The seasons are changing, the temperatures are rising, and we’re ready for summer, so it’s time we talk about ice cream! There are so many ways to make healthy, dairy-free, cold treats this summer. Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own vegan ice cream at home… our bloggers from the Food Monster App have all the tips for you!

Fruit Base

Tahini Cookie Dough Ice Cream / One Green Planet

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The classic, homemade nice cream that we all know and love is with frozen bananas, flavoring, and a little almond milk. Although we love this, here are a few ideas you can use that think outside that banana-ice-cream-box!

We will start with a classic, banana-based ice cream from Priscilla Soler. She showed us how to add unique flavors like tahini and chocolate to her Tahini Cookie Dough Ice Cream recipe! She just added bits of cookie dough to her banana-coconut milk ice cream! You could add anything from cookies, chocolate, fresh fruit, or anything you like!

Sarah Aldrich showed us how to keep things super simple with her 4-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream that is literally just frozen strawberries, coconut milk, and sweeteners. You could easily swap in any other frozen fruit for different flavored ice cream! Super low in calories but still tastes just as good!

Rekka Bell used a similar technique with her 4-Ingredient Mango Ice Cream With Black Sesame Syrup recipe! She swaps out the coconut milk for water — essentially making it fat-free! If you prefer a lighter ice cream you could adapt this recipe to any fruit you like!

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Nut BaseVegan Maple Walnut Ice Cream

Maple Walnut Ice Cream / One Green Planet

We all know that blended nuts make everything creamier, so why not add it to ice cream for a little extra protein and healthy fats?!

Hannah Sunderani gave walnuts the spotlight they deserve with her Maple Walnut Ice Cream! She made homemade walnut milk for the base and added in some maple flavor- you could do this with any plant milk!

Christa Clark used cashews to make her 7-Ingredient Creamy Jackfruit Ice Cream not only fruity but also creamy! Skeptical? Just add some cashews to your fruity ice cream for a creamy drink!

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Katrina Nixon used a similar technique with her Chocolate Ice Cream recipe! Instead of fruit, she adds in cocoa powder and some sweeteners for a creamy chocolate treat!

Other Unique BasesVegan Gluten-Free Pink Pitaya-Cauliflower Nice Cream with dragon fruit, flowers, and pomegranate seeds

Pink Pitaya-Cauliflower Nice Cream / One Green Planet

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You can use pretty much any creamifying base for your ice cream! These bloggers definitely broke the mold with these ideas!

Amy Lyons used a coconut and nut-butter base for her 5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe! This adds so much healthy fat and so much creaminess to your ice cream!

Katja Meier used cauliflower base for her Pink Pitaya-Cauliflower Nice Cream recipe! She blended frozen cauliflower and fruit for a low-calorie bowl of gorgeousness!

The most innovative ice cream ideas come from Philipp Ertl with his 3-Ingredient Cotton Candy Strawberry Ice Cream made with AQUAFABA! That’s right, this recipe is just strawberries, sugar, and aquafaba. You could mix and match any fruit in this recipe for a light, sweet treat!

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If you’re a pumpkin-lover, try Viktoria Radichkova‘s technique of making your ice cream with pumpkin! Check out her Pumpkin Ice Cream With Coconut Caramel and Praline Pecans recipe for a simple, 3-ingredient recipe!

Need more summer recipes? Check out 15 American Fusion Vegan Recipes Perfect for Summer by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Maple and Lavender Cashew Ice Cream