Easy homemade dairy-free ice cream recipes to beat the heat that have the creamy texture of regular ice cream. With delicious ice cream flavors like coffee, mint chocolate chip, chocolate "peanut butter" and pistachio, you’ll never miss traditional ice cream again.
The best homemade ice creams are dairy-free, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and keto versions of your favorites.
Cool down this summer with one of these easy-to-make healthy ice cream recipes. All with no dairy or refined sugar. Many are egg-free as well.
These creamy ice cream recipes use coconut milk, coconut cream cashew milk, or almond milk to substitute for the cream and milk. And use vegan, paleo, or low carb friendly sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, monk fruit, or stevia to replace refined sugar. Most of them leave out the eggs as well.
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. And a few other simple ingredients like vanilla extract, sea salt, cacao powder, or dark chocolate depending on the dairy-free ice cream recipe.
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Making healthy homemade ice cream is quick and involves minimal hands-on time, whether you use a food processor to make a no-churn recipe or use an ice cream maker.
I find an ice cream machine makes it super easy. Just mix up the ice cream batter and pour it into your ice cream maker (this is the one I use). You’ll have the best 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.
- The ice cream will be soft-serve consistency when it's finished churning. Spread it into a loaf pan and freeze for firm scoopable ice cream.
- Store your ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer to avoid ice crystals. Be sure to let it sit out for a few minutes before serving so it's easier to scoop.
Easy Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes
Vegan Coffee Ice Cream Recipe - Cook Eat Well
For those busy weeknights, when you need a sweet fix, this 5-ingredient coffee ice cream is delicious, quick, and naturally good for you. Using only coconut milk, coffee, cashews, maple syrup, and vanilla, you won’t believe how easy this paleo coffee ice cream is to make.
Double Chocolate Macadamia Ice Cream - Cook Eat Well
Rich, creamy, and packed with chocolate flavor, this dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipe is a personal favorite of mine and creates the perfect backdrop for mixing in chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Ice Cream - Cook Eat Well
Nothing puts me more in the mood for summer than an ice cream bowl full of homemade pistachio chocolate chip ice cream. Smooth, creamy, and packed with pistachio flavor, this easy recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, and makes a perfect summer dessert.
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Hold the Grain and Empowered Sustenance
This paleo mint chocolate chip ice cream substitutes chocolate chips with carob and uses a secret ingredient, 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.
Vanilla Keto Ice Cream - The Roasted Root
This vanilla keto ice cream is rich, creamy, and low carb friendly. And this recipe can be made with or without an ice cream maker. Be sure to use the full-fat coconut milk option to keep it dairy-free.
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. The roasted fruit is so good with the coconut milk base.
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. Coconut is the non-dairy milk of choice in this base recipe.
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 nice 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.