20 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in sweet, frozen treats, but for those who are allergic or intolerant to dairy (and most of us are!), traditional ice cream is a scoop of torture.

In recent years, the number of dairy-free options in the freezer aisle has exploded and we’re grateful for that. But it’s oh-so-fun to make ice cream ourselves instead – our options are only limited by our imaginations, and as an added benefit, we can skip the preservatives often found in vegan ice creams (like the inflammatory carrageenan).

There are many ways to make delicious dairy-free ice cream at home, but our basic formula is this:

  • 3 cups dairy-free milk (coconut, almond, cashew, sesame, etc.)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup natural sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc.)
  • Flavouring to taste (vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, maca, mint extract, etc.)
  • Add-ins of choice (fruit, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds, chocolate chunks, etc.)

You don’t necessarily need an ice cream maker to make homemade dairy-free ice cream: they whip air into your frozen desserts, producing a fluffier result, but you could easily put your ice cream mixture directly into the freezer instead. Go on, give it a try!

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get you started, here are the 20 best dairy-free ice cream recipes we’ve discovered around the web. Let the drooling commence!

Minimalist Baker

Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

No Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

Okay, there are about a million delectable dairy-free ice creams on Dana’s site, but we love this basic recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker.


Keepin’ It Kind

Dairy-Free Marble Fudge Ice Cream

Super Fudgy Marble Fudge Ice Cream

It’s got fudge in the name TWICE. So we’re sold.


*Culinary Nutrition Expert: Pickles & Honey

Dairy Free Chocolate Olive Oil Ice Cream

Salted Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Ice Cream

Coconut milk, cacao powder, coconut sugar, sea salt and…olive oil? Yep you read right. And it’s a lovely, fruity addition.


Ricki Heller

Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream

Stellar Strawberry Ice Cream

Use your bounty of summer strawberries to make this candida-friendly dairy-free ice cream.


Making Thyme for Health

Dairy-Free Mint Ice Cream

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This classic flavour is enhanced by the use of coconut milk and creamy cashews.


Pinch of Yum

Dairy-Free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Banana Superfood Ice Cream

A dairy-free ice cream made with frozen bananas and a superfood chocolate blend that includes greens and mushrooms. Now this is how we like to eat our medicine!


The Modern Buttery

Dairy-Free Fig Ice Cream

Honey and Fig Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream

A delicious combo of sweet honey, fresh figs and chocolate, plus some extra tips for how to make creamy dairy-free ice cream.


Eat Healthy Eat Happy

Vegan Peach Ice Cream

No-Churn Peach Ice Cream

Juicy peaches is a summer delight, but having them in frozen form makes peaches taste even better!


Kitchen Tested

Avocado Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Avocado Ice Cream

Avocados are so thick, creamy and luxurious, which makes them the perfect base for a dairy-free ice cream.


*Culinary Nutrition Expert: That Clean Life

Dairy-Free Banana Nice Cream

One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

All you need are frozen bananas for this vegan ice cream recipe – but there are also instructions for how to make chocolate, mint, strawberry and green tea flavours by only adding one extra ingredient.


Meghan Telpner

Vegan Coffee-Free Hazelnut Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee-Free Hazelnut Coffee Ice Cream

A luxurious dairy-free coffee-flavoured ice cream that uses a delicious, detoxifying herbal coffee substitute. Yum!


*Culinary Nutrition Expert: Sheena Scott

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raw Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These easy, no-bake cookies surround a simple dairy-free nut-butter swirl ice cream. A heavenly treat for a hot summer day!


Unconventional Baker

Dairy-Free Balsamic Ice Cream

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Ice Cream

It might seem strange, but balsamic, strawberries and basil meld perfectly in this dairy-free frozen treat.


Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Paleo Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Cookie Dough Ice Cream

A Paleo-friendly ice cream that also happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. Score!


The Macadames

Vegan Homemade Magnums

Homemade Magnums Ice Cream

A healthy, homemade version of a processed frozen treat. All the deliciousness, without the pesky chemicals and preservatives.


Inspired Edibles

Vegan Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream

Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve

Get an extra boost of antioxidants from this dairy-free ice cream that blends matcha powder into the base (it’s no-churn as well!).


The Plant-Strong Vegan

Vegan Coconut Caramel Klondike Bars

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Klondike Bars

Dairy-free caramel ice cream coated in crunchy chocolate? YES PLEASE.


*Culinary Nutrition Expert: Sondi Bruner

Brownie Bite Ice Cream

Raw Fudge Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Dairy-free vanilla ice cream studded with gooey raw fudge brownie chunks. Pure heaven.


The Spunky Coconut

Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Swiss Almond Dairy-Free Ice Cream

How do you make great ice cream even better? By adding chopped chocolate-covered almonds, of course.


Blissful Basil

Vegan Chocolate-Coated Ice Cream Bars

Five Ingredient Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Bars

Are you in a chocolate coma yet? Perhaps you can squeeze one more dairy-free ice cream recipe on your ‘to-make’ list – and these simple bars are worth it.

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7 responses to “20 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

  1. Ricki rickihellerJuly 17, 2015

    Yay for ice cream!! What a fabulous roundup. Thanks so much for including my Stellar Strawberry Ice Cream in the lineup. I think I need to eat ice cream for dinner tonight. . . (and maybe for breakfast tomorrow?). ;)

  2. Sheena Scott July 17, 2015

    Ooh I agree with Ricki! Thanks for including my Raw Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches in this most awesome list. Only problem? Which one to make first…

  3. Cindy A. September 4, 2015

    Strike one: I have been newly diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Agh! Strike two: I finished the last bit of coconut dairy free ice cream last night. Misery! Home run: the arrival of this wonderful post! I am so happy! I don’t know which recipe to start with…but I’ll figure that out quickly : ) Thank you for this post! It is blessing. I was thinking about ice cream earlier today and feeling sad. But I read this…You made my day, my week, my month!

  4. sinda Baker July 1, 2016

    Wow so many recipies to choose from my husband and I are Diabetic and lactose intolerant, I recently purchased some dairy free coconut milk and almond milk frozen deserts and really liked them both, I want to make some at home and not have the chemicals added in. I was searching for some recipies on line an came upon this site. Like what I see and the recipies I read, gave me some ideas. Thank you!

  5. Oh my! They all look so good. Hard to choose which one to try out first.

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