Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day, so use the holiday as a chance to indulge in a bit of homemade ice cream. You have probably had this treat before, as it is popular at fast food restaurants, hotel bars, malls, buffets, ball games, and several other places. But did you know that dairy is not necessary to make soft ice cream? Check out these amazing vegan soft ice cream recipes.

1. The Best Raw Vegan Ice Cream Ever

For this ice cream, blend cashews, coconut milk, nondairy milk, sweetener, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, and salt in a blender until the mixture is creamy . You will have to melt the coconut oil, then choose any add-ins like chocolate, caramel or chunks of banana.

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2. Lavender Coconut Ice Cream

This lavender coconut ice cream may seem complex in taste, but this recipe only calls for four ingredients: coconut milk, edible lavender flowers, bananas, and natural sweetener.

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3. Vegan Cherry Garcia

You may have had this ice cream flavor in its dairy, packaged form, but see how easy it can be to make your own version using coconut milk.

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4. Raw Mango Banana Soft Serve

This softserve ice cream recipe calls for only two ingredients: frozen banana and fresh peeled mango.

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5. Acai Berry Vegan Ice Cream

Acai berries are full of antioxidants. In fact, they have 10 times the antioxidants of purple grapes and two times the antioxidants of blueberries. For this ice cream, opt for freeze-dried acai powder, bananas, raw cashews and full fat coconut milk.

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6. Low Fat Strawberry Tofu Ice Cream

The only ingredients you need for this ice cream are tofu, nondairy milk and maple syrup. Combine all ingredients in a blender and whir until smooth.

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7. Drunken Cherry Coconut Ice Cream

You will need a cherry pitter to put two cups of cherries for this recipe, but if you do not have a cherry pitter, you can hammer a clean nail into a piece of wood and push the cherry over the top of the nail, pushing the pit out.

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8. Effortless Nutter Butter Ice Cream

This is such an easy recipe to make. Blend or process frozen bananas, almond or cashew butter, maple syrup, water and salt to make the ice cream. Then, make a tasty sauce out of raw chocolate powder, raw almond butter, and cashews.

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9. Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe is a bit more labor intensive than others, but the ingredient list is still simple. Coconut is a great alternative to milk when making ice cream!

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10. Maple Ice Cream

This easy maple ice cream is made from maple syrup, cashews, water, vanilla, and salt. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth.

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To make your ice cream even softer, you can always add more of the liquid base you are using to the mix. Happy ice cream eating!

Lead image source: Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream