Typically, a sundae has several scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup and other toppings such as sprinkles, whipped cream, nuts, and fruit. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
We can make our own dairy-free sundae and be as creative as we want with the components. Let’s start with the ice cream – we can buy a few pints, or we can make our dairy-free ice cream. No matter what flavor you like, we’ve got recipes for it – like this Creamiest Chocolate Ice Cream, Blueberry Ice Cream, Mint Matcha Chip Ice Cream, and Chocolate Chunk Espresso Ice Cream. See more flavors in Let’s All Scream for These 30 Fresh and Summery Vegan Ice Creams!
Then we can top it with a rich, decadent sauce. Sundaes are usually named after the type of syrup used, so there are hot fudge sundaes, chocolate sundaes, cherry sundaes, etc. After the sauce, there must be a few scoops of light, airy whipped cream like this Spiced Whipped Coconut Cream and this Cashew Whip. If you avoid soy or nuts, read How to Make Awesome Plant-Based Whipped Cream and Cheese Sauces Nut- and Soy-Free. Finally, the toppings – cookie crumbles, sprinkles, nuts, fruit – you name it. Anything goes when you build a dairy-free sundae.
Need inspiration? Try these 10 dairy-free sundae recipes from the Food Monster App to make amazing sundaes and banana splits.
1. Fruity Nice Cream Sundae
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Sometimes you just want a nice cream sundae. That’s when you reach for this Fruity Nice Cream Sundae by Danielle Dewar. It has homemade raspberry and vanilla ice creams made with frozen fruit. Then it’s topped with a rich chocolate shell made from raw cacao. Healthy never tasted so good!
2. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Sundae With Raspberry Mint Sauce
This Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Sundae with Raspberry Mint Sauce by Julie Van den Kerchove is the ultimate dairy-free sundae! It has banana ice cream topped with fresh strawberries and a raspberry mint sauce made with only healthy ingredients. This is a guilt-free indulgence in a bowl!
3. Banana Split
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Banana splits are sundaes built on top of a banana. This Banana Split by Carlota Cassou is a recreation of the classic but much healthier. It has three flavors of ice cream and two homemade sauces in caramel and chocolate. It contains no dairy or refined sugars, but it is super tasty, decadent, and delicious.
4. Raw Vegan Flower Coconut Sundae
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If you’ve never had flowers in your ice cream sundae, get ready for a new experience that’s not only delicious but beautiful. This Raw Vegan Flower Sundae by Emily von Euw has vanilla coconut ice cream, salted chocolate sauce, pine nuts, edible flowers, and a few dates filled with homemade cashew butter. It’s a work of art that’s almost too pretty to eat… almost.
5. Raw Banana Ice Cream Sundae
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If the picture of this Raw Banana Ice Cream Sundae by Emily von Euw doesn’t make your mouth water, we suggest you get your taste buds checked out. Bananas are combined with a host of superfoods like coconut oil, almonds, cacao powder, and mulberries plus whatever toppings you like. This sundae is so healthy; you can have it for breakfast.
6. Healthy Banana Split Dippin’ Dots
It only takes four ingredients to be transported back to your childhood – but in a much healthier way! This Healthy Banana Split with Dippin’ Dots by Jasmine Briones is a raw, vegan version of the classic treat but without corn syrup and artificial colors. We’ll take this kind of time travel any day!
7. Soft Serve Sundae Recipes
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This isn’t just one sundae recipe. These Soft Serve Sundae Recipes by Deb Gleason include a banana soft serve ice cream and recipes to make a warm berry sundae, a hot fudge sundae, and a vegan buster parfait. Make one or make them all.
8. Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae
How can just three ingredients change your life? Make this Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae by Emily von Euw and everything will become clear. The only ingredients are frozen bananas to make the ice cream, almond butter for the marzipan, and carob syrup for the butterscotch. Dessert will never be the same again; you might even say it’s life-changing.
9. Chunky Monkey Breakfast Ice Cream
What? Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, when it’s this Chunky Monkey Breakfast Ice Cream by Michaell Johnson. It has banana ice cream, swirled peanut butter, and raw chocolate chunks but that’s not all. It’s sweetened only with fruit and flavored with almonds and cinnamon, so it’s a healthy breakfast.
10. Banana Split Cheesecake Parfait
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If you can’t decide between an ice cream sundae and a piece of cheesecake, have both. This Banana Split Cheesecake Parfait by Julie Van den Kerchove has raw cheesecake made with banana, goji berries, and cacao nibs, banana ice cream – and it’s all topped with a cacao nib almond crumble. This dessert is creamy, crunchy, sweet, and refreshing all at the same time!
Yum! Every single one of these dairy-free sundae recipes looks amazing! What’s your favorite way to eat an ice cream sundae? Share your perfect sundae with us in the comments.
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
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- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
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