Ready to make your summer? Allow me to introduce you to some healthy, vegan, homemade ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker to craft (it’s real, I promise).
Ice cream may be the perfect sweet treat to cool down on a hot day, but it’s hard to indulge under many dietary restrictions. The best solution? Make it yourself! DIY ice cream is super-customizable: include your favorite creative flavors while excluding any preservatives, dyes, extra sweeteners like refined sugar, and any other ingredients you don’t have a need for—including the actual cream.
How It’s Done
People often look to cut dairy in their diet due to allergies, lactose intolerance, diet restrictions, or a vegan lifestyle. With respect to the latter, the most common dairy substitute ice cream bases in homemade ice cream include bananas, coconut milk and—get this—avocados! With any of these items in tow, skip the clunky ice cream maker by agitating your ice cream as it freezes every so often. This can be done by stirring it in a bowl with a whisk, shaking in a tightly sealed mason jar, or massaging it through a freezer bag. The trick is to move it around while it hardens to make it smoother.
Two-Ingredient Raspberry Ice Cream
Here’s an extremely simple concoction of raspberry ice cream from Create N Plate using only bananas and raspberries plus a blender and your freezer. It’s none of the extra work, but all the extra taste. Customize this method with your favorite berries, or try other fruits but keep the banana; it’s your replacement for dairy in this one.
Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
This recipe by 84th and 3rd‘s JJ uses avocado and bananas as a base. You need very few additional ingredients beyond this easy, creamy foundation—salt and cocoa powder and any mix-ins you may want. JJ also suggests creating ice cream sandwiches to accompany the ice cream, and supplies us with a wafer recipe for this purpose. A bit more involved, the wafer requires some specialized ingredients, but is well worth the effort.
No-Churn Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Minimalist Baker also has a couple of vegan ice cream recipes that don’t require an elaborate ice cream making appliance. Because they make use of a coconut milk and coconut cream base, respectively, they’re fairly different than our previous DIY products. Both of these take a bit more time, but require very few ingredients. In coffee coconut ice cream, the coconut itself adds a rich taste and texture while steering clear of dairy.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Challenge yourself to experiment and make it at home this summer!
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