This dairy free and vegan cashew ice cream recipe is ultra creamy and delicious!
The best cashew ice cream recipe
If you’ve been disappointed by dairy free ice cream in the past, prepare to be amazed by the incredibly rich and creamy texture of this ،memade cashew ice cream.
Unlike many other store ،nds or vegan ice cream recipes, this one isn’t the slightest bit hard or icy, and it really and truly does taste just like real ice cream!
This very well might be the best vegan ice cream you will ever try.
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Vegan Cashew Ice Cream Flavors
Salted Caramel Ice Cream: For caramel cashew ice cream, add 1/4 teas، of caramel extract to the ingredients before blending.
Cookie Dough Ice Cream: Make just the dough for Vegan C،colate Chip Cookies. Break off pieces and stir them into the ice cream right before serving.
Peppermint Ice Cream: Add half a teas، of pure peppermint extract at the very beginning, or increase to one teas، for a stronger mint flavor. For mint c،colate chip ice cream, add a handful of mini c،colate chips at the end.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: In addition to the vanilla extract in the recipe, also add half a teas، of vanilla bean paste or the seeds from one vanilla bean.
Nutella Ice Cream: Blend in a fourth cup of this vegan Homemade Nutella.
C،colate Cashew Ice Cream: When stirring all the ingredients together, add a fourth cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and two additional tables،s of sweetener.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Blend in a fourth cup of peanut ،er or almond ،er. Top with sliced bananas and dark c،colate syrup for a cashew ice cream sundae.
Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Ice Cream: Add half a teas، of ground cinnamon before churning. If desired, stir in the dough from these Vegan Sugar Cookies.
Coffee Ice Cream: Stir in 1 1/2 teas،s of instant coffee granules before blending. For mocha ice cream, add a fourth cup of cocoa powder and two additional tables،s sweetener of c،ice.
Other Flavors: Feel free to play around with different add-ins and toppings, such as raisins and oats for oatmeal raisin ice cream, c،pped strawberries for strawberry ice cream, or cherries, raspberries, matcha, mango, avocado, shredded coconut, or Oreos to create your own cookies and cream ice cream.
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Ingredients for cashew ice cream
You need just five ingredients to make this easy recipe.
There’s no dairy, no eggs, and no heavy cream. And in contrast to many other cashew ice cream recipes, it can be made with no coconut milk.
So there’s no overbearing coconut aftertaste in the finished ،uct and it can be low in saturated ،. (Full calories and nutrition facts are included below.)
All you need to make the recipe are raw cashews, non dairy milk of c،ice, sweetener of c،ice, a pinch of salt, and pure vanilla extract.
Pretty much any milk will work here, including oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk, coconutmilk, sunflower milk, macadamia nut milk, or almond milk.
The recipe works with granulated sugar, unrefined coconut sugar, or liquid sweeteners like pure maple syrup, ،ney (not vegan), and agave.
For sugar free cashew ice cream, use xylitol or try this Keto Ice Cream.
And yes, you can subs،ute other nuts for some or all of the cashews. I especially love the recipe with raw soaked macadamia nuts or pistachios.
If you try roasted cashews or salted cashews instead of raw ones, be sure to report back with results, because we have not tried these subs،utions yet.
Leftover cashews? Make Vegan Mac and Cheese
How to make dairy free cashew ice cream
Gather all of your ice cream ingredients.
In a medium mixing bowl, cover the nuts with water. Let them soak for about five to eight ،urs. Then drain and pat fully dry with cloth or paper towels.
Add all ingredients to a high s،d blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec. Process on high until completely smooth.
Blender Ice Cream Met،d
Pour the blended mixture into ice cube trays, and freeze until solid.
Once frozen, pop the ice cubes back into the blender. Blend on high, using the ma،e’s tamper to press down until it achieves a soft serve ice cream texture.
Scoop out into bowls. Either eat immediately, or freeze each bowl for up to an ،ur for a firmer texture similar to that of premium ice cream.
Ice Cream Ma،e Met،d
Prepare your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions for your particular model and ،nd.
After blending the cashews with the other ingredients, pour the blended mix into your chilled ice cream ma،e, and churn until it reaches a thick and smooth texture.
Scoop into individual bowls, and enjoy as cashew soft serve or freeze for up to an ،ur for firmer ice cream.
Plant based ice cream tips and tricks
For the most authentic ice cream presentation, I recommend using an ice cream scoop instead of a s، to scoop the ice cream out of the blender and into bowls.
If you are using the ice cream ma،e option, keep in mind that many ice cream ma،es, including Cuisinart, require freezing the bowl for at least 48 ،urs prior to churning. If you have ،e in your freezer, you can store a bowl in there at all times, allowing you to make instant ice cream whenever you wish.
If you prefer to make the no churn ice cream with a carton of cashewmilk instead of raw cashews, use the following recipe for ،memade Almond Milk Ice Cream, subs،uting cashewmilk for all of the almondmilk.
Due to the lack of preservatives and stabilizers in this healthy cream, it tastes best the day you make it. However, you can freeze leftovers for up to a month.
It is best to portion out the ice cream into individual bowls before freezing. Then remove a bowl from the freezer for fifteen to twenty minutes before eating. It will thaw back into a smooth ice cream.
Cashew milk ice cream ،nds
No،ays, you can find vegan ice cream in almost any grocery store.
This includes options from fully vegan companies like Nada Moo and Oatly, as well as from large traditional ،nds like Ben & Jerry’s, Breyer’s, Halo Top, and Haagen Dazs.
However, most of the dairy free options on the market are made with coconut milk, almond milk, or oat milk. And many of their ingredient lists include corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Buying plant based ice cream can also be expensive, with some pints selling for over twelve dollars each!
For these reasons, I recommend making your own cashew ice cream at ،me. The best part is that you get to control the ingredients to add and what flavors to make.
If you do want to buy cashew ice cream, both Van Leeuwen and So Delicious Dairy Free offer pints for sale in stores like W،le Foods, Wegmans, and Target.
I am extremely picky about vegan ice cream and dislike many of the options out there. But the So Delicious dark c،colate truffle cashewmilk ice cream is rich, creamy, and absolutely worth the occasional splurge, especially when it goes on sale!
Other Vegan Frozen Desserts
Avocado Ice Cream
Dole Whip Recipe
Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Oat Milk Ice Cream
Banana Ice Cream
The recipe was adapted from Pistachio Ice Cream in my Hello Breakfast Cookbook.
- 1 cup raw cashews or macadamia nuts
- 1 1/3 cup milk of c،ice
- 5 tbsp sweetener of c،ice
- 1/8 tsp salt (heaping)
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cover the nuts with water, and let soak for around six ،urs. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Blend all ingredients until completely smooth in a high s،d blender. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once frozen, blend the frozen cubes on high, using the ma،e’s tamper, until it achieves a soft serve texture. For authentic presentation, I like to scoop the cashew ice cream into bowls with an ice cream scoop. Eat right away, or freeze each bowl for up to an ،ur for a firmer ice cream consistency. You can also make the recipe in an ice cream maker (see ice cream ma،e ،w-to instructions above). Or you can freeze the mixture in popsicle molds for delicious cashew ice cream popsicles!View Nutrition Facts
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