Creamy Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe for Summer Delight

Are you a fan of ice cream but want to savor the sweet, creamy flavor without breaking any dietary restrictions? Look no further than my vegan vanilla ice cream recipe! With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can indulge in a rich and delightful dessert that is 100% dairy-free and cruelty-free.

As a vegan chef, I understand the struggles that come with finding delicious plant-based alternatives to classic dishes. That’s why I’ve worked tirelessly to perfect this recipe, using only natural and wholesome ingredients to create a guilt-free treat for everyone.

Whether you’re a long-time vegan or just curious about trying new foods, this vegan vanilla ice cream recipe is sure to please your taste buds. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get churning and enjoy the creamy goodness of homemade vegan vanilla ice cream!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Are you in the mood for something sweet and creamy? Do you want to indulge in a guilt-free dessert without compromising on flavor? Then you’ll love this vegan vanilla ice cream recipe! With its rich and velvety texture, it’s hard to believe that it’s not made with dairy milk.

This ice cream recipe is not only delicious but also healthy. It’s made with simple ingredients such as cashews, coconut milk, oat milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. You won’t find any processed or artificial ingredients here! It’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while still sticking to your health goals.

Whether you follow a vegan lifestyle or just want to try something new, this ice cream recipe will impress both vegans and non-vegans alike. The creamy texture and complex flavors make it a crowd-pleaser that everyone will enjoy.

And the best thing about this recipe? You don’t need an ice cream maker to make it! All you need is a blender, some patience, and a love for good food. So why settle for store-bought ice cream when you can make a healthier and tastier version at home? Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.

Ingredient List

 Chill out with this refreshing vegan vanilla ice cream
Chill out with this refreshing vegan vanilla ice cream

Here are the ingredients you will need to whip up this creamy and delicious vegan vanilla ice cream:

For the base:

  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk (14 ounces each), chilled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/2 cup oat milk or other non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

For churn ingredients:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed coconut cream (13.66 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vegan sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Note: If you prefer a sweeter ice cream, add more maple syrup or pure vegan sugar to taste. Also, if you don’t have cashew butter, you can easily make it at home by blending raw cashews in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

The Recipe How-To

 Cool down with this homemade vegan treat
Cool down with this homemade vegan treat

Now, that you have all the ingredients for the vegan vanilla ice cream recipe at hand, let’s jump right into the “how-to” section. Follow these simple steps to churn out a creamy vegan ice cream that will satisfy even dairy-lovers:

Step One: Soak the cashews and prepare the vanilla bean

  • Soak 1 cup raw cashews in water for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Slice open 1 vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.

Step Two: Blend and Chill

  • In a blender, combine the soaked cashews with 1 can full-fat coconut milk, ½ cup oat milk, ½ cup maple syrup, sliced vanilla bean, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
  • Blend on high speed until completely smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a container and chill in the fridge until cold.

Step Three: Churn the ingredients

  • Once chilled, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • After churning, transfer to a container and freeze for at least 4 hours or until hard.

Now, you have yourself a delicious vegan vanilla ice cream that is perfect for any occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs dairy when you can have vegan vanilla ice cream this good?
Who needs dairy when you can have vegan vanilla ice cream this good?

Looking to switch things up and put your own spin on this vegan vanilla ice cream recipe? Look no further — with a few simple substitutions and variations, you can make countless unique versions of this timeless classic.

For starters, if you don’t have cashews or prefer a different type of nut, feel free to try out raw almonds or macadamias. Alternatively, you could experiment with using almond butter or peanut butter as a substitute for the cashew butter.

Want a lower-sugar option? Swap out the maple syrup for stevia or another low-calorie sweetener. Another way to reduce the sugar content (and add some extra flavor) is to mix in some fresh fruit like berries or chopped peaches.

For a more savory flavor profile, try adding in some sea salt and maybe even some melted dark chocolate. This will give your vegan vanilla ice cream a decadent twist that’s perfect for satisfying late-night cravings.

Finally, if you’d like to make this recipe 100% keto-friendly, simply swap out the oat milk for coconut milk and use a keto-friendly sweetener such as erythritol or monk fruit extract.

No matter what substitutes or variations you choose, experimenting with this recipe is sure to lead to delicious results that will delight your tastebuds and impress your friends and family. So go ahead and get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 This vegan vanilla ice cream is a scoop of heaven
This vegan vanilla ice cream is a scoop of heaven

Ah, the moment of truth is finally here. You’ve churned your vegan vanilla ice cream to perfection and now you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But wait, how should you serve and pair it? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

First things first, scoop that creamy vegan vanilla goodness into an ice cream cup or cone. So simple yet so satisfying. Or better yet, sandwich it between two homemade dairy-free cookies for a next-level treat.

For those who like to get fancy, drizzle some caramel sauce or chocolate syrup over the top of your scoops. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or crushed cookies for an added crunch. Or why not experiment with some healthy toppings like fresh fruit or shredded coconut?

As for pairing, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to what to serve alongside your vegan vanilla ice cream. Pairing it with warm apple pie or blueberry crumble will definitely take it up a notch. Or if you’re feeling creative, pour some espresso over your ice cream for an affogato-style dessert.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your vegan vanilla ice cream, one thing is for sure: it will hit the spot every time. So go ahead and indulge in a guilt-free treat that’s both healthy and delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take a break from the heat and indulge in this creamy vegan dessert
Take a break from the heat and indulge in this creamy vegan dessert

One of the best things about this vegan vanilla ice cream is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated when desired. This is particularly useful when entertaining guests or hosting a barbecue.

To make-ahead, simply prepare the ice cream according to the recipe instructions and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve, remove the container from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften before scooping.

To store leftovers, scoop any unused ice cream into a freezer-safe container and cover with foil or a lid. Store in the freezer for up to 1 week.

Reheating vegan vanilla ice cream is also easy. Simply take a scoop or two of the frozen ice cream and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10-15 seconds until slightly softened, then mix with a spoon and microwave for an additional 5-10 seconds if needed.

For those who prefer not to use a microwave, leave the ice cream out at room temperature to thaw for 20-30 minutes before serving. If desired, add toppings such as chopped nuts or chocolate chips before serving.

Overall, this vegan vanilla ice cream is a great make-ahead dessert that can be stored and reheated easily without compromising its deliciously creamy texture and flavor.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Treat yourself to a dairy-free dessert that tastes just as good as the real thing
Treat yourself to a dairy-free dessert that tastes just as good as the real thing

As a vegan chef, I have perfected the art of making vegan ice cream. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect creamy and silky smooth texture in your Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream:

1. Soak Your Cashews: Soaking cashews allows them to soften, making it easier to blend, and brings a creamy texture to the base of this ice cream recipe.

2. Use Full-Fat Coconut Milk: Using full-fat coconut milk creates a creamier ice cream as compared to using low-fat varieties. The high-fat content also prevents the formation of ice crystals, ensuring a silky-smooth texture.

3. Add Vanilla Bean for an Extra Boost of Flavor: To enhance the vanilla flavor in your vegan vanilla ice cream, consider adding vanilla bean instead of just vanilla extract. The little flecks add an extra depth of flavor and enhance aesthetics.

4. Use Sea Salt: Just a pinch of sea salt can boost the sweet dessert by providing balance in taste and intensifying flavors.

5. Allow Enough Time for Churning: Make sure to churn your vegan ice cream mixture enough time according to your machine instructions or adjusting timing manually (if hand-cranked). Some machines churn faster than others; hence ensure you obtain optimal results through setting time accordingly.

6. Freeze Overnight Before Serving: Be patient and let your freshly churned vegan vanilla ice cream freeze overnight before serving. This step allows flavors to meld together, and brings the ideal consistency for serving delightful deliciousness.

By following these tips, You will achieve perfect results and have everyone enjoying creamy, dairy-free splendor in every spoonful!

Bottom Line

So, what are you waiting for? This vegan vanilla ice cream recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion, from a hot summer day to a cozy winter night. It’s easy to make, delicious, and healthy. You won’t regret making this recipe and impress your family and friends with your baking skills. Plus, you’ll be supporting ethical food choices that protect animals and the environment. Go ahead and give it a try, your taste buds will thank you!

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

I've been making this ice cream for the last couple of years. Way back when in my New York days, my raw food friends turned me on to the fact that cashews make an amazing substitute for dairy.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 batch
Calories 206 kcal


  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch celtic sea salt


  • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high speed.
  • Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to instructions.
  • Serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 156gCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 11.6gProtein: 5.2gFat: 15.9gSaturated Fat: 3.1gSodium: 367.2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Free Of..., Frozen, Vegan
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