alone beautifully.

Get the recipe here.


17. Butter Pecan Ice Cream

The words butter pecan just have my mouth watering. Think toasted pecans and deliciously sweet vanilla. Oh my! This recipe is really very quick and easy to make, and there’s even the option of adding in a little rum. I won’t judge you if you do. I may even add a splash in myself.

Get the recipe here.


18. Avocado & Coconut Ice Cream

I always seem to buy avocados and then can’t think of many exciting ways to use them in recipes. So, if you’re like me, it’s great to know we can throw those avocados into an ice cream. A lot of people restrict avocados to savory dishes like salad, and tacos. But they can be great in sweet dishes, too. And this ice cream is pretty simple; it’s just avocados, coconut milk, a little sugar and cream (use coconut to make it vegan) with a little citrus burst from the juice and zest of lime. Toasted coconut adds a real crunchy texture to the smoothness of this ice cream.

Get the recipe here.

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19. Vanilla Bean Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Since folded waffles were the first ice cream cones, it seems to make sense to use waffles as the basis for an ice cream sandwich, right? The simple vanilla ice cream is gently sweetened with maple berry mash, all of which contrasts nicely with the nutty crunch of the waffle.

Get the recipe here.


20. Fig, Coconut, Blackberry, Mint & Lemon Ice Cream

I’m finding it so hard to believe that all of these recipes are vegan and mostly healthy – they all look so scrummy! Juicy blackberries and plump figs work so well together, but the touch of lemon and mint will add a really fresh flavour to this, making it really refreshing during the heat. And as this recipe requires no actual cooking, it can easily be adapted to a raw ice cream by using agave nectar.

Get the recipe here.


21. Purple Grape & Rosemary Sorbet

Grape flavoured foods are definitely one of my favourite, after watermelon. Grape just has this wonderful taste when juiced or used to flavour foods, so I was so happy to find this refreshing grape sorbet, but I was a little hesitant when I saw it also has rosemary. Rosemary and grape . . . together? But apparently they’re very complimentary when put together, so this sorbet may just surprise you.

Get the recipe here.


22. Peach, Cherry & Berry Sorbet

This just looks like it would be refreshing and cooling on one of those hot summer days. Peach sorbet is both sweet and tart at the same time, so this can be enjoyed by those with both and sweet and savory tooth as neither tone is too overbearing. And the best part? If you’ve got no peaches, you can sub fresh for frozen. But if you’re using ripe, fresh fruit, be sure to add lots of ice to make this sorbet come to life.

Get the recipe here.


23. Pear & Strawberry Sorbet

This sorbet is as simple as it comes; it has just four ingredients. Strawberries, pears, agave nectar and lemon juice. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the combination of pears ad strawberries. And not to mention the fantastic redness in this sorbet is stunning.

Get the recipe here.


24. Vegan Fig and Wine Ice Cream

How adult is this? Posh, even, depending on the wine you use. Figs and red wine combine in this creamy concoction to make the perfect, grown-up dessert for a dinner party. Personally, I would serve this with a fig compote rather than a chunk of fruit, but that’s just me.

Get the recipe here. 


25. Overnight Chia Oat Parfaits

What impresses dinner guests most? I personally think it’s when they can see you’ve made an effort. And these deliciously layered desserts just (ice)scream to your guests that you think they’re worth your time and love. With layers of pudding, soft serve ice cream and fruit, these are a multi-textured, multi-flavoured, healthy, fruity delight.

Get the recipe here.


26. Strawberry Thai Basil Sorbet

Another flavour combo that will have you thinking whaaaat, but some flavours just go together most unexpectedly and herbs do quite well in sweet dishes. And the wonderful thing about sorbets is that they really so require minimal ingredients, and little preparation beforehand, so they’re a wonderful dessert to whip up for summer.

Get the recipe here.


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