14 Easy and Delicious Vegan Ice Cream Recipes
Well guys, it’s that time of year again. This horrible 120°+ weather has us desert-dwellers clinging for dear life (losing our sanity in the process).
This kind of weather has me thinking about one thing: Vegan Ice Cream. It’s tempting to grab a couple of pints during my grocery shopping trips, but that isn’t very good for my wallet (or my waistline!) What is a vegan to do!?
Nice Cream to the Rescue!
First of all, if you haven’t yet heard of Nice Cream; you’re in for a surprise. I recently discovered the amazingness myself! Ever since I blended my first batch together, I’ve been buying extra bananas just to ripen and freeze!
Nice Cream is just that; frozen bananas, blended into a surprisingly ice cream like frozen treat (similar to soft serve!). In addition to it literally requiring one ingredient, you don’t even need an ice cream machine! A food processor or a heavy-duty blender works perfectly (I ♥ using my Vitamix for this!).
It may seem like a fantasy (or borderline vegan voodoo/witchcraft?), but deliciously smooth Nice Cream is possible because of banana’s high Pectin content.
Pectin is a soluble gelatinous polysaccharide present in ripe fruits, usually extracted for use as a setting agent in jams and jellies.
In other words, ripe bananas have the perfect ingredients (built right in) to become a smooth and creamy frozen treat. Pectin grants frozen bananas the ability to blend together and “set” like ice cream, without becoming flakey, icey, or just plain falling apart!
Vegan Ice Cream Recipes for Every Occasion!
Finally, I present enough vegan ice cream recipes to last through the atrocious summer! Everything from fruity flavors to mocha, this vegan ice cream recipe roundup will satisfy any craving.
Just in time, too.. I’ve been running low on inspiration!
Lastly, I included a couple of non-banana based desserts (for some variation). In addition, absolutely none of the recipes require an ice cream maker, so everyone can hop on the Nice Cream Train!!
1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Pretzel Banana Nice Cream from Connoisseurus Veg
2. Homemade No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream from Eat Healthy Eat Happy
3. Mocha Nice Cream from Live Eat Learn
4. Vegan 2 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream from Elephantastic Vegan
5. Watermelon Ice Cream from Healthy Happy Life
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nice Cream from Rawberry Fields
7. 5 Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Fragrant Vanilla Cake
8. Vegan Carob Ice-Cream Popsicles from Food Porn Vegan Style
9. Healthy Chunky Monkey Ice Cream from Get Inspired Everyday
10. Whiskey Hazelnut No Churn Ice Cream from Natural Girl Modern World
11. Blueberry Basil Nice Cream from Unconventional Baker
12. Vegan Creamy Chocolate-Avocado Ice Cream from Jessica in the Kitchen
13. Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Nice Cream from Woman in Real Life
14. Banana Pudding Ice Cream from My Plant-Based Family
I hope these vegan ice cream recipes are enough to help you through summer. What’s your favorite way to cool off? Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Let me know in the comments below!