How to Make Vegan Ice Cream


Leave ice cream for the dairy eaters to enjoy? No way! If you know us by now, you know that we’re huge believers in the ability to “vegan-ify” everything – and ice cream is no exception! A common misconception about going vegan is that it requires sacrificing your favorite foods, but trust us when we say, that doesn’t have to be the case. In our modern world, in which becoming vegan is more popular and widely-accepted than ever before, there are tons of amazing pre-made products and recipes out there that are just as satisfying and tasty as the non-vegan versions. Take ice cream for example – we bet you could run to your nearest grocery store right this moment and find at least 10 different fully vegan ice cream brands.

Speaking of the frozen section of your local grocery store, have you picked up The Pizza Plant lately? Our pizzas are fully vegan and plantbased, pre-made, and the most enjoyable pre-ice cream meal out there. If you don’t feel like going on a grocery run to grab our pizzas, no stress! You can also find both our signature pizzas on the GTFO It’s Vegan Marketplace. Stock up on The Pizza Plant and all the ingredients you’ll need to make your own vegan ice cream. Talk about a “vegan-ified” two course meal! 

Today, we’re letting you in one some of our favorite recipes for making your own vegan ice cream. Spoiler alert: It’s much easier than you may think! Better yet, it tastes just as good, if not better, than the real thing. So, sit back and get your sweet tooth ready – we’re talking homemade vegan ice cream!

Here are 6 of our favorite recipes for making vegan ice cream in the comfort of your own kitchen:

  1. Creamy Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
    Just ‘cause it’s vanilla doesn’t mean it’s boring! This ice cream uses a base of coconut milk and cashew butter, which gives it an oh-so-creamy rich texture that’s to die for! *Note: This recipe, as well as a few below, recommend using an ice cream churner. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can still whip up a less creamy version by placing your mixture in a mixing bowl, covering with foil, and freezing for at least 8 hours.

  1. Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
    Calling all chocolate lovers – this one’s for you. With only 6 ingredients including coconut milk, cacao powder, and vegan dark chocolate, this recipe mixes simplicity and decadence seamlessly. *Note: This recipe also recommends using an ice cream churner. If you don’t have one, follow the instructions above or follow this No-Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream recipe

  1. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Vegan, No Churn!)
    Our mouth is watering already! This recipe is fresh, sweet, and down-right delicious. It uses coconut milk and cashew butter to create a creamy base, as well as fresh mint leaves and peppermint extract to give it a nostalgic minty flavor that’ll have you coming back for seconds.

  1. Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
    I mean, did you read the name of this recipe? Enough said. This vegan ice cream only requires 10 ingredients, but it sure doesn’t taste like it! With chunks of vegan cookie dough throughout and a balanced salty-yet-sweet flavor, don’t be surprised when this recipe grabs a spot in your regular dessert rotation! 

  1. Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
    Ice cream isn’t just for the summertime – and this recipe proves it! This pumpkin-spiced dessert requires only 10 ingredients and makes for the sweetest taste of Fall you never knew you needed. With real pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, maple syrup, and brown sugar, this rich dessert is simply a must-try. 

  1. Creamy Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream
    Some like chocolatey, some like fruity. If you fall into the latter category, you’ll undoubtedly love this recipe. With only 7 plantbased ingredients including sweet strawberries – one taste will have you day-dreaming about this dessert for days to come.

Didn’t find the ice cream flavor you were looking for on this list? There’s more where that came from! Click here for a list of 34 vegan ice cream recipes by the Minimalist Baker. If you find this post insightful, be sure to share it with a fellow vegan ice cream lover! And, as always, head to your local grocery store or shop online for The Pizza Plant. Vegan pizza and vegan ice cream? Name a better duo. We’ll wait. 

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