22+ Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

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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.

Especially during hot summer days, we can all appreciate a good no-bake vegan dessert like raw cakes or ice cream— perhaps even following a nice vegan BBQ party featuring crowd-pleasing vegan burgers!

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.

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No matter if you own an ice cream maker or not, most recipes are really easy to make with little equipment. Enjoy!

The Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
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.
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Vegan Banana Ice Cream (Birthday Cake Edition)
Vegan ice cream made in a blender? Sign us up! This smooth summer staple requires only 5 minutes of hands-on time. With cookie crumbles and sprinkles, you can transform it into birthday cake nice cream!
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Coconut & Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream
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.
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Vegan Lemon Oat Ice Cream
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!
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Chocolate Chickpea Ice Cream
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!
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Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Ice Cream
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.
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Cherry Garcia Nice Cream
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.
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Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
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!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream
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!
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Vegan Butter Pecan Ice Cream
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.
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Chocolate Chips Coconut Ice Cream
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.
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Coffee Cashew Ice Cream
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.
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Vegan Matcha Avocado Ice Cream
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!
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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream
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.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream
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!
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Blueberry Cashew Ice Cream
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!
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Vegan Hazelnut Ice Cream
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!
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Cookie Dough Ice Cream
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!
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Reese’s Blast Ice Cream
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.
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Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream
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!
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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.
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Tahini Chocolate Ice Cream
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!
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Vegan Bounty Vienetta
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!
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Vegan Neapolitan Ice Cream
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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Photo credit: www.amummytoo.co.uk
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22+ Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
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!
Serves 2

Ingredients

Nice cream base

  • 2 bananas chopped & frozen
  • ¼ cup soy milk

Chocolate version

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Crushed hazelnuts for topping

Peanut butter

Berry nice cream

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • Splash of additional soy milk
  • Pinch vanilla powder

Tropical flavors

  • ½ cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Shredded coconut for topping

Instructions

  • Prepare your frozen bananas by peeling and chopping ripe bananas and placing them in an air-tight container in the freezer overnight or longer.
  • Once ready to make your easy and healthy vegan ice cream, place about 2 frozen bananas, soy milk and any of the add-ins to create your desired flavor in your high-speed blender.
  • You might want to let the bananas defrost for a few minutes before blending them! Then, process until creamy and smooth.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides if needed and add some more liquid if the ice cream doesn’t come together.
  • Serve with any toppings of your choice and enjoy immediately!

Notes

  • Unfortunately, blended banana ice cream doesn’t scoop well once frozen, so you should enjoy it right away. 
  • You can make so many flavors of vegan ice cream by adding different spices, nuts, seeds, fruit and non-dairy milk to your base!
  • Find more vegan ice cream recipes in the article above.
  • Nutrition information has automatically been calculated taking into account just one nice cream flavor
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
22+ Best Vegan Ice Cream Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
212
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
92
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
32
g
11
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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