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25+ Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipes You’ll Love

Beat the heat without the dairy with these 25+ mouth watering vegan ice cream recipes

By Neesha Gill

Ask anyone around the world how they like to cool off in the summer heat, and chances are they’ll answer one of two ways: swimming, or ice cream. But what to do if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant? Or, just find dairy kind of gross?

Luckily, vegan ice cream is now ‘a thing’, and thank goodness for that! It’s more refreshing, isn’t full of hormones and antibiotics, usually has less sugar, and still has all the flavour.

In fact, it’s getting so popular that Ben & Jerry’s are even making vegan ice cream, and you can find all kinds of vegan ices in most supermarkets. They’re made from everything from coconut and almond milk to cashews. Yum!

But if you’d rather make your own, you’re in luck: we’ve found over 25 dairy free vegan ice cream recipes, ranging from cooling sorbets to decadent, creamy indulgences, so you can still enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures, but without the guilt.

25+ Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipes To Beat The Heat

1.  Vegan Almond Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

My Darling Vegan has created an alternative to everyone’s favourite Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey creation… and no doubt a much healthier version too, since it’s packed with fruit and nuts! Of course, there’s also the usual yummy chocolate, too.

Get the recipe here.

 

2. Sugar Free Watermelon Sorbet

No sugar added! The goodness of watermelon is enough to make this tasty, easy recipe. Seriously, this couldn’t get simpler! Want to make this now?  All you need are three ingredients.

Get the recipe here.

3. Cherry Pie Ice Cream

This vegan recipe by the Minimalist Baker seriously belongs in an ice cream parlour. It’s proper decadent, packed with coconut and cherry flavours, and even has chunks of real pie crust in the mix!

Get the recipe here.

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4. Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream

This recipe is exactly what it says on the tin and it could not be simpler. Edible Perspective’s Ashley McLaughlin created a simple, velvety coconut ice cream recipe will leave you hankering for more after the first bite.

Get the recipe here.

5. Fresh Lemon Sorbet

Think making lemon sorbet is tough? Think again! You actually don’t need an ice cream machine to do this -just freeze the mixture overnight, thaw a little bit the next day, blend with a hand blender and serve it up!

Want the recipe? Just watch the video below.

6. Vegan Peach Ice Cream

Oh, peaches! What other flavour just screams ‘summer’ as much as this soft fruit? And speaking of soft – you can keep this recipe from getting rock hard in the freezer thanks to a secret ingredient….vodka! (just a wee bit!)

Get the recipe here.

peach vegan ice cream

7. Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream

You can’t beat a good cookie dough dessert – all those chunky textures offset by the creaminess of the ice cream…yum! The healthy twist to this vegan friendly recipe? The fact that the ‘cookie dough’ is based on walnuts and dates.

Get the recipe here.

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8. Vegan Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Oh my goodness! How amazing does this look? Not as amazing as it tastes, I can tell you! This vegan and paleo recipe features cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup – and that ‘caramel’ flavour? It comes from juicy dates!

Get the recipe here.

 

9. Vegan Snickers Ice Cream

This is pure decadence at its finest, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth. You can be as generous as you want with the caramel and chocolate, but personally, I think it’s best when it’s just a little bit salty…

Get the recipe here.

10. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Taking a traditional hot dessert and transforming it into a vegan ice cream is a genius idea. This pumpkin pie ice cream is packed with all the sweet spiciness you’d expect from the pie. It all comes together thanks to creamy coconut milk and pumpkin puree to create what’s now my favourite ice cream flavour.

Get the recipe here.

11. Nutella Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love Nutella!? Smeared on toast, muffins, or eaten on its own (don’t judge!), it’s a favourite treat for many. If it’s all a bit dense and sweet for you from the jar, rejoice! It’s super easy to make a simple, healthy ice cream that tastes just like the popular Italian spread. Mainly because it has Nutella in it – as well as a mere two other ingredients!

Get the recipe here.

12. Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream With Almond Swirls

Healthy chocolate ice cream you say? We never thought that was possible – until we stumbled across this recipe! If you’re like me, you’ll go straight for the swirly bits – these come from almond butter, and are creamy, sweet and delicious!

Get the recipe here.

13. Refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This ice cream is made creamy by coconut milk. And for anyone who says ‘aw, but it’s so high in fat’ – just remember it’s a heck of a lot better than dairy cream! It’s also got highly antioxidant cocoa pips, and is the perfect ending to a garlicky meal.

Get the recipe here.

14. Vegan Black Forest Ice Cream

Chocolate and cherries meet coconut in this vegan ice cream recipe. It reflects the cake, of course, and is the perfect choice for those who love an ice cream with lots of tasty chunks of stuff!

Get the recipe here.

15. Vegan Chai Ice Cream

Turn your morning cuppa into a tasty, dairy-free dessert! This ice cream has all the exotic, spicy flavour of a steaming cup of chai tea, but without, you know, the heat (or the caffeine).

Get the recipe here.

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16. Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Yet another tasty ice cream based on a tea. This one is packed with all the goodness of Japanese matcha, and has a mildly earthy taste, mitigated by the sweetness of the coconut foundation.

Get the recipe here.

17. Best Ever Chocolate Ice Cream

Best ever? Hmmm!! That’s quite a claim for this universal favourite. But given that this recipe has a few secret ingredients up its sleeve that make this super rich and creamy, it may well be true!

Get the recipe here.

vegan chocolate ice cream

18. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

PB and C is such a classic combination, and this recipe by hot for food really makes the most out of these decadent flavours by blending them with the fruit that best suits them both: banana!

Get the recipe here.

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19. Grapefruit Sorbet

The tanginess of grapefruit is super refreshing on a hot summer’s day, and this sorbet will be the perfect way to cool off. Easy to make, too!

Get the recipe here.

vegan grapefruit sorbet

20. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream

Apple pie is always best with a hit of ice cream, so why not just combine the flavours of the two desserts into one? That’s basically what this recipe does, with delicious results.

Get the recipe here.

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21. 10 Minute Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry ice cream is one of the easiest vegan concoctions to make, ever. And this recipe proves it beyond a doubt – all you need are three ingredients and ten minutes, and voila! Just be sure your berries are organic – did you know strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed food crops? Sad but true!

Get the recipe here.

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22. Rose Petal Ice Cream

Looking for something special to serve up to guests? This is bound to impress them! All you’ll need are some basic kitchen ingredients, plus some food grade rose buds, which you can buy here.

Get the recipe here.

vegan rose petal ice cream

23. Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

Salty and creamy – it’s pretty much the perfect combination, which is probably why pistachio is a favourite ice cream flavour for many. It’s adult-like, it’s elegant, and it’s easy to make!

Get the recipe here.

vegan pistachio ice cream

24. Rum & Raisin Ice Cream

Here’s another grown up flavour that’s packed with texture! This is a pretty boozy version, so you may want to keep that in mind if you’re thinking of serving it up to little kiddies.

Get the recipe here.

vegan rum raisin ice cream

25. Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberries are possibly the most delicious of all the super foods, and are made all the sweeter when you know their season is pretty short. As it involves some cooking, this recipe may be a bit more complicated than most vegan ice cream recipes, but just look at the result!

Get the recipe here.

26. Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Whoa, right? This is not your typical salted caramel recipe, thanks to the myriad suggested toppings – these include all kinds of goodies, from figs to chocolate chunks. What I love most about this recipe, though, is how super healthy maca powder is used to get that caramel flavour going. Not sure where to get it? Just click here.

Get the recipe here.

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27. Almond Milk Ice Cream, 5 Ways

Not a fan of avocados and coconut? Never fear – vegan ice cream recipes can use almond milk, too! Chocolate Covered Katie offers 5 different (and very tempting!) flavours you can make with commercial or homemade almond milk. Oh, and btw – these are all keto friendly, too!

Get the recipe here.

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