29 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes + Tips

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Assortment of vegan ice cream recipes

If you can’t or don’t eat dairy, that shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on ice cream! We’ve gathered our top tips for making vegan ice cream plus our favorite recipes to beat the heat!

How to Make Vegan Ice Cream

Using an ice cream maker is the best way to achieve creamy, perfectly chilled ice cream. But for those not ready to invest in an ice cream maker, banana “nice cream” and our no-churn method are also options!

The other key to creamy vegan ice cream is to use rich dairy-free alternatives such as coconut and/or cashew milk. Our favorite is a combination of the two!

The Classics

Triple scooped Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream on a stack of sugar cones
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Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream
Perfect Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream! Just 5 ingredients, simple methods, and insanely creamy results!
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Holding up an ice cream cone with triple scooped homemade Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Creamy, 6-ingredient vegan chocolate ice cream infused with cocoa powder, vegan dark chocolate, and coconut cream. Simple methods, extremely rich, and satisfying results.
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Using an ice cream scooper to scoop up homemade No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
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No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
5-ingredient no-churn vegan chocolate ice cream that has all the creaminess, flavor, and richness of the real thing! Naturally sweetened, vegan, and gluten-free.
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More Flavors

Bowl with two scoops of Vegan Salted Bourbon Caramel Ice Cream and a wooden spoon
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Vegan Salted Bourbon Caramel Ice Cream
9-ingredient super creamy vegan ice cream infused with a subtle bourbon caramel sea salt flavor. Perfect on its own or for pairing with crisps and pies or adding to boozy milk shakes. Dream big.
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Spoon in a baking pan of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
10-ingredient MEGA creamy vegan ice cream loaded with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough! So creamy and decadent you’d never believe it was dairy- and egg-free.
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Stack of cones topped with scoops of homemade Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream
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Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream
Amazing Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream that’s creamy, sweet, tart, and SO delicious! Just 8 ingredients and minimal effort to create this summery, swoon-worthy treat!
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Stack of bowls with the top one filled with scoops of homemade Vegan Snickers Ice Cream
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Vegan Snickers Ice Cream
Vegan coconut milk ice cream with vegan caramel sauce, roasted peanuts, and bits of bittersweet chocolate.
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Using an ice cream scoop to pick up scoops of Vegan Chai Ice Cream
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Vegan Chai Ice Cream
Cashew-based vegan chai ice cream that's luxuriously creamy and spicy-sweet. Surprisingly easy and quick to make with simple ingredients!
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Stack of bowls filled with scoops of Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Toast Ice Cream
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Cinnamon Toast Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)
Creamy, sweet, vegan cinnamon toast ice cream. The perfect dessert in the summer! Gluten-free optional.
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Stacked bowls filled with homemade Coffee Coconut Ice Cream
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Coffee Coconut Ice Cream
Creamy coffee ice cream made with coconut milk, pure vanilla extract, raw sugar, and bold coffee.
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Triple scooped Golden Milk Ice Cream on a stack of sugar cones
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Golden Milk Ice Cream (Vegan)
A creamy, coconut milk-based ice cream inspired by Golden Milk! Ground turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom bring plenty of rich, warm flavor to this insanely delicious ice cream.
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Waffle cones filled with homemade Creamy Vegan Mint Brownie Ice Cream
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Creamy Vegan Mint Brownie Ice Cream
10-ingredient vegan GF mint ice cream with brownie chunks!
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Scoops of Cherry Pie Ice Cream topped with a fresh cherry
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Cherry Pie Ice Cream
Seriously decadent Vegan Cherry Pie Ice Cream made with just 10 ingredients using simple methods! Real pieces of cherry pie filling and crust swirled throughout.
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Stack of bowls with scoops of homemade Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
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Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate brownie ice cream that tastes just like the real thing! Only my version is vegan and gluten-free, and it requires just 7 ingredients.
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Holding up a waffle cone with two scoops of homemade Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Creamy 10-ingredient vegan pumpkin pie ice cream with tons of creamy pumpkin purée. Simple to make, perfectly sweetened, and subtly spiced.
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Scoops of Mango Raspberry Coconut Sorbet for a refreshing vegan summer dessert
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Raspberry Coconut Mango Sorbet
6-ingredient Mango Sorbet with creamy coconut milk and a handful of fresh raspberries. Creamy, tropical (like guava!), perfectly sweet, and delicious for summertime.
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Banana “Nice Cream”

Banana “nice cream” is a fun twist on ice cream, made with a base of (you guessed it): frozen ripe bananas!

It can be made without an ice cream maker or any added sugar. It’s also super quick and requires just a high-speed blender or food processor to prepare!

It does melt more quickly than traditional ice cream and each flavor will have a slight banana taste. So if you aren’t a banana fan, we’d suggest sticking to one of our more traditional vegan ice cream flavors.

Bowls of Banana Ice Cream in an assortment of flavors
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Easy Banana Ice Cream (Tips + 10 flavors!)
The ultimate guide to making EASY, perfect 1-INGREDIENT banana ice cream every time! We’re sharing our top tips and tricks, plus 10 delicious flavors!
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Vintage spoon in a wood bowl of Coffee Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
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Coffee Chocolate Nice Cream
The flavors of coffee and chocolate blend together in this bowl of creamy banana ice cream. Decaf options included + tips for getting perfectly scoopable banana ice cream. Just 3 ingredients and simple methods required!
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Banana slices around a bowl of Vegan Tahini Chocolate Soft Serve
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Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve
Insanely creamy and naturally sweetened banana soft serve infused with tahini paste and raw cacao powder! A healthier and delicious way to indulge in a plant-based dessert or snack.
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Ways to Enjoy Vegan Ice Cream

By the spoonful is of course an amazing way to enjoy ice cream. But if you’re looking for something extra special, try it in a milkshake, ice cream cake, ice cream sandwich, or on desserts such as crisps, cobblers, and brownies!

Overflowing glass of our Vegan Mocha Shake recipe
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Vegan Chocolate Coffee Shake
Amazing 3-ingredient coconut mocha shake! Made with vanilla bean coconut ice cream, cocoa powder, and strong brewed coffee. Creamy, caffeinated, and perfectly sweet.
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Glass of vegan Pumpkin Bourbon Milkshake
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Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
A creamy, decadent pumpkin milkshake infused with fall spices and bourbon. The ultimate cold weather boozy indulgence.
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Homemade Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake on a plate
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Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
4-layer vegan mint chocolate ice cream cake, made with 1-bowl vegan chocolate cake and creamy, cashew-based mint ice cream! Mint-chocolate heaven.
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Two columns of Vegan Chai Ginger Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
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Chai Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches
Creamy ice cream sandwiches made with a sweet-and-spicy chai ice cream and tender ginger cookies. So simple and entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Stack of three homemade Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dairy-free chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two vegan brownie halves. A chocolate lover’s paradise.
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Stack of Vegan Coconut Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches on a piece of parchment paper
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Vegan Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
Pillowy vegan ice cream sandwiches made with creamy coconut coffee ice cream sandwiched between two wholesome, fluffy chocolate "cakies." Chocolate, coconut and coffee belong together, I'm convinced.
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Stack of Vegan Ice Cream Snickers Bars
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5 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream Snickers
Vegan ice cream snickers made at home with just 5 ingredients! Naturally sweetened, so rich and creamy, and shockingly close to the real thing!
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Cast-iron skillet filled with our Easy Peach Crisp recipe topped with scoops of ice cream
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Easy Peach Crisp (Vegan + GF)
Simple, 10-ingredient Peach Crisp that's naturally vegan and gluten-free! Butter-free, simple methods, and so delicious with dairy-free ice cream!
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Bowl with a serving of the best Vegan Apple Crisp with a Pecan-Oat Topping
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The Best Vegan Apple Crisp
The best vegan apple crisp, naturally sweetened and made in 1 bowl! Tender, caramelized apples under a crispy, pecan-oat topping. Fall dessert perfection.
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Stack of Sweet Potato Brownies topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
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Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)
Incredibly fudgy sweet potato brownies with cacao, almond butter, and oats. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and topped with pecans and chocolate chips for the ultimate healthier treat!
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  1. Michele says

    Frozen bananas do make a gray vegan gf “ice cream” without the high fat and sugar, but it’s not quite the same… Have you experimented with Aquafaba as a base instead of coconut and/or nut milk? I just recently started eating vegan ice creams—all the commercial brands made from nut or coconut milk are either Too loaded with fat and sugar (no thanks) or whipped full of air (Taste great, but not so satisfying)— except a brand using Aquafaba. Tastes like the best gelato—-dense, rich, creamy. It does freeze up really hard, but texture returns with 5 minutes softening on the counter. Would love any suggestions

  2. Susan says

    Wow!! Thats all I can say! I having been making life changes for the last 3+ years. Lost over 50 pounds. Always learning and researching, trying to eat healthy without wanting to shoot myself.(lol) Your website is a corner turner for me! I have recently cut out the last of me vices… meat, eggs, dairy. Bummed about it. But thanks to you I can still have butter, cream cheese, cream cheese frosting. I think you are amazing. Please receive my E-hug and thank you!!
    Susan

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