Easy homemade ice cream recipes to beat the heat—paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free versions of all your favorites. With flavors like coffee, mint chocolate chip, chocolate “peanut butter” and pistachio, you’ll never miss traditional ice cream again.
Cool down this summer with one of these easy-to-make paleo ice cream recipes. All with no dairy or refined sugar.
These recipes use coconut milk or nut milk to substitute for the cream. And paleo-friendly sweeteners like maple syrup and honey replace the refined sugar.
But what I like most about these ice cream recipes is that each one uses only real food ingredients like strawberries, cacao, cherries and bananas. This post includes some affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Making paleo-friendly ice cream is quick and involves minimal hands-on time. Just mix up the ice cream batter and pour it into your ice cream maker (this is the one I use). You’ll have creamy, dairy-free ice cream in about 25 minutes.
Here are a few time-saving tricks I like to use to make homemade ice cream quicker and easier:
- Make your ice cream batter early in the day and let it chill out in the fridge until you're ready to make ice cream. Starting with cold ice cream mix is one of the keys to getting smoother ice cream from your ice cream machine.
- Freeze your mix-ins. Adding mix-ins that are already chilled will help keep your ice cream frozen while it churns.
- Keep the freezer bowl for your ice cream machine in the freezer. Most ice cream makers require the freezer bowl to be frozen for 24 hours before churning your ice cream. If you store the freezer bowl in the freezer, it's always ready to go! If you make a lot of ice cream, you can even get an extra bowl and rotate them so you always have one frozen.
Easy Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes
Double Chocolate Macadamia Ice Cream – Cook Eat Paleo
Rich, creamy, and packed with chocolate flavor, this double chocolate macadamia ice cream recipe is a personal favorite of mine and creates the perfect backdrop for mixing in chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Hold the Grain and Empowered Sustenance
This paleo mint chocolate chip ice cream substitutes chocolates chips with carob, and uses avocado to add the green color and extra richness.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream – Deliciously Organic
Using grain-free cookie dough and homemade vanilla ice cream, this paleo chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream recipe allows you to swap ingredients to suit dietary needs.
Paleo Chocolate & “Peanut Butter” Ice Cream – Paleo Newbie
This paleo chocolate and “peanut butter” ice cream from Paleo Newbie proves that when you switch to a paleo lifestyle, you never have to sacrifice flavor. Its all-natural, dairy-free, and sugar-free ingredients create an incredible go-to snack for those late night cravings.
3-Ingredient Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream – The Nourishing Gourmet
For those busy weeknights, when you need a sweet fix, this 3-ingredient vanilla coconut milk ice cream is delicious, quick, and naturally good for you. Using only coconut milk, honey, and vanilla, you won’t believe how easy this recipe is to make.
Paleo Coffee Ice Cream – The Roasted Root
If you like pairing a fresh cup of coffee with your dessert than this paleo coffee ice cream is your perfect match. This recipe from The Roasted Root uses three types of coffee for a big, bold flavor.
Roasted Strawberry & Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream – So…Let's Hang Out
If you’ve never tried roasting your fruit before, this roasted strawberry and vanilla coconut milk ice cream recipe is the perfect place to start.
Paleo Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream – Real Simple Good
Cherries make a tasty summer treat on their own—adding homemade vanilla ice cream into the mix creates a classic fruit and cream flavor that's a little tart and a little sweet.
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream – Cook Eat Paleo
Nothing puts me more in the mood for summer than a bowl of homemade pistachio chocolate chip ice cream. Smooth, creamy, and packed with pistachio flavor, this recipe is diary-free, egg-free, and makes a perfect summer dessert.
5 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream – Paleo Grubs
You won’t need an ice cream maker to create this guilt-free 5-ingredient banana ice cream treat. This recipe brings out the banana’s natural sweetness to create a simple ice cream for your favorite toppings.
Try one of these easy paleo ice cream recipes to help you satisfy your sweet tooth. They are dairy-free, gluten-free and pack all the rich and creamy flavors you crave. With recipes this easy, you can indulge in your favorite ice cream any time.