Creamy Vegan Chai Ice Cream

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Using an ice cream scooper to grab Vegan Chai Ice Cream from a pan

I got addicted to chai in college when I discovered that a local coffee shop near my university served my favorite brand of spiced chai for $1.50. And it was a large chai latte, too! Somehow now chai tea lattes cost around $4 on average, so I rarely get them. It’s just principle. I’m all for treating yourself, but when you can make the same thing at home for half the price, I can rarely bring myself to do it!

Nonetheless, my love affair with chai began and it really never stopped. Chai-infused things are just lovely. And moving into spring I’m already getting into ice cream mode. Not dairy ice cream, vegan ice cream! My body can’t handle the cream and whole milk versions anymore (waaaaaaaa). But thankfully cashews and coconut milk save the day!

Jar of cashews for making creamy homemade vegan ice cream

What is Masala Chai?

Masala chai is a creamy, spiced tea that’s most popular in India but is increasingly enjoyed around the world. The primary difference between chai and masala chai is that masala chai includes spices, while chai is simply tea and milk.

Chai is typically made with four components:

  1. Black tea (we prefer bagged or loose-leaf, decaf when possible)
  2. Milk (we went dairy-free with coconut and/or cashew )
  3. Sweetener (we went for a little maple syrup)
  4. Spices (ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, black pepper)

The spices vary depending on the recipe, but our favorite combination is cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, and ginger.

For a more authentic recipe and to learn more about this delicious Indian tea, see this video from Bhavna’s Kitchen.

This Indian-inspired recipe is simple as it requires about 10 ingredients (give or take a spice) and doesn’t require any boiling and chilling, which saves you time. The preparation happens before you ever start by simply chilling your ice cream maker and soaking your cashews to get them blend-able and creamy.

Brewing bags of chai to make homemade Chai Ice Cream

From there the chai flavor is added with a concentrated brewed chai tea and dry chai tea spices.

Chai spices on a white background

The traditional spices in chai are cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper (learn more about its origins here). If you don’t have all of these on hand, just use what you have and let the chai tea compensate the rest of the flavor. And if you don’t have chai tea packets or loose leaf on hand, just use a black tea and add a touch more of each spice. Hopefully one way or the other you’ll be able to pull off that deep spicy chai flavor.

Blender containing ingredients for homemade Vegan Chai Ice Cream

Exciting news! I attempted my first recipe video and am excited to share it with you guys! Let me know what you think.

Q: Do you like recipe videos? Do you find them helpful? Would you like to see more of them on Minimalist Baker? I had a blast putting it together and look forward to developing that skill to make our recipes come to life.

Side view of blender with ingredients for Creamy Vegan Chai Ice Cream

Once you add all your ingredients to your blender, just blend until creamy and smooth. Then transfer directly into an ice cream maker and churn until thick and creamy – about 45 minutes. Scoop into a freezer safe container and freeze until firm. Then scoop, scoop away!

Scooping Spicy Chai Ice Cream for a delicious vegan dessert

Oh, I was SO pleased with how this turned out! It’s

& Perfectly chai-spiced

Using an ice cream scooper to make scoops of Vegan Chai Ice Cream

The best part? It tastes so creamy and rich that you’d never guess there wasn’t an ounce of cream or whole milk inside. Vegan recipes for the win! Enjoy.

Scoops of gluten-free vegan Chai Ice Cream made from cashews
Waffle cones filled with scoops of our Vegan Chai Ice Cream recipe
Holding up a cone with a scoop of Creamy Vegan Chai Ice Cream in it
Scoop of Creamy Vegan Chai Ice Cream on a cone
Partially eaten scoop of Creamy Vegan Chai Ice Cream on a cone

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!
Author Minimalist Baker
Using an ice cream scoop to pick up scoops of Vegan Chai Ice Cream
4.60 from 70 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Week
Does it keep? Store in freezer.


  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight, then drained)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (or sub another dairy-free milk, such as almond or rice)
  • 3 packets chai tea (or ~4 tsp loose leaf as original recipe is written // or sub black tea for a more subtle chai flavor)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or sub honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp each black pepper, ground cloves, and cardamom* (optional)


  • Set your churning bowl in the freezer the night before to chill. Soak your cashews the night before as well, or for at least 4-6 hour before blending.
  • When ready to prepare ice cream, steep your chai tea in 3/4 cup boiling water (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) for at least 10 minutes. It should be very strong. Remove tea bags, squeezing out excess tea, and let cool in the fridge.
  • In the meantime, drain cashews and measure out other ingredients.
  • Add tea and all remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth – about 3-4 minutes, using liquify if you have the option. Taste and adjust sweetness/flavors as needed.
  • Add mixture to your chilled ice cream maker bowl and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions until thoroughly chilled, about 45 minutes. It should resemble thick soft serve.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze until hard – at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Will keep in the freezer for up to a week.



*If you don’t have all of the spices on hand, just add what you have and let the chai tea concentrate compensate the flavor.
*Inspired by / loosely adapted from Isa Chandra.
*Preparation time reflects hands-on preparation, not soaking cashews and/or extra freezing.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 371 Carbohydrates: 31 g Protein: 5.7 g Fat: 26 g Saturated Fat: 12 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 16 mg Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 20 g

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  1. Robin says

    WOW. This was delicious. I served this after a super-light farmer’s market supper of grilled vegetables. My 26-year-old daughter went nuts! “I love my life!” she said, and had another spoonful. The only challenge is that it gets pretty hard when it freezes completely, and who wants to wait for it to thaw! :) Thanks so very much for a keeper of a unique dessert!

  2. Kat says

    My mom is a tea fanatic and has this KILLER coconut chai loose tea with pieces of real coconut in it. It’s amazing and would be perfect in this ice cream!! Yummy. It’s from David’s Tea, which is Canadian but they ship to the US :). It makes perfect lattes with a touch of maple syrup and some homemade almond milk. Heaven.

  3. Lauren says

    Lovely video! I would love to see more. Your ice cream looks so creamy and scrumptious. I need an ice cream machine, ASAP! What brand of ice cream maker do you have?

  4. Alejandra says

    Dear Dana,

    I don’t even have words to thank you for such an amazing page! You are so creative, talented, and on top of all that, you share the goodness with us!!! Thanks so much.

    Just wanted to share, I became vegan for spring BECAUSE of my spring allergies. I was a vegetarian already but included dairy in my diet, after becoming completely vegan, I have experience tremendous improvement in my allergies.

    Being vegan is difficult, so your page is really helpful. I have made the banana/chocolate chip pancakes several times (but excluded the chocolate chips, so it was just banana pancakes lol), and they are just delish, so much that even my carnivore boyfriend loves them!

    Can I ask you, what kind of ice cream maker do you use? It will be my first time buying an ice cream maker (churner?) and I am clueless as to what to look for.

    Many thanks in advance!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Alejandra! Thanks so much for the sweet words. I know of many people who’ve seen drastic improvements in their health by going vegan, OR just by eliminating a food group that’s troublesome for them. Good luck on your new journey! As for the ice cream maker, I won this one in a giveaway last year and love it. Cheers!

  5. Cindy says

    This ice cream looks awesome. I love the taste of coconut milk Ice cream, but I don’t seem to be able to tolerate the coconut milk. If I use almond milk instead, do you think it will still be as thick and creamy?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It won’t, but it will still work! I would recommend using a few more cashews, using the almond milk, and using a bit more coconut oil.

  6. Andie says

    Hi guys,

    I love all your recipes! I want to make this, but I don’t have ice cream maker – is there any way this can be done without it?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      For this recipe, I’d say add a bit more oil and vanilla extract so it doesn’t ice up, and just put the batter in a freezer-safe container and take it out every couple of hours and stir or “whip” with a fork. This will help aerate it as it freezes. Otherwise, turn it into a “cheesecake” like ice cream using this recipe for inspiration. Hope that helps!

  7. kayla says

    Soo I’m an idiot and used a food processor instead of a blender…and could NOT get the cashews smooth enough. I ended up churning it anyway and ended up with soft serve :)

    The flavor is UNBELIEVABLE. I’m addicted! I’m trying it again this weekend but using my smoothie blender this time :)

    Any idea how I can make a plain vanilla version (for brownies!)?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Glad you liked it! For vanilla, just omit the spices and tea and replace them with vanilla extract and more coconut milk!

  8. Jenni Dampier says

    Oooo I love chai tea, basically in any form- can’t get enough! <3
    Quicky question, since I would love to try the recipe. Are the pecans necessary? I'm allergic unfortunately, so do you suggest anything other than pecans or nuts? Like almonds (though I 'm not exactly sure how that would taste )?
    Let me know when you can :)

  9. heidi @ a week from thursday says

    You are one of the few people who can take a great photos of ingredients in a blender. I’ve always wondered how to style pre-blended ingredients for photography. Anyway, great recipe, beautiful pictures, and I love that it’s vegan. Can’t wait to try this one.

  10. Katie G. says

    This is in my ice cream maker now, and it smells great! I used almond milk instead of coconut, and honey in place of agave. I don’t have a blender, but my Cuisinart food processor seemed to work fine.

    One question: I soaked my cashews overnight, but the mixture was still a bit grainy. Is this normal? Any suggestions for making sure the texture is smooth?

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      If it’s still grainy it’s an issue of your blender not being powerful enough. Did you by chance use a Ninja? Those don’t work well with cashews, I’ve found.

    • kayla says

      it’s definitely the food processor’s fault! i had the same problem, so next time i will be using my smoothie blender :)

      • Katie G. says

        That’s good to know! I’ll have to get a better nut blender if I make this again. The flavor was great, at least!

  11. Sou(shi) Chef says

    I finished making this yesterday – and I’ll definitely make it again.
    I used vanilla soy milk and honey for the liquid and sweeteners, and I didn’t have cloves or cardamom, but the chai flavor is still strong.
    Thank you for sharing your delicious ice cream secrets!

  12. Maia says

    This sounds delicious! I love Booja Booja dairy-free icecream, which is cashew based, but I never thought of making my own! I’ll definitely be trying out this recipe!

  13. Lisa says

    I finally got to try making this BUT I had to lower the carbs due to my diet. Answer: subbed out half the cashews for 252 g silken tofu and replaced all sweeteners with 1/4 c. Truvia. I only had vanilla black tea (I use organic de-caf) so I doubled the spices. Results: AWESOME! 300 cal and just about 8 carbs plus 9 g protein. I can even enjoy a scoop in an almond flour waffle cone for 400 calories total! THANKS!!!

  14. Tamira says

    I so love your video.. I’m so excited about this recipe.. I need more…. Already made my mixture and going to churn it tomorrow. And where can I get that background music? Love it..

  15. Lali says

    I love this recipe and would love to make it but what can I substitute the cashews for when I make this for someone with a nut allergy? Any help / advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would omit the nuts and double the coconut milk. Actually, has a great recipe for coconut milk chai ice cream that might be more of what you’re looking for. Hope that helps!

  16. Amanda says

    Hey Dana,
    First of all your recipe looks incredible so I bought all the ingredients I would need to make this delicious dessert. I bought full fat coconut milk, have you tried it with the full fat or only light? I’m also weary of using the honey I have on hand because I’ve made plain coconut ice cream with honey and it was the worst concoction I have ever tasted in ice cream. Have you used honey or maple syrup? Or regular sugar or even coconut sugar for the recipe? Thanks! I look forward to hearing back :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’ve just used agave, sorry I can’t be of more help! But I’m sure maple syrup or honey would be awesome. As far as the sugar goes, I’m sure any will work. It’s not too finicky (just don’t use artificial).

  17. Josephine says

    Hi Dana! I’m a fairly new visitor to your blog and this is the first recipe I’ve got round to making (it’s churning as I type)! Just wanted to let you know it’s taking all my willpower not to eat it straight from the ice cream maker – sensational recipe! Thank you, thank you! I love the smokiness the tea imparts and it’s properly treaty without being overly sweet.

    I love the look of many of your recipes and look forward to making more.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So glad to hear you’re enjoying this so far. I know, it’s so creamy and flavorful you really do just want to eat it with a spoon straight from the maker. I won’t judge! Cheers!

  18. Lubov Isak says

    Hi ! I was wondering if this would work in a Ninja type Blender ? Would one just add ice or would that probably water it down too much ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think it would! If it has trouble blending, just add a bit more liquid, either in the form of brewed tea or non-dairy milk. Hope that helps!

  19. Steph T. says

    This looks so good! I bought an ice cream maker this week, just to make this recipe! One question, is it even a little bit possible that I could use already ground raw cashews, in place of the whole cashews? That’s all I have on hand, and my local Trader Joe’s is fresh out of raw whole cashews. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So cool! I hope your new maker serves you well. Already ground cashews? Hmm, not sure how that would work. Perhaps you could wait for your store to restock them, or source them somewhere else?

      • Steph T. says

        Thank you – I’m glad I waited to get the real deal. Made this on Friday and it is SO GOOD! Used pure maple syrup for the sweetener and added extra cinnamon. YUM!

  20. Rachel says

    Amazing! Thank you so much! Making this for my brother’s birthday tomorrow, it is in the ice cream maker now. So excited and it was so simple!

  21. irene says

    Your pictures and video are amazing! Keep up the great work! I do have question what brand ice maker do you use?

  22. Allison @ Clean Wellness says

    I LOVE how creamy this looks. And I love the video! Really cute. I think I need to buy an ice cream maker -immediately!

  23. KC says

    I think that video was fabulous. I love that it was minimalistic, no need for talking. I totally understood how to make the ice cream from the video!

  24. Reesa says

    Okay, for reals? I have 4 tabs open in my browser, all recipes I’m super pumped to make, all your site. On top of that, your Banana Bread Granola in baking in my oven, AGAIN, right this minute because we went through the last batch so fast. This is quickly becoming my favourite food blog because everything looks so great, and I don’t have to worry about veganizing or allergen-avoiding. Thanks so much for that!

    So now a question for you: I’ve been holding off on an ice cream maker purchase. Do you like yours, and what kind is it?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Reesa, wow what a compliment! Thank you so much. So glad you’ve found value in our site.

      As for the ice cream maker, yes I love mine. It’s a Cuisinart. I actually won it in a giveaway but I do recommend it to others.

  25. Linda says

    I’ve given up caffeinated drinks, and can happily share that red rooibos (loose leaf) tea is a great substitute for the black tea I used to drink it with. I want to try this recipe sometime, too. First, trying your 5 ingredient granola bars!

  26. Madeleine says

    I was wondering if you think that soaked almonds could be substituted for the cashews? or any other kind of nuts that are raw and unsalted?

  27. Inês says

    Looks amazing, as always. Have to try it! :)
    I wanted to ask if you recommend any brand for the ice cream machine? With the summer approaching I’m thinking about getting one and most of them have bad reviews.

    Thank you :)



  28. Hannah Webster says

    As a fellow chai addict I’ll definitely be giving this a go! I’ve not made icecream before but it looks wonderful and when I’ve used chai in my own recipes its always been very tasty (and majorly impressed any guests!) :)

  29. Lauren says

    As a fellow Chai addict, I couldn’t go past this recipe. Just had my first bowlful and it was fantastic!! Will definitely be making this again. Keep the fabulous food coming. Thank you for this site!

  30. Beth Hornback says

    Weekend priority #1 – make this. Also, the video was awesome!!! Keep em’ coming, pretty please.

  31. Joan says

    Hi! Sorry to bother you but I was really really excited about this recipe because “yay vegan ice cream!!” but I’m really quite allergic to both nuts and soy substitutes. Is there anything I could replace the cashews with? Sorry again!

  32. Stella says

    I was wondering if soaked coconut flakes can be substituted for cashews , agave syrup and sugar for stevia since I’m trying to avoid sugar and grains…..cashews as grains

  33. Brittany says

    This looks amazing! My husband is allergic to nuts though…is there something I could substitute for the cashews?

  34. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    Amazing video – would love to see more :D I need this ice cream in my life – I am finding room in my tiny apt for an ice cream maker this summer! Haha, I have resisted buying one because our cupboards are literally FULL of baking and cooking gear but I think I’ll just have to clear out some space for an ice cream maker and make this recipe ASAP! Pinned :)

  35. Emma Bilyeu says

    I love the style of the video! It matches the aesthetic of your whole brand.
    I think to improve it you could add measurements or timing or other tips that are not included in the body text. Maybe even add your wonderful list of adjectives so commonly placed in your posts.
    I look forward to seeing more videos!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great ideas! I didn’t want to crowd it too much with measurements but I suppose it wouldn’t be too much trouble to include them next time. Thanks for the feedback!

  36. Tracy | Pale Yellow says

    As I try to remove dairy from my life, ice cream is my downfall. I cannot find a satisfying substitute. This ice cream sounds phenomenal and I guess I’m going to have to give the cashew trick a try!

  37. Hippy Mom says

    I love your video, enchanting far east tuneage (music) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Keep producing them. It makes people more approachable to your site, and open to the lifestyle. When they see how easy it is to eat healthy. Im not worried about your calories I know how the body digest and uses natural foods calories, fat and sugars. Way different then processed. Well ONE LOVE or should I say TWO LOVE, since there is two of you. Dana and John. TWO LOVE.

  38. Kristen says

    I love love looove the video you made. What a cool concept!

    I also love your “minimalist-style” photography/cinematography. You’ve got a great website here.

    Finally, this looks like a delicious recipe. I want to get an ice cream maker now!

  39. Elisa says

    Oh come on…why haven’t I thought about this ;-)
    Chai and ice cream, such an amazing idea!!!

    Love from Germany,

  40. Monique says

    Another awesome recipe! I can’t wait to try this. :-) I love the new YouTube channel, too! Just subbed :-)

  41. Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen says

    Your Chai Ice Cream looks so creamy and delicious! I have been experimenting with cashews lately and love the consistency. It’s a great ingredient being so easy to work with. I will have to branch out and try ice cream.

  42. Gigi says

    You are seriously one of my favorite people and I don’t even know you….that’s saying something. Can’t wait to make this for my chai-lovin’ guy.

  43. Alethea says

    absoultely in love with this recipe, can’t wait to try it out, and also loving the recipe videos, they are really helpful!
    I also had a question:
    -so with the cashews is it 1 1/2 cups of the dry cashew or cashew that has been soaked over night? because when I soak things like beans and chickpeas they usually expand for me?
    -and with the cane sugar, if i didn’t have any around the house is raw sugar or caster sugar alright?

    thanks so much, and loving your blog!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Good questions! It’s 1 1/2 cups RAW – they will expand when soaking.
      And regarding the sugar, you could even just double the agave and omit it, or sub raw. Hope that helps! Thanks for saying hi, Alethea!

  44. Lisa | Je suis alimentageuse says

    Mmmmmmm I’ve yet to make vegan ice cream that doesn’t fall apart or flake funny or have a weird texture that’s not beautiful and deliciously smooth. I’ll have to give this a try, even though I’m not the biggest fan of chai. But this looks pretty good.

    The video’s pretty cool. I don’t typically like the videos as much but yours I like. Good editing, good comp (you guys are the masters of composition anyway), short and sweet. I look forward to seeing more =)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Lisa! If you aren’t super into chai, just sub another tea, or omit it altogether. It really is a recipe that’s easy to customize. Also, I appreciate the feedback/encouragement on the video! We’ll be working on doing more soon. Cheers!

  45. Dianna @ Chard in Charge says

    LOVE THE VIDEO! So awesome! I would love for you guys to be in the videos and perhaps some tutorials on how to create + edit short videos.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great tip! It’s kind of a personal process as everyone does it differently – and I’m certainly not the best! But we’ll add it to our list of blogger resources! Thanks for the suggestion, Dianna.

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    I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY over on my blog of the TOP 3 essential oils if you are interested!!

  47. Katy says

    It’s rare now that I have a dairy based ice cream but for the most part I’ve only tried out coconut milk. I would love to try a cashew based non-dairy ice cream as you don’t always want to taste coconut, and yours looks delicious. Love the vid!

  48. Shikha @ Shikha la mode says

    The cashews and the coconut milk add to the exotic, Indian appeal to it. Although I have to play that card and say that “chai” means “tea” in Hindi, so saying “chai tea” is redundant!

  49. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says

    now that I am trying to get rid of dairy completely, this will be a true delight. I did try making ice cream with an maker – it worked out just fine. Now heading over to the video,I bet its awesome.

  50. Diane Davis says

    I liked the recipe until I saw that each small portion has a whopping 371 calories, and a ton of fat, carbs, and sugar! Whoever thinks this is “healthy” did not look at the nutrition information. Just because it’s vegan doesnt mean it’s good for you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Diane, I could say a lot of things in response to this comment, but I’ll leave it to this: No, I don’t think eating desserts often is “healthy.” But I do think indulging in treats occasionally is fine and even a “healthy” practice for the sake of balance in our diets. As well, the calories, fat and carbs in this ice cream come from dramatically sources than that of traditional dairy ice creams, so I really wouldn’t fret too much about that. But if you’re worried about calories and such, I would suggest using light coconut milk, omitting the oil, and using stevia in place of the sugar. Hope that helps!

      • Diane Davis says

        I am going to try adding the chai tea and chai spices to my regular almond milk ice cream recipe and I bet it will be delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

      • Katie says

        Making this tomorrow and your reply caused me a little confusion, you suggested to previous poster to use light coconut milk, does that imply you used full fat? Just want to make sure I’m using right ingredients! I don’t mind calories ;)

  51. Melissa Wall says

    The video is awesome!! I’ve been reading through your photography course today and I’m so excited to get to the supermarket and have a play with my new camera lens. The resources are fantastic, thank you! Also is there a way to make the recipe without an ice cream maker? If there is then I’m all in :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh good! I hope our resources serve you well. I provided tips on how to make it without an ice cream maker in a previous comment so check that out above! However, it will not turn out the same texture and fluffiness as with an ice cream maker, just to clarify!

  52. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says

    Dana – I’ve made your coconut milk ice cream before and it was amazing. I can’t imagine how luscious it is with the addition of cashews. Must try!

  53. Sammi @Sammi Sunshine says

    Chai is the first drink I ever ordered from Starbucks, and I stuck with it for YEARS! It reminds me of being young and naive… in a good way! Loving the recipe :)

    Sammi Sunshine

  54. Deanne says

    The video is super cute but the transitions are a little slow and I’d love to see more of the things that the pictures can’t capture (e.g. taking a bite/spoonful of ice cream, adding sprinkles, putting into a cone, a few seconds of actually blending – loved the shots of the ice cream maker running). Keep it up!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the feedback. I agree. I was mostly happy with it for my first go but I’ll try to keep transitions in mind. Thanks, Deanne!

  55. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says

    Though I’m not a chai fan myself, this looks great! I LOVE the video. You should definitely do more of them!

  56. Betty Bake says

    nice – and love the video, well done.

    did you feel it was a lot of work to make the video?

    Betty Bake

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Betty, the actually filming didn’t take too long. It was the editing that took longer than I expected – probably about 4 hours total. But, if you have the time and are willing to experiment, I’d say it’s worth a shot!

  57. V says

    I am a visual learner. Keep the videos coming. I am assuming that peanuts wouldn’t give the same flavor as cashews. What do you think? I can’t eat tree nuts.

  58. Carole says

    Wow… the video is totally awesome!! It’s a fun and simple way to really have the recipe come to life, awesome job as always :) This vegan ice cream looks DELICIOUS!!! Yum – I don’t have an ice cream maker but I will bookmark this for when I buy one :)

  59. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says

    I’m impressed with how thick and creamy this looks. Who needs cow’s milk or cream?! Love, love, love chai flavor, too, so I totally need to try this.

  60. Claire says

    I like recipe videos much more! :) True, your pictures are to DIE for, but videos capture it so much better I think :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Good to know! Thanks for sharing, Claire! I agree that videos goes where photos can’t. Stay tuned for more!

  61. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says

    Ok this is seriously amazing. I, too, am obsessed with chai flavored things! I’ve see vegan ice cream with the coconut cream but not with cashews and I bet that helps it from getting too icy. Can’t wait to try this soon!

  62. Brie says

    I mean this sincerely: that is the most sexiest looking ice cream I have ever seen! And it’s healthy! Woohoo! Lol

  63. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan says

    I don’t usually go for chai flavored things, but this looks like something I could get behind! I love the vide btw, keep on doin your thang!

  64. Courtney says

    Hi! I too am a chai addict! ;) thanks for this great recipe, I will be testing it out today for sure!!! I love the video too!! Thanks!

  65. Jutta says

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
    It sounds super delicious.

    I Love Ice Cream …

    Have a nice day

  66. Abbie @ Needs Salt says

    This ice cream looks incredible! And I absolutely love the recipe video! Very well done.
    I am really wishing I had an ice cream maker right now…

  67. Averie @ Averie Cooks says

    I want this for breakfast :) Who needs chai lattes when you can have chai ice cream! pinned

  68. Kristyn says

    Awesome video, Dana and John! And, this ice cream? It looks so creamy and wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Kristyn! We’re still learning but wanted to get some thoughts on our first go. Glad you enjoyed it!

  69. Melanie says

    This looks incredible!! I can’t wait to try my hand at some cashew ice cream soon!! I’m not a huge chai fan, but I might throw some strong coffee in instead of tea…mmm!

    Cashews are seriously magic.

  70. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says

    Mann I need this ice cream in my life. I love love love chai tea so to have it in icecream form is amazing

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would recommend two things: 1) try folding some coconut whipped cream into the batter just before freezing to add more air. And 2) double the amount of vanilla extract as alcohol helps prohibit ice crystals. Hope that helps!

      • Valerie says

        Thank you so much :) I always want to make ice cream but I end up with the old frozen mashed banana because I don’t have an ice cream maker haha. Can’t wait to try this now!

    • karen says

      I just made this today and I don’t have a churned. Mixed well in the blender and put it in a plastic bowl in the freezer. Whisk every hour till its the texture you want. Delish!!!

  71. Brie @ Entrée the Giant says

    I’m all for videos – especially when they look as good as yours! Keep ’em comin’!

  72. Liz says

    Looks amazing! I really want to try this, but I don’t have a churner. Might need to invest!

    Also, as someone who watches a lot of vegan recipe videos on YouTube, I think you should make more! I love them (so long as the printed recipe is listed somewhere, too).

  73. annie @ chase that i love says

    Looks supreme! I love coconut milk ice creams, and the coconut-chai combo sounds fantastic.

  74. Emily @ Life on Food says

    Chai lattes are my favorite afternoon drink. This ice cream sounds delicious and your photos are just gorgeous!

  75. Kris says

    Awesome job on the video, you guys!! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do videos on my blog as well, but as someone without video editing skills, I haven’t cracked the code yet.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, Kris! I literally had zero editing skills prior to this video. I just winged it and relied on you tube and John in areas I didn’t know! I bet you can do it if you give it a shot! Hope that’s of some encouragement.