It’s July, which means it’s national ice cream month! While ice cream can be enjoyed all year round, on the third Sunday of July each year, we all have an excuse to indulge in our favorite refreshing treat. From classic flavors like salted caramel and pistachio to more unique flavor combinations like sweet potato, key lime, and coconut beet, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative and try out some new homemade recipes that you’ve probably never tasted before.
We’ve put together 15 delicious homemade non-dairy ice cream recipes to give you some ice cream inspiration for national ice cream month this July!
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1. Key Lime Pie Avocado Ice Cream
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The taste of this key lime pie avocado ice cream is exactly like you’re digging into the frozen version of key lime pie. The avocado is completely undetectable — all it does is give you a deliciously creamy ice cream texture that’s the perfect partner for the crunchy graham cracker cookie crumble and the sticky vegan condensed milk. This recipe by Azucena Noriega serves one, so you don’t have to (and won’t want to) share.
2. Sweet Potato Ice Cream
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This sweet potato ice cream by Emily Brees is like a summery cousin to autumn’s pumpkin pie. This creamy and decadent cashew-based ice cream is spicy and cool — nobody would ever guess that it actually contains sweet potato! A topping of pecans complements the ice cream and if you’re feeling it, add a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
3. Maple and Lavender Cashew Ice Cream
This maple and lavender ice cream by Rebekah Waters is the best possible way to celebrate the spring season. It’s so creamy, delicious, and full of flavor – it’s almost ridiculous. The caramel elements of the maple syrup blend seamlessly with the tropical notes of coconut and then, each bite is elevated by the perfumed bouquet of flavor that only lavender can provide.
4. Turmeric Ginger Ice Cream
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This turmeric ginger ice cream by Julia Winnicki is surprisingly delicious! A well-balanced combination of ginger, turmeric, and lemon zest creates this specific taste that is not overwhelming, but present. Lemon zest adds just a little subtle lemon taste that balances the ginger, and turmeric gives this ice cream nice yellow color, not to mention its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Topping it with crunchy toasted coconut flakes rounds it all up creating a great tropical healthy dessert. Definitely a must-try.
5. Hand-Churned Bourbon Salted Caramel Apple Ice Cream
You don’t need an ice cream maker to whip up this amazing dessert! Salted caramel and apple bourbon sauce is swirled generously into a base of hand-churned vanilla ice cream in this Hand-Churned Bourbon Salted Caramel Apple Ice Cream recipe by Emma D’Alessandro.
6. Golden Milk Ice Cream
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For those who haven’t yet been dazzled by this trendy drink, it is exotic, delicious, and great for you. Inspired by traditional Indian tea, this beautifully vibrant yellow drink includes ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, all known for their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. This Golden Milk ice cream recipe by Incredible Vegan Ice Cream, Deena Jalal contains all of the elements of the famed drink in a cool, creamy scoop. The addition of finely diced crystallized ginger adds flavor and lovely shimmering chunks to every scoop.
7. Almond Corn Flake Ice Cream
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This is not the most traditional flavor, but it’s super tasty! That cereal flavor in desserts is rotating around various ice cream/dessert shops throughout the U.S. and internationally as well. Why not make your own? Skip the line, skip the weird ingredients you’ve never heard of, and make your own creamy and decadent almond cornflake ice cream by Jasmine Briones!
8. Saffron Ice Cream With Pistachios
Spice up your ice cream routine (literally) with this recipe for saffron ice cream with pistachios by Ida Hemmingsson-Holl! This creamy dessert is cashew-based, sweetened lightly with agave, and studded with cranberries. Take it out from the freezer about 20 to 30 minutes before serving for maximum creaminess and don’t forget to top with pistachios for added crunch and color!
9. Coconut Beet Ice Cream With Orange Zest
You may be surprised to hear that beets are the main ingredient of this deliciously creamy ice cream. The secret to making this veggie work in a dessert? Coconut milk, hints of vanilla and coconut, and a bit of maple syrup. Yum! This Coconut Beet Ice Cream With Orange Zest recipe by Cruelty-Free Family will become your new favorite flavor combination!
10. 4-Ingredient Mango Ice Cream With Black Sesame Syrup
Fancy it up with some easy-to-prepare 4-ingredient mango ice cream with black sesame syrup by Rekka Bell. Sweet, creamy mango ice cream is drizzled with homemade black sesame syrup and garnished with toasted seeds. This ice cream contains only four ingredients, but the flavor experience is rich.
11. Avocado Basil Ice Cream
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We’ve all heard about the glory of ice cream makers when it comes to making a homemade version of the beloved frozen treat. This recipe makes the process even easier! This avocado basil ice cream recipe by Lucie Javorska requires no churning and results in a sweet, creamy, and super addicting dessert. The avocado is so creamy that no cream is even required!
12. Cauliflower Nice Cream Bowls
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If you’re seeking a frozen treat that’s low in sugar, this cauliflower nice cream bowl recipe by Margaux Mouton
is here for you. When blended with frozen banana, frozen cauliflower adds creaminess, but not sugar, to your standard ice cream. Each bowl of this nice cream is easily customized based on your taste preferences, so have fun experimenting with all of the flavor combo possibilities!
13. No-Churn Sweet Corn Ice Cream
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What do you do when you have an excess of beautiful, fresh local corn? You have a few options. You can make a bunch on the grill, in the oven, or boiled, eat what you can and cut up, save the rest for your lunches ahead or…. YOU CAN MAKE ICE CREAM. Yes, you can. And you don’t need anything fancy except 4-5 ingredients including all that corn! No ice cream maker either. This is NO CHURN Sweet Corn Ice Cream by Alison Marras.
14. 2 Minute Matcha Ice Cream With Baklava Sprinkles
If you are looking for a low-fat, vegan ice cream recipe that tastes great and will wow your taste buds, then this 2 Minute Matcha Ice Cream With Baklava Sprinkles recipe by Anja Cass is it. Made from a frozen banana base, this creamy dessert is healthy and heart-friendly… and best of all tastes amazing!
15. Thai Chili Peanut Ice Cream
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Yep. You read that correctly. Do you know that yummy peanut sauce that comes with a variety of dishes on Thai menus? It is my condiment of choice for almost everything, and this Thai Chili Peanut Ice Cream recipe by Incredible Vegan Ice Cream, Deena Jalal offers the same sweet, nutty flavors in a cool, creamy scoop with a touch of spice. It is unique, textural, and flavorful. Feel free to remove the chili altogether or turn it up or down based on your taste.
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