Get ready for the best vegan ice cream recipes from around the internet! We collected creative and delicious combinations, easy-to-make traditional flavors and everything in between to make eating ice cream appropriate all throughout the year.
If there’s one delicious food you definitely don’t need to “give up” as a vegan, it must be ice cream! Not only are new store-bought versions coming out seemingly every other day, but making your own homemade vegan ice cream couldn’t be easier.
From creamy cashew- or coconut-based dairy-free ice cream recipes to healthy fruit-based “nice creams” or indulgent creations featuring heaps of swirls and cookies, this list covers it all.
Some combinations may even sound a bit strange at the beginning (ginger, maple and miso?), but if you want to move beyond flavors like vanilla and chocolate, we dare you to try some more experimental ice creams!
No matter if you own an ice cream maker or not, most recipes are really easy to make with little equipment. You can swap out any ingredients or reduce the amount used in the recipe to make any particular ice cream flavor suit your needs.
With that in mind, enjoy these delicious vegan ice cream recipes!
Let’s start with this super creamy dairy-free vanilla ice cream made with only 5 ingredients! Based on coconut cream and almond butter, this ice cream is flavored with pure vanilla extract and is super versatile from topping your skillet cookie or brownies to eating with chocolate syrup and more.
Isn’t this colorful ice cream just so gorgeous? Thanks to purple sweet potato, this 5-ingredient vegan dessert looks very pretty, features some essential nutrients and makes for a creative dairy-free treat.
Are you a lemon ice cream type of person? Try this vegan recipe with oats and fresh lemon flavor! It is lower in fat and calories compared to most ice creams, yet still impossibly creamy thanks to a couple of tricks. If you do have an ice cream maker, definitely try this recipe!
Wait, there are chickpeas in this ice cream? Yes, this isn’t a typo — this higher protein frozen treat features whole chickpeas, dates for sweetening and creamy coconut milk alongside a few other staple foods. Truly whole food plant-based and delicious!
If you like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, try adding pretzels into the mix! With generous amounts of creamy peanut butter and vegan chocolate chips, this maple syrup-sweetened vegan ice cream tastes even better with the addition of little savory pretzel pieces.
When cherry season is in high gear, you need to enjoy this delicious fruit in any way possible! Add vegan cherry nice cream to the list of must-try recipes: featuring lots of frozen bananas alongside some coconut milk as the base, this delicious ice cream is flavored with fresh cherries and dark chocolate.
Get a fresh taste of summer with this 5-ingredient vegan strawberry ice cream! It’s super easy to make: just blend and chill the mixture, then let your ice cream maker do the rest. Enjoy immediately or store in the freezer for up to 1 week where it’ll stay nice and creamy!
Get ready for this 5-minute healthy nice cream recipe! Super easy to make in a blender, it’s made from frozen bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder and plant-based milk — freeze your blended ice cream for 2-3 hours, scoop and enjoy!
Deliciously nutty and incredibly creamy, this vegan butter pecan ice cream is a fantastic 8-ingredient recipe! It’s thickened with oats, free from refined sugar and features lightly toasted pecan nuts alongside a touch of vanilla and salt.
Are you familiar with stracciatella ice cream? This coconut ice cream with finely chopped dark chocolate comes super close to this flavor! It’s velvety and lush, comparable to custard and it scoops like a dream.
This delicious vegan ice cream is like coffee mixed with salted cashews and almond milk — a really addictive combo, slightly sweetened with maple syrup and just so easy to make! We love this creative dairy-free frozen treat any time of the day.
Eating greens is easy with this creamy vegan matcha avocado ice cream! Requiring only a few ingredients (not even an ice cream maker, by the way), this easy-to-make green goodness is not just delicious but also high in beneficial nutrients. Try this creative recipe for a gentle midday boost!
We weren’t joking when we promised unconventional vegan ice cream recipes! This creamy treat features unique flavors from sweet and rich to salty and savory. A well-tested favorite, ginger miso ice cream can be served all throughout the year and it pairs well with many desserts.
Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem, just follow this easy chocolate chip cookie ice cream recipe that’s rich, indulgent and family-friendly. Made with coconut milk, chocolate chips, chocolate sandwich cookies and salted peanut swirls, it’s fully vegan, but you’d never tell!
Do you like blueberry cheesecake? Great, this vegan ice cream flavor comes pretty close. Creamy cashew butter meets sweet blueberry jam, lemon juice and vanilla essence — all combined in a scoop of cold and creamy vegan dessert. Try it!
Hazelnut ice cream used to be our favorite non-vegan flavor! Luckily, it’s super easy to recreate in a dairy-free version at home with just 5 everyday ingredients as you can see in this recipe. Creamy, nutty and chocolatey!
Okay, who doesn’t love cookie dough ice cream? This fantastic vegan recipe requires only half an hour (plus freezing time) and rewards you with cashew-based coconut vanilla ice cream that’s speckled with homemade vegan cookie dough. Definitely a must-try and a total crowd-pleaser!
This creamy peanut butter ice cream is loaded with chunks of homemade peanut butter cups — no sugar or dairy needed! A true hit with the whole family, this scrumptious vegan ice cream does take about an hour to make but is so worth it.
Do you love pumpkin season as much as we do? If so, you need to try this creamy vegan ice cream bursting with fall spices. Only 6 ingredients (including pumpkin puree) and 15 minutes of prep time are needed for this creative recipe!
Fancy a refreshing and naturally colored chocolate chip mint ice cream combo? Try this healthier vegan recipe made with soy milk, coconut milk, cashews, dates, spinach and peppermint extract! We love this creative idea.
Have you ever tried chocolate and tahini (or sesame butter) together? This easy and healthy ice cream recipe merges these flavors beautifully and is sweetened with erythritol instead of sugar. Only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time required!
We have two more unusual vegan ice cream recipes for you! Starting with this Bounty Vienetta which supposedly tastes even better than the store-bought version — plus, it’s fully vegan, of course. It’s made with 4 ingredients in 15 minutes using a stand mixer!
Just looking at this colorful vegan ice cream, nobody would believe it’s actually mostly made from fruit! Using frozen bananas for the ice cream base, you can create the three colors simply by adding either vanilla, cocoa powder or strawberries. Healthy and so creative!
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What’s the best vegan ice cream? Well, perhaps it is found in this article of 20+ delicious ideas! You definitely need to try one of the following nice cream flavors if you’re new to making your own healthy vegan ice cream at home without an ice cream maker. Sweet without any added sugar, this simple and healthy frozen dessert comes from our popular Vegan Starter Kit eBook!
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.