9 Ridiculously Delicious Ice Cream Recipes that Are Vegan

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Photo: © Virpi Mikkonen and Tuulia Talvio

Summer is here and so is the warm weather. The perfect time to indulge in a heaping bowl of cold, sweet ice cream. But if dietary restrictions keep you from diving into dairy-loaded sweets than vegan ice cream is something you need to discover. Renowned food bloggers Virpi Mikkonen and Tuulia Talvio paired up and created some of the most delicious ice cream treats that are dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free with their new cookbook N'Ice Cream: 80+ Recipes for Healthy Homemade Vegan Ice Creams. These all natural, wholesome recipes will allow you to "eat goodies without feeling crappy afterwards". Here are our favorite, easy to make vegan ice cream recipes.

01 of 09

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

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Just add a few spoonfuls of cacao and get a rich creamy chocolate ice cream. Bravo, avocado! serves 4-6 2 ripe avocados, peeled and diced ½ cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk) 2 tablespoons coconut butter or extra virgin coconut oil, melted 3-4 tablespoons coconut palm syrup or other sweetener 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) 1 teaspoon vanilla extractAdd all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, and add sweetener or more cacao if desired.With an ice cream maker:Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and prepare the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve straight away or transfer to a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze until ready to be served. Let the ice cream thaw for 10-15 minutes before serving. Without an ice cream maker:Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe bowl and freeze for about three hours, mixing well every 30 minutes. After three hours, scoop into bowls, serve and enjoy!

02 of 09

Raspberry Delight

Raspberry Delight
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This pink berry delight is super easy, fresh, and so creamy. The recipe works perfectly with other berries and fruits as well! serves 1 1 frozen banana 3/4 cup (180 ml) frozen raspberries 1 tablespoon almond butter (or other nut or seed butter) 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk), if neededCombine the banana, raspberries, almond butter, and syrup in a blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture, scraping down the sides of the blender a few times if necessary. Add the almond milk, if needed, to achieve the desired texture. Scoop into a bowl, serve and enjoy!

03 of 09

Banana Ice Creams

Banana Ice Creams
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For a quick and easy ice cream, just throw some frozen bananas into a blender, whip them up, and enjoy. Don’t be afraid of the black spots on overripe bananas-- just peel ‘em, chop ‘em, toss ‘em in the freezer, and wait for ice cream craving to strike! Basic Banana Ice Creamserves one 2 frozen bananas ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk), if neededStrawberry Banana Ice Cream 1 frozen banana 1 cup (240ml) frozen strawberries 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk), if neededChocolate Banana Ice Cream 2 frozen bananas 1.5 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) 1 tablespoon coconut palm syrup or other sweetener 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk), if neededPeel the bananas and cut them into small coins. Put the bananas into an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.Combine the bananas (and other fruit) in a blender and pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as necessary. If the mixture is too thick, add the almond milk to achieve the desired consistency. Add flavoring and sweetener, if using, and blend until combined. Scoop into a bowl, serve, and enjoy!

04 of 09

Mint Chocolate Chip Sundae

Mint Chocolate Chip Sundae
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Need a mint fix but don’t want to wait too long? This beauty is ready in minutes! serves 2 1 (14 ounce / 400ml) can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight) 2 frozen bananas ¼ teaspoon spirulina (optional, for color) 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener A handful fresh mint leaves A small drop peppermint extract ¼ cup (60ml) raw cacao nibs (or grated raw / dark chocolate)Open the coconut milk can and scoop the thick white cream into a blender. Add the bananas, spirulina, if using, maple syrup, fresh mint and peppermint extract to the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender if necessary. Taste and add more sweetener or mint, if desired. Add about two thirds of the raw cacao nibs and stir gently with a spoon. Scoop into bowls, sprinkle the remaining raw cacao nibs generously on top, and enjoy!

05 of 09

Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream

Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream
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Cinnamon buns are like a big warm hug from the inside. There is no better comfort food than this ice cream when you are in need of some extra care and tenderness. serves 2 ¼ cup (60ml) almonds ¼ cup (60ml) pecans 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon ½ teaspoon cardamom 5 fresh pitted dates, divided ¼ cup (60ml) water 3 frozen bananas 3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extractCombine the almonds, pecans, cinnamon and cardamom into a blender and blend until they form a fine crust. Add 1 date and blend until the mixture is still dry but just beginning to form clumps. Scoop half the mixture into a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining dates and the water to the blender and blend to a smooth paste. Scoop the cinnamon paste into a second bowl and set aside.Wash and dry the blender. Combine the frozen bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla in the blender and blend until smooth. Scoop the ice cream into a bowl. Stir in some of the cinnamon paste. Divide the ice cream between serving bowl and top with chunks of the flaky cinnamon crumbs. Serve and enjoy!

06 of 09

Strawberry Basil Creamsicles

Strawberry Basil Creamsicles
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These creamy, dreamy strawberry pops have a hint of basil for a nice surprise. You can also turn this recipe into a lovely milkshake! Just use cold ingredients and add some ice when you blend. makes 6 2 cups (480 ml) fresh strawberries 1 (14 ounce / 400ml) can full-fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener 10-15 fresh basil leavesPlace all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more basil or sweetener, if desired. Pour into ice cream molds, add ice cream sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours until firm. Remove the molds by dipping them into hot water for a moment. Serve and enjoy!

07 of 09

Sweet Potato Gingerbread Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Gingerbread Ice Cream
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It may sound odd, but sweet potato serves as a terrific base for ice cream. We love to combine it with warm notes of gingerbread spice for an autumnal flair-- but sweet potato would also work as a base for rich chocolate ice creams. Serves 2 1 sweet potato, steamed, mashed and frozen in ice cube trays (or 1 cup frozen sweet potato puree) 1 frozen banana 4 fresh pitted dates 2 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut or seed butter) ½ cup (120ml) coconut milk 1 ½ teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cardamomCombine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy as a soft serve or freeze for one to two hours before serving.

08 of 09

Mocha Sundae

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Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you really should try this heavenly coffee sundae. The creamy, rich taste is out of this world.serves 2 1 cup (240ml) cashews ½ cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk) 3 frozen bananas 3 tablespoons almond butter 1 tablespoon instant coffee, plus more for serving On top: Instant coffee Raw cacao nibs Coconut Whipped Cream, if desiredPlace the cashews into a blender and blend until they form a fine crust. Add almond milk and blend until smooth. Add frozen bananas, almond butter and instant coffee and blend until smooth. Scoop into serving bowls, top with Coconut Whipped Cream (if using), sprinkle with some instant coffee and cacao nibs, serve and enjoy!

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Coconut Water Coolers

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When you need to cool down, make this simple and super refreshing combo with coconut water, fruits and berries! makes 6 1-2 kiwi fruits ½ cup (120ml) fresh strawberries ½ cup (120ml) fresh blueberries 1 ½ cups (360ml) coconut waterCombine the kiwi and the berries in a bowl. Divide the berry mixture among six ice pop molds and fill the molds with coconut water. Add ice pop sticks and freeze for 4-6 hours, until firm. Remove the molds by dipping them into hot water for a moment. Serve and enjoy!

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