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10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream


If you think that non-dairy ice cream is dull and tasteless, then you are definitely in the wrong. These ten supplements for dairy will prove that vegan ice cream is delicious and amazing. Here are 10 recipes and ideas to replace dairy in your ice cream.

1. Banana Puree

Bananas make a great ice cream ingredient. Peel and freeze some spotty bananas, and you’ve got yourself the perfect base for some kick-butt ice cream. The bananas make a creamy base that melts on your tongue, making you burst out in song. This raw soft serve calls for the wonderful yellow smile fruit, so whip some up today.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

2. Coconut Milk

Full-fat coconut milk creates a superb texture for your dairy-free desserts. The resulting ice cream is coconutty, decadent, creamy, and downright delicious and unctuous. You can easily treat coconut milk ice cream as a base for a variety of flavors—mint chocolate chip, brownie, cherry Garcia, peanut butter, butter pecan, Neapolitan, the varieties are endless. Try this Lavender Coconut Ice Cream for a change!

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

3. Almond Milk

Almond milk is simple enough to make, but what about almond milk ice cream? Yes, almond milk ice cream is not at all difficult to concoct. In fact, it’s so easy that you could make the almond milk and the ice cream in no time at all. Remember that due to the lower fat content of almond milk, it will not be as creamy as coconut milk, but it still makes some fantastically divine ice cream. Try this Blackberry Ice Cream.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

4. Cashew Milk

Nuts and nut milk are a dream come true for vegan ice cream makers — from almond to macadamia nut milk, the fat and creaminess of nut milks is a perfect match. Cashew milk classifies as one of these fantastic nut milks, and it’s near bland flavor profile makes the whitest canvas for experimentation.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

5. Oat Milk/Oats

I’m amazed at the things chefs can do with humble oats: I’ve seen savory oatmeal, sweet oatmeal, oatcakes, oat pancakes, oat granola, oat bars, oat bread, oat milk, and now oat milk cream. We will focus on the latter two, but don’t ever limit yourself with this magical grain! If you’re worried about your ice cream tasting like oatmeal, then fear not because you will only slightly taste it, but you can mask that with some maple syrup or some rich cacao powder. Try using oats in this Raw Fruit & Coconut Ice Cream Cake with Brownie Crust.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

6. Mixed Berry Puree

Frozen berries will make your ice cream more sorbet-like, but they can be a super way to switch up your non-dairy ice cream. Take this Acai Berry Ice Cream for instance: it uses blueberries, acai, and bananas as partial bases with coconut milk and cashews making up the rest of the base. You could alternatively make an ice cream like this that just uses cherries and almond milk plus some extra enhancers to make a marvelous ice cream.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

7. Avocado

Avocados are full of fat that is ideal for ice cream making. They are green, creamy, and delicious. Pair them with a banana and some coconut butter, and you’ve got yourself some darn good ice cream. Also, use avocado for the mint layer of this Raw Layered Banana Ice Cream Cake.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

8. Cashews

Soak some raw cashews in water overnight. Blend them up, and revel in the creamy deliciousness of cashews: they pair beautifully with maple syrup, cocoa powder, or vanilla. This Maple Ice Cream recipe doesn’t include soaking the cashews, but if you do, it makes the ice cream smoother.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

9. Brazil Nuts

Like cashews, Brazil nuts are rich in fat and when blended, make a silky base that is perfect for ice cream. This recipe instructs to blend nuts into a powder and then into a velvety butter like texture. Add some water and sweetener and your ice cream will be perfect. Use brazil nuts for this Pineapple Crush Smoothie; just use frozen pineapple instead of fresh and some ice to blend this recipe into ice cream.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

10. Hazelnuts

Make or buy some hazelnut milk: it’s super easy and fun! Then, use your milk to create some magic — ice cream magic that is! What about some hazelnut coffee ice cream? Doesn’t that sound divine? This recipe features fresh coffee, hazelnuts, arrowroot flour, apple cider vinegar, and other ingredients like sugar that can easily be substituted with maple syrup, stevia, or coconut sugar. Make your own Hazelnut Cashew Milk for your ice cream.

10 Replacements for Dairy in Your Ice Cream

Whether you make one or all ten of these ice creams is up to you, but know that all these recipes are non-dairy, delicious, and crave worthy!

Image source: Best Raw Vegan Ice Cream

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Joanna Toothaker
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I have got to try the rest of these! I love the banana base. I use it quite often, and it is delicious

Eva Horvath
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Karyn xxx

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