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4.63 from 54 votes

Vegan Chai Ice Cream

Cashew-based vegan chai ice cream that's luxuriously creamy and spicy-sweet. Surprisingly easy with simple ingredients, plus no boiling or chilling required!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Week
Does it keep? Store in freezer.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. In the meantime, drain cashews and measure out other ingredients.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Notes

*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 Per Serving (1 of 6)