18 Creative Ways to Eat Ice Cream (Vegan!)

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Ice cream cake, shakes, sundaes, and more fun ways to eat ice cream

We all love ice cream (especially during the summery months!), and there’s nothing wrong with a plain ol’ scoop to satisfy your cravings. But for those days when you’re feeling like something special, we’re bringing you 18 creative ways to eat ice cream (all plant-based)! We’ve got GOOEY sauces, ultra-thick shakes, oh-so-nostalgic ice cream sandwiches, party-pleasing cakes, and more! You’ll never eat ice cream the same way again!

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Sauces

Measuring cup filled with scoops of ice cream dripping with homemade Vegan Chocolate Syrup
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7-minute Vegan Chocolate Syrup
Rich, naturally sweetened chocolate syrup in 7 minutes with 5 ingredients in 1 pot! Perfect for topping ice cream, adding to shakes, or stirring into almond milk!
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Glass of a vegan milkshake topped with our recipe for How to Make Magic Shell
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How to Make Magic Shell
2-Ingredient Vegan Magic Shell! The perfect topper for ice cream, milkshakes, and more!
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Drizzling Vegan Caramel Sauce onto an apple perched on a metal stand
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5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce
An easy, 5-ingredient vegan caramel sauce that requires just 15 minutes to make. A delicious, creamy, naturally sweetened sauce perfect for any dessert!
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Bowl of mint chip ice cream covered in Vegan Kahlua Hot Fudge
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Vegan Kahlua Hot Fudge
Vegan hot fudge with just 6 ingredients: coconut milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and Kahlua. Perfect for spooning over waffles, frozen desserts, fruit, and everything else in between.
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Shakes

Two glasses of Vegan Chocolate Malt topped with coconut whip and chocolate syrup
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3-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Malt
Easy, 3-ingredient vegan chocolate malt with creamy vanilla bean coconut ice cream, naturally sweetened chocolate syrup, and superfood maca powder!
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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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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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Side view of a glass of our Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Blizzard recipe topped with more chocolate chips
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Blizzards
Creamy, rich chocolate chocolate chip blizzards that are vegan, gluten-free and require just 7 ingredients. Super thick like the real thing, and customizable with mix-ins! No ice cream maker? No worries — see my tips below on how to do without.
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Straws, cans of natural root beer, and two glasses of our Vodka & Coconut Ice Cream Root Beer Floats recipe
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Vodka Root Beer Floats with Coconut Ice Cream
Vodka root beer float made with dairy-free cinnamon coconut ice cream. Deliciously vegan!
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Sundaes & Sandwiches

Mini cast-iron skillet filled with cooked apples, ice cream, and pecans
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Apple Pie Sundaes (30 minutes!)
Easy, stovetop caramelized apples over cinnamon-sugar pecans and vanilla bean coconut ice cream! A naturally sweetened, 30-minute dessert for fall!
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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 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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Plate filled with a Vegan Banana Split made with chocolate ice cream, peanuts, cherries, and coconut whip
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Vegan Banana Splits
Simple, 7-ingredient vegan banana splits with creamy, no-churn chocolate ice cream! Mix and match toppings to your liking. Healthier than your average banana split!
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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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Cakes & More!

Slices of Vegan Dirt Cake on a small plate with three oreo cookies
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Vegan Dirt Cake
Classic dirt cake turned vegan thanks to coconut whipped cream, vegan cream cheese, and Oreos.
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Vegan Dessert Nachos beside a bowl with scoops of Coconut Coffee Ice Cream
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Vegan Dessert Nachos with Coffee Ice Cream
Crispy cinnamon sugar-covered tortilla chips topped with creamy coffee ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
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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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If you try any of these vegan ice cream recipes, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

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  1. David A. Battaglia says

    Hi Dana, I want you to know that I have copied hundreds of recipes, an most are Yours. Last Tues, the coolest day of the week, I made 2 choices
    for 3 berry crisp. the first asked me to boil the berries in a pot c Arrowroot etc.
    I saved this step by using your recipe. Sweet enough even my wife liked it. Thank you again- and there’s nothing to change ; ie from whole wheat to Premium Gold Flax & Ancient Grains, as is so many others, who are being subsidized by the Wheat assoc. and the Sugar growers etc.
    You are a good fit as a knowledgeable chef/ nutritionist

  2. Julie says

    Just yesterday we decided it was time to try a new flavor of vegan ice cream…as part of summer bucket list. We tried a cashew based salted caramel and served it affogato style..with a shot of decaf espresso poured over it. Yum! great combo. I realized we are half way thru summer and need more ice-cream. those vegan cinnamon nachos with ice cream next!

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