Summertime is almost here, and that means one thing: it’s time to eat some ice cream. But there’s no need to eat a ton of dairy — there are plenty of delicious vegan ice cream recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, keep you cool, and make for an amazing Instagram photo all in one. Whether you can’t get enough chocolate or you prefer something fruity, there is bound to be a tasty option for you.
Sure, if you’re in a rush you can buy a pint (or two) of vegan ice cream, but why not make your own as a fun summer activity? Plenty of these vegan dessert recipes don’t require too many complicated ingredients, and many don’t even need an ice cream maker, so there’s no excuse not to try them out. From three-ingredient banana ice cream to a more intensive (yet so worth it) almond ice cream, these vegan recipes won’t disappoint — even an ice cream traditionalist will love them.
Whether you like your ice cream in a cone, in a cup, totally plain, or smothered in plenty of tasty toppings, these 17 recipes will not let you down. Here’s to summer, and here’s to vegan-friendly ice cream.
1. Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
Dairy-free cream cheese helps to make the smoothest vegan vanilla ice cream, as A Beautiful Mess shows.
2. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Coconut milk and silken tofu mix together to create Cara's Cravings' über-creamy ice cream. Plus, Stevia and maple syrup replace artificial sugars.
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
It's not that difficult to make this Dairy Queen classic at home. Oh She Glows uses frozen bananas and non-dairy milk for a simple ice cream base.
4. Vegan Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream
For the best ice cream, The Kitchn uses whole ingredients like fresh strawberries and vanilla bean.
5. Fig, Coconut, And Blackberry Ice Cream
This ice cream by Green Kitchen Stories is perfect for people who don't have a major sweet tooth — but you can add agave nectar as necessary to give it a touch more sweetness.
6. Three-Ingredient Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Roasting bananas before making them into ice cream helps to give them a richer flavor, as Ari's Menu shows.
7. Golden Milk Ice Cream
The most unexpected ice cream ingredient of all? Turmeric! Minimalist Baker makes a frozen dessert that surprisingly also has some anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Three ingredients, totally delicious. Savory Sweet Life makes the most of coconut milk, sugar, and cocoa powder.
9. Mocha Chip Ice Cream
Get your caffeine fix the sweetest way this summer. House of Yumm shows how it's done with this five-ingredient recipe.
10. Three-Ingredient Ice Cream
No dairy, no problem. A Beautiful Mess makes super simple ice cream out of frozen fruit.
11. Roasted Blueberry Ice Cream
Craving something fancy? Cara's Cravings' roasted blueberry ice cream is perfect for summer. Top it off with homemade cashew butter for a final touch.
12. Peanut Butter, Jam, & Banana Soft Serve Popsicles
A worthy investment this summer? Popsicle molds! Oh She Glows shows how to make simple five-ingredient popsicles with them.
13. Watermelon-Coconut Ice Cream
Coconut milk, watermelon, and just a few extra ingredients make The Kitchn's pretty pink ice cream. If you don't have an ice cream maker, try a freeze-and-blend method.
14. Chai Spiced Coconut Ice Cream
A touch of bourbon and plenty of spices like cloves, nutmeg, and ginger make Ari's Menu's ice cream an absolute treat.
15. No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
All you need is a hand mixer to make Minimalist Baker's vegan chocolate ice cream. Whip it up in just 30 minutes, and then freeze.
16. Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Soy yogurt helps make a creamy frozen treat without dairy or egg yolks, as Savory Sweet Life shows. Use chunky peanut butter to mix up texture.
17. Almond Joy Ice Cream
If you're up for a culinary challenge, then give Naturally Ella's ice cream a go — it's definitely worth the extra effort to make your own almond milk.
Images: A Beautiful Mess (3); Cara's Cravings (2); Oh She Glows (2); The Kitchn (2); Green Kitchen Stories (2); Ari's Menu (2); Minimalist Baker (2); Savory Sweet Life (2); House of Yumm; Naturally Ella